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    Snowblower test...54"...who's getting snow?

    South of Buffalo NY we are expected to get about 2 feet of snow in the next 2 days. Maybe more! This will be the first real test for our new JD 54" snowblower and 1025r. Right now we have 4" of super wet snow on the ground and it's snowing hard. It's going to the low 20's tomorrow so the bottom inches will be ice. A real test. After having a x748 and 47" blower the last 8 years, I'm anxious to test the new set up. A little nervous about the plastic composite rotor in the new blower.

    Who else expects major snow in the next few days?
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    just some flurries here in MN, I would like to hear the comparison of the 2 units. what are you going for weight on your 1025R? I just used my 1025 with 47" snow blower for the first time, not much snow to test it, but I had fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nicksteck View Post
    just some flurries here in MN, I would like to hear the comparison of the 2 units. what are you going for weight on your 1025R? I just used my 1025 with 47" snow blower for the first time, not much snow to test it, but I had fun!

    Have a heavy hitch on back with 8 suitcase weights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nicksteck View Post
    just some flurries here in MN, I would like to hear the comparison of the 2 units. what are you going for weight on your 1025R? I just used my 1025 with 47" snow blower for the first time, not much snow to test it, but I had fun!

    Does your 47 snow blower have the composite rotor or metal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil D View Post
    South of Buffalo NY we are expected to get about 2 feet of snow in the next 2 days. Maybe more! A little nervous about the plastic composite rotor in the new blower.
    Is there an "envy smilie" anywhere....?

    After all the "stuff" that's gone sucessfully past my plastic PowerFlow impeller, I wouldn't worry too much about your blower fan. JD has plastic figgered out I think!

    ...and HEY, don't forget to charge the camera batteries, this will be the first real snow I've seen this season!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HydroHarold View Post
    Is there an "envy smilie" anywhere....?

    After all the "stuff" that's gone sucessfully past my plastic PowerFlow impeller, I wouldn't worry too much about your blower fan. JD has plastic figgered out I think!

    ...and HEY, don't forget to charge the camera batteries, this will be the first real snow I've seen this season!

    I was talking to my salesman a while back and he said the impeller is the same one as the powerflow. Will have some pic's tomorrow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil D View Post
    Does your 47 snow blower have the composite rotor or metal?
    metal

    I didn't know they made a plastic one, you would think the RPM would be a bit faster from the weight loss.
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    Impeller material

    Curious as why the J.D. 47" front blower has a plastic? impeller, however my
    3 point 48" Frontier SB1148 is metal. Different manufacturers ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke Snyder View Post
    Curious as why the J.D. 47" front blower has a plastic? impeller, however my
    3 point 48" Frontier SB1148 is metal. Different manufacturers ??
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    When I purchased my 1025r, I had to wait about 3 weeks for the 54" snow blower to come in. Was surprised about the impeller and disappointed. Of course the salesman never told me. I asked him about it and he seemed to think there had been less impeller repairs since the change. But you can't believe anything they say. I didn't even suspect the change until I saw the topic here.

    I will give updates over the next couple days as were supposed to get hit hard.
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    Plastic impeller beware!!!!!! Last year I got in some heavy crusty stuff (Yes I was going real slow, FWD speed)and after using it, there was a knocking sound coming from the blower head. It took a while to investigate where it was coming from. My impeller has about 1/4" play in rotation back and forth.

    Called the dealer and they did some research. Come to find out that the back side of the impeller has a male hex nut molded into it. That intern goes into a metal hex drive plate on the back side which drives the impeller.

    I ran it all last year and will do the same this year. The knocking had subsided and keep a watchful eye on it. To change it out the whole thing has to come apart.......

    I would rather have metal!!!!!!!! All the Oshkosh snow blowers I operated in the Air Force were all metal.


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