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SMI snowmaster blower truck

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by rich414, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. rich414

    rich414 Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    I am looking at purchasing a airport snow blower, its a SMI snowmaster. anyone have a source for parts???
    thanks for the help!!

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  2. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,598

    Is SMI out of business or what? The manufacturer should be able to sell you parts or at least tell you where you can get them.
     
  3. Neige

    Neige Sponsor
    Messages: 2,197

  4. rich414

    rich414 Senior Member
    Messages: 294

  5. Neige

    Neige Sponsor
    Messages: 2,197

  6. rich414

    rich414 Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    Thanks again
    Keep the links coming....
    Rich
     
  7. MAGNUM SERVICES

    MAGNUM SERVICES Member
    Messages: 65

    How deep is your average snowfall and how big are your customers lots to justify purchasing something that big? Just curious as that looks awesome!
     
  8. rich414

    rich414 Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    its a subdivision road that is 4 miles long and has an elevation change of 2000ft I have 198 hours plowing and blowing snow, in a bobcat, on this road to date for the 2009-2010 snow season. . Last year I had 30hrs on the road..The price for the blower is $15,000...the plan with the machins is to remove the snow once, and not massage it (plowing) This years snow fall is 10feet, on the ground today is 3'. Last year was about 8 feet, but there was sunshine between storms which melted the snow FAST We have a southern facing slope. The justification for the machine, is to just want to get it DONE Sort on my ID that are many discussion on the road and what to do!
     
  9. leon

    leon Senior Member
    Messages: 872

    SMI snow blowers

    For what its worth;


    SMI is the parent of Sicard Snow Blowers and just north of me in my neighborhood.


    email for sicard is sicard@sicardgroup.com


    1-877-742-2732

    1-315-788-2732



    I personally would not buy it only because of too many unknowns.

    some times you get a great machine but the issue is records for
    maintenance and repairs.


    I have been there trying to save money with buying used and its
    always bitten me in the Gluteous Maximus.

    Investing in a group three Pronovost two stage P-1040- TRC with a
    double auger would be a better way in MY opinion and the
    rotating drum for side casting discharge(is standard equipment)
    and renting a tractor of 100-150 horse power for the seson would
    be a lot more reassuring if it was me and be much less worrysome.

    You can always add more goodies(bells and whistles) to the blower later
    if you want to.renting a tractor for the season from a local farmer would
    be very possible as any equipment dealer will know who has what iron in
    your area and whether the only crop farm or need equipment the year round.


    I do not want to start a brush war with anybody but I have no reason to lie either.

    I want you to suceed, I do not want you to fail.


    leon



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  10. rich414

    rich414 Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    THANKS!!
    I spoke with Phil up there today, and he was a GREAT help. Looks like the most expensive part to replace is the fan....I am sending him the serial # of the unit so that he can give me more specifics on the unit!!
     
  11. Neige

    Neige Sponsor
    Messages: 2,197

    Thats one way to go about it. The only thing I could add is that he is looking at a 15 grand price tag, the blower you are suggesting will cost at least that. Then he will still need to rent a tractor. If the machine is straight it a great buy. I too would like to see him succeed. :drinkup:
     
  12. rich414

    rich414 Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    this attached photo is representative of all the fan blades. This scares me, the hour meter says 127hrs....this was probably the hrs when they unplugged the hour meter, o rthe owner liked to blow rocks!!!. a new fan is $3k. the only benefit is that the unit is located in my town and I can touch it, not like buying at an auction...

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  13. rich414

    rich414 Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    here are some better photos and a photo of the teeth on the gear that turns the shoot

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  14. MAGNUM SERVICES

    MAGNUM SERVICES Member
    Messages: 65

    I understand your justification and it is an incredible looking machine! Does anybody have a video of one in use?
     
  15. leon

    leon Senior Member
    Messages: 872

    smi blowers

    there are many movies of them doing municipal snow removal on you tube, as well as thier self contained snow blowers mounted on front end loaders at work
     
  16. rich414

    rich414 Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    The only video of a same machine was on ebay.

    here is a video n youtube, I would say that the unit in the video is more powerful than the one that I am looking at...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4d31XgzGYk&feature=related

    I am going to demo the unit tomorrow and will post a video of the operation...

    more to follow