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    Hello everyone

    This is my first year using a John Deere 455 for snow removal. First year for using anything for snow removal actually! I got this tractor last April and picked up the blower, cab, and other items over the course of the summer. So I had what seemed like a long wait to really try it out. Here in central New York State real snow started around New Years and since then we've had a few respectable snowfalls to try things out. I'm very pleased with the result! Plenty of power and gets it all done quickly (though not TOO quickly

    Anyway we took a video of the snow removal process about a week ago which I posted. When I was researching this topic I found every little detail and examples of how it was done very valuable, so maybe someone considering a similar arrangement will find this useful...

    Snowblowing with a John Deere 455 tractor - YouTube

    (in case that link doesn't work, search on you-tube for "Snowblowing with a John Deere 455 tractor").

    One specific detail of my driveway which was originally a concern was its incline. There is a 50-ish foot long rise of moderate slope leading up to the road, with the last yard or so being more extreme due to how the road paving meets the driveway. But I have found with the weight setup I'm using, this is not a problem at all.

    Some specs / details:
    * JD 455 (diesel) from early/mid 90s, all-wheel steer
    * 47" 2 stage snow blower / thrower with standard quick "tatch" hitch. Its a direct (shaft) drive to power the blower, with hydraulics for up/down and chute direction.
    * 4x 42# suitcase weights on the back (best deal was from Lowe's last fall)
    * Plastic/concrete-filled wheel weights
    * 1" rear wheel spacers to provide enough clearance for chains
    * Upgraded halogen front lights
    * Ordinary turf tires
    * Aftermarket fast-reverse pedal
    * Cab has a manual windshield wiper and no heater, neither of which seems to be a real issue.
    * Steering wheel spinner
    * I wear Peltor Optime 3 ear protection; its borderline "too" loud but I prefer to go easy on my hearing!

    Note that by good use of Craigslist and eBay searches I was able to get nearly all of these things used but in good/excellent condition. Did take a while, however, so I was glad to have the time in the end.

    I find that going uphill it is useful to engage the rear differential lock, though not absolutely necessary. It is able to throw snow when moving uphill though its harder to steer in this arrangement, at least with enough down-pressure on the blower. The rear-wheel steer does enable some crude navigation when the front wheels are not grabbing but this isn't really satisfactory for most operations.

    Night operations have been okay too, with just the built-in headlamps, though with the blower raised the lights are blocked. I am considering if some kind of cab-mounted light would be worthwhile.

    That's all I can think of... if anyone has any questions at any point I'd be happy to try and answer!

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    Default Re: Snowblowing example...

    Neat! I still didn't get snow here. It's been warming up every time precip heads our way and gets cold in between.

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    Default Re: Snowblowing example...

    Have you got bolts in your wheel weights ? Something does'nt look right .

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    Default Re: Snowblowing example...

    Quote Originally Posted by kevin37b View Post
    Have you got bolts in your wheel weights ? Something does'nt look right .
    Oh yeah - well I do now but at the time that video was taken, one of the weights lost a nut and gradually came loose. The PO of those weights had used threaded rod to attach them, which made it hard to get them on really true & tight. I have since replaced them with carriage bolts as the wheels have square holes to anchor the inside end of the bolt from turning when fastened. Seems to work much better

    Dave

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    Default Re: Snowblowing example...

    You did a good job on the video , nice view . I've seen guys mount lights right out on the blower . With them on the top of the cab you can get some serious reflection off all that snow swirling around the cab , just a thought . You have a nice setup there , enjoy .

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    Welcome neighbor.
    nice setup
    JD X585 with 45 loader, 3ph, 62C deck, 47SB, 54 blade, Soft Cab. JD F620 with 60". JD HPX gator. JD T23 trimmer
    JD CS56 and CS36 saws. JS35 WB mower.

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    Default Re: Snowblowing example...

    Pick up a can of fluid film to coat the body, chute and spout
    of the snow blower to prevent plugging and you will be all set;
    Pam spray works in a pinch too.


    I will be installing a single wire light on the snow caster because of the poor vision due to the
    spout location on my unit blocking the light path.

    What works very well is using black electrical tape and putting at the half way point on the light lense(s) face to eliminate the glare. I do not think it will stick very long on the lights in the engine hood
    Last edited by leonz; 02-21-2013 at 12:00 PM.

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    Default Re: Snowblowing example...

    Hey thanks for the tips on the lights and lubrication, good ideas!

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    Default Re: Snowblowing example...

    Quote Originally Posted by kevin37b View Post
    You did a good job on the video , nice view.
    I will pass that compliment on to my wife, the cameralady Thanks

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