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post #1 of 7 Old 12-21-2017, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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2017 X570 w/ pre 2016 47" Snowblower and electric lift.

Hey all first post here,

Picked up a used 47 inch blower with weights and chains on craigslist and looked at my options for mounting it on my 2017 x 570. As most know, to fit a pre 2016 blower/blade on a 2016+ x500 series you need to have the new style hitch. John deere will sell you a kit with the hitch, linkages, spare belt, spare pulleys, and all hardware for around $340, or the hitch alone for $310. However, I wasn't super excited to be lifting a 47" blower by foot since i don't have hydraulics. This is where I thought i could get away with one....

Found the Electric lift kit(front mount) on John Deere's site in the high $400 range. So to me, it was a no brainer to spend the extra money to get electric lift capabilities. There was no mention in the ad(written by superior tech who makes the kit) that you needed the newer style hitch or parts in john deere's kit to make the blower fit their lift kit. So after buying the lift, wiring it up, drilling my dash to mount the switch, I then realized i was **** out of luck and still had to buy that kit from JD on top of it. After a call to Superior Tech to explain my displeasure, they apologized and told me i was one of the first they'd heard of running this setup and said they'd be happy to issue a refund for their kit. Well i already drilled a hole in my dash and just really wanted to have an electric lift so i ended up just biting the bullet and buying the JD as well. Long story short, $800 or so dollars later i have a setup i am very happy with. Just wanted to share this in case anyone thought of going this route like i did. Btw, They changed the sale ad on the website 2 days after i called them to clearly state you need the new style hitch haha.

Here is a video i made of the lift and my whole story, its long so if you just want to see the lift in action skip to around the 4 min 35 sec mark.


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post #2 of 7 Old 12-21-2017, 08:24 PM
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Re: 2017 X570 w/ pre 2016 47" Snowblower and electric lift.

Welcome to the Forum from Nebraska. Hope you can find help when you need it and help others if you can. Too bad about the extra bucks at Christmas time. Glad things worked out for you. Have a Merry Christmas.
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Thanks quickshot. This forum is awesome and I?m glad to be a part of it now. Merry Christmas to you as well.
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Re: 2017 X570 w/ pre 2016 47" Snowblower and electric lift.

Welcome to The Forum

Well the 47inch Blower was never designed to be used On the X570. It was Only designed to be used By the X500 series with Hydraulic Lift. The 44inch Blower is what Deere designed for your Tractor. But as You see The 47inch will fit But without the electric lift You Bought it would be extremely hard to lift the Blower with the On board spring assist

To bad you didn't find the forum a Bit earlier. We could have saved you some of the headache you had to go through

To Bad Deere doesn't Put this example On the X570 main page
Snow blower and front blade compatibility kit Deere only puts it On the Build & Price attachment Page

But Glad to hear you worked it Out.

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Re: 2017 X570 w/ pre 2016 47" Snowblower and electric lift.

Well sometimes the school of hard knocks teaches us some very expensive lessons. Don't feel bad I went through 3 GT's before I found this site and all the information available here! Now you have a great 2 stage blower on your GT, you won't remember the cost when you are out there using it. Thanks for the instructional video too! Now every person thinking about doing this has a reference to work from!!

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Re: 2017 X570 w/ pre 2016 47" Snowblower and electric lift.

I think there might be a benefit in some situations on having a bit of extra down pressure, beyond just the weight of the SB.

I will however warn you that you might want to limit the upward lift to 4", as the higher you go, the more prone you are to tossing the belt. These belts do not last long that way and can be a real PITA to mess with in the cold, especially if you have to change one.
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Re: 2017 X570 w/ pre 2016 47" Snowblower and electric lift.

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I think there might be a benefit in some situations on having a bit of extra down pressure, beyond just the weight of the SB.

I will however warn you that you might want to limit the upward lift to 4", as the higher you go, the more prone you are to tossing the belt. These belts do not last long that way and can be a real PITA to mess with in the cold, especially if you have to change one.
Thank you. I never even thought about the blower height breaking belts. Good to know and I will definitely be keeping it low as possible.
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