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When you live in an area with regular snowfall, a snowblower attachment might come in handy. How do you choose the appropriate extension for your vehicle though, and is it worth considering? Let's have a look.
These attachments are somewhat oddly named since they don't blow the snow the way you might imagine. Instead, the device consists of augers that rotate sideways and a tall chute through which the snow gets expelled.
As the skid steer moves forward, the augers lift the snow, move it along their length, and a fan sucks it up the chute. Most devices have a cutting edge on the lower end of the attachment, which scrapes the ground surface to get every particle of snow.
Some systems have a hydraulic chute, which you can turn in any direction to get the snow out of the way. If not hydraulically, you can turn many others manually.
As you might expect from a machine that spends its days rolling over ice and blowing away snow, these attachments take a lot of strain. There's an entire host of potential problems that you could face with a blower.
With time, your attachment's augers may wear out and no longer move snow effectively. Your hydraulic pipes may spring a leak, or the extension may not respond to your prompting. Finally, the auger's may seize, rendering your attachment useless.
There's a range of other potential problems, but they're mostly cosmetic. You can solve the larger percentage of potential issues quickly by replacing the affected parts. However, in case of severe damage, it may become necessary to replace the entire attachment.
Once you've determined that you want a skid steer snow blower, there are a few things to consider.
Firstly, how big is the area that you're trying to clear of snow? You need maneuverability to clear a space effectively, and too large an attachment can be prohibitive. On the other hand, an extension that's too small will take much longer than necessary.
Secondly, how big is your skid steer? As with most construction vehicles, skid steers come in various sizes and power ranges. You need to ensure that you buy an attachment that your skid steer can comfortably operate.
Also, what kind of hydraulic network does your vehicle have? Most attachments require a hydraulic connection, and you need to be sure that the extension can connect to your system.
Finally, the price ranges are vital. You can find multiple types of any given attachment size. However, for some, you may pay thousands of dollars more than others. Try to find a brand that fits your budget well.
You might want to look for a removable cutting edge when shopping for an attachment. Cutting edges inevitably wear out over time, and you need to be able to replace it when it does.