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post #1 of 21 Old 03-14-2017, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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One of the worst days of my life :(

I'm in CT and of course we got hit with the blizzard today and it turned into one of the worst days of my life and i'm being completely serious.


Sit-rep? it's all broken.

I did everything to prepare for this winter by avoiding last years fun of using my JD plow blade which generally only works on level ground or downhill with less then 6 inches of snow/slush. Any decent accumulation and it's hopeless. I spent most of last season just getting it unstuck and of course I live on a slope so it won't really plow up hill. For this season I got a 37A and put a new chain on it, lubricated everything, mounting chains on my tires and did everything to ensure that I didn't repeat last year. With one exception the season has been going very well and I really liked the 37A. The exception is that the lift arm that came with the blower is the wrong size so I don't have much lift on the blower. Also my 214 tends to not lock down the implement so the blower has a bad habit of lifting up if i'm not holding the lever down.


I made one pass from my shed down the the bottom of the driveway as I had no room to maneuver. So I planned to turn around in the street like I usually do. I made it to 3 feet before the edge of the road when I got stuck (The blower lifted up without me knowing and it just rode up the snow ramp and got stuck. I tried digging it out and inching forward and back but suddenly I heard a metal "ping" and the snow blower stopped working. The bolt that holds the PTO and drive pulley in place came loose so of course I had no drive and certainly no blower. My neighbor across the street was nice enough to plow a portion of my driveway so I was able to pull it up the driveway with my truck much closer to my garage. I still spent most of the afternoon just trying to get the 214 into the garage as I still had to dig out a good 20x10 foot section by hand in order to get my car out of the garage and the 214 into it. It is slightly uphill into the garage so I had to use a chain hoist which took forever and was exhausting after all the digging. I pulled the blower and the tire chains off the 214 and brought my 212 from the shed to the garage. And by that I mean I had the plow on it and made it a whole 8 feet from the garage before it also got stuck. I tied a rope to it and dragged it down the driveway with my truck again (It actually plowed on the way down which was nice.) Thankfully my 212 was able to drive itself into the garage.

So finally, hours of work just getting to this point. I cleaned the snow out of the blower which was starting to freeze to ice and was keeping the auger in place. I started by swapping the chains onto the 212 and the blower. I was actually surprised at how fast I managed to do it as the first time putting both on the 214 took forever. So finally at 9:30 at night I'm ready to clean up the immense mess that I have. The 212 lift arm was much better and even though the blower tended to start to bog down sooner then the 214 it worked great!.......for about 10 minutes before the shear pin let go on the auger. F-My-Life.

Looks like it's Home Depot first thing in the morning for me but that assumes that they will have the right shear pin.

So yeah the bolt and key for the 214s PTO are lost and i'll probably never find them (Or they will show up in the spring) I'm looking up parts diagrams now but I can't seem to find why the part number for that key is. Does anyone happen to know?

Also i'm now putting some though into trading in both of these machines for a diesel tractor with 4-wheel drive

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post #2 of 21 Old 03-14-2017, 10:51 PM
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Re: One of the worst days of my life :(

I am sorry about your day. I had a similar day earlier this year. Had the X748 with quick hitch and blade on plowing about 8" of snow when the plow dropped into a pot hole that I was unaware of. Destroyed the quick hitch, which to compound the issue, was literally brand new. I had just assembled it... So, it happens to the best of us! You learn and move on. You can bet your a** I know where that pot hole is now!!!

As for trading yours off, I would say this: I really like my gear drive 110, a lot. I don't know why, I just do. Do I use it to move snow? Absolutely not. 4wd is nice but absolutely not necessary moving snow. I pushed snow for years with a 300, then the 332 before purchasing my X748. The both did great. The 332 still carries around my 47 blower, which is A LOT heavier than a 37a, and it does a great job with it. Gotta have that counter weight to be effective though. I would say the two biggest advantages with the hydro over gear is that you can infinitely control speed, and the independent brakes allow for decreasing tire slippage. They are also heavier machines.

