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Question for All Ventrac Users

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Briankook, Nov 18, 2014.

  1. Briankook

    Briankook Member
    Messages: 34

    Hello. We purchased our first Ventrac (3400 Model with hard cab & heat) and it will be arriving this week. What parts should I stock up on so we have them on hand this Winter?
    We purchased the brush, v-plow, & blower.
    Are there any parts that wear out during heavy use on these particular attachments?

    Thanks in advance!

    Brian
     
  2. IDOCTORTREES

    IDOCTORTREES Senior Member
    from MONTANA
    Messages: 792

    Good luck. They told us no cabs till December
     
  3. Briankook

    Briankook Member
    Messages: 34

    It's being shipped tomorrow, but we ordered it almost 2 months ago.
     
  4. Mike Nelson

    Mike Nelson Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    We had 12 of them years ago with the same set up.

    On the blowers, besides shear pins, beef up the edges of the blowers. They where bending when we ran the curb lines.

    Make sure you keep the pulleys underneath greases and lubed. The salt corroded them at the end of each season.

    Wiper blades and maybe an extra arm.

    We also loaded the tires with slime and that stopped any leaks.

    Hope this helps and enjoy your new machine, they are awesome !
     
  5. Briankook

    Briankook Member
    Messages: 34

    Thanks Mike. Will do!
     
  6. fairrpe86

    fairrpe86 Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    If you plan to run the sweepers a lot, keep brushes on hand.
     
  7. hawkfan45

    hawkfan45 Junior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 16

    You'll want to keep 1 drive belt for the tractor, belt for the broom & blower (cheap items). They are less prone to break than what a shear pin would if you have a good operator, but good to have on hand. Since this is your first year on the unit, you shouldn't need to replace much else. That tractor runs BEAST MODE! Have fun.
     
  8. Briankook

    Briankook Member
    Messages: 34

    Thanks so much for the replies! I will definitely make sure to have these extra items on hand! Bring the snow!
     
  9. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,132

    Might want to wait until you get the machine and get it set up first.

    Also, pics or this is a fairy tale. :laughing:
     
  10. Mike Nelson

    Mike Nelson Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    Forgot about belts.

    The brooms lasted a couple of years for us as long as the operator keeps it in float mode !
     
  11. lawnlandscape

    lawnlandscape Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    Brain, what abouts did that set up cost you? (broken down by piece if you can)
     
  12. hawkfan45

    hawkfan45 Junior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 16

    check this video out.

    http://youtu.be/4QEWgVqfE1Q


     
  13. Briankook

    Briankook Member
    Messages: 34

    Thanks Hawkfan. I did see that video the other today. I follow Topaz's FB page :).

    The unit with hard cab, heat, strobe, vplow, brush, snowblower, & salter was $32,000. I don't have the breakdown of each piece handy.

    Our Ventrac was delivered to the dealer and it will be delivered to us this coming week. The cab will be sent as soon as it is available.

    Thanks,

    Brian
     
  14. lawnlandscape

    lawnlandscape Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    Thanks. I'm really looking for something that can seat 2 and also have a place to bring along a shovel and snow blower.
     
  15. Briankook

    Briankook Member
    Messages: 34

    Received Ventrac today. Ready for snow!!!
     
  16. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Bobcat 5600 Toolcat.
     
  17. TGS Inc.

    TGS Inc. Senior Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 569

    What do you trailer them with??

    We are going to buy a couple Ventracs for next season. Just curious what you guys are using to transport them? Enclosed trailer? How long? 4x4 truck pulling??

    Thanks~!
     
  18. Briankook

    Briankook Member
    Messages: 34

    We use a standard 16' open utility trailer. It is pulled with a 3/4 Pickup.
     
  19. joepopovic

    joepopovic Junior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1

    Just belts for the most part, on the blower under the cover there are two pillow block bearings, keep the greased. Other than that not much wears out on it . Keep an eye on the shoes also on the blower.
     
  20. Briankook

    Briankook Member
    Messages: 34

    After a great Winter with the Ventrac, we just had our 2nd one delivered last week. This one has the new drop spreader that supposedly is extremely efficient at saving ice melt. Does anyone have any experience with that drop spreader?