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I finally got to use my 455 and model 47 blower with this weight set up:

http://www.mytractorforum.com/showthread.php?t=221750&highlight=fruch

Overall the set up works great. This was the first time I used this machine so it took a few minutes to get used to it. Here are some observations:

It climbs really steep grades well. I was able to clear snow while climbing a very steep grade without using chains. I was able to stop and restart on this steep grade. I did hit a small patch of ice one time and I had to use the differential lock. This was a small patch of ice, so I can see where the chains will be useful on a real icy day.

Even with all the weight in back, when you lift the blower it still unweights the rear tires enough to reduce traction.

The PTO does NOT automaticly turn off when I put the machine in reverse.
I do not know if this is a malfunction or if this is the way it is supposed to work.

The machine has plenty of power and torque. You do not need to use full throttle unless you are using the blower while going up a steep grade. It is VERY noisy in the cab, you need hearing protection.

Now all I need is more snow.
 

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I wouldn't go looking for answer on the ROI just be happy it doesn't work mine doesn't on my x728 and I'm not looking for answers. Just buy a nice set of radio headphones and enjoy the ride
 

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Thanks for the info guys, I am used to working with a GT235 to mow the lawn. I was expecting the 455 to work the same way. I don't think I will miss the RIO for snow removal.
 

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Glad she's working well for you! I had my Craftsman out clearing a few inches of snow yesterday, glare ice from previous storms underneath. I know what you mean about the weight. I cleared up my little incline the first time spinning the tires. The second pass I thought it might be better to lift the blower and back up the hill for some "front wheel drive". NOT! Turned around, dropped the blower and away I went. It's a little counter intuitive that scraping along with the blower on the ground moves the tractor better than having the blower off the ground.
 

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Hi fruch, glad to hear you got some seat time and like your 455 to remove your snow, and do not have the RIO switch on your tractor. I have one, RIO switch on my 445 later model that had been a pain when blowing snow but found a way to go from RIO to RIP position on the switch which only make the blower stop when you brake or lift off the seat to make seat safety switch engage. Sorry,I can't devulge the way what I do go to RIP but very simple .
 

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Glad to hear it's working out well for you. slkpk
 

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GEE!! that's too bad about the RIO :crybaby: :sidelaugh Maybe someone can retrofit one on your machine. :thSick:
 

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GEE!! that's too bad about the RIO :crybaby: :sidelaugh Maybe someone can retrofit one on your machine. :thSick:
Medic! Medic!

"We need a blood pressure cuff, and 150 milligrams of Valium, STAT!" :thanku:

If I lived anywhere reasonably close to you, I would prank you with backup alarms on everything you own. About every month or so.

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