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brought my new toy home today

Discussion in 'ATV / UTV Snow Removal' started by sluggermn, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. sluggermn

    sluggermn Member
    Messages: 85

    well I got picked at my job to be a Guinea pig for the r&d dept, and this is their latest creation.
    I actually get to test this for the winter and give status reports and performance reviews every time I use it.
    we will see how it goes. so far I know it's a P.I.A. to load on to the trailer due to the low clearance.
    here are some pic's
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  2. abbe

    abbe Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 719

    i just creamed myself....
     
  3. sluggermn

    sluggermn Member
    Messages: 85

    more pics

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    they told me that they are going to recommend that the snow blower be installed on atv's that are 500cc or larger, mine is a 300 and it is being maxed out weight wise.
    we are supposed to get a pretty good storm this weekend so we will see how it does.
    slugger
     
  4. sluggermn

    sluggermn Member
    Messages: 85

    oh and ignore the mess that is my garage I am pretty sure a bomb went off in there but I cant seem to find it in all the mess. lol:drinkup:
     
  5. IPLOWSNO

    IPLOWSNO PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,620

    needs bank cutters that are tall, and me to test it in deeper snow lol i have a larger atv hahaha
     
  6. fireball

    fireball PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 536

    Is that the crary thermos bottle on the rear left side? Looks like their bobcat blower painted black.
     
  7. speedy

    speedy Senior Member
    Messages: 104

    At least with the engine mounted on top, it gets the weight a little closer to the machine.

    I take it that the machine is bearing the entire weight of the blower as opposed to there being a sub-frame and casters as on other ATV blowers?

    It looks to me like the engine is going to need some proterction from all the powder snow that will be generated by the blower chute.

    What size engine is that?
     
  8. sluggermn

    sluggermn Member
    Messages: 85

    It is belly mounted, meaning there is a bracket that runs from under the engine out to the front to support the weight and the winch lifts it up and down. so far I have noticed that with the motor where it is, the weight is all on the left side or at least way more of it is on the left causing the machine to tilt that direction. I dont like where the motor is mounted it prevents you from discharging to the far left
    the motor does get a lot of spray when you discharge it to the left.

    fire ball that is the water proof canister for the owners manual, I will have to check tomorrow if the size will allow it to double as a beverage holder. :nono:

    I already broke it! :angry: I was running it down the side walk and over loaded it and it started making strange noises and then smoke started coming out of the left side belt area and then the motor died, I think all I did was burn up a belt but I am too tired to mess with it tonight.

    slugger
     
  9. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,040

    Looks pretty cold and windy.


    Any plans for an add-on soft cab or something?
     
  10. fireball

    fireball PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 536

    and the bobcat story continues. At least you didn't have to tow it home leaving little pieces of rubber on the sidewalk, and neighbors talking about the stink of beets. Someday a man will invent a snowblower that handles wet snow, and he will enter that special place that are reserved for the likes of Bell, Edision and Al Gore
     
  11. sluggermn

    sluggermn Member
    Messages: 85

    what do you mean by the bobcat story?? did I miss something?

    al gore?? please lets not lump him in with the great thinkers and inventers, I really hope you were being sarcastic!

    I took it in to the R&D dept. and told them the issues I has and I should have it back late this afternoon so I can go after the drifts from todays storm. 2" of light powdery snow with up to 50 mph winds after a day of rain and 2" of slushy snow with current temps of 10 degrees is going to make for some interesting snow pushing and blowing tonight:redbounce:redbounce:redbounce:laughing:
    slugger
     
  12. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,508

    Slugger, could you add some weight to the other side of the blower to offset the engine weight? Don't know if the winch could handle it but it would even out the leaning to one side. Gotta take smaller bites in bigger snow just like any blower, guess you know that now.:(
     
  13. fireball

    fireball PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 536

    I'm sorry, I meant bearcat. Hey we are all sitting here waiting for you to tell how the last three snowstorms went
     
  14. sluggermn

    sluggermn Member
    Messages: 85

    well the wet heavy snow was tough on it, that is when I burned the belt. the snow we have had here since has been much lighter and the blower is handling it well.
    I have found it is not wise to use the snow blower as a battering ram! I was trying to break open two of the cross walks at a condo I do and I bent one corner in (they have since added gussets to that area.) I broke the auger blade off of ( or away from) the shaft near the center, and I tucked the outer end of the auger blade on the left side under the chain and up against the sprocket.
    Now keep in mind I and testing this for R&D so I am being ALOT rougher on this thing than I ever would if I had bought it, not to say I pamper my eqpt. but I am beating the tar out of the blower to see what it can and can not do!
    So far I have been happy with it. the blower makes quick work of the sidewalks and for the most part has worked well.
    now all I have to do is try and get some pics and video of the thing launching snow!

    slugger
     
  15. fireball

    fireball PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 536

    Good, suggest to them that they use the electric actuators(found down in final assembly/blower dept) as the lifting unit in case the atv don't have a winch, replace the discharge shoot with a plastic one(you can find this on the largest cub cadet blower) and perhaps a drop down plow edge that you can use for a ram in wet snow or a back drag blade, and make that manual holder bigger so it can also hold spare belts, master links, and shear bolts
     
  16. sluggermn

    sluggermn Member
    Messages: 85

    all good suggestions fireball I will bring them up to r&d. So how long did you work for them (or do you still work there?

    slugger
     
  17. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    Is this the same company who make air reels?
     
  18. sluggermn

    sluggermn Member
    Messages: 85

    Yes one in the same!
     
  19. fireball

    fireball PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 536

    never did work for them, helped on a project once
     
  20. hlntoiz

    hlntoiz Senior Member
    from NW, CT
    Messages: 588

    Very nice. Some action shots would be great, Vid would be better :cool: