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    Question Snowblower set up for 180 tractor?

    Hi there,
    I have a 1988 180 lawn tractor with the 36" snow blower.

    The tractor was given to me so no experience with installing and setting up the snowblower attachment.

    I can see how the unit sits on the front frame but the current belt is really long and goes way past the PTO.

    I also have two black rods about 30" long that look to attach to the frame and also a double pulley idler with a mounting frame. Not sure these go to the snowblower or another implement but would make sense to take up the belt slack.

    Any advice or guidance is greatly appreciated.
    Thanks,
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    I have the same setup on my 165. It works well with lighter, fluffier snow; not as well with wet, slushy snow.

    The steel bars attach to the sides of the tractor frame and at the front where the deck/snow blade/ blower attach. They're designed to spread the load and take stress of the front mounts. The same bars work with both the snow/gravel blade and blower. They are hard to come by and are no longer manufactured. I had to make a set from flat stock from Home Depot.

    The Mule Drive (pulley assembly) attaches at the same points as the rear of the steel bars. The belt routes from the blower to the Mule Drive, around the PTO, back to the Mule, and back to the blower. There's a long spring that attaches to the rear of the Mule Drive for added belt tension.

    There's a really good thread about the mounting and belt routing somewhere. Let me see if I can find it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarNutCass View Post
    I have the same setup on my 165. It works well with lighter, fluffier snow; not as well with wet, slushy snow.

    The steel bars attach to the sides of the tractor frame and at the front where the deck/snow blade/ blower attach. They're designed to spread the load and take stress of the front mounts. The same bars work with both the snow/gravel blade and blower. They are hard to come by and are no longer manufactured. I had to make a set from flat stock from Home Depot.

    The Mule Drive (pulley assembly) attaches at the same points as the rear of the steel bars. The belt routes from the blower to the Mule Drive, around the PTO, back to the Mule, and back to the blower. There's a long spring that attaches to the rear of the Mule Drive for added belt tension.

    There's a really good thread about the mounting and belt routing somewhere. Let me see if I can find it.
    Thanks very much! any info you can direct me toward is appreciated!
    TS

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    hope this helps...

    it has some pics of how the belt goes on the mule drive...

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    - 2002 John Deere 4510 TLB PR,
    -Woods BB60X 60" rotary cutter
    -Countyline box blade,
    -Allis Chalmers sickle mower,
    -RED windrow rake,
    -titan 48" 3000 pound forks/bale spear
    - Farm Star rear bale spear

    Yamaha Rhino 700, Yamaha Rhino 660,
    Murray 624 mower/38" deck

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnH123 View Post
    Thank you to all on this thread!
    I'm sure it will be good with all this data.

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