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Bobcat w/Blower Fuel Consumption

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by DGODGR, Jan 18, 2016.


    DGODGR Senior Member
    from s/w co
    Messages: 641

    I just recently bought an SBX240 84" Hi-flow snowblower. It is mounted to an A300 with hi-flow (75 hp). We are using it to blow back windrows on some of our subdivision roads, and a few driveways, for those that don't want to have us push back with loaders. The windrows have been there for the season so they have definitely "set up". We have had some very cold temps, and we are in a very arid climate anyway, so these factors are helping us but the blower is definitely working to get the job done. We are attacking the windrows at about 3/8 width of the blower and the row is at the top, or maybe a little higher than the mouth of the blower. We are using the creeper gear and are setting it between 25-35 on the meter (this should translate to 25-30% of the slower speed of a 2-spd skid). We are going through a lot of fuel. Probably a full tank in about 5 hours, maybe 6. Normally we could go 8-12 hours on 3/4 tank Using a 100" snow bucket to plow driveways).I would like to hear back from you that have hi-flow units on large frame skids. Does this seem right in this application?
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,391

    Hi flow, slow speed, and "working the attachment" yes your machine will drink the fuel.
    If you had a tad higher hp machine it MIGHT be better but not by much.
    Did brush cutting with 2 100hp machines, they liked the fuel a lot.
  3. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,248

    Nobody ever said hydro was fuel efficient.