Convert Your Cub Cadet Tractor To a Snow Blower

Convert Your Cub Cadet Tractor To a Snow Blower

We know many of you dread clearing snow during the winter. We also know that maneuvering your shovel or snow blower through heavy, wet snow can be exhausting. If you own a Cub Cadet tractor, you have an alternative way to remove snow this year.  You can convert your tractor into a snow blower, avoiding the need to shovel or purchase a snow blower. Our experts explain what you need to convert your Cub Cadet tractor into a snow blower this winter.

Attachments and accessories vary by model. Different attachment and accessory models are compatible with different snow blower models. Refer to your owner’s manual or contact us for information on attachment and accessory compatibility.

Snow blower attachment

To convert your Cub Cadet tractor into a snow blower, you need a snow blower attachment to remove the snow from your drive and walkways. These attachments have the capacity to handle big snow removal jobs and work well in all snow conditions.

With this attachment, all you need to do is start up your tractor, get on, and let it do all the heavy lifting.

Plow blade attachment

If you prefer to push snow instead of throw it, there is an assortment of Cub Cadet tractor mounted plows to help clear snow from your driveway. Plow blades get closer to the pavement than blowers, leaving you with little to no snow on your pathways.

Tire chains

When using your Cub Cadet tractor in the snow, your tractor tires may not have the stability and traction needed to remove snow. When the pavement is covered by snow or is icy, you can increase the traction by using tractor tire chains.

Tire chains are also beneficial when working on steep terrain and narrow roads. To maintain traction, make sure you have tire chains on your tires. They will make your snow removal tasks safer and more productive.

Wheel weights

Similar to tire chains, wheel weights provide extra traction when working on snowy or icy terrain. Weight wheels are also recommended when adding attachments to the front of your Cub Cadet tractor. Apply these wheels to the rear tires to help weigh down the back end of your machine and press down so the tires grip better.

For even better traction you can apply both tire chains and wheel weights to your mower.

Cast-iron weights

Cast-iron weights are a great accessory when it comes to adding attachments to the front end of your tractor. These weights counterbalance heavy attachments and provide better traction and stability.

Some tractors have built-in front and/or rear weight brackets to hang the cast-iron weights on. Other tractors require a weight bracket. Refer to your owner’s manual to determine what your tractor has and/or needs.

 Snow cab

In addition to snow, winter brings freezing temps and harsh winds so add a snow cab to your Cub Cadet tractor for extra protection from these elements.

It’s important to know your options when it comes to snow removal. Consider converting your tractor into a snow blower this year because it’s a great alternative to shoveling and snow blowing. With these attachments and accessories you can work comfortably and efficiently, while remaining protected from the frigid cold.

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How to Clean a Cub Cadet Snow Blower Chute

How to Clean a Cub Cadet Snow Blower Chute

When winter’s worst conditions appear, for most of us, our Cub Cadet snow blowers are our best defense. Snow blowers are meant to make your life easier, but a clogged chute will make the job more difficult. Your Cub Cadet snow blower will become clogged when ice or sticky snow build up around your machine’s auger or the top of your chute where the snow is discharged. This build up in your snow blower prevents snow from exiting your machine as it normally would. Here’s what to do when your Cub Cadet snow blower chute is clogged.

Before performing any maintenance on your Cub Cadet blower, refer to your owner’s manual for maintenance instructions and safety information. Maintenance instructions vary by model, so depending on your snow blower model our instructions may vary slightly.

Never use your hands to clear a clogged chute assembly.  Shut off the engine and remain behind the machine until all moving parts have stopped before working to unclog.

To clean a clogged snow blower chute, release the Auger Control and the Drive Control. Stop the engine by removing the ignition key.

Many Cub Cadet two-stage snow blowers are designed with a convenient chute clean-out tool that is fastened to the front of the auger housing with a mounting clip. Some snow blowers are designed with the clean-out tool at the back of the machine.

If snow and ice get lodged in the chute assemble during operation, use the clean-out tool to safely clean the chute assembly and chute opening.

Refasten the clean-out tool to the mounting clip and reinsert the ignition key and start the snow blower.

While standing behind your Cub Cadet blower, engage the Auger Control for a few seconds to clear any remaining snow and ice from the chute assembly.

How to prevent snow blower clogs

A good method to prevent snow blower clogs is the use of a nonstick snow blower spray. This will help keep the surfaces inside your machine slippery, making it difficult for the snow and ice to build up and attach itself to your snow blower. Spray the chute and auger before use to shield the metal so snow passes through without sticking or clogging.

