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post #1 of 22 Old 11-07-2019, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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Mowing Season Over. Getting Ready for Snow

Not growing a lot of grass here in Maine anymore this year. Looks like it's time to take the deck off the tractor and get ready for snow duty. Think I'll put the snowblower on this one. Are some of you more northern folks gearing your tractors up for snow duty?
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post #2 of 22 Old 11-07-2019, 03:04 PM
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Re: Mowing Season Over. Getting Ready for Snow

Cool tractor! I'm hoping for another week or two of leaf mulching with my Deere x748, but I plan to put the plow blade on the X585 this weekend. We Southern New Englanders dodged a bullet with the storm coming tonight, may not be so lucky on Tuesday.


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Re: Mowing Season Over. Getting Ready for Snow

Yep! Blade was put on Tuesday and I put on the chains/weights/rear light this evening.

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post #4 of 22 Old 11-07-2019, 08:40 PM
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Re: Mowing Season Over. Getting Ready for Snow

I like your tractor 69146vert.

I need to gather up leaves for a few more days. I think next Monday or Wednesday I will take the deck off the 445 and put on the weights and plow. I did put a ew carb on the walk-behind snowblower and get it ready for action. We might get a little snow tonight here in central Pa. I am ready for snow. But it will be less work when the plow is on.
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Yep, building a cab for mine right now:



I use a plow on mine though. I've got a snowblower attachment, but it just can't hold a candle to the Toro walk behind blower I have. The plow is actually faster than using the snowblower for me....which is fine because the blower attachment is a real PITA, both to install and to use....

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I'm done with the leaves and mowing. Took off the mower deck and fitted a snow blade. Of course, I had to try it out pushing the leaf pile. I've since repainted the blade black so it won't glare in the headlights.
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Yep. Gotta get out in the barn and get mower off and the blade on the GT5000. First I need to get the studded snow tires on my truck, legal here from Nov1 to Apr15.
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Snapper 52" hydro walkbehind mower, with my plow attachment, reporting for duty (forgot to paint the frame this summer, so it still looks really crappy from the salt that hit it last year)...
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I'm done with the leaves and mowing. Took off the mower deck and fitted a snow blade. Of course, I had to try it out pushing the leaf pile. I've since repainted the blade black so it won't glare in the headlights.
I used my SS-12 to plow a lot of leaves the other day--they were over a foot deep in places ,like along the garage and house,and under all the trees--a strong rain & wind storm stripped pretty much all the leaves off the trees in one day,then they stayed wet enough that mulching them didn't work so well,they were too deep too,many just went on top of the mower deck--so I used the snowplow,and I feel it works much better than "mowing" leaves until they are tiny enough to blow away on the next windy day..


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Mowing Season Over? Not at all! Just mowed a few days ago and likely will again in a week or so. We had the stretch over late July to October of zero rain which meant almost everything went dormant. Then we began getting rain again and it all came back with a vengeance.
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Frost has been heavy last couple of nights. Grass is in need of one more cutting. Leaves mostly all down. Picking a dry weather day next week to do the final clean up. Looks like mid week is my best shot. Deck clean up and put up next, with blade install same day.

Gotta find some time to replace a steering gear too.

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Almost all the leaves are down here after the last rain & wind came through... hopefully tomorrow will be the last run for leaf clean-up in the yard... Then can clean up & put up the zero- turn & cyclone rake.. Will keep the blower on the tractor for a little while longer to keep the driveway & culverts clear of the residual leaves...

Still need to pull the tractor tire chains & the 3pt / tailgate sander out & get the plow truck ready...
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Not growing a lot of grass here in Maine anymore this year. Looks like it's time to take the deck off the tractor and get ready for snow duty. Think I'll put the snowblower on this one. Are some of you more northern folks gearing your tractors up for snow duty?
Dang that is one old beast right there! A very cool looking tractor!

I have one more mowing with the 332 to get done here in PA then it's snow blower and get the 300 running so i have a plow for the smaller snows.

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Not growing a lot of grass here in Maine anymore this year. Looks like it's time to take the deck off the tractor and get ready for snow duty. Think I'll put the snowblower on this one. Are some of you more northern folks gearing your tractors up for snow duty?
I like your tractor.
Never saw one of those before.

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I am slowly working on it, I have one tractor with a cab on, but I need to finish putting the hood and grille on, and wiring up the lights, then mount the snowblower, service that, ans make sure everything works, put on chains, weights, etc.

I have one machine with a plow on it currently, and one tire chain (one fell off cause it was too big) so I suppose if I get a little snow that needs to be plowed, I am OK, but not "ready" per se.

I took last week off for getting stuff done like this, and my son got sick, so I spent half my time working in doors so I can help out with him, and the other half of the time I was building storage in my attic, and building storm doors, and blew a day at my brother in laws moving dirt for him (which I never should have volunteered for).

I wish I had a couple solid weeks just to work on my own stuff.

glad to see you're still around on here Rick! You're an "old timer" like me and Robert not many of the old crew around anymore sadly.

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