Blower Mate ?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by 1MajorTom, Sep 9, 2003.

  1. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
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    Curious to see if anyone has experienced the Blower Mate breaking?

    The support bar that is attached to trailer.... well both sides of it cracked where the blower mate is attached to. Sure the inside part was welded, but the outside wasn't, which made it not sturdy.
    Anyone else have this happen?

    Attached Files:

  2. Expert Lawns

    Expert Lawns LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,660

    What is the life span of a blower mate? I noticed that mine is getting wobbly but the bolts are plenty tight.
  3. Expert Lawns

    Expert Lawns LawnSite Silver Member
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    can't get that file to open, can you put the pic right on the post? thanks
  4. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    The blower mate only lasted 2 months. That's it. Just basically snapped on both sides where the blower mate is attached.

    The file really isn't no big deal. It's a pdf file. I can't copy it. It's from Jungle Jim's web site. It's just a drawing of the blower mate.
  5. yardman1

    yardman1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 458

    I have got two of them and have not had any trouble so far , I will look tomorrow and see if the welds are starting to crack. I also saw two on e-bay for $10.00 a piece and they are brand new.
  6. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Here is a pic.

  7. I'll bet you have it mounted to the side of the trailer instead of on the front. The stop and go motion of traffic would work to snap it off.
    If you get a welder to fix it, have them to add a couple of gussetts (they look like little triangles) and the repaired base will be stronger than origional.

    What actually broke? The weld or the metal next to it?
    If it was the weld it was probably just a "cold" weld from the factory and rewelding it should fix it. If the metal broke it's going to need some reinforcing.

  8. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    Yes, the metal broke.
    But it didn't give specific directions as to where the blower mate needed to be placed on the trailer.
    And in fact, on the website, the pictures shows it mounted both ways. On the side and front.

    And wouldnt the same force apply whether it was mounted on the side or on front when you are stopping and going?
  9. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Messages: 1,557

    I have mine mounted on the side and have had mine over a year and no problems at all. My trailer is stored in my shop so it never gets rained on etc but ive enjoyed the whole jungle jims setup personally.
  10. Sorry, I didn't mean to sound like I was criticizing your choice of location on the trailer. I just noted that the mounting bolts are on the sides of the blower mate sending the stress in that direction. If it had been mounted to the front of the trailer it probably broken the mounting bolts instead. Or maybe just bobble frontwards and backwards cushioning the stress.
    Plus you posted twice that the sides broke, so it was kind of apparent it had been side mounted.;)

    I'd say since the metal broke and not the weld came loose that would indicate a part stressed beyond it's limits. Not some kind of factory flaw. (Other than inferior design).
    You're going to need more metal. I thought those blower racks looked light at the mounting foot for what they were carrying.

    I'd offer to fix it for you for free but you live too far away.:D


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