The salesman delivered my new machine last night. I had a metting to attend so all I had time to do was back it in, shut it down, and leave. One thing that made me mad at myself is that I have been to the dealer 10 times measuring and seeing how this will fit in my shop. I KNEW the ROPS was too tall, yet even as the salesman was pulling out of the yard and I was backing it in, I suddenly slammed on the brakes and stopped 2 inches before hitting the header in the entrance. I stopped, pulled ahead, and folded the ROPS down and all is fine. I already dont like how it rests against the plastic tool box... relocate the tool box? Remove the upper half of the ROPS? A spacer to hold it away from the toolbox? Bad design. Anyway, the loader and mower are on it. The 54 inch front blower is on a pallet just outside the door. I dont really want to put the blower on yet but we have 7 to 10 inches of snow forcast for tonight so I guess loader work may have to wait til spring. Todays plan is to remove the loader and mower and add the blower. It doesnt look much different than the one on my old 425 except it has 2 bearings to slide the shaft through and its a lot heavier to wrestle with. Not much else planned today so I have all day, although Im thinking even for doing it the first time, it shouldnt take all day. I have seen the blower install thread. I dont have 2 dollies and dont have a concrete floor for them to roll on but I like the other suggestions of basically doing it the same way, just without dollies. Slide the shaft underneath, thread it through the 2 attachments, install the attachments, install the shaft, install the blower, connect hoses. I always found that the grease did help and sped up the process. I did get confirmation that my Heavy Hith double weight bar was shipped yesterday but no ballast til Mondays delivery. I assome itll be fine, just a little front heavy for the first snow. I do have my old 3pt back blade that I could add but then it wouldnt fit all the way inside the building. I guess Ill know more about if its needed after the blower is on. Between the 6 42 lb weights from my 425, the 4 new 70 lb weights I got last week, and the weight of the hitch, I have around 600 lbs. I dont think Ill want it all with the blower but maybe without loaded tires Ill want most of it.
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