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Old 10-21-2010, 05:22 PM   post #1 of 15
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Default GT 6000 ready for snow

Bought this 94 GT 6000 Hydro earlier this spring cause it looked nice and came with a snowplow. I have been plowing for the last 23 years with a 165 hydro John Deere that has been doing great. I just wanted to give the JD a little rest.

Spent some time recently making a rear blade and painting the front blade and hardware. Found some weights (JD yellow) and chains (chains not on yet) on Craig’s list that looked new to help with traction.

The blade was supposed to be complete but as you might guess there were some parts missing. Luckily I had the missing parts in some left over stuff from past projects. Had to soak the blade release cable in penetrating fluid to loosen it up, but it seems to work good now.

I am really interested in how this tractor will plow. It is heavier and has more HP than the little JD so I am expecting it to do well. Below are a couple of photos....



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Old 10-21-2010, 05:25 PM   post #2 of 15
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That tractor is super clean.
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what a beast! wheres the chains?
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Old 10-21-2010, 05:57 PM   post #4 of 15
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wheres the chains?
In the garage. I decided to wait until snow gets a little closer to put on the chains. That way I can still drive the tractor all over **** without the noise from the chains.
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I've got the 'light weight' cousin of yours, the LT4000, with the same frontal plow. Mine is the 80's version, but pushes blue snow (heavy water content) that is higher than the plow blade easily. You may want to look into putting a brace from the bottom of the push brace where the plow rotates up/down back to just above the rear axle. I added this brace after I bent the tractor's frame, just above the axle, from pushing into a frozen pile.
The rear blade might not be enough rear weight for you, but if it gets a snow load on it, it might work. I'm running about 100 pounds hung off the rear, with 30 pound Sears wheel weights, and ice chains. Only got a measly 10 - 12 hp B&S engine, but it pushes.
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. You may want to look into putting a brace from the bottom of the push brace where the plow rotates up/down back to just above the rear axle. I added this brace after I bent the tractor's frame, just above the axle, from pushing into a frozen pile.
I like that idea. I did something similar to my JD165. The JD has a home made plow attachment.

Guess I figure the factory mount of the GT 6000 would be better.

I just looked at my GT 6000 front mount bracket and like the idea even more. There is a nice hole at the lower rear of the front mount bracket to bolt the brace to. Even if I only went from the bracket to a mid point on the frame it would significantly strengthen the bracket. Great Idea…thanks!!!
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Abumpa,

Looks like you are all ready for the snow! Though maybe not as effective as your previous set-up (21" blower)! Lol

If you need more weight, fill the tires, and also look for some 25lb weights, and add those to the rear wheels as well. My '93 pushes snow like it isn't even there!

IF/when you come up with the brace set-up, please post a picture. I have considered something myself. I have even thought about making a new set of the factory brackets that E2Q is talking about, only using 1/4" steel so it is stronger.

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Will do Chris.

May be a few days till I get to it though. Just took a quick look tonight and at first glance it may be difficult to get a brace as far back as e2q suggests. However, I will take a better look at it later. I also noticed there are a couple of brackets already attached to the frame near mid point. These brackets are used for the mower lift mechanism and are not that strong so I will need to avoid using them.

I don’t like anything in the tires except air. I know it works but I just don’t want the bother if the tire needs service.

I have 100 pounds of steel plates on the back of other GT 6000. In order to do that to this tractor I would have to remove the rear blade. Will wait and see if it is needed when the snow flies.

The small 2-stroke snow blower I used in the joke photo is the one I use to clean off my deck. I know that sounds spoiled (and I am) but the deck is 56 feet long.
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Understand the air only in the tires! The 25lb work out weights I added I just drilled a couple holes, and bought new threaded rod, and bolted them up with the wheel weights. IF I ever get to it, I will make a rear blade similar to what you built!

A deck 56 ft long needs a ramp to drive the tractor up to clear! Lol

Isn't there a place that a bracket could be bolted that is actually part of the rear hitch? Where the sides of it come down & around the rear axle some.

Nothing wrong with being spoiled! But if you were REALLY spoiled the "Better Half" would clear the snow for you! Sorry, couldn't resist!

BTW, my in-laws said it was snowing today at there place (Mackinaw City)!!!! I am NOT READY for it!

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Old 10-24-2010, 08:34 AM   post #10 of 15
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Had some time yesterday so I made up some extra support brackets for the blade mounts as e2q suggested. Keep in mind that these brackets are constructed from “on hand” materials. That’s what I try to do before going out and buying new stuff. I like to use up the old stuff left over from other projects first if I can.

The front hitch plates where the plow mounts hang down from the front of the frame and would take all the force when the blade is pushing, or is bumped against something. As e2q suggested they do appear to need reinforcing to help prevent potential bending from blade impacts.

There is a spot on both sides of the frame a couple of feet back that has 2 holes that seemed a good place for the brace. These holes are empty on the left side but are used on the right side to mount the handle support bracket, but the brace can be mounted under this bracket.

Also the left side bracket had to be bent inboard, under the frame to allow clearance for the tire when turning left. The right side bracket could be straight and not interfere with the tire.

Here is a photo of the left side bracket. The blue arrow points to the area of the bracket that needed to be bent inboard to provide clearance for the tire when turning left. Green arrow is where the bracket mounts to the existing holes in the frame. The red arrow shows the front hitch plate that needs reinforcing. The left bracket also needed to be low enough to avoid interference with the steering arm (yellow arrow).



This is the right side bracket. Blue arrow shows the bracket. Green is where the bracket mounts to the frame under the handle support. Red is the hitch plate.



Thanks to e2q for making the suggestion. I am hoping this will help to avoid any problems with potential frame bending.

Some additional photos from the project...







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Old 10-24-2010, 12:44 PM   post #11 of 15
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Nice mod, and definately a great looking tractor

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Looks pretty good! I know I didn't have any issues with the brackets YET, but I am also not afraid to move (or try moving) a pile of snow for more room. That is why I considered something along the same lines.

So, what is the next project? Maybe removable side wings for quicker clean up of the smaller snowfalls????? That has also been a possible project, just not enough time!!!!

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Old 10-24-2010, 06:46 PM   post #13 of 15
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Nice set up.

I like your wheel weight.
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I like your wheel weight.
Yup, every time (twice) I look for wheel weights I end up with John Deere weights. These 50 pounders I got with chains for around $100 as I recall. They look almost new.

The ones on the other GT6000 are 70 pound John Deere weights and I swiped them for only 10 bucks.

Chris, going to try and use it before doing anything else to it.

Thanks everyone for your comments.
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Nice mod, and definately a great looking tractor

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