Selecting a snowblower attachment for a lawn mower makes good sense, and it makes your mower more efficient. Many manufacturers target northern markets with advertisements and machines stocked in these areas that can perform dual jobs, thus extending the use of the mower through the winter season. While owning separate lawn mowers and snowblowers is always an option, for the homeowner seeking considerable savings, buying a snowblower attachment is the right choice. Here is a guide to successfully converting your tractor to a snowblower as well.
Step 1 - Match With Brand
Anytime you want to match any kind of tractor attachment you must make a good “marriage.” Always take your tractor model number to fit your brand with the right attachment. Each brand has a specific type of retro-fit to work with to get the correct attachment according to size, weight, and sometimes function as well.
Step 2 - Choose Snowblower or Thrower
Many garden tractors can be adapted to receive a single stage or two stage attachment to throw off or blow snow away. The one-stage will simply blow snow as the tractor moves in a steady line. The two stage is an open auger design that allows the snow pulled in to be a mix of wet-packed, ice and deep snow gathered from uneven terrain and can be propelled far away.
Step 3 - Easy Hitch
Select a snowblower attachment equipped with an easy hitch that bolts quickly to the tractor front area. This is an important feature when needing to attach and remove equipment safely and quickly. Also make sure to install proper chains for your tractor to traverse snowy yards and fields. You need good wheel traction for proper snow blowing operation.
Step 4 - Power and Track Size
The power and track size of your snowblower attachment will be dictated by your engine size. This may allow you the power to make a 48-inch track or a 60-inch, depending on the lawn tractor you are fitting with a snowblower. Make sure to get a belt-driven drum auger designed for handling deep snow.
Step 5 - Throw Chute
Choose a joystick controller to operate more effectively over snowy terrains that change from one area to another. A joystick is easily operated while sitting down, allowing the operator to change the chute angle (through 200-degree rotation) so snow can be thrown where it needs to go.
Step 6 - Wheel Weights
Make sure to match your lawn tractor snowblower attachment to the proper tractor wheel weights. You need to have exceptional tires and possibly chains in order to operate a snowblower attachment correctly. Use of added-on wheel weights can help with traction in snow.
Step 7 - Consider a Cab
Install a cab on your tractor for extra comfort, keeping the operator out of the elements. A cab will keep all tractor controls inside. A cab for any tractor can be purchased for less than $500.
Your front end snowblower attachment may weigh as much as 175 pounds, so you'll need to place counterweights at the rear of the tractor.