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I took some pictures of my X585 with the 47" 2-Stage Blower today and thought I'd share them with you guys. I've used it in a few small snows that we've had and it did great, but I'm waiting for a huge snow to put it to the test.

<img src="http://home.woh.rr.com/hansgeisterfer/photos/johndeerex585/blower2.jpg">

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Welcome CableGei:friends: Thats a very nice machine you have. How does it like the snow:D You don't need anymore weight then the wheel weights or how about chains. Looks like you have fun on it:winky:
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome. I wish I would have found this site sooner!

I have no need for anymore weight or chains. I mainly have the wheel weights because of my FEL; I think it would still handle the snow blower fine without them. The 4wd makes a huge difference in traction on these machines which is why I don't use tire chains.

If anyone is considering using one of these snowblowers on an X500, I personally wouldn't worry about extra weight or chains; however, on an X400 I'd definately do both since they are limited to 2wd.

This thing can sure blow the snow far and boy is it fun! We had a storm before Christmas that dropped 24 inches of snow on us. I used my 54" blade and 45 Loader to battle my way through that storm and they did a very good job, but took me a while to dig out our neighborhood. I just recently bought this in case we get another one of those storms. With my luck, we won't!
 

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:homereat: Ummmmmmmmmm pretty!
 

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Nice machine. Welcome to the forum.
 

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CableGei…

Welcome to the forum. That is one nice setup. Only thing I would
suggest is getting a nice warm cab. Thanks for posting the pic’s.
 

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aegt5000,
I quickly learned to "blow with the wind"! A cab would be nice, but man are they expensive... maybe someday.

By the way, your HT-23 makes me drool. I used to have one, but I sold it to help pay for the X585. After seeing the pictures of yours, it made me want to hunt mine back down and buy it back so I could fix it up as nice as you did.
 

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Blowing snow is like standing around a camp fire; no matter where you stand, it's always blowning back in your face.

4WD is the way to go. I have a 425 and several grades on my dirt driveway. Backing up is always a formidable task.

Nice pictures.
 

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Originally posted by CableGei
...on an X400 I'd definately do both since they are limited to 2wd...
Great set up CableGei. However I have a X485 AWS (not 4WD) with the 46" single-stage snowthrower with 4 suitcase weights on the back. Since I just had the asphalt driveway repaved, I didn't put the chains on this winter. Turns out I don't need them either compared with my old 425 AWS. I opted to save the $400 9 years ago when I got my single-stage over the 2-stage like yours. The single stage works extremely well except in packy snow which will clog the chute. I imagine the 2-stage would be a little better for this type of snow condition but if not you can always use it like a snow blade and just push the snow off the driveway. This works well if you get stones thrown off the highway onto the apron of your driveway like I do. Using this approach will save you a few broken shear bolts. :D
 

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Thanks for the inside information. I plan on adding more weight to the rear. I was told 400 LB on the rear was a mininum.
 
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