I really like the x748 for moving snow, its unstoppable with minimal weight. If you told me I could only use my 332 from now on, I would be okay though. It will do the same job, just a hair slower. As for trading to a diesel, though, absolutely!

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Re: One of the worst days of my life :(

Dude,

Cheer up. Your bad day doesn't compare to the folks that really have bad days...Every day. It's only a tractor. Take it as a challenge.

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Dude,

Cheer up. Your bad day doesn't compare to the folks that really have bad days...Every day. It's only a tractor. Take it as a challenge.
I usually count my blessings but today seemed to represent and amplify all of my failings in life

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I am sorry about your day. I had a similar day earlier this year. Had the X748 with quick hitch and blade on plowing about 8" of snow when the plow dropped into a pot hole that I was unaware of. Destroyed the quick hitch, which to compound the issue, was literally brand new. I had just assembled it... So, it happens to the best of us! You learn and move on. You can bet your a** I know where that pot hole is now!!!

As for trading yours off, I would say this: I really like my gear drive 110, a lot. I don't know why, I just do. Do I use it to move snow? Absolutely not. 4wd is nice but absolutely not necessary moving snow. I pushed snow for years with a 300, then the 332 before purchasing my X748. The both did great. The 332 still carries around my 47 blower, which is A LOT heavier than a 37a, and it does a great job with it. Gotta have that counter weight to be effective though. I would say the two biggest advantages with the hydro over gear is that you can infinitely control speed, and the independent brakes allow for decreasing tire slippage. They are also heavier machines.

I really like the x748 for moving snow, its unstoppable with minimal weight. If you told me I could only use my 332 from now on, I would be okay though. It will do the same job, just a hair slower. As for trading to a diesel, though, absolutely!
I've had a few of those moments before one that comes to mind is right after I finished my 165 resto I fired it up and come flying out the shop guess what happens next the whole front axle falls right out from under tractor sending the brand new muffler and repainted muffler guard and bumper onto the rock drive way at 4mph that my friend was not a fun day and tell you what I was ticked and I mean ticked guess i should of tightened that bolt some more oh well thats life. For that matter I just had one of those day on Saturday so I put glow plugs in my 332 thought I checked everything and that everything was tight well guess what I was wrong so first off I go to start it doesn't want to start but I finally get it to light off so I run it for about 5 minutes and then i open up the hood and guess what I find oil all over my engine that was detailed for a show this weekend because of a loose valve cover and a glow plug power wire off a glow plug so that explains the not wanting to start that morning even with the new plugs. Good Lord I was ticked at myself for not checking those things better.

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i feel your pain. we all have those bad days. mine involved going through a 4 foot tall snow bank down hill towards my sons pickup. we have a pretty good slope for a driveway too. turned out i had a flat front tire and didnt know it. truck was stuck and now so was i and i couldnt turn. no chance of backing up i decided to try lunge forward and use the brakes to help guide it. nope. hit my kids box as i went by it. to top it off i couldnt get back up the drive with the flat. i got my wife, son, neighbors, anyone that would help to try push it up to the garage. now its got new V61's. should have known those old fronts would let me down sooner or later.
i found last year that lots of fluid in the rears and chains helped. once i got the new front tires i also filled them. it really did help turning and im sure the ribs helped that as well. it would be a shame to give up your ride now that you found the weak links. it can only go up from there

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Sorry to hear of your troubles. I can't count the number of "MILES" I've blown snow with a John Deere. I came to the conclusion long ago that trying to clear a road or driveway with any sort of a slope is a challenge. As the Jonnie is usually at the top of the hill when you start, making the first pass completely down is the trick. With any grade they will not back up the hill. Once your all the way down, I learned long ago to do the blowing going up the hill. I remember my dad who had to blow about two miles of sidewalk at a school and rather than attempt to back up the slope he would drive all the way around the block. One home we owned I actually just shoveled the first pass through the deep stuff at the bottom of the hill.

The other thing I learned the hard way is to use the proper shear pins. They are somewhat of a nuisance but it sure beats tearing the **** out of everything.

My ultimate solution to this was to load my John Deere up and move to Florida. Thanks for reminding me what I'm missing! The old girl just cuts grass now.

