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Finally pulled the trigger and purchased the 47 inch blower for my x534. As I was unpacking the unit today I noticed the impeller is plastic not steel. I knew the chute was plastic but was surprised that the impeller would be plastic. Is this a recent change in design or have the impellers always been plastic?
 

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Got mine in October and was also suprised by the plastic impeller,
talked to JD , new in 2011 on 47" 54" have had them for a couple
of years now.
said they don't see any issues with them, sure hope not.
My chute is steel.
Using it on an X720
 

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I have a walk behind blower and have bent the steel impeller a few times hitting ice that the plows throw out. Can't imagine what it will do to a plastic impeller. Hopefully it can take a hit without snapping.
 

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strength all depends on the type of plastic (and unfortunatly deere is not the best at choosing plastic)

do a search (bing is better at searching MTF than the MTF search)

Lots of discussions on this one, some folks even bend the metal ones, maybe gravel driveways? as I have never put anything through mine that would bend/break either...


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I'm not real concerned with the plastic with where I clean snow.
In 12 years with my Simplicity never dinged it up, hope it goes
good for this one.
Have used it a couple of times this year not much snow yet,
but out by the road I get into some gravel and so far not a mark,
and I am keeping an eye on it.
My drive is paved but next door is stone.
Was told the shear will let go first, we'll see won't we.
 

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Mack, If you are installing a new model #47, you may have to switch the hydralic hoses around on top of the blower. When you disconnect the hoses on top of the blower, be on the lookout for a dime sized round metal piece in the hose fitting. I think its some kind of pressure reducer. When I did mine, After I put everything together, I found one on the floor.
 

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Fruch- The 47" for the X530/534/540 is belt driven with manual controls unlike the shaft driven / hydro controlled 47" X7 series blower.

My 44" had a plastic impeller and so does my 2010 47", both work great and never gave me any problems. The only disadvantage I see with plastic for me is that eventually over the years the sand/rock/slushy that gets plowed into my drive way by the state will grind the ends down and could lead to a decrease in performance? Only time will tell but when it gets to that point I hope to upgrade to a shaft driven 47" on a bigger Deere.
 

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Finally pulled the trigger and purchased the 47 inch blower for my x534. As I was unpacking the unit today I noticed the impeller is plastic not steel. I knew the chute was plastic but was surprised that the impeller would be plastic. Is this a recent change in design or have the impellers always been plastic?
The problem is the impeller will seize on the shaft and the shear bolts don't do their job and can cause $$$ damage.:banghead3

These are just small examples how John Deere is forcing owners to introduce themselves to the friendly folks behind John Deere service desk centers.

John Deere's motto:
"Don't make nothing last, that way service people don't fall asleep".

Remember the old Maytag commercials????
 

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I think we to often give to little credit to the engineers who design this stuff. They know the strengths and weaknesses of steel, aluminum and plastics ( many different types) and the demands placed on the part in all regards includint load and impacts.

Think about it. When we move really heavy things,,, ie mega movers 100-10000 tons they use plastic ie straps NOT chains because they are stronger. That is hard for me to fathom but its true.

Long and short of it is...... I would not fear the plastic at all.


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Guys

I think we to often give to little credit to the engineers who design this stuff. They know the strengths and weaknesses of steel, aluminum and plastics ( many different types) and the demands placed on the part in all regards includint load and impacts.

Think about it. When we move really heavy things,,, ie mega movers 100-10000 tons they use plastic ie straps NOT chains because they are stronger. That is hard for me to fathom but its true.

Long and short of it is...... I would not fear the plastic at all.


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You make a good point. The plastic is very thick and does seem well built. The rest of the blower components seem very solid. I guess I am just old school in my thinking on certain moving parts. I had a hard time accepting a belt driven Harley.
 
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