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I read thru many posting here regarding LED lights for snowblowers. I haven't seen much of a discussion regarding the use of separate Cree Flashlight/headlights attachment. I have a Toro 826 Powermax OE - w/o a stator .

Seeing how bicyclist are riding with CREE XM-L T6 flashlight/headlight attachment got me thinking that I can do something similar with my snowblower. I do not plan to drill any holes or make any modification to the metal for these attchment of lights - hanging it off the handle bar is my only option for this season (I also do not want the lights falling off due to the vibration).

I'm currently looking at these 2 options on Ebay (a headlight and a flashlight) - any comments or advices would be appreciated.

Headlamp with O rings to hold in place
US SHIPPING Securitylng 6000LM 5 x CREE XM-L T6 LED Bicycle Light Headlamp | eBay

Flashlight (2 or more)
2000LM CREE XM-L T6 LED Flashlight Zoomable Lamp Torch + Charger Battery | eBay

with Flashlight holder
360 Degree Bicycle LED Flashlight Mount Holder For Bicycle Torch Clip Clamp | eBay

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I briefly considered getting some lights for my blowers but being retired I never have to blow snow in the dark. However, when I was looking I wanted something that wouldn't concentrate the light. I was looking for more of a floodlight than a spotlight. Something you might want to consider.
 

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I like the idea of the holder that could easily be attached to the snow thro's handle bars. I've got a bunch of those flashlights already... most of them zoom in and out.
 

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Below is a Xeccon 1210 mountain bike LED headlight and a bar mount on my Snowmaster.

Employing two lights (one on each side) would provide better balance and eliminate the shadowing thats going on with my setup.

Isolating them from vibration is the main challenge.












 

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The mountain biking forum MTBR does an annual review of headlights. It's more info about lights than you ever wanted to know, and you'll end up spending more money than you ever wanted to spend!

http://reviews.mtbr.com/2016-bike-lights-shootout-headlights

The reviews are detailed including measurements of actual lumens output, and pictures of the beam patterns. The beam patterns are also compared all on one page here:

http://reviews.mtbr.com/2016-bike-lights-shootout-beam-patterns

I ended up buying the Gloworm XS for my handle bars, and Gloworm X2 for my helmet (
(2200 & 1500 lumens) They're unreal - brighter than some cars headlights. It's way more than you'd ever need for snow blowing but I do use the helmet light all the time. I just put on my bike helmet when I need to wander around the property at night!

From one of my rides:

 

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I have battery powered leds on both of my two stage machines, two mounted on the snotek and four mounted on the sno thro. Bought two packs of three at costco for $15 each. They are brighter than needed.
 
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If I were buying only one light I'd mount it on my head, not on the machine.

A) it automatically points where you're looking
B) you will end up using it for lots of things, not just when snow blowing.

If you're doing 2 lights then one on the machine is beneficial. Having multiple lights coming from different angles helps with shadowing and depth perception. But do you really need that while snow blowing at 0.5 miles per hour?

What is important, for me anyway, is to be able to turn my head and see the bear that's coming to eat me for dinner.
 

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Heres the sno thro
 

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$70 for a light?

Below is a Xeccon 1210 mountain bike LED headlight and a bar mount on my Snowmaster.

Employing two lights (one on each side) would provide better balance and eliminate the shadowing thats going on with my setup.

Isolating them from vibration is the main challenge.












 

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If I were buying only one light I'd mount it on my head, not on the machine.

A) it automatically points where you're looking
B) you will end up using it for lots of things, not just when snow blowing.

If you're doing 2 lights then one on the machine is beneficial. Having multiple lights coming from different angles helps with shadowing and depth perception. But do you really need that while snow blowing at 0.5 miles per hour?

What is important, for me anyway, is to be able to turn my head and see the bear that's coming to eat me for dinner.
After trying the machine mount route I'd have to agree with this
 

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Below is a...and a bar mount on my Snowmaster.
Would you mind sharing where you got your bar mount?

