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post #1 of 15 Old 11-22-2019, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Diesel engine on a snowblower

I was always wondering if this kind of engine would do a great job on a snowblower. I suppose it should perhaps be hard to start it during winter. Torque should be good for doing this task.
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couple video's on youtube of people running diesel engines on snowblowers. i don't know if there would really be much of an advantage to it.

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Check out the Japanese sites for Yamaha, Honda, Yanmar, Fuji, and Wado, all make insanely crazy better snowblowers than are available to the NA market. There are even more brands but I don't read Japanese so it is hard to search through with Google translate. Most of the ones I listed have diesel options on their mid size and larger models and the biggest ones are all diesel. Like up to dumbly big 45hp diesels, bigger than my Kubota tractor, serious business walk behind blowers that should just have seats and a cab on them since they are the size of skid steer loaders anyway. The Japanese hands down have the craziest blowers and diesels power their big guns all the way.
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Seems like over kill to me. I will pass on smelly diesel.

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Probably makes alot of torque. Probably hard to start in the cold.

Has some pros and cons.

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Seems like over kill to me. I will pass on smelly diesel.

Smelly in a good way!


Possibly hard to start but I'd bet they have electric start and with a glow plug or waffle heater it shouldn't be a big deal. Seeing as they are in a garage or next to a house I bet you could have a plug in oil heater or plug in electric start/glow plug setup.


I've pull started little diesel engines, not that hard in the summer and no glow plug either. These were on gooseneck lowboy trailers and while they were new they still sounded like an old school rattling knocking diesel engine.
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TORQUE! is right. Isn't that a benefit on a snow thrower?
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I'll pass on diesel .... ☺️
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The can have manual and automatic decompression on the various brands of diesel engines sold today.

Once you see how the larger tracked walk behinds work on five foot thick snow pack on Northern Honshu and Hokkaido Island and how they barely grunt and cast snow 100 plus feet using the high speed impeller.

The key to their success is the cutting teeth on the auger paddles, the smaller depth impeller combined with the impeller speed that is 4 or five times the normal speed.

Having a smaller diesel on a snow blower takes advantage of the torque it generates to create useable power which is a plus with all the salt crap snow we have to deal with.

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My 5.9L turbo diesel works great in my '03 RAM pickup, and I'm quite certain the Toro Premium 252cc OHV 4-cycle engine will be more than sufficient in my new Toro Power Max® 826 OAE (37799).
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