Unless there's some kind of diff kit it would be pretty tough on the shoulders&back in extended use. The Toro PS units with diff. would likely have the same traction in rear wheel mode & be easier to maneuver. Never used one but the 13hp is likely not enough to power a 45" swath.
Yeah, I've seen them arround hee under diffrent names cant remember what tho.
Casey does have a point that thay would be hard to turn if the wheels were locked. I imagine thay took that into concideration during design.
The blowers I like are the ones with Tracks, like a dozer only to scale. Havent seen them arround latly. Thay were on a chain drive much like a WB belt drive for turning. Only problem with them is thay lacked blowing power. People would get the thing jamed in the snow and with snow, by going to fast. That was the only way to stop them.
Most blowers are not hard to turn at all as usually snow and ice are slick.
Casey, I own a toro snow blower with power shift. When the power shift is engaged most of the machines weight is on the front of the machine so it dosnt have much traction. You actually have to put some pressure down on the handles to get it to move in certain instances. This machine will go through 2 ft of snow without lifting up over the snow wich is great...but does it have traction...no!
True. The only time we use PS is for banks at the end of drives. Haven't had a problem with slippage with the dif locked and PS off and with PS on it usually plows right through unless it's heavily compacted. That dually would likely run through 10 ft of snow if they put on a bigger engine to clear. How would you turn that beast???
BTW Toro now claims the dif kit is standard on all PS units, but if you buy in Canada it doesn't come included, which they neglect to mention. Dealer install & kit after purchase cost about $500 more than the 1232 PS which for some reason had the dif kit preinstaled when Toro claimed it as an option. I've been burned by Toro snow & lawn due to their innacurate literature. I now ask alot of questions when buying Toro.
Saw the Cub Cadet at Walmart. $1395.00 Has levers under the left and right grips for turning better. Want to turn left, grab the left one, want to turn right, then squeeze the right one. These along with the normal drive lever. Looked sweet. I recall had a 33" mouth on it and a 13hp motor.
OryanO, ready for some white stuff in the quad's? Are you independant or do you contract with someone?
the blowers have power steering . The work very good. My blowers have them. They are friction drive. When one of the controls on the handles are pulled then it stops drive to that side of the blower. We've put both controls on the right side so the left hand is free to run the shute at all times. Ours have track drive and I wish we had tires now because I think they would be faster.
That's on a craftman 928. Made by MTD. Have a yardman that has it to. Right now I'm looking at by a com. walk behind mower and have a blower from Rad put on it. Exmark and Snapper are at the top of my list. Exmark would be better for the mowing part of the year but with snapper you buy the traction unit and add the deck size to it .With snapper you can go with a 23hp engine and i think the more power for snow the better.