Convert Your John Deere Tractor Into a Snow Blower

Convert Your Tractor Into a Snow Blower

Many of us dread clearing snow during the winter. We know that maneuvering your shovel or snow blower through heavy, wet snow during the winter can be exhausting. If you own a John Deere tractor, you may not dread clearing snow as much. Your John Deere tractor provides you with an alternative way to remove snow this year.  If you convert your tractor into a snow blower, you can avoid the need to shovel or purchase a snow blower. Here’s what you need to convert your John Deere tractor into a snow blower.

John Deere attachments and accessories vary by model. Refer to your owner’s manual for information on attachment and accessory compatibility.

Snow blower attachment

To convert your John Deere tractor into a snow blower, you need a snow blower attachment to remove the snow from your drive and walkways. These attachments have the capacity to handle big snow removal jobs and work well in all snow conditions.

Plow blade attachment

If you prefer to push snow instead of throw it, there is an assortment of John Deere tractor mounted plows to help clear snow from your driveway. Plow blades get closer to the pavement than blowers, leaving you with little to no snow on your pathways.

Snow cab

You can add a snow cab to your John Deere tractor for extra protection from freezing temps and harsh winds.

Tire chains

When using your John Deere tractor in the snow, your tractor tires may not have the stability and traction needed to remove snow. When the pavement is covered by snow or is icy, you can increase the traction by using tractor tire chains.

Tire chains are also beneficial when working on steep terrain and narrow roads. To maintain traction, make sure you have tire chains on your tires. They will make your snow removal tasks safer and more productive.

Wheel weights

Like tire chains, wheel weights provide extra traction when working on snowy or icy terrain. Weight wheels are recommended when adding attachments to the front of your John Deere tractor. Apply these weights to the rear tires to help weigh down the back end of your machine and press down so the tires grip better.

Cast-iron weights

Cast-iron weights are great attachments for the front end of your John Deere tractor. These counterbalance heavy attachments and provide better traction and stability.

Some tractors have built-in front and/or rear weight brackets to hang the cast-iron weights on. Other tractors require a weight bracket. Refer to your owner’s manual to determine what your John Deere tractor has and/or needs.

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How to Level a John Deere Riding Lawn Mower Deck

How to Level a John Deere Riding Lawn Mower Deck

When mowing around your home and businesses, pay attention to the recently mowed lawn. If you notice ridges forming where you recently mowed, the deck on your lawn mower may not be leveled. Luckily, leveling your mower deck is not a time consuming task, allowing you to get back to cutting the grass in no time.

Before performing any maintenance on your riding lawn mower, refer to your owner’s manual for maintenance and safety information. Maintenance instructions vary by model. Depending on your riding lawn mower model, our instructions may vary slightly so refer to your owner’s manual for more specific instructions.

Before you begin leveling your lawn mower deck follow these safety instructions. Park your mower on a hard, flat surface and shut the engine off. Set the parking brake to prevent your machine from rolling back, injuring you or others. Remove the ignition key to prevent accidental starting and wear heavy leather gloves since you’re working near mower blades.

Tools you’ll need:

  • Exact Adjust wrench
  • 18 mm wrench
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Mower gauge

Here’s what to do:

Before starting, make sure the tires on your John Deere mower are inflated. Check your owner’s manual for information on tire pressure numbers.

John Deere Tractors

Raise the mower and place the mower cutting height knob at the position specified for deck leveling. Lower the mower and check that the mower wheels are not making contact with the ground and raise if necessary. Place the mower gauge under the mower at the adjustment point near the left rear corner. If your tractor does not make contact with the gauge, adjust the deck accordingly.

Check the mower front to back level at the front adjustment point on the front left deck hanger bracket. If necessary, use the 18 mm wrench to loosen the rear nuts on each of the front lift rods. Turn the nuts on each side until the gauge slips under the front adjustment point.

Fully raise the tractor and adjust the height control knob to the desired height, then lower the machine. Adjust the wheels so they’re at least 1/4 inch off the ground. The wheels will carry the mower deck over higher areas in the lawn to give it an even cut.

John Deere Zero Turns

Make sure the mower is parked and then mount the mower. Raise the deck into the transport position. Make sure the anti-scalp wheels are not making contact with the ground.

Lower the deck to 76 mm (3 inches). Position the right mower blade on the discharge side in the front to rear position. Once the blades are in the correct position, measure the distance between the front blade tip to the ground. Use the mower gauge to check the mower blade level. The front blade tip should be 76 mm, with a tolerance of +/- 2 mm.

Move to the other side of your zero turn and position the mower blade in the front to rear position. Measure the blade’s tip to make sure it is 76 mm as well.

If one side is lower than the other, loosen the jam nut on the adjustment rod and turn the rod tube as needed to bring the tip into the proper position. When satisfied, lock the jam nut to secure the setting. Re-check both sides of the deck after the adjustment has been made to ensure it is within specification.

