John Deere makes some of the best consumer and professional equipment around, including the John Deere snow blowers. When you have a yard that accrues mounds of snow during the winter season, a John Deere snow blower can be a huge help. These machines are designed to pick up snow along their path and blow it out of the way. Powered by a gasoline engine designed for cold-weather use, these blowers come in two forms, one that gets pushed around and another which attaches to your John Deere tractor. All snow blowers are similar in several respects. For example, knowing if you need a single or double stage blower can be an important factor in the buying process for a John Deere snowblower.
Single And Double Stage Snow Blowers
Snow blowers use up to two components to pick up and throw snow, an auger and an impeller. The auger is the screw-like part on the business end of the blower. Single stage models use an auger to pull snow off the ground and force it through a discharge chute. These blowers generally run on a 5-8 horsepower engine and have a clearing path of between one and two feet (generally 20-22 inches). These systems do not require as much power as a double stage, but require more passes to complete a job and don’t throw the snow as far. Homeowners that get less than 75 inches of snow per year do well with a blower of this power. The single stage models are perfect for clearing snow from driveways and sidewalks.
Double stage John Deere blowers are the next step up from the single stage. These models use an impeller combined with an auger to pick up and throw snow. First, the auger picks up the bulk of the snow, and then a powerful impeller blade sucks it up and forces it out through the discharge chute. Instead of just an auger doing the work, an impeller gives the machine an added kick to throw snow farther and pick up faster. Of course, more power is needed to do this, which is why these blowers pack a more powerful engine (around 8 horsepower). You can also expect to have a larger clearing path, resulting in less passes needed to cover a given area. All John Deere snow blowers are equipped with wide diameter, high tread wheels to make them easy to push through tough terrain. Models with an electric start make it easy to start up the engine even in cold weather.
Large Snow Blowers
So far, we have talked about small and medium sized blowers, but what if you have a huge plot of land to cover? Large John Deere snowblowers are actually attachments which connect to your John Deere tractor. Both single and double stage models are available. When purchasing, make sure that the blower is compatible with your tractor model. Some tractor blowers are equipped with hydraulic lifts which lift and drop the attachment at your command. The discharge chute is located at the top of the system, angled to shoot snow either left or right. The larger blowers are only used by people with large areas of land or driveways to cover. They can be quite expensive, but are well worth it if it saves you hours of shoveling every day.
Features To Consider When Buying
Electric starters are not included on every John Deere model, but I recommend getting one. Even motors designed for cold conditions can be difficult to get going. These starters run on 110v wall power and plug into any electrical outlet. With a press of a button, the engine starts up just like an automobile. Pull-cord starters get the job done, but have a tendency to wear out over time, requiring a handle replacement.
Handle Bar Height
It may seem frivolous, but getting a snow blower that sits at a comfortable height is essential, especially if you’ll be using it for 30 minutes or more. Certain models even have adjustable handles so you can find the perfect height for you. Padded rubber handles are an added bonus and provide better grip in the wet snow.
Does my Snow Blower Need Tire Chains?
Although more of a tractor accessory, John Deere tire chains are a must if you have a lot of snow to haul. The added weight of pushing the snow can reduce traction on your wheels. The tire chains grip the ground better than tires alone.
Plastic cabins are used on both the tractor and push John Deere Snow Blower. They are a plastic box cover which has clear windows on all sides. If you work in a crosswind, having this protection becomes a lifesaver. There’s nothing worse than being cold and wet. As you may know, blown snow can shoot in all directions, even with the most precision-made discharge chutes.