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hanson snowblower

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Kirby ent, Aug 25, 2005.

  1. Kirby ent

    Kirby ent Member
    Messages: 94

    Hi I am new to the site and love it.
    I have been searching for a while now for my new setup. We do a lot of residential with small double car driveways. We currently use walk behind blowers but I was thinking a truck mounted snow blower with a big engine would save us tons of time especially in the condo's. I have a plow but we cannot use it in the residential because there is no where to put the snow.
    I was thinking maybe a truck with a pull plow on the back and a blower on the front to throw it on these small lawns after dragging the driveway.
    I was hoping I could find a manufacturer of a blower that has the engine in the truck box instead of out front like the hansen. Does anyone have a hanson and is to heavy on the front end for travel around the city?
    Any other ideas for small driveways would be great. We have 300 plus accounts and staffing has become impossible so I am trying to figure out a better solution.
    Thanks Mike

    Messages: 38

  3. Pete7

    Pete7 Member
    Messages: 55

    Could you put up some pics of your setup? How much does something like that run?

    Messages: 38

    Pete,don't Have Any Extra Pics To Put Up Right Now, Its Stored Away Right Now Til Winter.
    But Its A Heavy Duty 7 Foot 24 Hp, 2 Cylinder, 4 Cycle, Air Cooled, Electric Start Gas Engine.
    The Electric Start, Choke, Throttle And 220 Degree Chute Rotation Are Contolled From The Cab. Remote Deflector Control From The Cab. 18 Inch Diameter Fan And 14 Inch Diameter Auger.the Plow Unit Powers Hydraulic Operated Lift.
    We Paid About 7500.00 For It.
  5. Fastcar

    Fastcar Member
    from MA
    Messages: 87

    Take a look here: www.hansonsnowblowers.com

  6. finnegan

    finnegan Senior Member
    Messages: 313

  7. scholzee

    scholzee Senior Member
    Messages: 243

    Well I could not get further than 5 minutes in and had enough. One good thing is you could use the cases and cases of shear bolts as ballast in your bed. In the first 5 minutes I never once saw it take on more than half a blowers width worth of snow. Any plow could have handled that snow much faster. I could see it be of great use in trailer parks, campsites, loading docks etc, where it is tough to stack piles. Showing it in open parking lot taking on 10" of snow at 1/2 its width at 3 mph will not sell that unit. I am sure there are good applications for it but that was not in the video.
  8. finnegan

    finnegan Senior Member
    Messages: 313

    i like how they were bashing plows in the video(lets see a plow do this)you would loose so much money trying to run that as a solo truck....

  9. EIB

    EIB Senior Member
    Messages: 258

    I think the best way for you to go is with a tractor with a blade on the front and a blower on the back. The smallest I would go would be 40hp. The video of the truck mounted blowers do not have the hp needed. The truck in the video was going real slow.
  10. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,931

    yeah i know, 7ft wide and only 27hp lol, common, my snowblowers are 32" wide and 12/13hp models and THEY dont go fast even sine theyre simplicity walk behinds... 27hp for 7ft wide thats like 10hp per 2.5 feet width, sucks. especially on a truck you want to do at least 5-10mph with. 35hp deisel or stronger
  11. jimsmowin

    jimsmowin Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    i would own one if i could afford it i watched the video. i think it has its place and would work fine. i have plenty of time on a snow blower. it would be great for after the plowing is done
  12. NJ Plowman

    NJ Plowman Senior Member
    Messages: 794

    I always thought the idea was neat but never saw one in action. After watching the video I have no further intrest in it. The pick-up had its front wheels spinning more in the 5 minute video than I would spin them in a whole plowing season. It looked slow and tedious to me and it only used about a third of its capacity. If you used the whole 7.5 foot mouth, could you go faster than 2 or 3 MPH? Looks like it would take ten times longer to do a parking lot than it would with a plow. I would think you would need to have a really specialized need for you to spen 7 to 10 grand on something that slow... :dizzy:
  13. UpstateDzlGuy

    UpstateDzlGuy Senior Member
    Messages: 121

    I agree. I think if it were a little wider and taller with a real engine it would have great potential. I think if it had a bigger diesel with the right gearing it would be a cool setup. I know all of the big municipals around here have huge diesels. I think someone could make it a real machine with the right modifications. Chris
  14. YardMedic

    YardMedic PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266


    This topic gets so many questions in many independent threads. I can't see how people feel the video will sell it, as it's SO slow. It barely broke through the frozen piles -- you'd be better off renting a loader for a couple hours to move big frozen piles around, and it wouldn't cost you what this big blower does
  15. gordyo

    gordyo Senior Member
    Messages: 527

    Just like every piece of equipment, it has it's place. I wish I had that on the front of my truck in the Blizzard of 78 because a plow was not moving anything. It may have only been able to go 2 mph chewing through the snow but the plow was going 0 mph cause it was usless in that storm. Had to do all the accounts with a 10hp snowblower. At least that blower would have been moving it and I would have been nice and dry inside the cab instead of out in the Blizzard. The only equipment working that storm in my area were V-Plows, hand blowers, bulldozers, loaders and backhoe's.
  16. Bandit

    Bandit Senior Member
    Messages: 146

    I could of used one of those too , in 78 I cleaned 3 apartment complexes in Framingham with a commercial model Bolens ( my wife just made me through out that old thing that hasn't run in years LOL ) . At times We were shoveling the snow down into the blower , and once in a while I could use my p/u to plow a few spaces we had opened.
    Bob ( I got 15 months of free rent in a luxury 2 bdr. out of that storm . )
  17. gordyo

    gordyo Senior Member
    Messages: 527

    That's pretty funny, I was running a 10hp Simplicity Snowblower down the center of our accounts and my dad was standing ontop of the snow infront of it just like you did chopping it down to the blower. We would make a path down the middle of the driveways and then fire up the Scout with the V-Plow and put the nose in the blower path and bust open the drives. We had to do this to all dads accounts and then mine. Took the whole week but we got em all done and wore out that blower that one storm, it never ran again. My dad just pulled it out of the basement a few weeks ago to take to the scrap pile!!
  18. alpenmountain

    alpenmountain Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Have one. Love it. Most people who have problems live where "slop" falls from the sky. If you actually have snow, it works great. I've cleared snow mid-way up the doors on my F350. Our driveway is just over 1000 ft long. I make one pass out and one pass back and the entire 15 ft wide drive is done in an average of 20 minutes. Much better than "plowing" your vehicle into an early grave.
  19. #1 plowtech

    #1 plowtech Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    If you consistently have a boat load of REAL SNOW, not this, yea , were getting" 2 inches" B.S., i could see the use of the blower. Like everything, all pieces of equipment have there place and time.

    One friend of mine has approx. 600 driveways every year!

    2 guys per route. 1st truck has back blade, pulls out the snow, 2nd truck w/front blade cleans and stacks. It is very efficient w/ the right guys. He works with 8-10 trucks total .Goodluck Plowtech:waving:
  20. RipT

    RipT Senior Member
    Messages: 184

    Welcome to the forum Alpenmountain....good to hear from another "real-world satisfied owner"

    As you can see below, I am a "Blower Believer", but still mostly plow and my 10 year old basic plow truck is still far from an early grave. But then I am a "low-range & chains", not a "ram&cram" type plower that is still on original battery and alternator (no plow prep pkg & no other problems).

    I have year-round use for the tractors, so the hyd blowers were logical. Give me a few more years however, and the comfort of the PU cab under All conditions may be too hard to resist!