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    Rear-mount snow blowers

    Enlighten me here. Why would you ever buy a a snow blower that you had to use backing up? This defies logic to me and it would just give me a kink in the neck. I think that I can remove snow just fine with a blade, or a bucket and not go in reverse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbhooper View Post
    Enlighten me here. Why would you ever buy a a snow blower that you had to use backing up? This defies logic to me and it would just give me a kink in the neck. I think that I can remove snow just fine with a blade, or a bucket and not go in reverse.
    Because it gives you the option of plowing with the bucket, plow, snow pusher, etc.
    Then if the S really hits the fan, you have the option of the blower.
    I have a 3 point Frontier. Makes for great traction most of the storms. And I’m fine with that.

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    I plow is fine if you have some place to push the snow to. I don't like have piles or banks in my yard as they tend to create drifts. The driveway at my cabin is lined with trees so the snow cant be pushed off very far with a plow. A snow blower can throw the snow into the woods , plus it dosnt make piles that stick around to mid June.
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    [Note: apologies, I thought you were questioning a rear blower compared to a front-mount blower]

    I can think of a "few" reasons:

    1. It enables you to continue to use the loader during winter for other duties (bucket, forks, plow, etc.)
    2. A 3PH snow blower is around 1/2 the price of a comparable front blower
    3. 3PH snow blowers are typically built much heavier
    4. 3PH snow blowers will typically handle deeper snow and throw the snow farther due to their large impellers
    5. 3PH snow blowers are available in a wider range of sizes
    6. 3PH snow blowers are available from a wide variety of manufacturers
    7. 3PH snow blowers are tractor make/model independent (front mounts typically only fit a few models / years)
    8. 3PH snow blowers are typically easier to resell because they are tractor independent
    9. Third party 3PH snow blowers typically have better parts availability and a longer parts availability life
    10. 3PH snow blowers are typically faster to attach/detach (at least those that are quick hitch compatible)

    The only real disadvantage of a 3PH snow blower is that you have to drive in reverse to use it.

    When comparing to a plow... when using a plow you must plow with the storm. That could mean going out every couple hours and removing snow whereas with a snow blower you can typically wait till the storm is over and remove the snow all at once.
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    Rear blower is the only option I'd consider. It makes short work of big snow and I love having my loader on to pile it. Also need my loader to push back the banks around my mail box. My snow ain't kids stuff. We're talking 4ft banks of hard ass packed icey snow out by the road. No blower could handle it without busting shear pins. If I don't clear the banks so they can pull over and reach my box they won't deliver. Beyond that. It's awesome to be able to swap to forks and the blower is fantastic ballast. When spring comes. The blower is off in seconds. When winter comes. It's on in seconds. I get it that some folks who might have mobility issues wouldn't like it. But lookin' behind doesn't bother me one bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbhooper View Post
    Enlighten me here. Why would you ever buy a a snow blower that you had to use backing up? This defies logic to me and it would just give me a kink in the neck. I think that I can remove snow just fine with a blade, or a bucket and not go in reverse.
    Imagine waking up to 30+ inches of snow like we did two years ago. Where are you going to go with a bucket? A plow? With a snow blower (rear or front) you engage the PTO and just start driving out of the garage.

    The absolute best scenario to have if you can is to have both tools available. A plow when it's appropriate and a blower for when it is appropriate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    [Note: apologies, I thought you were questioning a rear blower compared to a front-mount blower]

    I can think of a "few" reasons:

    1. It enables you to continue to use the loader during winter for other duties (bucket, forks, plow, etc.)
    2. A 3PH snow blower is around 1/2 the price of a comparable front blower
    3. 3PH snow blowers are typically built much heavier
    4. 3PH snow blowers will typically handle deeper snow and throw the snow farther due to their large impellers
    5. 3PH snow blowers are available in a wider range of sizes
    6. 3PH snow blowers are available from a wide variety of manufacturers
    7. 3PH snow blowers are tractor make/model independent (front mounts typically only fit a few models / years)
    8. 3PH snow blowers are typically easier to resell because they are tractor independent
    9. Third party 3PH snow blowers typically have better parts availability and a longer parts availability life
    10. 3PH snow blowers are typically faster to attach/detach (at least those that are quick hitch compatible)

    The only real disadvantage of a 3PH snow blower is that you have to drive in reverse to use it.

    When comparing to a plow... when using a plow you must plow with the storm. That could mean going out every couple hours and removing snow whereas with a snow blower you can typically wait till the storm is over and remove the snow all at once.
    All great points Jay
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    Everyone likes what they like, but if you plan to get a rear mount PTO snowblower, first take your tractor out to your driveway and back down your driveway several times to see if you can deal with looking backwards for that amount of time, and by the way, when you do this backing test, be sure to have the FEL mounted so you have to deal with the FEL hanging out the front. Just saying??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray_PA View Post
    Everyone likes what they like, but if you plan to get a rear mount PTO snowblower, first take your tractor out to your driveway and back down your driveway several times to see if you can deal with looking backwards for that amount of time, and by the way, when you do this backing test, be sure to have the FEL mounted so you have to deal with the FEL hanging out the front. Just saying??

    Great fantastic point. Staying in a straight line going backwards along a fence, trees, or hedge row becomes an issue not hitting stuff. A safety thing with the bucket hanging out there too. Swing around and not hit stuff as your turned around looking backwards snow blowing. Swinging the bucket into the pickup truck as your turned backwards blowing snow would not be pretty picture. A kink in the neck and discomfort is just not worth the cost savings. Driving forward is quite natural. Twisting around with a body that is closer to death than it is from birth is not in the oversized waist line interest of many that own these mighty tractors. Even a young youthful person would prefer driving forward just from the stand point of ease of use and comfort. Having attachments (front bucket & rear blower) on the tractor at both ends makes for one long piece of equipment to manipulate.

    But there are attachments to suit the needs or wants of each persons preferences and or budget. A well informed buyer generally makes a better choice for his needs.
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    Both are nice front or rear,but this why JD made attachments quick hitch.Bucket comes off easy blower to plow easy exchange,and the rear quick hitch easy on and off.
    Every snow situation is different whether its type of snow and where you have to put it.
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