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    1026R Auto Connect with snow blower

    Does anyone with a 1026R and the 60d auto connect deck use a snow blower? If so, how does the drive shaft attach to the front PTO? Does the auto connect coupler need to be removed from the tractor to permit the drive shaft to be run between the PTO and the quick hitch or do you just use the auto connect as fitted? How does that work?

    Also, what do you recommend for a 1026R..... The 47 or 54 snow blower?

    Thanks in advance!
    2011- 1026R, H120 loader & Ballast Box, 60D Autoconnect mower w/auto-connect and hydraulic lift, I-Match quick hitch, Frontier 3pt hitch receiver, Frontier SS2036B spreader, 260 backhoe, John Deere 54 Front Blade, Landpride BB1048 Box blade

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    I have the snowblower & MMM. The PTO shaft for the MMM must come off to put the PTO shaft for the blower. Not a big deal. The weather changes fast here in Wi, but I have never needed to use the snowblower and mower at the same time.
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    I have the 54" snowblower and we had minimal snow last winter. I think the 54 will do a better job of clearing the snow that might get compressed by the tires if you were using a 47. I think if you are blowing snow in a straight line either one is fine---but if you have curves the 54 should be better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gngyoung View Post

    Also, what do you recommend for a 1026R..... The 47 or 54 snow blower?

    Thanks in advance!
    The 54 blower is too wide for most sidewalks. Also, the extra 7" of width makes the first, starting pass more difficult when dealing with deep snow. You have to take it much slower so there's not much benefit over the 47. Traction also becomes even more of a challenge with the larger blower. The fact that the 47 leaves a small strip of snow on curves is a non-issue. It can easily handle the slightly compressed snow on the next pass and you usually don't take full swaths after the first pass.
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    Thanks for the input guys..... I am currently considering a used 47 inch model from a 455 tractor with quick hitch for 1500 CDN and given I already have a quick hitch for my 54 blade I'm sure it will work.

    I dont know the true cost of a new unit. What did you guys pay to set up a snow blower on the 1026R? I mean cost of parts/assemblies, not the set up labour charges.....


    Thanks again!
    2011- 1026R, H120 loader & Ballast Box, 60D Autoconnect mower w/auto-connect and hydraulic lift, I-Match quick hitch, Frontier 3pt hitch receiver, Frontier SS2036B spreader, 260 backhoe, John Deere 54 Front Blade, Landpride BB1048 Box blade

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    My 1026 did just fine with the 54" blower in 17" of wet snow. We didnt get much snow last winter, still waiting to see how it works in 2-3' drifts.
    Eric

    2011 1026R 60D auto-connect, independent-lift mmm / 54" snowblower / 4' KK Pro rotary mower / KK 4' tiller

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    The chute on the 54" will turn 210 degrees the 47" only turns 180 degrees.
    This may not be a point for some but it was for me. When getting to the end of the drive way
    where the drive way meets the road I am able to throw the Snow back behind me away from the road
    or a building.

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