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Not many posts recently on the GC’s. Everybody must be out working with them.

I thought if I want to see more photos of other tractors I’d better stir the pot a little and put up some pictures of my own. Here are some of my Massey Ferguson 2360 Snow Blower, its mounting bracket and the PTO shaft for everyone’s viewing pleasure.

The blower is 50 inches wide and mine has an electronic chute rotator. I have been able to survive without the electronic chute deflector so far. Seeing as the price for the one from Massey is hundreds of dollars I’ll either continue to do without or kludge together a home-brew version. There have been some nice homemade designs floating around to copy from.

The mounting bracket for the blower is pretty straight forward. It hangs over the front of the frame and is tightened/loosened at a single point. It is heavy but manageable to lift off and on. I would not want to carry it any distance however. It has a single hydraulic cylinder that is attached to the loader joystick. Depending on your preference you can attach it so you can raise/lower it with an up/down motion or side to side motion of the joystick.

The chute rotator has a little wire harness that plugs in a runs back to a switch mounted under the dash.

The blower itself slides over and onto the mounting bracket as pictured. It is then fastened with a retaining pin. At the same time that is happening the drive shaft need to be inserted into the blower. Massey has a little flip up bracket that holds the coupler on the blower in place but unless you are on a flat surface with everything perfectly aligned it takes a little futzing. The mounting bracket is universal and will also work for the plow blade and rotary broom made by Massey.

The Blower is driven from the Mid-PTO that also drives the mid-mount mower deck. There is a drive shaft that is installed from the Mid-PTO up to the backside of the mounting bracket. The drive shaft has a coupler that firmly attaches to the Mid-PTO but where it attaches to the blower bracket it has a sliding coupler (Anyone know the proper name for that?)

Overall the install is very straight forward.

I have used the snow blower for 2 seasons now and it has performed like a champ. It has cut down the amount of time I need to be outside clearing the driveway considerably. Not to mention that since it has a hydraulic lift I do not come in with a sore arm like I did after using the manual lift on the old Simplicity. I broke one shear bolt last year during the clean out from the 24” snowpocolypse. I just pushed it a little too fast in the deep snow. I realized it was broken when the snow started piling up on one side of the blower as there are two augers and each has a shear bolt. Fortunately I had thought ahead for once and the previous fall I had ordered 4 auger shear bolts and 2 shear bolts for the second stage impeller. It took more time to get the tractor to the garage then it did to install the new bolt. Nice to have a repair go smoothly for once.

I will be getting it out of storage soon and mounting it as soon as the grass quits for the season.
 

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Thanks for all the pics. I have a gc2400 and was wondering how they attached stuff to the front. I have a snowblower that mounts on the 3ph and a fel to move the snow around here. Works good but always wanted the front mounted snowblower for the down pressure and possibly a blade to help level things out
 

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Missed putting this picture up. It shows the switch for the blower chute rotator. It is the switch with the rubber cover located right there on the screen below the steering wheel on the left side.

Not where I would have chosen to put it but the dealer didn't ask before installing and I didn't specify where I wanted it either. Not having enough time to do other projects, let alone move a switch, it has stayed where it is and will until I find the time for such a project.
 

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Thanks for the pics and the dissertation. :fing32: I have my first time blower installation on the calendar for Nov 1st. This will come in handy...
 

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great pic! and I think your right. People just busy, and using there tractors too.

I finally picked up a box blade, so hopefully will be able to get out in that this weekend.

Looking for the grass to quit growing too, so i can get that mower off and do some tillin and other stuff.........sorry to walk on your post. Always love new pics of hardware. :)
 

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Really Appreciate the photos as they have been a big help in answering some ?'s I had about mounting the snowblower.

Getting a 2360 front mount snowblower for my GC 2600 this week.

Have watched some videos of this unit in operation.

All I can say is (wow) if the operation of this unit is equal to the performance I was given this past summer when I did a major landscaping job, which included over 30 tandem truck loads of fill dirt in my 1 1/2 acre back yard, then I can & will be one happy camper.

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Really Appreciate the photos as they have been a big help in answering some ?'s I had about mounting the snowblower.

Getting a 2360 front mount snowblower for my GC 2600 this week.

Have watched some videos of this unit in operation.

All I can say is (wow) if the operation of this unit is equal to the performance I was given this past summer when I did a major landscaping job, which included over 30 tandem truck loads of fill dirt in my 1 1/2 acre back yard, then I can & will be one happy camper.

Dick
It should take you between 5 and 10 minutes. I mounted mine for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I found a couple of 'first time' things.

You will have to lock the blower to the quick hitch and install the clevis pin before installing the short drive shaft. I had it all mounted with the shaft in place and found I couldn't flip the clevis pin ring over to the lock position because the drive shaft was in the way. Unmount and redo.

You will also need a couple of onces of grease for the discharge chute.

I did find one problem. The mount for the rotation shaft support didn't match up with the instruction manual. There are holes on the FEL mount to attach the rotation shaft support, but the way the holes are oriented causes the joystick housing to interfere with the location of the shaft support mount. The instruction manual talks to a 2300 series with a FEL, but the 2400/2600 series instructions only speak to a non-FEL install. As a result, I only have the support mount for the rotation shaft attached with one bolt and nylon lock washer (until I modify it properly next year).
 

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It should take you between 5 and 10 minutes. I mounted mine for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I found a couple of 'first time' things.

