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Old 07-10-2019, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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2wd 400 with snowblower on incline

I have a 2wd 400 and I acquired a snow blower for it. I have wheel weights, suitcase weights, and tire chains. my drive way has a slope to it. The drive way is not steep, but there is a pitch to it. How can I realistically expect the tractor to perform?
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Old 07-10-2019, 03:21 PM
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Re: 2wd 400 with snowblower on incline

With sufficient weight and chains on turf tires you shouldn't have too much of an issue. If you do, blow a downhill path then come back up the path and do all the clearing when going downhill. Sometime technique is really all that you need, especially if you don't have 4/awd or a differential lock.

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With sufficient weight and chains on turf tires you shouldn't have too much of an issue. If you do, blow a downhill path then come back up the path and do all the clearing when going downhill. Sometime technique is really all that you need, especially if you don't have 4/awd or a differential lock.
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Re: 2wd 400 with snowblower on incline

A small slope should not be an issue with weights and chains. My neighbor has a blower on a 345 and only has chains on the turfs (no extra weights at all) and has used it that way for 10 years. Granted his driveway is pretty flat, but the added weights should compensate for that.

One trick I have found on mine, with just a 54" 4 way blade, is to lower the blade or blower down on float and it sometimes gives you better traction. This is because with the blower raised up you are adding weight to the front undriven wheels and unloading the back drive wheels. This winter when plowing my neighbors drive with a mild slope and with a coating of ice under the snow, when trying to get moving uphill with the blade up it would sit there and spin but as soon as I dropped the blade down on the ground it would regain traction and start moving.
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Good great to hear!
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The 400 is a tank. You shouldn't have too much trouble pushing a snow blower. I think you have split brakes on that machine. When one wheel starts to spin, slightly apply the brake on the spinning wheel which will force the other wheel to turn, hopefully resulting in forward progress.

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Re: 2wd 400 with snowblower on incline

The only issue you may have is backing uphill with the thrower raised. The solution is more weight or, like 6.2Blazer suggests, float the thrower to keep the rear end down. The snow thrower doesn't really like to go around corners, so that is an occasion to differential brake to help steering.


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grandpajay- Your setup looks very similar to mine! I even have the cozy cab!
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I have a 2wd 400 and I acquired a snow blower for it. I have wheel weights, suitcase weights, and tire chains. my drive way has a slope to it. The drive way is not steep, but there is a pitch to it. How can I realistically expect the tractor to perform?
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I live down the street from NH just outside of Boston. My drive is very long, very wide, and very up hill. Sometimes in both directions, or so it seems. I don't have a blower and use my 580 with a 48" blade. The rear sports HDAPs and Terra Grips. I can't picture you having any problems with your machine and a blower, up or down, as long as you use chains and have plenty of weight on the rear.
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