“I work in every type of terrain, up and down. I just get in, push the switch for four-wheel drive and before I know it, the job is done. The tractor does an extremely good job.” — Mark Thompson
BOBCAT COMPACT TRACTOR SNOWBLOWER IMPLEMENTS
Bobcat offers a simple solution to attach a front snowblower implement to a Bobcat® compact tractor. Shown below is the equipment and steps for attaching the snowblower.
Lift Kit Mount STEP 1
Mark Thompson quickly clears snow from a parking lot with his snowblower implement for his Bobcat CT440 compact tractor.
In addition to digging and hauling with the front-end loader, he has a variety of 3-point implements for plowing, disking, planting and spraying a dozen food plots on the two Waterman Township farms.
“I got even more enjoyment preparing the food plots this year because the compact tractor made everything so much easier,” Thompson says. “I work in every type of terrain, up and down. I just get in, push the switch for four-wheel drive and before I know it, the job is done. The tractor does an extremely good job.”
Six models of the Bobcat PTO-driven rotary snowblowers are available for compact tractors: three models of 3-point hitch implements and three front-mounted versions. The front- mounted snowblowers require a lift kit (see picture at right).
The harsh winter of 2010–11 put Thompson’s tractor to the test. Thompson used it to clear the driveway at his home and around his several businesses in town — Thompson Arms Inn & Suites, a car wash, storage units and a rental property.
“If we get a good snowfall — like this past winter — it takes me about two hours to clear the snow,” he says. “Most of the sites are really close together. The 72-inch front-mounted snowblower attachment on the compact tractor works great, both out in the open and in confi ned spaces. Rotating the chute with the joystick control enables me to place the snow exactly where I want. It works super. After using this equipment for a winter, I wouldn’t want to be without it.”
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Attach the lift kit mount (above) to the front of the tractor. The mount remains on the tractor, and a single pin retains the lift kit, allowing easy hookup and removal. The lift kit allows the operator to raise and lower the snowblower hydraulically.
PTO Kit STEP 2
The PTO kit (above) mounts to the lift kit mount (Step 1). The PTO shaft drives the two-stage blower.
Attach the snowblower to the lift kit with two pins. The hydraulic lines connect to the tractor auxiliary circuit and powers the chute rotator.
Bobcat compact tractor front snowblower implements are available in three sizes, with cutting widths of 44, 62 and 72 inches.
EARLY FALL 2011 | WorkSaver Homeowner with Acreage 9
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