How Does A John Deere Snow Plow Work. John deere zero turn snow plow

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Hey Everyone I would just like to say i have been checkin this site out for awhile but never really put any ?’s up. However i have received a flyer for a plow for my zero turn mower made by Accesible Systems. They offer a neat little plow that attaches to my mower and also offer a bucket that goes on the hardware as well. What I am curious is if any of you guys have used this piece of equipment and how well is it made and works. I would like to use it on some sidewalk accounts I have but not sure if my mower will have a hard time pushing the snow. I have a 19 h/p kaw on a 48″ scag. Any Комментарии и мнения владельцев or feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again George Humphrey Maple City Lawn Care

I got the same flyer and I checked them out at the Louiville Expo. Looks like they are made well and I’d personally try one if I was in need. Price seems fair. Good Luck


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I have a Grasshopper ZTR and there is a power Snow Blower, Snow Broom (rotary sweeper), dozer blade, V. PLOW ! and heated cab available for it. The machine is a monster mower with over 5′ deck and Kubota 21 HP engine but many of the features that make it good on turf might not be good on snow. like very little ground clearance. The literature shows it used for sidewalks and parking pads.

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its a great way to go if you got a lot of driveways to clean. I have a 48″ Encore w/19hp kaw. put a 60″ dixie chopper blade on it. no mods to the mower except tire chains, and some weight on the back, just minor mods to the blade. I plow an addition of 20 houses, and use the zero turn on all the drives. this set-up has made me a ton of money this year. just wish I’d of known about it last year.

A company called JRCO pronounced Jerco has plows for zero-turn Exmarks. Need to put chain on tires to push sidewalks.


Be careful if you do get plows for your 0 turn mowers. A guy I worked for did the same thing. The big problem is that the cutting edge wore out quick. They ended up buying 6 inch strips of steel and making their own cuttings edges. After a while they used old worn out plow cuttings edges to make them. They do 3 big hospital’s so they get a lot of use of of the plows.

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How Does A John Deere Snow Plow Work?

Need to remove snow on a budget? Take a look at the video below that explains how to use a John Deere 54″ plow blade. Snow plows aren’t just one of the cheapest options out there, but they handle a larger spectrum of snowfalls than a snowblower, loader bucket, or snow pusher. From just an inch or two and up to 12″, I’ve been able to count on a blade to tackle the job. You should be able to find a new snow plow and hydraulic quick hitch for your X7 Series for around 450,250. Expect to pay around 450,500 for the same setup on a 1 or 2 Series tractor.

Whether you have a John Deere X Series garden tractor or a sub-compact or compact tractor, a four way hydraulic snow blade will allow you to put the snow where you want it and have one of the quickest paybacks of all snow removal options. Operation is simple by utilizing already included console-mounted controls to adjust the blade up, down, left, and right.

One of the most overlooked and important features of using a snow plow is the Float position on the up/down lever. Engaging this lever will release the down pressure in the hydraulic system and allow the blade to follow the contour of the plowing surface. This is important as it helps to prevent unnecessary damage to concrete or asphalt driveways.

Additionally, there is a locking pin on the plow blade which must be in the unlocked position when plowing snow. You’ll notice two large springs on the backside of the plow which act as a cushion if unexpected objects or protrusions are hit. If the pin were in the locked position, this would transfer the force of the collision through the blade, quick hitch, tractor frame, and you the operator. This can very likely lead to damage of your equipment, but more than one person has also been seriously hurt by the sudden, jarring stop of their machine.

You’ll notice that my blade is wider than 54″. I’ve added 9″ wing extensions made by Superior Tech which bring the total width to 72″. This allows for complete coverage of the tractor width even with the blade angled fully left or right. This is not the only option for wing extensions as several manufacturers offer them. Typically, you should expect to pay in the ballpark of 200 for these extensions.

While this video illustrates how to use a John Deere 54′ snow plow on a x739 garden tractor, this exact same setup will be found on all X7 Series tractors and very similar versions will be found on the 1 2 Series tractor lineup. I hope you find this useful. If so, please subscribe to my YouTube Channel to get more helpful feature reviews.

John Deere Mowers in the Snow: Snow Plows, Attachments

As the longest and coldest winter days approach and the snow begins to fall, it’s time to rev up the engine on your John Deere riding mower. While these pieces of equipment are ideal for the warmer months performing lawn-care duties and tackling yard-work tasks, they can quickly become a residential home owner’s best friend, clearing areas that may quickly be inundated by snowfall.