You will have to lock the blower to the quick hitch and install the clevis pin before installing the short drive shaft. I had it all mounted with the shaft in place and found I couldn't flip the clevis pin ring over to the lock position because the drive shaft was in the way. Unmount and redo.

You will also need a couple of onces of grease for the discharge chute.

I did find one problem. The mount for the rotation shaft support didn't match up with the instruction manual. There are holes on the FEL mount to attach the rotation shaft support, but the way the holes are oriented causes the joystick housing to interfere with the location of the shaft support mount. The instruction manual talks to a 2300 series with a FEL, but the 2400/2600 series instructions only speak to a non-FEL install. As a result, I only have the support mount for the rotation shaft attached with one bolt and nylon lock washer (until I modify it properly next year).
Doh! I mean't lock nut...
 

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These historic forums feel like a time machine. It's 2019 and I just made a deal for a gently-used 2009 GC2410. With 10,000 sq/ft of drive/pkg to clear every snowfall, my current Bolens HT-20 with the snowthrower has been much appreciated.

This "new" GC2410 comes with the MF rotary broom, but not the snowblower. The broom has the sub frame/hitch (all made by Rad Tech) so all I need is the 2360 blower itself. It was nice to find these pics and confirm that my quick-hitch is the one I will need. Now to find a used 2360 somewhere...

Thanks for the original post.

Heh.. looks like I need to update my profile pic - as soon as I get the MF.
 

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Um, historic? You trying to may me feel old? :tango_face_wink: Glad to be of assistance with the photos. I have posted many photos over the years in return for those who posted photos that helped me. Gotta pay it forward.

The broom you have will do nicely with smaller amounts of snow but when it really comes down the blower is the way to go.

My gc2410 is just over 500 hours now and running strong. Had the backhoe on last weekend to use for stump pulling. It made quick work of a couple of crab apple trees that had been taken over by sucker growth at the base. We were clearing them out so a couple of little Bur Oak seedlings can take over their spots.

You are going to love your new to you tractor. Here is my thread where I added an actuator so I did not have to manually adjust the chute by hand any longer. That was a wonderful little upgrade.
https://www.mytractorforum.com/321-scut-implements-accessories/1082449-massey-gc-series-%96-installing-snow-blower-chute-actuator.html

Post some picture of your new machine and the work you have it do. We always love to see them working!
 

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I think you'll see I signed up back in 2010 with my Bolens, so "historic" is all relative.:tango_face_grin:.

Yeah, I need the blower not the broom. I'm in the mountains in southern BC and we get a good amount of snow, usually in mostly powder and 4" lifts, but it's a thing over 10,000 sq/ft. In fact, my latest crazy idea is that I might find someone who wants to trade the broom I have for a blower. Perhaps through a dealer and trade-ins.

The TLB unit I have "captured" has under 400hrs, original owner in his late 80's, on a city lot, shed kept, nice shape, just needs a blower (and a thumb, forks, ballast box, ya know..) but as my bolens has a loader and blower, I am really stepping up to the MF mostly for the backhoe. Lots of projects for that over the next few years.

On the actuator, I'll take a look. I had grabbed a 12v power seat motor to motorize the chute on my Bolens snow thrower. That will sell I believe, so I have to find a blower for the MF somewhere.

Yup, pics when I get the machine next week.

Um, historic? You trying to may me feel old? :tango_face_wink: Glad to be of assistance with the photos. I have posted many photos over the years in return for those who posted photos that helped me. Gotta pay it forward.

The broom you have will do nicely with smaller amounts of snow but when it really comes down the blower is the way to go.

My gc2410 is just over 500 hours now and running strong. Had the backhoe on last weekend to use for stump pulling. It made quick work of a couple of crab apple trees that had been taken over by sucker growth at the base. We were clearing them out so a couple of little Bur Oak seedlings can take over their spots.

You are going to love your new to you tractor. Here is my thread where I added an actuator so I did not have to manually adjust the chute by hand any longer. That was a wonderful little upgrade.
https://www.mytractorforum.com/321-scut-implements-accessories/1082449-massey-gc-series-%96-installing-snow-blower-chute-actuator.html

Post some picture of your new machine and the work you have it do. We always love to see them working!
 

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As promised: pic(s)

After a 3000km road trip, the 2410 is in the yard. Needs an alternator, coming in two days, but already have given it a small run in the dirt. Very capable. Even fits with ROPS up in my tractor shed.

Pretty much have the snowblower options figured out. lots of time there. Can't wait to get to a summer's worth of landscaping projects on my acreage.
 

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If you plan on playing in the snow with those tires, get a good set of tire chains.

My GC2310 with turfs can outmuscle my neighbour's heavier Kubota B2920 with R4s on hard packed snow. No chains on either tractor. He now has a 54" blower on the 3PH and says that it is much better for using the loader to move snow with the extra weight out back.
 

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If you plan on playing in the snow with those tires, get a good set of tire chains.



My GC2310 with turfs can outmuscle my neighbour's heavier Kubota B2920 with R4s on hard packed snow. No chains on either tractor. He now has a 54" blower on the 3PH and says that it is much better for using the loader to move snow with the extra weight out back.
I agree here. I have a GC1710 with R4's and it's all over the place in snow. My dad's little Kubota BX1500 has turf tires and far outdoes mine for traction.

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