I'd like to add a back red flashing light (from my bike) for when I'm clearing access to my mailbox. I've had a few close calls of trucks flying right by me when I'm on the return sweep and close to the road.

Mounting one on the handlebars without an extension would just be blocked by the guy running the blower. :icon-shocked:

I'm at the top of a hill and I'd sure feel better that I would be a little safer.

 

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You got me googling it and I'm seeing a bunch on ebay and gearbest now.
 

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Gloworm XS on snowblower ?

I ended up buying the Gloworm XS for my handle bars, and Gloworm X2 for my helmet (2200 & 1500 lumens) They're unreal - brighter than some cars headlights. It's way more than you'd ever need for snow blowing but I do use the helmet light all the time. I just put on my bike helmet when I need to wander around the property at night!

Have you ever try mounting the Gloworm XS on your snowblower ? Or do you know of any bracket that will allow me to do so ? There are similar type of Cree XM-L T6 lights available on Ebay BUT they are sold with rubber O rings - and I do not trust them to stay on the handle bar with the vibration.
 

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Have you ever try mounting the Gloworm XS on your snowblower ? Or do you know of any bracket that will allow me to do so ? There are similar type of Cree XM-L T6 lights available on Ebay BUT they are sold with rubber O rings - and I do not trust them to stay on the handle bar with the vibration.
The XS comes with a nice metal clamp. I havent tried attaching it to a blower but it works great on a mountain bike handle bar.

But I suspect the O-rings could work fine if they are well designed and are the right length for the bar you're trying to attach them too. If they can hold a light on a mountain bike going down a rocky descent they'll hold up to a blower's vibration.

The main question for both would be the diameter of what you're trying to attach it too. If it's larger or smaller than what the light mount was designed for you might have issues.
 

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Blowing snow during the night ?

I briefly considered getting some lights for my blowers but being retired I never have to blow snow in the dark.

I felt the same way - wait until the morning to deal with the snow. Unfortunately, learn the hard way - temperature dropped in the middle of the night - and the ice formed made it hard for the impellor - chute kept clogging.
 

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If I were buying only one light I'd mount it on my head, not on the machine.

A) it automatically points where you're looking
B) you will end up using it for lots of things, not just when snow blowing.

If you're doing 2 lights then one on the machine is beneficial. Having multiple lights coming from different angles helps with shadowing and depth perception. But do you really need that while snow blowing at 0.5 miles per hour?

What is important, for me anyway, is to be able to turn my head and see the bear that's coming to eat me for dinner.
have to agree and disagree....a light on your head is benificial, but cant compare to a light affixed to the machine. in my situation, a glance off to the side with a light on my head may result in sucking up a branch that blew off and is barely visible. dedicated lighting works well for that scenario.i do have dual lights on both my 2 stage machines, one pointed about 6 feet out, and the other is high beam so to speak
not so worried bout bears this time of year....they are napping now.
 

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EBay special-Lamp CREE XM-L T6 - 11 LEDs

Just delivered - 11 LED - with battery and charger for <$19.00
with 18450 battery and charger - and a headband.
CREE XM-L T6 - 11 LEDs (very very bright)

See pics - 11 LED - Next to a Quarter - to judge the size - weight is about 7 oz.

Now I need to figure out how to mount the light to snow blower
(may also have to following the double holder extension).
 

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I felt the same way - wait until the morning to deal with the snow. Unfortunately, learn the hard way - temperature dropped in the middle of the night - and the ice formed made it hard for the impellor - chute kept clogging.
Hm.. Haven't experienced that yet. Hope it doesn't happen.
 

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I am not too keen on having a light with a separate battery pack to have something else to mount. I think I would want to mount two lights. One on each handle bar. My problem is picking the correct light. I have looked on Amazon for 2 pack lights with mounts. But I am not sure on what to try.

Just delivered - 11 LED - with battery and charger for <$19.00
CREE XM-L T6 - 11 LEDs (very very bright)


See pics - 11 LED - Next to a Quarter - to judge the size - weight is about 7 oz.


Now I need to figure out how to mount the light to snow blower
(may also have to following the double holder extension).
 
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