Putting weight on the front to prevent riding up
I have a Gravely Convertible, 12 hp cast iron engine, the bulk of the machine is mostly cast iron weighing with the snowblower attachment, 600 lbs. This machine will burrow a tunnel in a 12' high packed by the State plows along a Federal Highway at the end of a T and a turn around. One thing I remember, it never rode up.
I have several snowblowers and always had a problem with my lightweight 5hp 20" Ariens ST522 riding up on the EOD from the town plows especially overnight. I've also had a problem with others too riding up on the EOD, the ST522 at times even rode up on my sidewalk on the right conditions.
I have a 8 hp 26" Dynamark which is heavy on the front making it a little bulky to turn, also a real John Deere 1032 which is extremely heavy on the front, so much I had to weld support in the handlebars to prevent further cracking/breaking. Both work well on the EOD pile left overnight by the town plows that's been sitting and freezing for 8 hours or so and more so when it's in a creeper mode.
I have a Murray Craftsman 10 hp 29", very well balanced at the handlebars, a dream to move aroound but because it is so well balanced the front is very light. Though it's powerful because of the front being light, it rides up on the EOD. To solve this, I could slow it down, put it in a creeper gear, and feather the clutch as I've done with so many others.
If you have a problem with your blower riding up, I have a solution.
For the right snows, I love all my machines but love the Murray Craftsman because of the power and balance. Also the adjustable chute lid from the handlebars! Going to make that on my John Deere this summer, maybe! Another project.
The Murray Craftsman is very light in the front and easily rides up on the EOD plow piles. What I did, I built a wooden box and bolted it to the top of the housing, at the front and in the middle. The wooden box holds a friend's loaner of a rectangular lead bar which weighs about 50 lbs. If that's not enough, he has a second weight! And being lead, it does not rust. Now for those heavy snows where the town plows, I do the sidewalks and driveways, then when I feel I'm going to have a problem with the EOD, I get the weight out and put it in the empty wooden box. With the extra weight on the front, no more riding up, though it does throw off the balance, and it's heavier and bulkier, extra weight causing wear and tear on the scraper bar and skids, is the reason I don't use it for the driveway and sidewalk, keeping it only for the EOD overnight plow piles.
If you can't get a weight, maybe a railroad rail? Visit a neighborhood scrap metal yard asking for something that is compact, dense, and heavy.
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