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Converting snowblower to shaft or hydraulic drive

I have a model 834009 Ariens snowblower and wonder if I might make it something I could use on my Ariens GT18. That tractor has a 3600 rpm front PTO, which I'm quite sure is too fast for that blower, so I'm wondering if it would be possible to make it hydraulic drive simply adding a motor to it and a valve to the tractor, or if I should look at gear reduction and use the shaft drive. I'll still have to make up the mounting and all that of course...and some wings, the tractor is a bit wider than the blower is.

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Re: Converting snowblower to shaft or hydraulic drive

I would suggest using the front PTO, and then use a jackshaft to do the speed reduction for the snowblower.
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Re: Converting snowblower to shaft or hydraulic drive

I was thinking along that line as one possibilty. Would be cheaper than hydraulics I think. Also, I could probably connect the shaft to it quite low on the blower, letting me pick it up higher, possibly.

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IMHO, going hydraulic for this would be appropriate if your tractor already had a hydraulic system on it, and you could just plug into it to power a hydraulic motor for the snowblower and maybe a cylinder for raising/lowering it. Or you plan on having more attachments that are hydraulically powered.
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Re: Converting snowblower to shaft or hydraulic drive

It is a hydro and does have a 3-point and front lift. A FEL was an option with it too.

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The Gt18 has one of the best snowblowers around. Should get the one made for it.

Snowblowers require a lot of HP. I have a GT18 and I wish I had more hp. FEL need only 2 or 3 HP of hydraulic power. Any more and your wasting power and will have too much flow causing erratic operation.

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Re: Converting snowblower to shaft or hydraulic drive

This snowblower is for the smaller HT16, if I were to make it hydraulic, what size hydraulic motor should I look for? Will it run off the hydro, or should I add an auxiliary pump?
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Re: Converting snowblower to shaft or hydraulic drive

So a different type mount than the S series or the 931 series tractors. It doesn't look like the mount bracket would be that difficult to modify. I could not tell form pictures if it is a shaft or belt drive blower.
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It was a belt drive.

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Re: Converting snowblower to shaft or hydraulic drive

The horizontal drive turns a vertical pulley on the blower. Find the right size pulley for a vertical belt drive form the front pto to that pulley would be the simple route.
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This snowblower is for the smaller HT16, if I were to make it hydraulic, what size hydraulic motor should I look for? Will it run off the hydro, or should I add an auxiliary pump?
I will need a lot of help if I continue with this project, whichever way I do it.
You need a separate pump; 9-10 gpm at 3600. Motor should be high speed to, about 3/2 the size of the pump, so 10 gpm pump and a 15 gpm motor. I would use gear type pump and motor. You will also need a reservoir and a relief. Add a valve and use it for a log splitter.

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I was thinking about this so more. It maybe easier to make the GT drive the belt. Here’s a picture of mine. The drive shaft goes to the center, which turns a small pulley. A belt is connected to than pulley that turns a jack shaft. Another belt is connected to pulley on jack shaft which comes back and turns large pulley. They do this to reduce speed in short space. There’s two shafts in the center. One shaft spins in the other that spins in housing. Craftsman have a frame that goes under tractor and carries jack shaft and speed reduction pulleys. They are fairly common. Maybe reduce speed with that.
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