Snow Blower Safety

Snow Blower Safety

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that each year, on average, there are approximately 5,700 hospital emergency room related injuries associated with snow blowers. By sharing these tips, we can minimize injuries to have a safe and happy season.

Safety Tip #1

Read and understand your operator’s manual before each season or use.

Safety Tip #2

Check all safety features and make sure they are intact. If a guard, shield or safety device including warning decals are illegible, missing or lost. Repair or replace them before use.

Safety Tip #3

When using an electric snow blower, use an outdoor power cord and an outlet that has a ground-fault-circuit interruption protection. Always know where the power cord is at all times and be sure to replace worn or damaged power cords.

Safety Tip #4

Inspect the area where the snow blower will be used, remove any objects that might be picked up and thrown by the snow blower. Newspaper, dog chains and Christmas lights are very common items to be picked up by snow blowers and thrown, even becoming clogged in the snow blower.

Safety Tip #5

Stay behind the handles of your snow blower. Keep your face, hands, feet, or any parts of your body, even clothing, away from the moving-rotating parts. Before leaving the operating position, if the unit becomes clogged, turn the engine off on a gas powered machine or unplug the electrical cord on an electric power snow blower. Wait for all moving parts to come to a complete stop, and then use a (snow clean-out tool), never use your hands or feet to remove a clog.

Safety Tip #6

Keep children and pets far away when the snow blower is in use.

Safety Tip #7

Do not touch the engine while it is running or soon after it is shut off, you could burn yourself. Make sure the snow blower is outdoors and cooled down before you add gasoline to the engine.

Safety Tip #8

Never run your gasoline snow blower in a enclosed area, exhaust fumes are very dangerous.

Safety Tip #9

Before adjusting, cleaning, inspecting, troubleshooting or repairing your snow blower, stop the engine and remove the key. For gasoline units, disconnect the spark plug wire and keep it away from the spark plug to prevent you from accidentally starting the engine while performing the needed repairs.

Safety Tip #10

Perform only those maintenance instructions described in your operation manual and the ones you are comfortable performing. For all other repairs, contact your local service dealer.

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Convert Your John Deere Tractor Into a Snow Blower

Convert Your John Deere Tractor Into a Snow Blower

If you own a John Deere tractor, you have an alternative way to remove snow this year.  You can convert your tractor into a snow blower, avoiding the need to shovel or purchase a snow blower. Our experts explain what you need to convert your John Deere tractor into a snow blower this winter.

Attachments and accessories vary by model. Different attachment and accessory models are compatible with different snow blower models. Refer to your owner’s manual or contact us for information on attachment and accessory compatibility.

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.

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.

With this attachment, all you need to do is start up your tractor, get on, and let it do all the heavy lifting.

Snow cab

In addition to snow, winter brings freezing temps and harsh winds so add a snow cab to your John Deere tractor for extra protection from these elements.

Plow blade attachment

If you prefer to push snow instead of throw it, there is an assortment of 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.

Wheel weights

Wheel weights provide extra traction when working on snowy or icy terrain. They are also 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.

For even better traction you can apply both tire chains and wheel weights to your mower.

Cast-iron weights

Cast-iron weights are a great accessory when it comes to adding attachments to the front end of your John Deere tractor. These weights 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 tractor has and/or needs.

If you need help selecting the right attachments and accessories for your John Deere tractor, feel free to contact us.

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5 Ways To Prepare For Winter Storms

5 Ways To Prepare For Winter Storms

When it comes to winter storms, are you doing everything you can to get ready for heavy snow and prevent possible weather damage? Gear up ahead of time with these preparation tips and reduce winter weather-related problems before they hit.

1 – Use A Good De-Icer On Walkways

When it comes to de-icers, the benefits of professional-grade ice melt greatly outweigh ordinary rock salt. Typically composed of calcium, magnesium, potassium, chloride, or a combination of these, ice melt lowers the freezing point of water to melt snow and ice at much lower temperatures.

Additionally, ice melt is less corrosive than rock salt, making it safer for your driveway, sidewalk, and yard. Less corrosion is also good news for your shoes and carpet, so you can breathe easier when accidentally tracking residual ice melt indoors.

2 – Trim Overgrown Branches

Winter storms bring extreme winter winds, ice, and heavy snow. When that wind, ice and snow hit, your trees may pose a potential hazard to you and your home. Branches that are close to your house can break off and cause serious damage, leaving you with more than just a damaged tree.

To help prevent damage and injury, use a chainsaw to trim overgrown or loose branches before storms pass through.

3 – Clean Gutters

Leaf-clogged gutters often cause major problems when combined with winter weather. Left unattended, debris buildup can lead to water overflow, ice dams, and even flooding.

If you’ve experienced some flooding before, try using a water pump to collect standing water from floors or other areas where liquid and debris may have settled.

4 – Choose A Reliable Generator

Having the right generator on hand can mean the difference between operating your home without interruption or going days without power. Avoid being stuck without lights, charging stations, and appliances by keeping a generator nearby for surprise outages.

5 – Tune Up Your Snow Blower

For ultimate convenience this winter, remember to tune up your snow blower and make sure it is in great working order before the first big snowfall. Having your snow blower ready to go will help cut down on any surprise malfunctions when it’s time to clear your driveway.

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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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Fuel Recommendations for Snow Blowers

Fuel Recommendations for Snow Blowers

If you take the time to properly care for your snow blower now, you should have little to no problems with starting your machine next winter. One of the most important things to do when caring for your snow blower is taking care of the fuel that goes inside the blower. If you’re not mindful of the fuel in your machine you may encounter starting or running problems and even damage to the fuel system. Use this guide to avoid fuel-related problems in your snow blower.

Store fuel properly

Store your fuel in a clean, plastic, sealed container approved for fuel storage to help prevent rust and metallic contaminants from entering the fuel system. Close the vent when not in use and store the container away from direct sunlight. Fuel will deteriorate faster when exposed to air and sunlight.

If it takes longer than 30 days to use the fuel in the container, add a fuel stabilizer when you fill the container.

If you do not use your snow blower much during the winter, add a fuel stabilizer to your fuel storage container

Gas left in your snow blower can deteriorate quickly, causing problems for your machine and the fuel system. If you make sure the fuel in your snow blower is stabilized, you will minimize the chances of deterioration and damage.

Do not use gasoline with more than 10% ethanol

Gasoline containing higher levels of ethanol is corrosive and attracts water, which can cause starting or running problems and damage to your snow blower’s fuel system. Engines produced for use in outdoor power equipment are not designed for gasoline with more than 10% ethanol.

Read your owner’s manual for information on the proper fuel to use in your snow blower.

Remove fuel for summer storage                      

Before storing your snow blower, drain the fuel out of your machine. There may still be fuel in the fuel line and carburetor so start your blower and allow it to run until no fuel is left in the machine.

Make sure there is no old fuel resting in your snow blower. Old fuel left in your snow blower during the off-season will deteriorate and cause problems for your machine. Your blower may not start or run properly and, in some cases, there will be damage to the fuel system.

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