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How to Install a Mulch Kit on a John Deere Tractor

How to Install a Mulch Kit on a John Deere Tractor

Mulch kits can give your John Deere tractor more value when mowing. Mulch kits generally include mulching blades and a mulching plug, along with necessary hardware for installation. The mulch blades chop grass clippings into smaller pieces than the standard blades, and those smaller pieces decompose faster and help return nutrients back into the soil, keeping your grass healthy. Continue reading to learn how to install a mulch kit on your John Deere tractor.

Before performing any maintenance on your John Deere tractor, refer to your owner’s manual for maintenance and safety information. Maintenance instructions vary by model. Depending on your model number, these instructions may vary.  Be sure to refer to your owner’s manual for detailed instructions.

To install a mulch kit on a John Deere tractor, begin by removing the mower blades. Use a Jungle Jack or other form of jack to lift the front of your mower to create space under the mower deck. Raise the deck to the highest setting. Remove the center holding nut from the mower blade with a wrench. Use a gloved hand to keep the blade from turning while removing the nut. Save the nut for installing the mulching blade. Repeat this blade removal step for the mower blade on the other side of the deck.

Now that the old blades have been removed, it’s time to replace them with the new blades included in the mulch kit. Place the center hole of the mulching blade over the mounting stud on the underside of the mower deck. Make sure the cutting end of the blade faces forward when spinning in a clockwise direction. Use your gloved hand to hold the blade in place while tightening the holding nut with your wrench. Repeat this step to install the mulching blade on the other side of the deck as well.

To install the mulch plug on your John Deere tractor, lift the discharge chute up. Place the mulch plug into the deck discharge chute opening with the carriage bolt threads facing upward.  Fit the mulch plug onto the mower deck lip and remove the tape from the metal deflector and discharge chute so that it falls into place. Insert the carriage bolt into the mounting hole on the lower left side of the mower deck. Tighten the locking wing nut.

You are now ready to use your John Deere tractor as a mulcher. In the future, if you want to mow without mulching, remove the mulch plug, and you will not need to change the blades.

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How to Use John Deere Maintenance Kits

How to Use John Deere Maintenance Kits

Staying on top of maintenance is essential to maximizing the performance and life of your outdoor power equipment. John Deere makes it easy to tune-up your tractor all on your own. They also make it easy to match a kit to your specific tractor model by listing the model on the box so you’ll never have to worry about missing parts necessary for maintenance.

Most John Deere Maintenance Kits include:

2 quarts oil

1 oil filter

1 air filter

1 fuel filter

Air precleaner

Spark plugs(s)

Additional tools (not included in Maintenance Kits):

Oil filter wrench

Drain pan

Towels/rags

Pliers

Socket wrench

Spark plug gap gauge

 

Here’s how to perform maintenance on your John Deere tractor using a John Deere Maintenance Kit.

Change the oil and oil filter

Drain the old oil by running your tractor’s engine for a couple minutes so that the oil flows better. Set your drain pan on the ground to catch the old oil. Remove the drain cap and allow the oil to drain completely. Once the oil has been drained, remove the dipstick and use a towel/rag to wipe off old oil.

Before replacing the oil filter, use your towel or rag to clean the area around the filter and then place the drain pan under the filter tray. Remove the old filter and gasket and make sure to dispose of it properly. Rub a light coat of fresh oil on the new filter gasket and screw on the new filter by hand, until the rubber gasket makes contact with the filter base. Then tighten the filter another half turn to make sure it’s secure.

Next, install the drain cap and pour in the new oil, but make sure not to fill it past the full mark. Run the engine again to make sure you don’t have any leaks, and ensure proper fill by checking the dipstick.

Change the air filter

Before replacing the air filter, make sure the engine is cool. You should also brush away any debris covering the air intake screen. Take off the air filter cover then remove the air filter and the precleaner. If your maintenance kit comes with a replacement precleaner, use the new one (to make sure, check your operator’s manual). Put in the new air filter and reinstall the cover.

Change the fuel filter

First, make sure you are in a well-ventilated area and that the engine on your tractor is cool. Check the fuel lines to see if they look worn or cracked. If so, have them replaced. Look at the arrow on the old fuel filter – it shows the gas flow. Make sure the arrow on the new filter goes the same direction as the arrow on the old filter.

Use your pliers to move the clamps away from the filter. Pull off the hoses, gas tank side first, and quickly attach the hoses to the new filter, gas tank side first. Use the pliers again to put the hose clamps back in their original place. Run the engine for a couple minutes and check for leaks.

Change the spark plugs

Pull off the plug wires and use the wrench to loosen the plugs. Remove the plugs and use the spark plug gauge to set the right gap (your operator’s manual will show you the proper gap size). Install the new spark plugs finger tight and then use the wrench to fully tighten the spark plugs. Lastly, reinstall the plug wires.

Sharpen/Replace Blades

Blades are not included in John Deere Maintenance Kits but whenever you perform regular maintenance you should sharpen your blades or replace them if they’re worn. You can sharpen your blades on your own or bring them to a professional.

John Deere Maintenance Kits will keep your equipment running like new year after year. They come with everything you need to service you lawn equipment so stay on top of maintenance to see the best results with your equipment and your lawn.

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