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Old 07-05-2013, 11:24 PM   post #1 of 31
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Default X485 will this snowblower work?

Hi,
Last week I became the new owner of a 2003 X485. It is not the all wheel steer model but still seems to have a tight turning radius and drive like new in every way. I'm amazed at the power, quiet engine, traction etc in the week I've been riding it around. Mine has the 62C deck which makes mowing quite a pleasure!

I need to find a snowblower. I'm hoping I don't have to spend a fortune for the hydraulic front plate attachment and the hydraulic 47" snowblower or is that the only one that will work? Is that one driven by a direct shaft to the motor somehow?

Locally i can buy this 47" snowblower that was only used 3-4 times and it looks like a good price, but it appears to be belt and pulley driven and no signs of a shaft. The connection plate up front is different. I see this snowblower seems to come off a x540 model but yet some snowblowers say they will work on any X series tractor.

I don't need the hydraulic chute adjustment or anything, as long as I can pick the blower up and set it down that is fine with me. Could I do that by somehow attaching to the same system that lifts my mowing deck up and down right now?

I'll try to upload some pictures if I can figure out how to do so. If the pictures don't show up, all I have is a model # on the blower which is:

MO47SBP030486

the digit after M I assume is the letter O but could be a zero i guess?, the last 6 digits are numbers.

If anyone can tell me if this blower will work that would be great. I hoped to leave in the am and buy it but it is a short drive away and if I can figure out that this won't work ahead of time it will save a wasted trip.

As I said the hydraulic front attachment kit and the lines to the blower for chute adjustment are nice but not needed and I'm looking to keep price low.

Thanks
JDK
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:26 PM   post #2 of 31
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You need a shaft drive blower for that machine. The one you have pictured won't work.
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:48 AM   post #3 of 31
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Yup Harry C is correct. The blower you are looking at will not work on your machine. A used 47" blower and a Quick Hitch will run you about $2000, a new set up will be over $3000. Good luck and enjoy your new tractor.


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Old 07-06-2013, 01:01 AM   post #4 of 31
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That one fits the X540, not the X700 series. Do not bother with it.

If you want a blower for your machine, break out the wallet because they do not come cheap. And a good chunk of the cost comes from the "other stuff" that you need to run it. "Other stuff" means the long driveshaft kit, the short driveshaft and upstop kit, and the quick-hitch.

I have been looking for a used blower for the X700 series also, and I have not had much luck finding anything. I have found blowers for 425, 455, 1025, 4100 series, X540.....everything BUT X700. I stopped at a JD dealer today, and they had a complete used 44" blower. Skunked again!

I guess X700 owners really like the attachment, because they are really hard to find used. The very few that I did find were either too far away, or priced so high that for the difference I'd just buy new. Maybe you will have better luck finding one than me. Good luck!
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:29 AM   post #5 of 31
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Thanks to all for the quick replies. Saved me a wasted trip. I will have to keep my eyes out as the cost of blowing snow seems quite high on this one. I take it there is a shaft driven 47" and a 54" Any reason to pick one over the other? My driveway is about 350 feet with a larger flat area up by the garage but I can't imagine it would be hard to get it done quickly with the 47...

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Old 07-06-2013, 09:04 AM   post #6 of 31
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just curious, what was the asking price for the blower?
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:14 AM   post #7 of 31
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I have the 47 snowblower on my 425aws. It has cleared everything we get here in PA. From 2 inches of slush to 18 inches of snow I have had no problems. For the times we get light snow I have started to just push it off with a shovel to save gas. My wife used to give me that boys and their toys look until the year we got 2 18 inch snows. It kind of showed her the importance of having the right tools. Off season around here you sometimes can find a used 47 blower for $1100-1200. Of course the price goes up as you head into winter.

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Old 07-06-2013, 10:38 AM   post #8 of 31
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look on http://www.machinefinder.com/ that will show you what the dealers have in the area. our you could go to your local dealer and ask them if they know someone that has one for sale. I got my 72mmm for my 4510 that way, a guy had it and was at his house I went there and dealed with hin and got it for half of new and it was only used 1 time it was too big for him.
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:49 AM   post #9 of 31
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Congrats on the X485. It's a BEAST. Take care of it, and it will do almost anything you ask of it. Good luck on your search for a blower.

