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jrtrebor


Location: Michigan - 3 hours north of Chicago on the lake
Joined: Feb 10, 2010
Points: 524

A few photos of my blower at work.
Original Message   Feb 14, 2013 5:10 pm
Well we finally got a good 12" of snow last Friday.
 A guy called me and asked me to do his parking lot.
Had family in town for the weekend and my sister took these.
Snow was light on the top, heavy on the bottom.
Couldn't help, showing off a little, throwing it up in the air
and across the parking lot.
Wish I would have thought to give her my video camera.






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Moderator Denis


Location: Ville Lemoyne
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Re: A few photos of my blower at work.
Reply #4   Feb 14, 2013 7:29 pm
Wow! one thing I notice is that snow you blown into those electrical box on the wall isnt that dangerous????

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borat


Joined: Nov 10, 2007
Points: 2692

Re: A few photos of my blower at work.
Reply #5   Feb 14, 2013 8:18 pm
That's some serious action.  Seems like the machine might be on the ragged edge of performance.  The blown belt would be a bit of an indicator.  You might not want to run it at full throttle too often.   From what the pictures show, running it at three quarters would still likely out-perform just about anything stock easily.  
jrtrebor


Location: Michigan - 3 hours north of Chicago on the lake
Joined: Feb 10, 2010
Points: 524

Re: A few photos of my blower at work.
Reply #6   Feb 14, 2013 8:34 pm
carlb wrote:
Showoff

That snow blower is working better than any new snow blower would.  Either your belt alignment is off,  which i doubt or that 13hp is just a little much for that 1/2" belt.
Or maybe just showing off like some young kid with a new corvette and burning the tires off it 
Does that machine have one auger belt or 2?
Changing to a wider "B" belt would work but sourcing pulleys would be a pain.

Looks great.

Carl

I think what happened was the belt got a little stretched.
(I put on a new one last year but but only used it once. And didn't check the pulley tension this year.)
Started slipping a little under the 12" snow load.
Which caused the blowers snow processing capacity to drop.
 I was running in a gear that is usually correct for the snow load.
But in actuality I was over-driving the blower more than I realized.
More slipping more stretching more heat and pop goes the belt.
But that was after about 4 hours of blowing and a lot of EOD piles
I did sense that something wasn't right. I was having to let the blower clear itself.
Which I don't normally have to do.
But your right that 13hp driving a 32" blower is a lot for one 1/2" belt.
I usually drive it about 3/4 throttle. It's a sweet spot.
Throws a good 30 to 35'.  And the blower capacity matches really
well with second and third gear. 
I do occasionally like burning the tires.
And yes I probably was showing off for my sister

There was a noticeable difference after putting on the new belt.
In how it performed while I finished the lot.
Dual belts would probably better suit the set up I've got.
But things get really tight putting a two groove pulley on the impeller shaft.
I've thought about going with that type of set up.  But I thought I'd rather have a belt
break.  Than snap a shaft or tear up something made of steel.





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Bill_H


Location: Maine
Joined: Jan 12, 2008
Points: 354

Re: A few photos of my blower at work.
Reply #7   Feb 14, 2013 8:39 pm
Denis wrote:
Wow! one thing I notice is that snow you blown into those electrical box on the wall isnt that dangerous????


What's even more dangerous is if the guy who owns the car being buried in the parking lot shows up!

(exterior rated boxes like that are weather resistant to anything coming from above)

Who the hell let all the morning people run things?
jrtrebor


Location: Michigan - 3 hours north of Chicago on the lake
Joined: Feb 10, 2010
Points: 524

Re: A few photos of my blower at work.
Reply #8   Feb 14, 2013 8:45 pm
Denis wrote:
Wow! one thing I notice is that snow you blown into those electrical box on the wall isnt that dangerous????

No not really.  Those are weather proof. 
There is no way you could blow snow inside them.

jrtrebor


Location: Michigan - 3 hours north of Chicago on the lake
Joined: Feb 10, 2010
Points: 524

Re: A few photos of my blower at work.
Reply #9   Feb 14, 2013 8:55 pm
Bill_H wrote:
What's even more dangerous is if the guy who owns the car being buried in the parking lot shows up!

LOL, Your right!
If the sun hadn't been out I wouldn't have done that.
But the light power I figured would melt before anyone got mad at me.
I also checked for anyone walking in the lot before I opened it up.
I just couldn't resist seeing that plume with the sun where it was.
It was a Tim Taylor moment.

GtWtNorth


Location: Montreal area, QC, Canada
Joined: Nov 16, 2008
Points: 260

Re: A few photos of my blower at work.
Reply #10   Feb 15, 2013 8:29 am
Nice. Makes me long for the good old days when we got our 132" average. The local OPE repair shop has a machine set up like yours, really throws Now he got a 32" Ariens that he wants to put a 22HP twin on. I'll follow it & report back if/when it happens.

By the way, will you give more detail on that lower first gear that you made?

Cheers
jrtrebor


Location: Michigan - 3 hours north of Chicago on the lake
Joined: Feb 10, 2010
Points: 524

Re: A few photos of my blower at work.
Reply #11   Feb 15, 2013 9:08 am
GtWtNorth wrote:
By the way, will you give more detail on that lower first gear that you made?
Cheers
I made a plate with an additional slot cut in it.  This allows the friction wheel
to move closer to the center of the friction disc.  Which gives you a slower gear.
After I put the new shift plate on.  I did have to cut away a little of the steel
 below it to allow the clearance for the shift lever to move into the slot.
The new plate is stainless attached with aluminum rivets.
But you could make the plate out of any type of metal.
Hope this make sense.




Didn't spend a lot of time making the plate. As you can see the slots are not all the same shape.


GtWtNorth


Location: Montreal area, QC, Canada
Joined: Nov 16, 2008
Points: 260

Re: A few photos of my blower at work.
Reply #12   Feb 15, 2013 12:56 pm
Very nice, thanks, and a good idea to use stainless. Although I'm a little surprised that you didn't include a higher speed reverse gear also, or is that Phase II?

Cheers
MN_Runner


Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Joined: Dec 5, 2010
Points: 617

Re: A few photos of my blower at work.
Reply #13   Feb 16, 2013 10:32 am
jrtrebor wrote:
Well we finally got a good 12" of snow last Friday.
 A guy called me and asked me to do his parking lot.
Had family in town for the weekend and my sister took these.
Snow was light on the top, heavy on the bottom.
Couldn't help, showing off a little, throwing it up in the air
and across the parking lot.
Wish I would have thought to give her my video camera.


A great set of photos.  I was clearing some snow on my pond yesterday and there is nothing like having a robust 2-stage snowblower.  I had to stop 25% into the job as the ice was just too soft for my comfort. I did not want to sink it in the pond.  My SS does a satisfactory job and it beats using the shovel when the snow is 2-3" and very wet. 
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