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In this article, I talk about whether two stage snow blower attachments make sense. Single stage units are dated and no longer sold. They place the outlet and chute directly over the augurs and rely on those augurs to discharge the snow out the chute. Two stage snow blowers employ the augurs to chop up and feed the snow into the snow blower (stage 1) and an impeller to throw the chopped-up snow up and out the chute (stage 2).

For the most part, I do not recommend using snow blower attachments on homeowner lawn, yard, or garden tractors because they are so cumbersome to install, operate, and store. Unless the buyer has a completely flat and consistently-shaped surface to blow, a garage with direct access to that surface, sufficient space adjacent to the surface to blow the snow, and a tractor with adequate power (V-twin preferred) and foot pedal-controlled hydrostatic transmission, this setup will not work well. Further, the user has to be willing to go out before any heavy snow accumulates beyond 4- to 6-inches, since the blower attachment can't handle a lot of snow, especially heavy snow.

From a functional point of view, most two-stage snow blower attachments have a 40- to 42-inch intake width, yet the snow coming in that wide box is fed into a barrel with impeller that is the same as or marginally larger in diameter than a traditional 24- to 28-inch walk-behind snow blower. Further, that snow must be thrown by the impeller out of a chute that is almost identical in size to its smaller counterpart.

The snow box contains a center worm-gear that propels augurs on each side, which together span the width of the box. This is called the first stage of a two-stage snow blower. The augurs feed the snow into the barrel where the impeller throws the snow up through an outlet, on which the chute is mounted, and out the chute. This is called the second stage. Each of these transitions in the movement of the snow presents a potential point of failure in any snow blower. In the snow blower attachment, since all the snow-processing components, starting with the barrel, are not proportionately increased in size to match the enlarged width of the snow box, these points of failure are magnified compared to a walk-behind snow blower.

As mentioned earlier, the augurs feed the entire 40- to 42-inch intake width of snow into the comparatively small barrel and impeller, for the impeller to in turn throw out through its similarly-sized chute. Firstly, the blower attachment is more likely to clog when the larger incoming capacity of snow meets the insufficiently-sized barrel and impeller. The barrel is flooded with snow and the impeller cannot move it quickly enough to expel it out of the snow blower. Secondly, the impeller outlet is significantly more likely to clog. When the snow coming from the impeller exceeds the capacity of the outlet, a rim of packed snow rapidly builds up at the intersection of the outlet and the base of the chute, i.e., the edge and underside of the chute mounting surface. The snow quickly packs the outlet forming a severe blockage. Basically, the barrel, the impeller, the outlet, and the chute do not have the capacity to handle the wider snow box. These problems are amplified when the attachment encounters anything more than light, powdery snow. Excess capacity and clogging become even more likely when the snow is wet.

The tractor on which the snow blower attachment is mounted has to push and power this heavy piece of equipment under slippery and harsh conditions. Compare a tractor with a front snow blower attachment to a walk-behind snow blower. The engine in a walk-behind snow blower resides directly over the drive wheels. Except for the snow box itself, almost all the weight of the snow blower is on the drive wheels, ensuring outstanding traction. On the other hand, the tractor is propelled from the rear where there is very little weight compared to the front where the engine and heavy, suspended blower attachment are located. Even with rear tire chains and rear weights, the tractor has a tough time moving in the least slippery conditions. Also, noticeable engine power is drained off to run the snow blower, leaving less power to move the tractor. In the absence of a 4-wheel drive system, a front engine tractor is not at all suited to propelling and maneuvering a front snow blower attachment.

Next, we need to consider the installation and removal processes for a snow blower attachment. Unless the operator has a dedicated tractor on which to permanently mount the snow blower, before each snow season that individual must be able to (1) remove the mowing deck (2) mount the snow blower attachment, (3) install under-mount components including the support frame and drive pulley panel, (4) install rear tire chains, and (5) attach rear wheel weights and/or rear platform weights. Then prior to each landscaping season, he or she must remove and store all the cited snow blower items and reinstall the mowing deck and any ancillaries. The first time the owner installs the snow blower attachment, he has to assemble the unit and learn how the various components work and how they fit together on the tractor.

Finally, the owner needs a covered, preferably enclosed and heated, space in which to assemble and remove the snow blower attachment and store the respective components (snow blower and mowing deck) off-season. This space must have direct access to the surface to be cleared so that the operator can drive directly out onto that surface to blow snow without having to cross any non-clearable or hilly spots. The owner also needs to organize components and hardware to ensure he does not lose key items for mounting and using the snow blower attachment or the mowing deck. So, without an enclosed storage space with direct access, it will be extremely difficult to set up, clear off, and start up the tractor-snow blower and nearly impossible to get to and start clearing the outside surface.

The FFC Snow Blower features a two-state hydraulic blower that easily throws snow up to 45 feet. The blower is electronically controlled and has a hydraulically operated poly-lined chute and deflector. This product is also available CE certified.

For many in the design and architecture industries, less is more is a mantra. For the Bergmans, that principle held true with the October 2020 launch of their Muskox bi-directional snowblower attachment. Taking a well-known industry pain point and creating a streamlined solution has allowed the Minnesota-based company to find great success in the last few months, despite launching during the pandemic.

"Whether you're an 8-year-old or an 80-year-old, you understand the challenge with existing snow blowers of needing to shovel in front of garage doors, it's a universal problem," said Adam. "When you see ours where you have that opportunity to back drag and blow at the same time, you instantly see the value and what makes our product different."

In 2020, Muskox won first place in Northwest Minnesota Foundation's IDEA Competition receiving a $15,000 cash award and another $5,000 in professional services in recognition of its innovative product. The 22-78 Muskox bi-directional snowblower attachment's back drag feature, for which the Bergmans received the patent in spring 2021, allows operators to blow snow while back dragging in front of obstructions, saving time and money, and lowering any chance of injuries by decreasing the manual labor typically involved in the process. The lowered chute, a result of the finetuning process, is also better for operator visibility.

Approximately 90 percent of Muskox sales are direct-to-consumer while the rest are in partnership with RDO Equipment, through which Muskox is sold in 36 different locations. In 2021, Muskox was sold in 16 states in the United States and two provinces in Canada. Consumers include those buying for personal use at their shop or farm, smaller operators focusing on driveways and residential snow removal, and larger operators with multiple HOA accounts.

Note: Attachments for previous year models and additional attachments through allied equipment manufacturers not shown may be available. Some attachments require additional installation components (i.e. front weights for catchers). See a dealer for details.

People are obsessed with throwing distance. Yes, it is fascinating to watch videos of snow blowers throwing snow 50 feet through the air, but throw distance is subjective and is largely dependent on many factors: snow type, temperature and wind speed to name a few. The main goal should be throwing a large volume of snow an acceptable distance. This requires quality hydraulic components, including motors and hoses, to maximize the efficiency of the skid steer snow blower attachment.

Almost every skid steer snow blower skid steer attachment can throw snow a reasonable distance in the right conditions. The challenge is finding one that can clear large volumes of snow and run efficiently for many winters. Properly sized motors, hoses and components are a must to achieve max efficiency and durability. 041b061a72


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