Sorry for the long read. As some of you know I have struggled with the best way to handle leaf cleanups on my 2 acres in the fall. I have to either burn or bag it up for the garbage collection. With 97 trees bagging up is not an option! The first season I used my leaf sweeper, but this took hours every time and had to be done every other day at peak leaf dropping. The next year I bought a cyclone rake and while this was amazing on the collection side you could not really burn the leaves because they were chopped up too fine. After a few years of the CR I sold it and then used my EA pine straw rake to clear the bulk and then sweep behind. This work the best so far factoring in collection time and ease of burning. I have kept an eye on Craigslist for a Steiner hopper/sweeper, https://youtu.be/VnYhcr7AffY but those are rare, expensive, and sell fast when they do come up for sale. I have also thought about a 3 pt blower of some type.
Back in December a B-40 came up on Craigslist. I exchanged emails with the guy, but it was 3 hours away and Between getting ready for winter and also being busy at work because of the holidays I never got around to meeting with the guy. I had a few days off so I decided to track down the email and call the guy to see if he still had it, and it turns out he did. he works at a golf course and they upgraded to turbine style blowers and were wanting to sell the old units To free up Room in the shop. I offered $300 and he countered with $250... sold couldn’t come out of my mouth fast enough!
I get there this morning and he proceeds to tell me that he has an even better deal than what we talked about on the phone he tells me that they have 2 of these units and no one has been interested in them (not the best ad IMO), and he is willing to do a package deal of buy one get one free!! I figured trying to negotiate an even better price was not in my best interest so I just agreed to the buy one get one free offer LOL! Needless to say we loaded them into the Super Duty and I started my 3 hour trip back home with a killer deal on a new toy(s).
In doing research on the Jacobsen B-40 there is not a lot of information on the Internet but everything I read seems to point to having a 40-50 horse power tractor run it. I figured with my 2032R having 27 pto hp and it just being a big fan it was worth a try. As long as I could engage it, It would probably be able to spin it at PTO speed. I will admit never seeing one in person I didn’t expect it to be as large as it was and I did have my doubts as to whether I would be able to power it (made me happy that Shane from Mutton politely pushed me into the 2032R over the 2025R when I was ordering). I got home unloaded both of them took off my weight box and hooked up to the better unit that I plan on keeping. Shot a bit of grease in the pillow bearings and the moment of truth came. The engine at idle I pulled out on the PTO knob and it had to lug down to 50-100 RPM I was for sure it was gonna stall for a Split second, but it came right back and powered the blower without issue! I then want to see what the RPMs drop to on engagement so I disengage the PTO let everything come to a stop and then pull the knob out about again and it stalls out this time... In thinking about it I raise the blower so the PTO shaft is in a straight line between the output and the unit so that you don’t have that extra resistance of the U joints flexing and try it again. this time it does the same as the first time and stays running. It’s been raining here all day so I couldn’t really test it. the few leaves that were there were wet but it definitely blew them around so I can only imagine when it’s dry! Now I can’t wait for fall!!! No video yet, but I’m sure it will be like this. https://youtu.be/JO3ymqfPrxA