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Old 07-06-2013, 11:38 AM   post #10 of 31
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That one fits the X540, not the X700 series. Do not bother with it.

If you want a blower for your machine, break out the wallet because they do not come cheap. And a good chunk of the cost comes from the "other stuff" that you need to run it. "Other stuff" means the long driveshaft kit, the short driveshaft and upstop kit, and the quick-hitch.

I have been looking for a used blower for the X700 series also, and I have not had much luck finding anything. I have found blowers for 425, 455, 1025, 4100 series, X540.....everything BUT X700. I stopped at a JD dealer today, and they had a complete used 44" blower. Skunked again!

I guess X700 owners really like the attachment, because they are really hard to find used. The very few that I did find were either too far away, or priced so high that for the difference I'd just buy new. Maybe you will have better luck finding one than me. Good luck!
You could not be more correct. For whatever reason, the blowers for the X7xx series are very hard to find used. IF you can find one in good condition, the guy is usually asking too close to the price of a new one to make it worth buying.

I got lucky and found a guy out in PA that had just bought a near new X740 and didn't want or need the blower that came with it. I paid $1600 for the blower, short shaft, upstop and long drive shaft, all in "like new" condition. Then I found a brand new QH on ebay for $400. So for $2000 it was well worth buying used, considering the same setup new would have been $3300 with tax
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Old 07-06-2013, 12:41 PM   post #11 of 31
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I got lucky and found a guy out in PA that had just bought a near new X740 and didn't want or need the blower that came with it. I paid $1600 for the blower, short shaft, upstop and long drive shaft, all in "like new" condition. Then I found a brand new QH on ebay for $400. So for $2000 it was well worth buying used, considering the same setup new would have been $3300 with tax
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The best deal I can find on a complete new one is $3,109 / Free Ship / No Tax. That's from a dealer in Indiana. I would check with my local dealer first though and see what they could do for me. I will keep looking for a used one for the time being.....desperation has not set in yet.
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Old 07-06-2013, 04:07 PM   post #12 of 31
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Congrats on the X485, good luck and enjoy it.

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Old 10-29-2013, 10:05 PM   post #13 of 31
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Hi,
If folks are still following this thread then i have some followup questions. i have had no luck finding a used snowblower. Still looking. Is the 47" the only one that will work with mine? They seem very rare! Some are advertised as part of a package with an older 445 or similar 400 series but I'm a little afraid of modifying as I'm not good with modifications.

Also if I find a snowblower I need to be ready with weight in the back end. I have chains but feel I need weights as well. I'm open to ideas on suitcase weights out the back vs wheel weights. I originally thought wheel weights was going to be best as I mow some slopes and having more rear end traction would be a good thing in the summer as well. I pull a utility trailer around the yard a fair amount in the summer and I thought suitcase weights would get in the way if they stayed on in the summer.

I don't have any idea on how to get the tires filled and not sure I want to start with that if I'm going to put on wheel weights anyway. I don't find the cast iron ones used very often either and if so, I need local pickup as I'm sure they are a fortune to ship!

Any further advise?

I can find the hydraulic front end attachments as part of a package deal when someone is trying to sell their snow/dirt blade kits but I'm not interested in a blade, I don't think I'll push dirt, just need to move snow, and usually I'd prefer to blow it 30 feet and not push it into the banks.

Thanks for any insight.

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Old 10-29-2013, 10:17 PM   post #14 of 31
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Shows that 46 single stage model BM20846 will work (still have to have other shafts etc.. to work) The 2 stage model is BM20847.
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They are hard to find! I searched long and hard before I found one finally. I used a site called Search Tempest to find mine. Have cash and be ready to roll if you do find one - and be prepared to drive a ways because it might not be close. I got mine from a fellow who was trying to sell it complete with his X720. Talked him into separating the tractor from the attachments.

Maybe you can do the same? Here's a possibility for you: http://holland.craigslist.org/grd/4137872505.html

Looks like it's in good shape. If you could get the Blower and quick hitch, you'd need to buy the 2000 RPM mid-PTO kit and modify the hose ends on the hitch and blower for use on your x7xx. Good luck!
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