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FlashandFlare
I just picked up a 36in snow thrower last weekend, the previous owner had it on a 700 series Allis with a mechanical front clutch, since he had 2 snow throwers he kept the front PTO and belt. My questions is since I gotta buy something to make this work on my Sovereign 18Hydro which way is the money best spent ? Electric front PTO with the short belt ? Mechanical front PTO with short belt ? Cone clutch with the long belt ? Thanks F&F

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GregB
What hitch did you get with the Blower? Double or single pulley? You may have to change the driven pulley on the blower to keep speed same depending on which way you go.

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FlashandFlare
quote:
Originally posted by GregB
What hitch did you get with the Blower? Double or single pulley? You may have to change the driven pulley on the blower to keep speed same depending on which way you go.
Double pully

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PhanDad
As long as the blower is a "newer" style with longer "tunnel", both a front stock manual PTO or electric PTO are the larger, correct size. On these the "clutching" is provided by the PTO. On the old FDT snowblowers, the hitch provided "clutching" and the fixed drive pulley was smaller in diameter (as was the driven pulley on the smaller "tunnel" FDT snowblower. It's hard, but not impossible to run a FDT snowblower on a RBT tractor. See these posts for reference: http://www.simpletractors.com/club2/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=116144&SearchTerms=hitch http://www.simpletractors.com/club2/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=114236&SearchTerms=hitch http://www.simpletractors.com/club2/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=117815&SearchTerms=hitch http://www.simpletractors.com/club2/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=112828&SearchTerms=hitch I've run both the front PTO setup (proper setup) and the mid PTO setup. I prefer the mid PTO setup. And a post on twin front electric PTO's: http://www.simpletractors.com/club2/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=118820&SearchTerms=hitch And if you want to see a great post about modifing a 700 series tractor to use the mid PTO WITHOUT changing the side plate and idler assembly see: http://www.simpletractors.com/club2/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=109177&SearchTerms=hitch

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FlashandFlare
quote:
Originally posted by PhanDad
As long as the blower is a "newer" style with longer "tunnel", both a front stock manual PTO or electric PTO are the larger, correct size. On these the "clutching" is provided by the PTO. On the old FDT snowblowers, the hitch provided "clutching" and the fixed drive pulley was smaller in diameter (as was the driven pulley on the smaller "tunnel" FDT snowblower. I've run both the front PTO setup (proper setup) and the mid PTO setup. I prefer the mid PTO setup.
My ID tag is missing on the blower, how do I know if I have a long or short tunnel blower is there a dimension I can reference ? What size pulleys should I be looking for ? Why do you prefer Mid PTO vs. Front PTO ?

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PhanDad
A better description would be deep vs shallow tunnel, although the RBT tunnel is a bit longer I beleive. The RBT tractor tunnel is about 8 1/2" deep:


With a 7" diameter pulley:


The above are pics of a mfg #1694920 blower head as purchased. I had to move the mounting brackets (as Ray mentioned above) to the outside to fit a Sovereign. Notice the pulley hub is to the right, away from the chain side. It's setup for a Sovereign single pulley hitch. A FDT snowblower head is about 6 3/4" deep and has a 5 1/4" pulley. The reason I prefer the mid PTO is I believe belt life is better with less belt jumping off the pulleys if the snowblower is "shock loaded" with a bunch of wet snow which occurs routinely here in SE PA. Also 1 less item (front PTO) to keep running.

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