When snow falls, it can take days or weeks for nature to get rid of all of the white stuff, but more often than not that isn’t fast enough for us. We need to get where we are going regardless of the weather conditions, we don’t have time to be snowd in, so we take charge and speed things up a little. Snow blowers can quickly cut out a path in the snow several feet wide, moving the snow to a more convenient location. Snow blowers can either be powered by hydraulic pressure, or by a tractor’s PTO shaft, either one will get your roads cleard quickly.
Skid steers can put a lot of traction behind a snow blower, and can have very high flow rates, so a hydraulically driven snow blower works excellent. Skid steer snow blowers usually come in widths from 4 to 7 feet, and can be operated with as little as 8 GPM of hydraulic flow. A hydraulic snow blower can also rotate its expulsion chute in any direction hydraulically, which helps you keep the machine moving through the snow. You should know the hydraulic flow of your machine before hooking up to a snow blower or any other attachment for optimal results, and to avoid damaging the attachment.
The PTO shaft and 3 point hitch on the back of tractors has proved very helpful in the world of attachments so naturally, you can put a snow blower on the back of your tractor and get the snow moving. Most snow blowers mount on to a category I or II tractor three point hitch, and will use a PTO shaft to power the mechanics of the snow blower. The snow blower will pull snow from the inside of each wall towards the center of the blower, and then out a chute that can be turned to expel the snow in any direction. There is also a flap on the top of the expulsion chute that controls the angle at which the snow is expelled, which also impacts the distance it will travel.