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By your subject line, I thought you were looking for Santa Claus. I have seen him all over the place in recent weeks, but I did not notice any of those big machines in his sleigh. Those things must be a bear to wrap...
 

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Possibly dbert may know. He's the only one I know who has the DeLorean. Similar machine. Ronin? But he's in Japan.
The only one I've personally seen was halfway up a mountain in Innsbruck, Austria a couple years ago.
 
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Would love to talk Ronin into crating one up and sending it my way. :grin::grin:

I think it's been two years since one hit the market and I'm sure kinckin' myself in the rear for not going out to CO and grabbing it. It was a bit beat up but it was cheap and had a nice 20hp diesel on it if I remember correctly.

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I think dbert has one and may know where some others are. He and Ronin are the big track machine experts here.
 
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I saw one on Ebay a few years back and that one in Colorado was listed in their online classifieds, KLM. I still have that search active. I try Craigs once in a while just in case. It just takes patience and persistence. Sooner or later one will break and it will be more than the owner wants to deal with. I figure it's going to pop up at a resort or lodge in the Rockies or similar in the north east. It's going to be a drive either way.

The only thing I feel bad about is after five decades of moving snow in this area it really does seem like the winters are getting milder. For the last three or four it's not often I need to even take the blower out. Just drive over it to get to the road. Living with my folks back in the 70's and 80's we always seemed to get a lot of 12" + snowfalls and now it's seeming to be rare. Might just be a cyclical thing and they'll come back around hate to think it might actually be climate chance and my really good snows are becoming a thing of the past.

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And even worse trying to get down the chimney :devil:

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Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh like you really need another 1. you got enough stuff to keep you Fat, Full and Happy for the rest of your days on this earth. what ever happened to that big old tractor that you sweet talked the old lady into letting you get.:kiss: or is that now just a piece of yard/lawn art over there in cheese head land?????????? :question:
 

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Holy cow K4F'......:eek:mg:


So, what are you trying to clear?


A driveway or a runway? :devil:
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Unless you want to import one from europe your kind of limited to the toro dingo walk behind crawler tool carrier or one of the 4 Vermeer stand on crawler tool carriers.


The Bradco 48 inch hydraulic drive snow blowers is something that requires a high flow and high pressure hydraulic system.
They are an expensive animal to own with the axial piston hydraulic pumps used in the tool carrier and to operate with the gear motor for the snow blowers drive system requiring one inch/No 16 2 wire hydraulic hose.

For the money you would be better off buying a bercomac 6 foot cut motorized 2 stage snow blower and putting it on a CUT tractor plow frame or turn it into a rear mount with an ssqa mounting plate to run on the back of a compact utility tractors three point hitch. You would have to change the exhaust and add a vertical stack and a rain cap to the stack but it can be done.

They only make 2 stage snow casters as they are less expensive to make and the profit markup is huge on them since they use thin steel.


If you know your going to have a huge need with a snow removal contract you would be better off buying a new Zaugg Snow Bear as I stated above if you know your going to have a need for a machine that big as it has a mechanical drive system for the 2 stage snow blower and rubber tracks. and it can be trailered with a 2 axle 3 ton low boy flat bed with electric brakes using 2 wide steel ramps with steel mesh welded on them for grip.

You would have to travel to Europe and bring a catalytic converter with you or send a catalytic converter to Europe to have Zaugg install it with a muffler to pacify the EPA animals as the indirect injection Kubota engines with the normal idle that does not starve the engine of diesel fuel is still too dirty at the tail pipe since they do not have a catalytic converter in the exhaust system. They vibrate like **** too.

Non automotive catalytic converters for gasoline, propain, compressed natural gas and diesel engines create carbon dioxide and water in their engine exhaust which makes the EPA happy.

The honeycomb substrate with platinum used on these catalytic converters is cleaned using an oven to heat up the substrate material over a long time to melt off the build up of oil and carbon to make them clean again and they are reinstalled in the engines to be used as long as needed until the honeycomb substrate is no longer usable and in many brands of catalytic converter the substrate portion can be replaced by simply unbolting it and installing a new substrate and bolting the new one back in place.
 

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what ever happened to that big old tractor that you sweet talked the old lady into letting you get.:kiss: or is that now just a piece of yard/lawn art over there in cheese head land?????????? :question:[/B]
The old '51 Ford 8N is just sittin' waiting for my attention. It's too big to haul over to your house anyway. :devil: Likely worth more in parts if you take the time to sell it that way :crying: Didn't do enough research on it. Didn't really inspect it close enough. Good reason not to buy something that's not running unless you're pretty much an expert on it. That and finding out how much each attachment is !! A used tiller will cost more than I paid for the whole tractor.
So far I've had the head milled and a new head gasket. Have a 12 volt conversion kit mostly installed. Have a new fuel tank and filter ready to go on once I get the wiring and oil lines fabricated. Have a screw on oil filter housing to replace the canister filter they had originally and need to get a battery tray to replace the rusted out one on there now.

But like you say, I just have too much crap and way too many projects I'll never get to. But I did get rid of four machines that I knew I wouldn't get around to fixing and I have two 24" blowers for sale. I'm trying. :grin:

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Have you ever used searchtempest? It's like craigslist.on steroids. You can set parameters such as distance, price range, pic posts only, etc
 
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Funny story. Well, if you know my story.
Several months ago I bought an older Gravely walk behind with a snow blower attachment. The guy I bought it from texted me a couple days later saying he had found the manuals for both the tractor and the snow blower attachment. I told him I would be by to pick them up but not until the weekend. He said he would be out of town but would leave them on the porch. So a couple days later I go to his house and found a big manila envelope where he said they would be.
I get home and in amongst the Gravely manuals were pages ( parts catalog) from a manual for a huge LMC snowblower. I was freaking out. How in the heck do documents for an LMC snowblower just suddenly wind up in my hands while sitting at my kitchen table? I immediately started texting this guy about his LMC. He had no clue what I was talking about. I was bummed wanting to know more. He was the second owner of the Gravely and the original owner must have mixed these pages in with the Gravely manuals. The parts catalog was for one of these.
 

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