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This was no ordinary snow today. They predicted 12-18" or more here in my section of MA. I got about 10 or 11" of absolute concrete. And that was before it changed over to rain. My walk-behind JD 1032 has the impeller mod, and this thing usually throws snow ridiculously far with no clogging. Today was a different story. Still got er done, but it truly was miserable. Small cuts and many discharge clean-outs.

Days like you had today test you. Stay strong, and get through it.

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Hey, today I gave up blowing with the 47" 2 stage, it would plug the chute in ~10 feet of 2.5" of pure white slush, So I used it as a plow instead turned out out to work pretty good doing that. Otherwise I would of left it, to heavy to shovel, but freezing temps would of made the driveway into a ice rink. (Sold my skates a long time ago LOL)

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A good rant after a bad day is really good free therapy. Keep smiling and wrench on.
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I think we have all been there at some point. I went looking for you PNs but there is a sn break so I couldn't finish not knowing the sn. However that's a part I'm not sure Deere will have. I probably have one here I'll send to you if you can't find one. I don't have any 200 series anymore so the part stash is really not needed anymore.

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I hear you about getting stuck with the 37A, but what do you have for weights?

I have a 212 and with the 37A, I have the tires filled with 75lb of beet juice, and have 75lbs of weights per wheel, 150 lbs per wheel. I also live on a decent grade and the driveway is a little steep, with that weight alone, I had no chance of going up the steep part of my driveway even with HDAP tired and chains.

I added 6 suitcase weights and that made ALL the difference. Initially I used 160 lbs of dumbell weights on the hitch plate and that worked, but the 250 lbs of suitcase weights is the ticket.

Sorry to hear of the other problems, the 200 series with the 37A is a competent snow package.
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I think we have all been there at some point. I went looking for you PNs but there is a sn break so I couldn't finish not knowing the sn. However that's a part I'm not sure Deere will have. I probably have one here I'll send to you if you can't find one. I don't have any 200 series anymore so the part stash is really not needed anymore.
My 214 is a 1987 so it's the last of the breed (SN 422863)

More then likely I'm just going to have to find out the size of the woodruff key and match it to an aftermarket equivalent. My digital caliper shows that the keyway is 1/4 x 1/4 inch which a Kohler manual i'm looking at shows the same so I have that dimension at least. If I remember correctly the key is just a straight piece and not the usual half-moon.

Right now i'm looking for the full dimensions of the shear pin so that I can go out and find a temporary replacement until my order ships.

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I hear you about getting stuck with the 37A, but what do you have for weights?

I have a 212 and with the 37A, I have the tires filled with 75lb of beet juice, and have 75lbs of weights per wheel, 150 lbs per wheel. I also live on a decent grade and the driveway is a little steep, with that weight alone, I had no chance of going up the steep part of my driveway even with HDAP tired and chains.

I added 6 suitcase weights and that made ALL the difference. Initially I used 160 lbs of dumbell weights on the hitch plate and that worked, but the 250 lbs of suitcase weights is the ticket.

Sorry to hear of the other problems, the 200 series with the 37A is a competent snow package.
I only have wheel weights in the rear. I've thought about putting some sort of box on the rear tow pin but I haven't had the time to get around to it.

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Sorry for not quoting specific statements, this phone is a pain to do so.

I purchased the woodruf key from he dealer, its sold as a single piece, about 12" long and needs to be cut. It's a pita to cut, very hard metal so use appropriate tools and eye protection...a chop saw may work, not sure.

As far as only using wheel weights...pretty sure that will only work on a flat surface and will be limited. A weight bracket with suitcase weights is your best option.
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Re: One of the worst days of my life :(

Back when I had 210 for snow duty, even with a helper spring blower never came up on its own. I did push the lever a notch or two past where load was on the ground for it could float.

In the last 30 years I've had a few snow pushing days to forget. Driveshaft came loose on 420, had to lay in the snow and replace bolts. Buried my 300 & had a front flat on 300 that's when I was glad that blade had hydro pressure down to change tire.


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