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Just purchased a brand new 1025R! Snow season is coming and I am debating on using the 47" quick hitch snowblower from my X585 on my new tractor. My dealer is telling me it will cost about $1,600.00 in parts to make this happen. That seems like a lot to spend. Would I be better off selling the used snowblower assembly and purchasing new for the 1025R?
 

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I used the 47" from my 445, it has worked fine. The parts needed are:

BLV10159 - Front Quick Hitch and Hydraulic Lift (1023E, 1025R, 1026R) - $820.69 (My dealer charged $572.90)
BLV10166 - 2000 RPM Front PTO (1023E, 1025R, 1026R) - $385.20 ($268.90)
BM20896 - Hydraulic Retro Kit (you may not need this) - $28.89 (20.17)
BLV10160 - Front Attaching Support Kit (1023E, 1025R, 1026R) - $86.67 ($60.50)
LVB26135 - Implement Drive and Upstop (1023E, 1025R, 1026R, 2210, 2305) - $483.64 ($337.62)

List price total - $1,805.09
My dealer price - $1,260.09

Now to the nitty gritty, if you get a new blower you still need all of the items listed. They are not included with the blower. Also, the older blowers seem to be slightly better built with things like steel impellers and such. I did have my dealer make some custom hydraulic hoses for me because the fittings were not correct for BM20896 - Hydraulic Retro Kit, it seems to have been an issue with the age of my blower. They made the hoses for free as they had determined that BM20896 - Hydraulic Retro Kit would work for me and it didn't.

That's what I experienced, I hope it helps.
 

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Would not a new snowblower set up be in the $4 grand range by time you got all the drive and hanger parts plus the snowblower it's self that are unique to the 1 series snowblower?

When I got mine (54") with the tractor dealer gave money off on added attachments.

I hate to even think of winter now.................
 

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Tom,

Thank you for the detailed list, looks like your dealer gave you very good discount levels. It seems a shame you have to buy the entire quick hitch with hydraulic lift when you have a perfectly good one coming of your old tractor.
 

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It seems a shame you have to buy the entire quick hitch with hydraulic lift when you have a perfectly good one coming of your old tractor.
Agreed, but it is what it is. I have used my 47" blower on 3 different machines. It is now staring down it's 12th winter. Other than replacing the bearings, it has only required routine maintenance. Not sure of the age of your blower, but mine has the 2 drift knives and the extra steel reinforcing plates on the sides, and yes, the steel impeller, which are either different or add ons now. If you're happy with your 47" blower, I'd keep it and spend the money you'd lay out on a new blower, on other attachments. Just my 2 measly cents.....Good Luck:good2:
 

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Agreed, but it is what it is. I have used my 47" blower on 3 different machines. It is now staring down it's 12th winter. Other than replacing the bearings, it has only required routine maintenance. Not sure of the age of your blower, but mine has the 2 drift knives and the extra steel reinforcing plates on the sides, and yes, the steel impeller, which are either different or add ons now. If you're happy with your 47" blower, I'd keep it and spend the money you'd lay out on a new blower, on other attachments. Just my 2 measly cents.....Good Luck:good2:
Absolutely CP. New blowers are made with cheap Chinese bearings and a plastic impeller. You probably have a # 50 chain drive, new ones come with #40 that is so slopily made it cannot be properly adjusted for chain tension due to run out on the sprockets. Older ones also throw snow much better than new. I will be rebuilding mine eventually. Bought the hard to find impeller already. New tripple sealed SKF bearings, new shaft for PTO to sprocket connection, and new chain and sprockets, with a fresh coat of paint on any bare spots will then make this newer blower significantly better than from the factory. Slowly purchasing for the big rebuild. Just hope Deere did not chinse to much on the gearbox. Only other real weak spot maybe. This is one of those instances where new Is Not Better.

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I compared the parts list for the X585 quick hitch (BM19782) and the parts for the 1025R quick hitch (LVB26047) and have found that only the front bracket of the quick hitch (the one that attaches to the tractor) is different. If I am right I should be able to purchase the front bracket from a 1025R quick hitch for $332.10 (LVA21001) and re-use my existing quick hitch saving $488.59 (retail). Am I right? Has anyone else taken that route?
 

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Tom,

Thank you for the detailed list, looks like your dealer gave you very good discount levels. It seems a shame you have to buy the entire quick hitch with hydraulic lift when you have a perfectly good one coming of your old tractor.
No problem, I hope that it helped. My quick hitch was from a 4x5 series tractor and they had since been redesigned. As noted in your more recent post your existing quick hitch may well work, that would be great and I hope that it does.

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