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Presumably....this guy had his own reasons for doing what he did. Quebec does see a lot of snow during the average winter so perhaps the standard snowcaster just wouldn't toss the snow high enough and far enough.

According to the seller, the Onan was rebuilt by Onan. I don't even know if that's possible but... so what? As a potential buyer that is looking for a tractor, this Seller offers no information as to how many hours this allegedly rebuilt engine has on it. Secondly, if the engine was rebuilt, how did it jump from 16HP to 18 HP with the same B43 block?

If you look at the photo of the front of the tractor and blower that was taken at 90 degrees, you will see that he is using a winch to raise and lower the snow blower. The problem with this arrangement is that you cannot open the hood. What do you do if the battery goes dead? What do you do if the air filter gets choked with snow?

To me, this is a poorly thought out design. There are so many things that can happen while blowing snow that not being able to open the hood without removing the snow blower is ludicrous.

As for the price, what can I say? I think that he dug out all the invoices, added them up and decided that the total was the value of the tractor. Sorry..... but it does not work that way. Not so long ago, I was driving a 1996 GMC 3/4 ton van. It quit running and I did some testing. I concluded that the problem was the fuel pump. I took the vehicle to a local shop run by a good friend who I totally trust. He removed the tank to get to the pump located inside and found that the top of the tank was badly rusted. A new pump was installed and the tank was repaired by a sub-contracted specialty shop. My bill was $800.00, which I paid.

A month later, several more things happened in rapid succession and I made the decision to stop pouring money into this old POS. I put the truck for sale on Kijiji and found a buyer that paid me $250.00 for it. That was a bit more than what the scrap yard would pay, so i took it and waved goodbye to the truck as it left my yard on the back of a tow truck.

The point is this. You just don't get to recover every dime that you pump into an old car, truck or garden tractor. It was his decision to have the engine rebuilt by "others'. It was his decision to put that blower on the front in the way he did. Most people do not need a set up like that. The stock Snowcaster normally does an excellent job for owners. Whether he likes it or not, I would value this package at $1500.00 on the outside and that's ONLY if he has the receipts to prove what he says about the engine. Of course, he would laugh in my face at the mention of that price because he likely paid that much for the new B48 shortblock I believe he got back from Onan.

Sorry about your luck sir but that's the way things work in the garden tractor world. I've seen guys repower their tractors with brand new Kawasaki engines and Vanguard engines to the tune of $1500.00 just for the engine kit and then not be able to get that much for the tractor, deck and blade.... two years later.
 

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xfolkboat said:
Is that a Bercomac blower? How do those compare with a 48" Ingersoll?
The Berco blower is a top notch unit. However, it is much heavier than a Case snowcaster and it sticks out further. You will feel that in the steering when the blower is in the UP position and you are driving around. The Berco will throw the snow further than the Case but the question is: "does that really matter?" In certain instances it does but for most owners, 10 to 15 feet is more than adequate. The Case blower is easier to muscle into position for connecting to the tractor, takes up less storage space, has fewer moving parts, has no gearbox to maintain, has a lot less sheet metal to keep rust free, doesn't put as much of a strain on the steering as the two stage blower and is a lot less expensive to purchase.

The rest is personal preference and the argument between single and double stage snow blowers will rage on just like the discussions over oil choice.
 

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Hydriv said:
If you look at the photo of the front of the tractor and blower that was taken at 90 degrees, you will see that he is using a winch to raise and lower the snow blower. The problem with this arrangement is that you cannot open the hood. What do you do if the battery goes dead? What do you do if the air filter gets choked with snow?
 

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Hydriv said:
xfolkboat said:
Is that a Bercomac blower? How do those compare with a 48" Ingersoll?
The Berco blower is a top notch unit. However, it is much heavier than a Case snowcaster and it sticks out further. You will feel that in the steering when the blower is in the UP position and you are driving around. The Berco will throw the snow further than the Case but the question is: "does that really matter?" In certain instances it does but for most owners, 10 to 15 feet is more than adequate. The Case blower is easier to muscle into position for connecting to the tractor, takes up less storage space, has fewer moving parts, has no gearbox to maintain, has a lot less sheet metal to keep rust free, doesn't put as much of a strain on the steering as the two stage blower and is a lot less expensive to purchase.

The rest is personal preference and the argument between single and double stage snow blowers will rage on just like the discussions over oil choice.
Thanks for the great answer. I can see throwing distance being important if the snowpack is 6 feet deep. And I do appreciate the simplicity of single-stage blowers!
 
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