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Hey guys I have a question. I hear people complain that their blowers ride up on packed snow. I always thought to myself they must be trying to blow ice because my single stage has down pressure and there hasn't been a single thing stopping mine. So moving on to today. I purchased another single stage blower for my other Legacy. This one does not have aux hydr. like my other one. Instead I will be using the foot pedal to raise and lower the blower. I see according to the directions that the lift arm mounts to where the mower deck chains attach. With this setup does this mean I won't have down pressure anymore? I'm waiting for a few parts to arrive so I haven't been able to hook it and I am wondering how it will work.
 

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I love both my simplicity single stages both on the prestige and legacy. I'd never go back to a 2 stage, Just to slow and doesn't do a nice clean job. I can drop the skids and go right into the dirt if I wanted to. But I always leave a nice coating on the driveway because I have a long gravel driveway. I have tar and cement by the garages but those are the only places I clean right down to the bare surface.

I still have my original 42" 2 stage for the legacy. Even in drifts 2-3 feet my single stage will tear that down faster. When helps is some cutter bars on each side.

2 stage you blow snow up to the garage door, back up and a big pile by door.
single stage you blow snow up to the garage door, back up and nothing by door.

Only time I liked my 2 stage was when the snow was real wet heavy and sticky. But in mn that happens only in late spring. Half time it would melt in a couple days anyways.. Otherwise our snow is light and fluffy.
 

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So are you able to apply down pressure with you single stage? Assuming you use your foot to raise and lower the blower?
 

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My blowers really don't need the tractor to do that. My legacy I can lift the front tires off the ground for down pressure and a single 46" blower. There is a tension spring on the subframe that you can adjust that. But 46" single stages are pretty close to the same weight as a 42" 2 stage. So they both would have the same down pressure with or without springs. As for a person that would want to cut it down deep. Need the cutting blade on the blower in good shape, wither single or dual stage.
 

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Hey guys I have a question. I hear people complain that their blowers ride up on packed snow. I always thought to myself they must be trying to blow ice because my single stage has down pressure and there hasn't been a single thing stopping mine. So moving on to today. I purchased another single stage blower for my other Legacy. This one does not have aux hydr. like my other one. Instead I will be using the foot pedal to raise and lower the blower. I see according to the directions that the lift arm mounts to where the mower deck chains attach. With this setup does this mean I won't have down pressure anymore? I'm waiting for a few parts to arrive so I haven't been able to hook it and I am wondering how it will work.
I have the foot pedal lift controls on my Legacy with the 2 stage blower.
It has down pressure that can lift the front wheels off the ground, so there should be no change there. I do have it adjusted for higher lift though and it also depends on how the springs are adjusted.
The only issue I have with the blower is that I have a weight box on the 3 point hitch. The tractor is struggling a little lifting both the blower and the box at the same time. The fix is to just pin the 3 point ballast box in the "up" position. There are holes in the 3 point for the exact purpose.

I must say that even with down pressure I have had my blower ride up over the snow. But that is in extreme situations. I am out in the country with wide open areas. When the snow drifts in it sometimes settles as rock hard ice. I have even had the car drive over it (but alas, the truck sank in and was really stuck :banghead3)
The only way of busting it up was with the blade or the FEL.
Which is why I keep one tractor with the Blade and one with the Blower.
(and now one with the FEL as well)

BTW I do not have experience with the single stage blower, but I do not have the issues Justy37 is describing. When I go up to something I get a clean curve where the front augers are chewing into the snow and no significant pile of snow left behind. That being said I do clear the garage door area parallel with the door - that way I can see how close I am and I don't risk chewing it up with the blower.
 
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