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Old 10-11-2010, 09:32 PM   post #1 of 18
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Default Got a 44" Snowblower for the LA135 (pics)

Comes in a big box. 2 of us loaded into the truck without too much difficulty. When I got it home, I cut the box off while it was still in the truck. My itty-bitty girl friend was able to help me get the actual blower assembly down. Just that part is pretty heavy and awkward to handle.

Assembly manual is pretty good. Took about 3 hours, taking my time, to put it together. Didn't really have any issues. All the parts were there including a few extra nuts.

Weight bracket (sold seperately of course) was simple to attach with only 2 bolts.

Once you get it mounted the first time, it only takes about 10 minutes to remove or install it again, with no tools needed. I was able to take it off and put the mower back on in about 15 minutes. The blower with the subframe is HEAVY. I'm going to get one of those cheap little appliance dollys to move it around the garage when it's not mounted.

Seems pretty well made. I sure hope it does the job as advertised. Spent almost as much $ on it as I did on the mower in the first place. As long as winters are here, I think I'll get a ton of use from it.
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Old 10-11-2010, 09:36 PM   post #2 of 18
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Here it is all put together. I test fitted the tire chains (also sold seperately) later to be sure I could figure them out.
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Old 10-11-2010, 09:39 PM   post #3 of 18
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Default Re: Got a 44" Snowblower for the LA135 (pics)

Looks like you're all set up for some fun in the snow -- Enjoy!!!
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:18 PM   post #4 of 18
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Nice set-up! Looks like you are ready for the winter. How much snow do you guys normally get?
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:48 PM   post #5 of 18
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Nice set-up! Looks like you are ready for the winter. How much snow do you guys normally get?
Around 300-600 inches a year, depending on elevation. We've had over 3 feet in one night! Luckily it's the light powder kind of snow and not the heavy wet stuff.

We are right on the the WY/ID border just outside Jackson Hole.
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:50 PM   post #6 of 18
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Oh Boy, you are ready for some fun this winter... With that amount I can honestly say that a snow blower is almost a must!
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:55 PM   post #7 of 18
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Holly !@#$ that is a lot of snow! How much driveway do you need to clear? Good thing you say it is light powder stuff of the LA135 might get winded late in the season.

Nice addition to your setup. Good luck and have fun this winter!
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Old 10-11-2010, 11:07 PM   post #8 of 18
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Oh Boy, you are ready for some fun this winter... With that amount I can honestly say that a snow blower is almost a must!
Yeah, we went from a 30 foot driveway in town to a 200 foot one in the country. I said, "I ain't shoveling that."
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:02 AM   post #9 of 18
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Wow that a lot of snow! Congats on the new blower looks fun.
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Nice looking set up, appears that you are ready to deal with the white stuff .

for the pics .
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:39 PM   post #11 of 18
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Default Re: Got a 44" Snowblower for the LA135 (pics)

Very nice blower, looks familiar! 300-600" of snow is a HUGE amount of annual snow. Cleaning 200' will definately exercise the LA135. I hope the driveway is relatively flat or I would be considering upgrading to an X3 or X500 model machine. I snowblow 50' of driveway (with 90-130" of annual light and fluffy to wet heavy packed snow depending on time of year) and I plan to upgrade my machine as soon as I can. With the weights on the back and blower weight on the front, it gets a work out. The 44" blower does an excellent job, I just wonder how many years my 100 series machine can handle it.
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Old 10-13-2010, 03:26 AM   post #12 of 18
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I hope to find a used 44" snowblower for my X500 some day. Enjoy yours!
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Old 10-13-2010, 06:20 AM   post #13 of 18
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The 44" is a very good blower congrats!
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Old 10-13-2010, 09:07 PM   post #14 of 18
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Thanks for the comments.

I hope it holds up. The driveway is totally flat. But, it is a gravel drive.

I have to say I was pretty shocked looking at the prices of larger JD tractors, even pretty used one. I went back and forth between "new and smaller" or "bigger and used". I figured this one was a good starter.

Mhussey, I had to look at your picture twice!

I'll get some pics/video when I actually get to play with it.
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Here's a pic of our previous place in town during a below average year. Most of that pile is I what I hand shoveled out of the driveway.
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