So, as fall comes to a close, the grass has been cut, and the leaves have been removed from the yard, be sure to keep your John Deere riding mower in a spot where it can be easily accessed, as it’s only a snow plow attachment away from being a snow removal workhorse during even the toughest conditions. These snow removal and snow plow attachments may include any of the following:

  • Basic Snow Blade for Plowing: Snow blade attachments are similar to snow plows on trucks, but are perfect for clearing medium amounts of snowfall.
  • Markers : Heavy snow can make it hard to see the edges of your snow blade when plowing. Adding markers to your blade will make it easier to see the edges and remain in control of your blade, especially when using it as a snow plow.
  • Poly Wear Bars: Attaching a wear bar allows operators to plow snow with confidence.
  • Deflector Shield: Snow can climb up over the snow plow and into the windshield without a deflector shield.
  • Rubber Squeegees: Adding squeegees to Gator blades make it easier to plow snow from fragile surfaces which could be damaged from the composition of a metal blade.
  • Skid Shoes: Cast-iron shoes let operators utilize the machine with three times the wear resistance that standard steel shoes provide.
  • Lawn Tractor Snow Blower: These snow blowers are perfect for landowners in all regions where snow and plowing may be a problem.
  • Quick-Hitch Snow Blowers: Similar to other snow blowers, this attachment is a perfect solution for homeowners.
  • Brooms: Another snow removal attachment is a snow broom. John Deere snow brooms have many features that are great for homeowners.

Take a look at these ten pictures of John Deere mowers doing what they do best: Clearing the way for operators that need to remove and plow snow from the surface efficiently and comfortably.

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We hope these images have served as a reminder of how helpful John Deere riding mowers can be when snow plows are needed this winter. John Deere riding mowers are not only efficient pieces of equipment for work around the house in the warmer months, so be sure to keep your mower in a safe, easy-to-access location this winter.

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My neighbor has a rear engine mower. I’m guessing around 6-8hp. He built a 38″ snowplow for it in the 90’s. He has cleaned his driveway every year with it and never had trouble. He had to use tire chains off a walkbehind snowblower and put some weights on the rearend. It may look funny because most people are used to seeing a tractor with a blade. Not a rear engine riding mower lol.

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I finally found one this evening at Tractor Supply. It was bigger then I needed but I am sure it will come in handy. By the time I got home I couldn’t find a good way to mount it the way I wanted to and it was getting dark in the garage so I am skipping it for this storm. A bit rough around the edges.

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Hi! With a bit of ingenuity I believe a plow could be put on most any powered equipment but how well it will work is another story. Depending on the weight of the blade and the type of machine it is being used on you may need extra weight, chains, etc. Back some years ago I worked for a roofing and siding supplier here in the Quad Cities. When we got a really big snow the boss would bring down the 4×4 Ford pickup with the plow. When the snows were light, maybe 1 to 3 inch powdery snow, I would grab a stack of 13 foot siding pallets, maybe 6 or 8, with the fork truck. Man you could clear the parking lot in no time using a 13 foot plow. If it got a bit heavier we would use the all wheel drive piggyback forklift with the pallets as the traction was a bit better. Bill

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We will find out. I did give it a go yesterday with some leftover snow and just wanted to see if I could make some room and it performed OK. I didn’t climb the barrel as much as before. The winch was supposed to connect to the eye hook and help by preventing the blade from going under and to help mound a bit. Plus I thought it would be cool. Are weather is supposed to be from 3- 12 depending on who you ask. I just assumed the big thing would be to go out often instead of waiting for all 12 inches. And if all else fails I got the winch to drag me home!

Residential ZTR’s use 1-2 HP transmissions for each drive. Gravely and Kubota’s are different. If the ZTR’s worth 10K, you’ll be fine.


18 ° outside! It did well 6-8 inches fluffy! Traction was tough. But I believe that it is a project worth investing some real time into!

Has anyone ever put a blade on a zero turn? Years ago before my exmark I had a small cub cadet and wanted to buy a plow for it. The salesman told me not to do it. He said for an inch or so it would be ok but beyond that or wet heavy snow it would tear up the transmission. He told me that several people who had done it and damaged the trans before the warranty was up were not covered because the claim was the lawn tractor was not designed for that. So as we get snow upon snow I am tired of using the snow blower. I made a plow for the exmark. The blade( a plastic drum cut in half) worked OK. It was fixed with no angle and would move up and down by pulling on a rope. The biggest problem I had was bottom edge was a bit high and would leave a quarter inch of snow on the ground. It was tricky getting turned around on the snow. I did not use chains. So I redesigned it. With a sharper angle on the ground. This time the drove over the barrel/blade. The biggest problem is the barrel is just too flexible. Before I go further I am curious if I get this to work well how much damage will I do?

Several Zero turn manufacturers market blades for their units. What the dealer told you is right,as far as it goes. Cub Cadet ok’s blades on the higher end Z-turns but not the RZT series due to the hydro trans used. They are designed and rated only to pull the weight of the mower and rider,not even a trailer of mulch. Other,more heavier built hydros can pull trailers,rollers and other implements as well as pushing snow. What you have to do is question the dealer and read the owners manual for the info.

A good rule of thumb for any brand is if it’s the entry level model it’s only built strong enough to mow with and nothing else. Beyond that you have to research each model.

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Snow Removal Attachments for John Deere Lawn Mowers

The winter months always seem to sneak up on us. We’ve barely put away our lawn furniture and grills, when out of nowhere, it’s time to trade in your lawn mower for a snow blower.

A big advantage of owning a John Deere lawn tractor is it can transform into a powerful and effective snowplow. Lawn tractor owners can add a John Deere snow blower or front blade to their mower to make quick work of removing snow. And there are plenty of attachments — including weather enclosures, seat covers, tire-chain attachments, wheel weights, and more — that add comfort and safety to your winter wonderland experience while enhancing your tractor’s snow removal performance.

