With a winter breeze in the air, it is time to prepare your equipment (and yourself!) for the cold. Sure, you can always just pack your lawn tractor away in the shed until spring, just like you can pack yourself away indoors for the next five months.
We hate to break it to you, but that just isn’t practical. And if you own a lawn tractor, we bet you’re a pretty practical person. After all, lawn tractors are an ideal choice for property owners in Minnesota, since they can be used year-round. Whether you have a lawn tractor or a compact utility tractor, you can use your lawn equipment in the spring, summer and yes, even the winter.
So, get yourself a John Deere snowblower attachment, dig out your winter boots and bundle up. It may be chilly outside, but we’re going to turn the heat up on snow maintenance and property care this winter.
Winter Attachments for Lawn Tractors
A tractor with implements quickly becomes a versatile piece of equipment that you can use whenever you need it. While there are plenty of tractor accessories for the summer months, including thatchers, rollers, mulch kits and more, you’ll benefit from one or two winter-specific implements as well.
Minnesota winters are notorious for two things: the wind chill and the snow. Luckily, a tractor with implements designed for the harsh Minnesota weather can make the season so much easier to handle.
Snow Blower Attachment
Converting your lawn tractor to a snow blower is a great way to clear snow in your small or medium-sized driveways and sidewalks. A snow blower attachment on a lawn tractor will quickly churn out snow and blow it far away. Adding this implement to a tractor is good for properties with less area to cover or in instances where a lot of heavy snow is not common.
Attaching a cab to your lawn tractor can change the plowing game this winter. Cabs offer an added layer of protection from the elements, meaning you can stay outside longer and finish what you started in one go. We all know how brutal winters in Minnesota can be. That wind chill can quickly become dangerous if exposed too long; if you are planning on being outside for a while, a cab will keep you protected without sacrificing your outdoor productivity.
Converting Your Tractor to a Snowblower
To properly convert your lawn tractor to a snowblower, you first need to remove the mower deck or any other tractor accessories you have attached. This can typically be done at home, and we recommend you find a partner to help you as needed.
Then, attach the snowblower attachment, and cab, if desired. To connect the snowblower attachment, connect the hitch to the tractor, line up the appropriate lift arm holes and insert the pins to secure the implement. There are several safety pins and connection points you need to hook up to ensure the equipment is secure and attached. Then, connect the chute turn rod to the left-hand bracket to allow for control of the plow chute during operation.
Again, this process is relatively simple and can be done in your garage or driveway. We recommend watching our videos or exploring our knowledge center before completing this process to ensure you are familiar with implement removal and installation.
Prepare For Winter
Like it or not, winter is coming. But a tractor with implements can make the season brighter and much easier to manage. Whether you need some assistance hooking up your snow blower or cab attachments, or you’re looking for some tractor accessories in the first place, visit the Twin Cities’ winter equipment experts.
The team at Minnesota Equipment is knowledgeable and passionate about lawn tractors, snow blowers and everything else that local homeowners, property managers, farmers and recreational riders are looking for. We can help give pointers on converting your summer equipment into winter-ready gear, and we can also get down and dirty by tuning up your tractors or other equipment to ensure they are ready for whatever this season has to throw at you.
Visit one of our four metro locations in the Twin Cities, or explore our knowledge center for more tips and advice on winterizing your equipment.