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Nuzzy

Finally got my FDT blower mounted to my 900 series

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Nuzzy
I bought this older style 42" blower last year for $50 with plans to mate it to my 900. Well the tractor blew the motor shortly there after so the project sat until this year. I had intended to swap out the 5" pulley for the 900 series 7" one and had already purchased the 147" belt to go with it. Subsequent research has changed my plan; sounds like some people have had good luck with the smaller pulley causing more blower rpms in light, fluffy snow (which makes up the majority of our snowfalls). Now when the smaller pulley is used, the 147" belt is too long, but I already had that particular belt, so what to do... Might as well start cutting and burning! :D First, I cut the top section off the old mule drive FDT hitch and ditched what I didn't need. [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/Photo0256Small.jpg[/IMG] I reused one of the idler pulleys to make the single pulley 7100/900 style. A quick tab bent, lined up, and burned in. [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/Photo0255Small.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/Photo0260Small.jpg[/IMG] Now, to address the long belt issue. I knew I could extend the hitch to pick up the slack, but increasing the length of an already long tractor combo was not ideal, so I settled on moving the lower back v-idler pulley further back, beyond where the stock slot would allow. Drew up a part, cut and bent it, burned it onto the frame, and then ground to smooth things out so the pulley had all flat surfaces to sit on. [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/Photo0258Small.jpg[/IMG] Now I realize I ever so slightly changed how much PTO circumference engagement the belt has, but I willing to bet it won't hurt me too much... [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/Photo0259Small.jpg[/IMG] I forgot my lift rod from my plow at home, so I made a quick new one out of flat stock and cut bolts drilled for cotters. [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/Photo0263Small.jpg[/IMG] And lengthened my chute twister rod since it was unreachable. This one, although hilariously long, can be turned without even leaning forward in the seat; I intend to blow snow in style 8D [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/Photo0266Small.jpg[/IMG] Finally, I swapped my rear lift cable to the other side of the bracket for counterweight action and made a piece to link it to my hitch w/ weight box. [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/Photo0267Small.jpg[/IMG] This is how the weight box sits with the blower fully up. When the blower is on the ground, the weight box is near level. I was unsure how well this setup would work and had a winch in mind if needed for blower lifting duties, but this works pretty slick. The blower takes almost no effort to lift or drop back down! [IMG]http://i159.photobucket.com/albums/t135/yzzun/Photo0269Small.jpg[/IMG] Anyways, I'm glad everything seemed to work. The belt runs very straight with little wobble and each idler pulley seems to be tracking as straight as possible. Now I just need some snow!!

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Originally posted by ReedS
Interesting mods, to really go in style you need a cab and an electric chute rotator, no more LONG rotator rod!
No kidding! :D I do have an idea in mind for a home built cab using the tubing bender at work, but I may not have time to make it happen before the snow flies. We'll see; just have too many other projects currently :( The elec chute rotator certainly sounds convenient!!

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Got to thinking about it more and just couldn't resist... Just finished up the wiring on the electric chute rotator today :D $23 GM window motor from Amazon.com and a DPDT switch from Radio Shack.

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