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Old 12-05-2009, 11:18 PM   #1
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As you all probably know I have only been a Gravely L owner for a few months, have a 48" blade for snow plowing and a set of chains to help with traction. At work on Friday one of the guys asked me if I was interested in a snow blower attachment for $ 100, he sold me the 48" blade when I first picked up the L, the blade was in excellent condition. He said the blower has been under cover and is in good shape. I have read some comments on the site and sounds like some of the blowers have problems, should some be avoided, what should I be looking at, is $ 100 a fair price?
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Old 12-05-2009, 11:26 PM   #2
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There were several blowers which were contemporary with the L models. Which one are we talking about?
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Old 12-06-2009, 02:04 AM   #3
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Even $100 for a dogeater isn't bad if it is in good condition.
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Old 12-06-2009, 04:47 AM   #4
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From what I have observed them go for on Ebay and what people's asking prices on Craigslist are $100 sounds good ,even if it is an open reel model like Fla Don said.
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Old 12-07-2009, 11:22 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies looks like the price is right, I did ask for details on the blower, the guy is a user of the equipment and isn't too familar with details. His father had an outdoor business for years and had a bunch of walkbehind Gravelys. I will post a photo when I get the attachment.
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Old 12-24-2009, 10:59 AM   #6
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I'm looking at a couple of blowers, but I had a question. I have a half mile shale driveway out in the country. I currently have a Troy blower in town that has an enclosed reel. This latest snow we had in VA was ~18" and to tell the truth was kind of a pain to blow with the troy. Sure, it did a bang up job going strait ahead, but not turning. My driveway in the country isn't strait.

So, is there an advantage for me to get an open reel dog catcher for my rig in the country, rather than a later model? I have a 7.6 C tractor.

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I'm looking at a couple of blowers, but I had a question. I have a half mile shale driveway out in the country. I currently have a Troy blower in town that has an enclosed reel. This latest snow we had in VA was ~18" and to tell the truth was kind of a pain to blow with the troy. Sure, it did a bang up job going strait ahead, but not turning. My driveway in the country isn't strait.

So, is there an advantage for me to get an open reel dog catcher for my rig in the country, rather than a later model? I have a 7.6 C tractor.

I really don't believe you'll come out ahead with a dog-eater vs. for say an enclosed MA-210. The 210 is going to process the snow and blow it more efficiently that the 115. And the weight of the 210 will allow you to push snow at the end of your driveway as you're turning around (or just lift the blower up and pivot). The problems with many of the non-Gravely walk-behinds is that they simply don't have the required weight to bear down and muscle thru an embankment of snow - they tend to "ride up" on the snow. The enclosed reel design of the MA-210 will not be a negative for you.
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Thanks Goose. Yeah, I know all about that ride-up thing from the troy. It got the job done, but that's about all there is on the plus side with that rig.

One blower I have a line on has a square chute, but it also has an enclosed reel. I think someone fab'd up the shroud. It looks to be in good condition, but it's about 3 hours from here so dropping by to see it isn't a real option at the moment. The other one I haven't heard back as to what model it is, and it's 4 hours away.

Did the 115's have any issues (like the pre 106 mower heads)? All the 210's I've seen seem to be north of Maryland, and that's kind of a long drive.
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As you all probably know I have only been a Gravely L owner for a few months, have a 48" blade for snow plowing and a set of chains to help with traction. At work on Friday one of the guys asked me if I was interested in a snow blower attachment for $ 100, he sold me the 48" blade when I first picked up the L, the blade was in excellent condition. He said the blower has been under cover and is in good shape. I have read some comments on the site and sounds like some of the blowers have problems, should some be avoided, what should I be looking at, is $ 100 a fair price?
Please advise.
$100 ain't to shabby at all for a blower, but my only question is....what style blower is it ?
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Old 12-24-2009, 12:35 PM   #10
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Thanks Goose. Yeah, I know all about that ride-up thing from the troy. It got the job done, but that's about all there is on the plus side with that rig.

One blower I have a line on has a square chute, but it also has an enclosed reel. I think someone fab'd up the shroud. It looks to be in good condition, but it's about 3 hours from here so dropping by to see it isn't a real option at the moment. The other one I haven't heard back as to what model it is, and it's 4 hours away.

Did the 115's have any issues (like the pre 106 mower heads)? All the 210's I've seen seem to be north of Maryland, and that's kind of a long drive.
I've heard varying reports on the MA115s from they're horrible to they're decent. I have one and I used it in light snow, performed decent. Certainly doesn't throw the snow as far as an MA210, but what does? There's a video on youtube of a guy using an MA115 34" and it appears to work pretty well. If you can get one cheap I'd definitely spring for it, otherwise stick to the MA210 or later.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXr6GUUN4ak
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The original square chute I didn't hear anything bad about myself. It was the open reel with the more modern round chute (the one in GM1276's video) that I have always heard to stay away from but after seeing that video I have to wonder. Although I must say the dogeater video doesn't look as good as this MA video. - Kris

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Old 12-24-2009, 02:05 PM   #12
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Great video and that MA is not performing 100% either. See how it starts to push the snow and not swallow it all up? That's a product of loose clutches. Could be the reel clutch or the slip clutch, probably the one on the reel because it seems most people don't ever touch it.
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Old 12-24-2009, 02:39 PM   #13
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One blower I have a line on has a square chute, but it also has an enclosed reel. I think someone fab'd up the shroud. It looks to be in good condition, but it's about 3 hours from here so dropping by to see it isn't a real option at the moment. The other one I haven't heard back as to what model it is, and it's 4 hours away.
I have seen a few of the older square shooters that were enclosed, many of them were postal units by the sellers descriptions.

I use a square shooter,, never had a newer model, but it works ok. Some of what I see as disadvantages are the inability to direct the snow discharge in any direction except to the right or left and not having that hand crank to adjust the direction. The open reel is of course something to be careful of, not only for yourself and the pets, but any nearby object,,, I bit a car bumper with mine once trying to get to close, it was very unforgiving even though the slip clutch went off. The impeller on the very early ones just used flat plate fins and are easily damaged by stones, the later impeller is tougher in my opinion but both suffer from just enough clearance between the impeller and housing that small stones wedge in between and of course jam the impeller, probably the reason they dont toss the snow as far,, not a prob if your using it on pavement, but on gravel it can be.

What I like about the square shoot,,,, its simple, not much rocket science whatsoever,, and my thoughts are even if you cant find some parts it would be very easy to make or adapt them.
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Thanks guys. Great info and opinions. Many thanks, and happy holidays.

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My biggest gripe about the MA115 is that the impeller is just not big enough diameter. That translates into slower speed at the ends of the impeller vanes, and snow going less far.

There are other things about the 210 which I also think are improvements, like slower auger speed, more flexible chute design etc, but to me it's the impeller that matters.

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