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    Snowblower rattles in full up position?

    Got my first chance to blow snow today on my 2320 with 54" blower. Everything worked very well, what an upgrade over the X500 and foot lever lift 44" blower I've been using for years! The one thing that I'm worried about is that when I raise the blower all the way up with the PTO engaged it rattles almost like the small pto shaft on the blower is contacting the mount somewhere. I can't tell what's happening because I can't run the blower while I'm off the tractor. It doesn't seem normal, can anyone give me any ideas as to what might be happening and how I can fix it? BTW, what RPM do you usually run the blower at? Same as rear PTO?

    Thank you in advance.

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    With the blower fully raised the implement driveshaft u-joints are binding causing the noise you're hearing. Don't raise it all the way up with the PTO engaged. If you lower it until the noise dissipates you'll get a better feel for maximum raised height.

    Run the snowblower at 2500 to 3000 / PTO rated speed for best results.

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    It's normal. My 54" blower does the same thing. I try to not raise it fully if I leave it engaged.

    As for RPM... run the engine so the tach is at the little "PTO" symbol, which for the front is 2000 PTO RPM. No clogs that way.
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    Yeah, PTO RPM or WOT for me.

    Yup, full up with PTO engaged, bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyM View Post
    Yeah, PTO RPM or WOT for me.

    Yup, full up with PTO engaged, bad.
    Awesome, thank you guys for the help. It's great to know there is nothing wrong with it.

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    Well that was going great until the drive chain snapped..... I hit something and then no snow. Looked over the snowblower, all three shear bolts are in place. I look at the PTO shaft and see the chain hanging. I guess I know what I'm doing tomorrow. Question is, why didn't the shear bolts snap instead of the chain snapping?? After inspecting, it was a landscaping brick that I hit. I'd like to take a sledgehammer to it.

    Has anyone replaced one of these before? it doesn't look too bad to replace. The part number is AM121965 for the roller chain I can't find anywhere what size chain it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jalbert3 View Post
    Has anyone replaced one of these before? it doesn't look too bad to replace. The part number is AM121965 for the roller chain I can't find anywhere what size chain it is.
    Here is the detail from JD Parts:

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    The replacement is around $15. It's not too bad to replace. Loosen the tensioning bolts to take out all the slack and it should slip right off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jalbert3 View Post
    Well that was going great until the drive chain snapped..... I hit something and then no snow. Looked over the snowblower, all three shear bolts are in place. I look at the PTO shaft and see the chain hanging. I guess I know what I'm doing tomorrow. Question is, why didn't the shear bolts snap instead of the chain snapping?? After inspecting, it was a landscaping brick that I hit. I'd like to take a sledgehammer to it.

    Has anyone replaced one of these before? it doesn't look too bad to replace. The part number is AM121965 for the roller chain I can't find anywhere what size chain it is.
    It's a #40 pitch chain. You can get a length at an industrial supply shop. Take the old chain with you to match it up. Make sure to pick-up a master link with the chain. IF you're stuck let me know. I have a new, spare chain on the shelf. I'll send it and you can replace it to me when you have a chance. The OE chain does not have a master link. You'll have to remove the drive sprocket shaft to install it. Here's a photo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superglidesport View Post
    It's a #40 pitch chain. You can get a length at an industrial supply shop. Take the old chain with you to match it up. Make sure to pick-up a master link with the chain. IF you're stuck let me know. I have a new, spare chain on the shelf. I'll send it and you can replace it to me when you have a chance. The OE chain does not have a master link. You'll have to remove the drive sprocket shaft to install it. Here's a photo.

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    Thank you. There is a JD dealer not far away that has a good inventory of parts. I'd be surprised if they don't have it. A friend of mine also has an entire cabinet of all sizes of chain in his shop so if the dealer doesn't have it I'll stop by the shop. Removing the drive sprocket looks scary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jalbert3 View Post
    Thank you. There is a JD dealer not far away that has a good inventory of parts. I'd be surprised if they don't have it. A friend of mine also has an entire cabinet of all sizes of chain in his shop so if the dealer doesn't have it I'll stop by the shop. Removing the drive sprocket looks scary.
    Removing the drive sprocket is fairly straightforward. If you already have the SB disconnected just roll it forward and stand it drive end up. Makes everything easier to get at. A replacement chain with a master link can easily be installed without disassembly. The OEM replacement chain will require a bit of disassembly.
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    JD Tooth Bar, Deluxe Hood Guard, Ken's Bolt-on Hooks
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    Frontier AP12F Forks

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