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Best snowblower for a truck

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Mamacast, Jul 12, 2015.

  1. Mamacast

    Mamacast Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Our HOA management company is going to start maintaining a small development's side roads (1 mile of roads) and our home owners have requested we use a blower due to driveway cut outs and previous experience with it being plowed. Can anyone weigh in on the best blower to attach to a Duramax pickup? Width and Hp would be appreciated, thanks all.
     
  2. seville009

    seville009 Senior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 740

    I can't imagine doing a mile of roads with a blower. Even if could set one up with the truck, it's probably going to be real expensive. Plus - if the owners are complaining about plows, they're not going to be happy with snow blowing into their yards and driveways.

    Just tell them that if they want you to do the work that you're going to be using your plow.
     
  3. MXZ1983

    MXZ1983 Senior Member
    Messages: 214

    Honestly for the price of the blower I would look for a used 9n or something with a 3 point blower for that.
     
  4. Mamacast

    Mamacast Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Sorry, what is a 9n or a 3 point blower? I think I am in the new to the industry forum so I hope you don't mind educating me :)
     
  5. MXZ1983

    MXZ1983 Senior Member
    Messages: 214

    Oh sorry. It's a 60s ford small tractor. Can be found for 2 or 3k running and working good. Get a good used 3 point snowblower for the back for 1500 and call it good.
    A blower setup for the duramax is so damn expensive it's insane.
     
  6. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,988

    Where do you think your gunna get a pickup mounted blower from?

    And when was the last time you SAW a blower on a p-up......In front that is
     
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2015
  7. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,548

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  8. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,015

    There is a company that makes them, at I saw it on the internet. It was gas engine driven. Insanely expensive, and slow moving. If it snows, you get snow in the end of the drive way. Do they have to clean their own driveway?
     
  9. Mamacast

    Mamacast Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Wow, under new to the industry I get this reply? Youtube has a number of videos, was looking for replies from someone with experience:confused:
     
  10. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,988

    Snowblowers on trucks are hard to find.

    Mostly in h.d. markets. And since your local isn't listed then I'm guessing there not there.

    New to the industry, so you want your hand held?
    How much research have YOU actually done?
     
  11. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,015

    Search SnoVac, starts off at $12500.00 The homeowners association fees better be pretty high. Most complexes like that here the contractor also does the drives anyway.
     
  12. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
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  13. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,592

  14. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,905

    Funny you say that.

    We did a very high end HOA with a tractor blower and other than 1 guy that was pissed because his contractor didn't show and we did, the entire association loved the blower. No piles, no landscape damage, didn't lose any width on their roadway.

    OP, go with a tractor mounted blower. An inverted blower. There is no way you will ever get done with a 9N going backwards over a mile. Figure at minimum 3 passes, probably 5. So you're going to be blowing backwards for 5 miles.

    A little more info would be helpful.
     
  15. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,315

    Mounted to a real truck, not a "Bow Tie"

    That's pretty cool but has to be hell on the frontend.
    Mounted to a real truck, not a "Bow Tie"

    As much as it pains me I have to agree...... at a minimum a skid with a blower.

    Having little to no info to work from other than what was said I have a hard time with the idea of using a blower for a road. If it was in a mountainous area or an area that's heavily timbered I could see the need.
    Either scenario I'd clear the road with a plow and blow the windrows, especially for lessor accumulations.
     
  16. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,592

    He only has a couple of miles to do.
    So what if it takes 2-3hrs.


    For most of us it's to inefficient.
    Are there blowers that will go on his truck, YES.

    Is anyone "helping" him, it doesn't look like it.

    Will he go a different route?
    Well see.

    all it takes is a lot of $$$$

    jmo
    Id go back to plowing it,
    and then go back and open up the ends of the drives.
     
  17. seville009

    seville009 Senior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 740

    I've got a 45hp tractor with a 3 pt blower; pain in azz (and back) to use for any period of time (no cab). Got a tracked skidsteer with a hydraulic blower; much nicer and easier to use. It could do a mile of roads, but it would be easier and quicker with a plow and the just use the blower for push backs.
     
  18. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,905

    There really isn't any comparison between a hydro blower vs. a PTO driven blower.
     
  19. seville009

    seville009 Senior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 740

    Sure there is - the hydro is substantially better (in my opinion). No shear bolts breaking.....
     
  20. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,905

    LOL, you've got to be kidding me.