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    Not a virgin no more

    Well, it finally happen I was able to use my JD2320 HC to remove 20 plus inches of snow on my drive way today!! The only casualty was a broken share pin that happened because of a loose foot.( I don't think it was loose when I started but became loose because I put pressure on snow blower). Glad I was able to get one under my Belly. Still I have a lot to learn. Is it better to engage the PTO at low idle then raise it to a higher one? IT was a lot of SNOW it seemed that my front end would wash out from time to time, would a ballast box help out on that? Your comments are welcomed an GO EASY !
    Kevin , JD 2320 Curtis hd cab 62in deck 54in snowblower, lx176 38in deck, XL Cyclone rake, JS63 walk behind, XT 105 trimmer, BR600 All my tools to GIT HER DUNN !!

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    Sounds like ya had some fun in that slop!

    On the PTO, always engage at Idle with the implement unloaded, and lowered enough to avoid a bind on the joints, then use the foot throttle to attack until 540RPM shaft speed, then set the hand throttle if there is a need.

    The Idea is to not shock load the PTO, and implement gear box and shaft joints.
    Sooner or later, you'll get a chunk of Ice or stray chunk of tree limb in the impeller, and it's a hell of thing to dump the PTO at 2k RPM like that.;)
    Sneak up on loading it every time, as it buys time to get off the throttle and disengage if needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redc5 View Post
    IT was a lot of SNOW it seemed that my front end would wash out from time to time, would a ballast box help out on that? Your comments are welcomed an GO EASY !
    It IS a tractor and it HAS front end snow equipment on it, the front end will do that when the snow load overcomes front wheel traction. (Plow OR blower) If you are using "Float" position and need to make a turn, bring the SCV lever back out of float and give a small bit of lift to the blower. Not way off the ground, just a "tad" which will load the front wheels a bit more.

    Ballast box will give you traction weight in the rear. It won't offer much improved front traction unless you use the Differential Lock. This will help with the front end some, especially if you have rear chains. I'd go ballast box anyway and experiment with the amount of weight in it. I like mine loaded about half recommended weight for FEL work when I'm doing snow stuff. It's enough weight to back out of most downhill situations w/o 4WD (TL engaged), but not enough to lighten the front end excessively.

    A thousand tractor drivers have a thousand opinions about how they like their ballast distributed.
    Experiment! (Wish I needed your tractor!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by HydroHarold View Post
    It IS a tractor and it HAS front end snow equipment on it, the front end will do that when the snow load overcomes front wheel traction. (Plow OR blower) If you are using "Float" position and need to make a turn, bring the SCV lever back out of float and give a small bit of lift to the blower. Not way off the ground, just a "tad" which will load the front wheels a bit more.

    Ballast box will give you traction weight in the rear. It won't offer much improved front traction unless you use the Differential Lock. This will help with the front end some, especially if you have rear chains. I'd go ballast box anyway and experiment with the amount of weight in it. I like mine loaded about half recommended weight for FEL work when I'm doing snow stuff. It's enough weight to back out of most downhill situations w/o 4WD (TL engaged), but not enough to lighten the front end excessively.

    A thousand tractor drivers have a thousand opinions about how they like their ballast distributed.
    Experiment! (Wish I needed your tractor!)
    Good post.
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    The only thing I can add is throttle down before disengaging the PTO. Some have PTO brakes. Even if yours does not, a good habit to get into. Nothing wears out a PTO brake faster than trying to stop an implement running full speed that has a lot of inertia.
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    Agree with the other comments,,,,now get out there and have some fun.
    Last edited by etcallhome; 01-28-2015 at 06:02 PM.
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    Awesome blower. I wish we had that white stuff in Indiana.

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    [QUOTE=Zebrafive;185344]The only thing I can add is throttle down before disengaging the PTO.
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    Funny, it says that exact thing in my "Owner's Manual", of all places!
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    Thanks for your post everybody haven't had time to respond busy at work I guess that's a good thing, hopefully by this weekend
    Kevin , JD 2320 Curtis hd cab 62in deck 54in snowblower, lx176 38in deck, XL Cyclone rake, JS63 walk behind, XT 105 trimmer, BR600 All my tools to GIT HER DUNN !!

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    Full blown climate controlled in a flannel shirt cab = video.

    It says so in the manual somewhere i'm sure.
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