Bought a snow blower

Bought a snow blower

PostBy: Rob R. On: Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:04 pm

After 5 years of handling our snow removal with a F350 and Fisher plow, I finally got sick of all the free sod removal and the shoveling that I had to do in small areas. I have been looking for a snow blower for a while, but it seemed like there was nothing in-between the low end stuff at the big box stores, and the pricey stuff at the local dealers.

Last weekend a John Deere 1332PE popped up on Craigslist. The owner passed away unexpectedly, and his widow has decided to hire out the snow removal rather than try and operate this beast. A neighbor agreed to help me load it, but even though it had not been started in a year, it fired right up and we drove it on the trailer. Once I got it home I noticed the service sticker from November 2015, complete with synthetic oil. I topped it off with fresh gas and my favorite gasoline treatment, and just finished cleaning the driveway up and making some nice paths out to the shop, chicken coup, etc.

Headlights, heated hand grips, electric start...this thing seems to have all the bells and whistles. Did not find the shear pin...maybe this has a slip clutch?

Need to get a manual for it, but so far it seems like a great purchase.
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Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy


Re: Bought a snow blower

PostBy: scalabro On: Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:08 pm

Very nice. Hopefully it will be like the year I bought a snowblower.....we didn't have any snow!!
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Re: Bought a snow blower

PostBy: SWPaDon On: Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:12 pm

Yes, nice machine.
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Re: Bought a snow blower

PostBy: Rob R. On: Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:22 pm

scalabro wrote:Very nice. Hopefully it will be like the year I bought a snowblower.....we didn't have any snow!!


That would be ideal.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy

Re: Bought a snow blower

PostBy: Richard S. On: Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:27 pm

You're going to love those heated handles.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: Van Wert VA1200
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Re: Bought a snow blower

PostBy: coalder On: Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:40 pm

Dunno if'n it's available in your area, bit if it is go with Stewarts non ethanol high octane gas it's worth the extra money.
Jim
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Re: Bought a snow blower

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:49 pm

Rob,there should be a shear pin in each auger half of that machine.
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Re: Bought a snow blower

PostBy: SWPaDon On: Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:09 pm

windyhill4.2 wrote:Rob,there should be a shear pin in each auger half of that machine.

Dave, would it be a 'shear bolt' like on the blower that goes on the front of my Massy Ferguson garden tractor? Mine has a bolt, with two grooves cut into it, that holds the augers to the shaft. My impeller has a shear bolt also.
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Re: Bought a snow blower

PostBy: windyhill4.2 On: Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:28 pm

SWPaDon wrote:
windyhill4.2 wrote:Rob,there should be a shear pin in each auger half of that machine.

Dave, would it be a 'shear bolt' like on the blower that goes on the front of my Massy Ferguson garden tractor? Mine has a bolt, with two grooves cut into it, that holds the augers to the shaft. My impeller has a shear bolt also.


Yes,altho some are now using pins with a hair pin thru,these also have the grooves cut into them.
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Stoker Coal Boiler: 1960 EFM520 installed in truck box
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404 with variable blower
Coal Size/Type: 404-nut, 520 rice ,anthracite for both

Re: Bought a snow blower

PostBy: SWPaDon On: Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:44 pm

windyhill4.2 wrote:Yes,altho some are now using pins with a hair pin thru,these also have the grooves cut into them.
Thanks, that's interesting.
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Hand Fed Coal Furnace: Clayton 1600M
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Re: Bought a snow blower

PostBy: davidmcbeth3 On: Fri Dec 23, 2016 2:14 am

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^^ I got an electric version of this one (only needed to do about 120' of clearing) ... about 1991 .. still using it today .. plug in, starts up .. no maintenance, no gas...I think it cost like $75....Have not had to change any parts too ... guess I'm lucky with this thing. Not like my dishwasher, clothers washers...which I have changed motors with for things about 5 yrs old...

I doubt it has the capability of yours ... they would like find myself trapped under that one with the inclines I need to do ...
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Re: Bought a snow blower

PostBy: D-frost On: Fri Dec 23, 2016 7:53 am

Rob,
You found a 'Keeper'! They are built to last a long time, if you take good care of them. I have a 1985 John Deere 1032, Tecumseh power w/o 'hand warmers' to move snow where I can't plow. I use aviation fuel, and run it dry in the Spring. Runs great.
Cheers
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Re: Bought a snow blower

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Fri Dec 23, 2016 8:00 am

When I bought this house the previous owner left a small TORO electric snowblower. The thing went about two car lengths before going up in smoke! :)
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Re: Bought a snow blower

PostBy: Dirty Steve On: Sun Dec 25, 2016 8:03 am

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They certainly make quick work out of alot of snow. I call this one The Beast. It is more like an artillery piece with my gravel driveway!!! :rambo2: :lol:
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Re: Bought a snow blower

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sun Dec 25, 2016 8:55 am

Dirty Steve wrote: I call this one The Beast.


Beast indeed! That thing looks serious.
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Lehigh Rice
Other Heating: Dad's 1953 EFM Highboy