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Hey Everyone.
New guy here from north eastern Canada. I found this forum while researching some information for a few of the old machines i have. It seems like a great place with lots of knowledgeable and friendly people.
I think some of you guys will get a kick out my current creation but first a little history.

the original incarnation was built to put on the back of my garden tractor. It was built from an old Mastercraft 8/26 that was cut apart and 11" added to each side bringing it up to 48" wide. The augers and extra shaft came from a similar vintage mtd with a stuck Tecumseh. It served well for a few years until the tractor developed some reliability issues.





After the tractor wasn't working as well as it used to I decided to turn it back into a rather large walk behind, added a different drive assembly off an unknown MTD built machine and voila! an 8hp/48" cut blower. It makes quick work of clearing a large yard. If im reading the date code of the briggs correctly that motor is of 1978 vintage.

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Had to re weld the auger shaft last winter after breaking a weld.




At the end of last season the Briggs sheared the flywheel key and is currently in a non running state. After a summer of not having any spare time to dedicate to looking at it, once again the snow ended up upon us leaving me scrambling to come up with something. As luck would have it I was given my grandfathers old noma a few years back so I've borrowed its 10hp Tecumseh to get by this year.

Here is how it sits as of today. Future plans are adding led lights (waiting on my rectifiers to arrive) and building a new belt cover for it as the original is long gone. I've noticed the worm gear has a ton of slack in it and honestly I'm not surprised so I will have to look at replacing it come end of season. If I cant find any parts for it plans are already starting for frankenblower 2.0





Thanks for taking the time to check out my machine!
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Might be just a bit much for a walk behind but to each their own. You should consider adding some duals to that monster for some extra grip

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Actually its surprising with just the single wheels, if it starts to slip just push down on the bars a little bit and it puts enough weight on them to grip. The biggest issue I have is if one side of the bucket gets into some compacted snow it try's to turn the entire machine. It's a little bit of a workout running it but it handles well for the size. I would like to put a slightly taller tire on it to level out the engine though.

Were supposed to get another 15-30cm this Sunday so maybe I'll try to get some video of it working in the daylight if anyone wants to see.

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Actually its surprising with just the single wheels, if it starts to slip just push down on the bars a little bit and it puts enough weight on them to grip. The biggest issue I have is if one side of the bucket gets into some compacted snow it try's to turn the entire machine. It's a little bit of a workout running it but it handles well for the size. I would like to put a slightly taller tire on it to level out the engine though.

Were supposed to get another 15-30cm this Sunday so maybe I'll try to get some video of it working in the daylight if anyone wants to see.
I would like to see the video.

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Welcome to SBF gizmo. I don't know about the practicality of an 8hp 48" auger, but I do like the ingenuity to create it. Good job.

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While not technically a walk behind I forgot I had put a video on YouTube when I first had it on the tractor. The. 8hp did well on it as long as the snow wasn't too wet.
https://youtu.be/2bKP_W-MZi0
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Well you get a pile of points for ingenuity and resourcefulness..... EXTRA Bonus Points for the Fab work, Outside, on the ground, in the winter.....IN the Snow. Can't ask for more dedication than THAT!!!! Good Work !!!!


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Thanks for the kind words! And yes that was built outside with snow on the ground. With a cheap 90amp fluxcore welder. It wasn't to bad to work on with insulated coveralls though. Although I cant wait to finish my garage build and finally have a place that's dry to work in.
I started building it in the fall after fighting for awhile to get my permits, so far the floor is poured and I have the 4 walls up. Just need to finish sheeting them and get the trusses delivered then I can get it closed up at least.
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Well finally got a decent snowfall so I took a short video for everyone. Apologies for the shaky camera and focus issues. It's rather awkward operating with one hand. On the plus side that led light mod that's on this site works great!

https://youtu.be/R-jdh5_bAPI
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