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I installed the 54 blower for the first time today. From what I can tell the 18 model has a few changes up front. The bolts for the side panels are replaced by plastic pins, the hood release is on the side and the hose hoops are down to one, vs two on the prior model. I'm not comfortable with running one hoop, looks as though the hoses will lay on the front axle. Anyone else with 18 run into this? Am I just missing the second hoop? Where does the second one mount on the 17 and prior?




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I think it would help if the hose organizer was closer to the motor mount, plus I zip tied all of the hoses together in 3 places as I hate the disorganized look and I don't like the hoses "laying" on things.

I would add the second support or at least, zip tie them together and then zip tie the zip tie to something to get the hoses up off the axle.....

Did the hoses come with the extensions or did you add them? The extensions look way too long......While it makes hooking them up a bit easier, there is a lot of extra hose hanging there......
 

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Those two hose extensions don't look right IMHO. Maybe they are JD supplied, but it doesn't seem like something they'd do and leave it that way. Seems more like an improvised install or just simple sloppiness on the dealer's part.
 

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I don't know what model year mine is, but I bought it new in the fall of 2014.

Here's the hose hangers on mine...... I forgot, I had to buy the front on my own. I think the dealer forgot to put one on and they too far away to drive back and forth to figure it out.

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There was a question posted a week or so ago about the hose extensions on a blower/1025r. I believe they're AM134005
 

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Someone else recently posted a photo of the stuff they got with their new snow blower and it had those same square hose guides. Maybe Deere is switching over to them.

Regardless, you can relocate the hose guides to wherever they do the most good. Also, you can easily replace those square ones with the previous style if you think they work better.

On my 2720 the hoses are very close to the front tire as well and what I do is zip-tie the hose bundle to the front grill guide at the point shown below. This keeps everything well away from the tire. It also helps to put a zip-tie around the hose bundle to keep it tighter.

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