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Winter Tips

In our neck of the woods,
we're used to a little bit of snow.

But we want to make sure you're getting the most out of your John Deere equipment in any season.
So, we wanted to share a few of our favorite tips and tricks with you for the winter.


HOW TO USE A TRACTOR-POWERED SNOWBLOWER

When people think of Vermont and Maine, one of the first things they probably think of is snow. A lot of snow. We'll show you how to use a Frontier 3-point snowblower and a John Deere 4052M Compact Utility Tractor to make this daunting task a winter's breeze. 

 Setting up the snowblower

Lock down the snowblower on the iMatch and make sure it's level (front to back) by adjusting the top link if needed. Then, attach the PTO shaft to the tractor, close the driveline shield and attach the safety chain for the PTO.

Adjust both skid shoes to provide an inch of ground clearance. When you're ready to start, adjust the chute in the direction you want the snow to blow. Pro tip: Don't blow snow into the wind.

Finishing the job

Don't be fooled by the amount of snow the snowblower auger and impeller can eat through. You still need to maintain a steady, moderate speed so the snowblower doesn't become overloaded. If you're in deep snow, use the 3-point hitch to raise your snowblower to remove a top layer of snow first. Then, start over and take down another layer so you don't risk overloading the auger, impeller or chute. Also, you could reduce ground speed instead of removing layers at a time.

Pro tip: ALWAYS remember to clean out the auger, impeller and chute after every use. Snow can freeze and prevent the snowblower from operating properly the next time you need to use it if you neglect to clean it out, and cause damage to its internal parts.

If you have any questions about snow removal tips or your particular attachments, contact your local Harvest or Theriault Equipment store with questions.

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HOW TO STORE OFF-SEASON EQUIPMENT

A key point in protecting your equipment investment is all in how you handle storing equipment during off-seasons, or even for just a couple of months. Storing equipment the right way will make start-up easier, help equipment last longer and perform better. There are different things to keep in mind for each piece of John Deere equipment, but in general, a few things remain the same.

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So, we've created an Equipment Storage Checklist.

  • Clean it with a high-pressure washer and make sure to get in all the nooks and crannies where dirt and trash can hide.
  • Check for worn parts including belts and hoses, loose bolts, leaks, electrical connections, hydraulics, etc. Now is the time to repair and replace, rather than when you want to start up again and experience a problem, while the work you need to do goes undone.
  • Protect any scratched up areas on metal decks and housings to prevent rust. Paint works. Wax might be a good option in certain areas.
  • Check all fluid levels and filters and follow your operator’s manual instructions for storage and maintenance.
  • Now is great time to remove and sharpen or replace blades on cutting equipment. Some require specialized skills or equipment. So consult your operator’s manual, or call your John Deere dealer for advice.
  • Check tires for wear and damage. Make sure they’re inflated to storage specification.
  • For implements like blades, plows, pushes, tillage tools, etc. all the ground-working components should be thoroughly cleaned and coated with a lubricant or other protective coating to prevent rust.
  • Lubricate all moving parts and check all grease points.
  • Storing equipment in a shed and under a tarp to protect it from the elements is also a good idea.
  • During the off-season, it is a great time to schedule a dealer inspection of your equipment by factory trained technicians.
  • Click here if you would like to request a service appointment at one of our locations.

Pro tip: Always check the operator's manual for any special instructions on extended storage before storing the equipment. 

If you have any questions about snow removal tips or your particular attachments, contact your local Harvest or Theriault Equipment store with questions.

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