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JD vs WH Single Stage Blower?

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Not having used either the JD or WH single stage snowblower attachment, I thought I'd ask the opinions of those who have used them. I only have room to park one tractor with a mounted blower up in the garage near where it would be used. I really don't want to mount both blowers only to take the one back off and then rearrange storage. Whichever ones I don't use will be in storage until spring. I want to get set up before the snow blows. So do you have an opinion on which is the better to use?

JD...42 inch single stage in VG condition to be mounted on a 325 with 17 HP Kawasaki single. Hydro drive and lift. Ag' tires. Could mount chains if needed.

WH...42 inch counting "wings" in nice condition to be mounted on either a 416-H with 16 HP Onan, or on a 312-8 12 HP Kohler. Both tractors have power lift, the 312 is electric and I think the 416 is hydraulic. Turf tires with chains.

The tractors are equal in dependability, so that is not a factor.
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I don't have either, but the JD seems a better choice. Having an easy forward and reverse is a great advantage. The Kawasaki 17 HP is a good engine, and a little more HP makes the job go quicker. Finally, I had a Sears blower with wings and they tended to guide me off the driveway.
I've got the 42"SS on a JD GX335 and I love it! It will blow anything from powder to gray slush and ponded water without clogging. "Wings"? They wouldn't cut it for me as I sometimes overlap with wet snow and don't need the front wheels being pulled sideways. With front mounted snow equipment, front wheel traction is always at a premium and not always available. A traction locking differential is a big help, but not always enough in deep wet snow.
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I also have a 42" on a JD 345 and it will move 12" of snow with no problem. 6" at almost full speed. I have had JD tractor mounted snow blowers since my 1967 112 and this one is the best I have owned. Roger
I run the wings on my Ingersoll and I like them. I haven't noticed any steering issues using them. I also run Tri-Ribs for easier steering in the winter. slkpk
I have never owned a JD, but I do have the WH snow blower with wings. I would use the 416-H, the extra weight comes in handy. I have had more problems with steering pushing snow with a plow, not so much with a snow blower. I have used a snow blower with a 867, too light, 312 -8, 314-A and a New Holland GT20A. The single stage with 20HP will really move snow. I was glad to have this thing last year.

If you break something, WH parts may be cheaper and easier to pick up.
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Both tractors have power lift, the 312 is electric and I think the 416 is hydraulic. Turf tires with chains.
Not sure of the reliability of the electric lift on WH's, but the JD electric lift was prone to failure when used for the heavy stuff. (tiller or snow-packed blower) Just a thought.
The electric lift is part of the tractor not the blower. I would agree that any electric lift isn't as good as hydraulic lift. In the case of my 345 with 42" blower it is a hydraulic lift. Roger
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