A Quick and Easy Run-Down of the Advantages of Owning a Lawn Mower/Snow Blower Combo:

With a traditional walk-behind snow blower, removing snow from your driveway can be taxing, especially when the temperature plummets. Using a snow blower attachment on your lawn mower allows you to spend less time in the cold — enabling you to simply sit down and steer the machine instead of pushing a snow blower up and down the driveway.

Lawn mower/snow blower combos also remove more snow than standard snow blowers. By using the tractor’s more powerful motor, the snow blower won’t bog down as easily, allowing it to handle heavier and deeper snow. Some models can even handle more than 20 inches of snow at a time. And, they’re considered by most, to be easier to use than traditional snow blowers.

John Deere Attachments

Whether you’re operating a 100 Series or an X700 Series there are attachments suited for your mower. Matching the right size blade and blower to your model is important for performance. Attachment size is related to the horsepower, weight, and frame size of your tractor. A few examples are:

John Deere 44-inch, 2-Stage Snow Blower for 100 Series Tractor

John Deere’s 44-inch snow blower for the 100 Series lawn tractor works well in all snow conditions, but it’s ideal for homeowners in heavy-snow regions. This model is more effective than single-stage snow throwers when operating in wet, heavy snow. It provides consistent snow placement in all snow conditions because of the tractor’s high speed. The low-speed auger picks up snow and moves it toward the center of the machine, where the high-speed rotor blows it up to 50 feet out of the chute.

Faster rotor speed provides a maximum throwing distance up to 50 feet, plus the high-speed rotor provides consistent snow placement even in variable snow conditions. John Deere has streamlined the installation and removal process for reduced initial set-up time. There are both single-stage vs dual-stage blowers, with both belt-driven and shaft-driven power.

John Deere 54-inch Front Blade for X700 Series Tractor

John Deere also offers a 54-in. front blade for the X700 Series lawn tractor. This front blade is excellent for pushing away light snow or other loose material and is constructed for good performance and long life. The blade surface is curved to roll the material, rather than push, which requires less power and increases blade capacity. A bolt-on, replaceable cutting edge takes most of the wear to greatly extend the life of the blade. The blade also comes standard with equipment for controlling it right from the tractor’s seat, and the blade can be angled left, right, or used in the straight-ahead position.

Most lawn tractor manufacturers have snowplow or snow blower attachments available. There are universal plow and blower attachments available for purchase as well, with many that cost as much as a lower-priced walk-behind snow blower. Converting your lawn tractor to a snow removal machine is easy. While there’s a bit more to the job than hooking up an attachment, preparation and access to your owner’s manual ensures you’ll be clearing your driveway in no time.

How to Turn Your Tractor into a Snow Blower?

Remove the Deck

You’ll need to remove the deck to make room for your bracket and attachment (and to give you extra ground clearance). Make sure to store your deck inside and away from the weather to prevent unnecessary wear and tear.

Put Chains on the Back Tires

Most lawn tractors are not heavy enough to handle a serious snow removal job—without some help, that is. So put chains on the back wheels, especially for non-4WD tractors, to give yourself the extra traction you’ll need. This is particularly critical if the area you’re plowing is steep, narrow, or includes sharp turns.

Mount Bracket and Plow or Blower Attachment

Plow blades or blower attachments generally come with a bracket that attaches to your tractor first. Only once the bracket is in place is the attachment installed. Some brackets can remain on the tractor, allowing you to add or remove the attachment without tools, which is a serious time saver.

Attach Rear Weights

Some extra weight in the back of your tractor can help to keep you from slipping on icy or snowy terrain. You can add weight by attaching a weight bracket to the back of your tractor and adding weights to it or add wheel weights directly to the rear tires.

In general, plow blades can get closer to the ground, and therefore remove more snow, than blowers. So, when making your decision on the type of attachment you want, consider what kind of snowfall you get and whether you have a problem with thawing and refreezing. If you find that you spend a lot of time in your new tractor-turned-snow remover, you can purchase a snow cab to keep yourself safely out of bitter wind and weather while you work.

Come spring, your tractor can be converted right back to its lawn-cutting duties.

Additional Features

There are some additional features that may make one lawn mower snow blower combo more attractive than others. Most of these features are about convenience, which can be a big deal on a cold day.

Some models include one-handed or electric lift systems that allow you to raise and lower the machine while still seated. You’ll like the ability to adjust the angle of the discharge chute from the seat of the tractor.

Some models can be paired with adjustable skid shoes and replaceable wear plates that allow the snow blower to ride along the ground without damaging the unit itself.

Whatever you decide, know that John Deere has the right combination for your needs so you can spend less time-fighting Old Man Winter and more time enjoying the wonders of the season.

For more information on equipment troubleshooting and maintenance, contact your local RDO Equipment Co. store.

Eddie Stevens is an account manager for RDO Equipment Co. Lawn Land store in Bismarck, ND, where he has worked for the past three years. His favorite part of working at RDO is interacting with customers and finding the exact equipment they need.

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