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Self Powered Snowblowers for Skid Steers?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment' started by Greenmtboy, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. Greenmtboy

    Greenmtboy Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 372

    Anyone know of a manufacturer that makes them for skid steers or compact loaders?
     
  2. bighornjd

    bighornjd Senior Member
    Messages: 249

    Never seen one, doesn't mean they don't exist.

    Just wondering why? What's wrong with hydraulic power? A lot less cost, maintenance, repairs, moving parts, weight, etc. I can't think of any benefits to another power unit. As heavy as it would be, you would need a decent sized machine to handle it, which should have sufficient hydraulic output. Visibility would likely also suck. I just don't see it. A decent machine with even standard flow should run a properly sized blower fine and high-flow would certainly do the job.

    So why would you want a self-powered unit?
     
  3. 4700dan

    4700dan Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 329

    Red Devil Snow Blowers they have them check to see if they have one for the skiddy
     
  4. Greenmtboy

    Greenmtboy Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 372

    I was just curious, not looking to purchase just never seen one. To answer your other questions: With a hyd. blower your efficiency goes out the window, you lose to much hp through the hydraulics. A self powered blower would run circles around a hyd. blower, their is a lot less power loss = more efficient, yes it would be heavier but manageable. I don't believe you would lose a lot visibility. Their would be no need to run your ss at full throttle and less wear 'n' tear on the hyd. system. I have nothing to prove this, its just my opinion.
     
  5. StuveCorp

    StuveCorp Senior Member
    Messages: 341

    Last year there was two Fair 72" blowers for sale around here, they had a smaller diesel engine to power it. I was going to get one if I got the one bid but never got it and never followed through with them. I 'think' they would work better than the hydraulic powered ones.
     
  6. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,410

    most likely too heavy for a compact loader to handle
     
  7. grasskeepers

    grasskeepers Member
    Messages: 76

    the bernco blowers would fit in if you add the adapter plate
     
  8. jvm81

    jvm81 Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 381

    I have hydro powered blower . Dealer said there would be power loss but I really cant tell and i have never been side to side against anyhthing else to see if there is a difference.
     
  9. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    Interesting concept, never thought of it.

    Would be very nice though.