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Tips to Prepare your Snow Blower for Winter

Tips to Prepare your Snow Blower for Winter

Whether you’re prepping your snow blower for another year of snow removal or getting your new machine ready for its first winter, these snow blower maintenance tips will help ensure you’re prepared for snow this winter.

Tip #1

Change the oil in your snow blower. This should also be done after the first five hours of use this winter and after every subsequent season.

Old oil can cause problems for your machine’s engine, making it hard to start. If there is old oil, dispose of it properly. There is an oil drain plug in the back of your snow blower. Use a wrench to remove the plug and drain the oil into a container.

Tip #2

Drain old fuel and replace with fresh fuel. Old fuel can cause problems for your blower’s engine, making it hard to start.

Also, consider adding a fuel stabilizer so your fuel stays fresh even if you don’t need to use your snow blower.

Tip #3

Install a new spark plug, if necessary. Check your spark plug at the start of each season.

Disconnect the spark plug lead from the spark plug. Remove the spark plug with a spark plug socket wrench and remove debris from around the spark plug. Examine your spark plug and check for any damage. If there is damage, rust or corrosion on your snow blower’s spark plug, replace the spark plug.

Tip #4

Make sure all parts are moving smoothly. Make sure you tighten loose nuts and bolts. Your snow blower may vibrate during operation, causing nuts and bolts to loosen. Tighten those up to prevent them from falling off when your snow blower is in use.

Additionally, check to make sure belts and cables are in good condition. If you spot any damage, replace them. Any significant wear and tear call for a replacement to avoid the danger of a belt breaking during use.

After your snow blower is prepared for winter, start it up and let it run for a few minutes in a well-ventilated area to be certain everything works properly. Consider starting your machine every so often if it sits for an extended period.

Note: Not all snow blowers are the same. Different snow blowers utilize different types of fuel, oil and screws so consult your owner’s manual before repairing your equipment.

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Snow Blower Safety Tips

Snow Blower Safety Tips

When it’s time to clear snow from your drive and walkways, nothing lightens your workload like a powerful snow blower. While there are multiple benefits to using a snow blower, there are also dangers to watch out for. Use these snow blower safety tips and you can enjoy a stress-free winter.

Safety Tip #1: Be Smart About Using Your Snow Blower

Do not start your snow blower in any indoor area such as inside your garage or shed because fumes from the machine are dangerously toxic in enclosed spaces. Always make sure you are operating your snow blower in an open, outdoor area.

After starting your snow blower, be aware of your surroundings and stop the machine if people, animals, or unexpected objects appear in your path. Always point your chute away from anything or anyone that could be damaged or hurt and be careful of your footing when walking on icy surfaces. Also, avoid operating your machine when bad weather impacts visibility.

Safety Tip #2: Be Aware of Your Surroundings

In addition to watching for people or animals in your path, be sure to remove any rocks, sticks, or other objects that could be picked up and thrown by the snow blower.

If you live on a steep hill, consider using an alternative snow removal method because using a snow blower can be dangerous in places where you might lose your footing. If you must use your snow blower to clear a gravel driveway, use a two- or three-stage blower and adjust the height to pass over loose rocks. Lastly, never use a single-stage snow blower on rocky paths because small stones can be picked up and tossed into the air.

Safety Tip #3: Know Your Snow Blower

It’s important to know everything about your snow blower before starting it up. Read your owner’s manual, learn how to shut off your machine in case of emergency, and make sure you know how to use all of the features on your machine.

Do not let children under 15 operate a snow blower. For children 15 and over, make sure you go over all snow blower safety rules and functions prior to operation.

Safety Tip #4: Make Sure Everything Works Properly

Snow blower safety depends heavily on the condition of your machine. Damaged blowers are more likely to malfunction, so it’s important to make sure that everything is in good shape and works properly.

Make sure tires are inflated; check the clutch, the chute, and the blower system for any wear and tear. Also ensure that all extension cords (for electric snow blowers) are designed for outdoor use and are not fraying.

Safety Tip #5: Always Wear Protective Gear

Always wear eyewear, in case of flying objects. Wear gloves to protect your hands from the cold, boots with good traction, and earplugs to protect your ears from loud snow blower noise. Make sure all clothing is fitted and avoid wearing loose scarves or dangling jewelry because these can get caught in the snow blower while it’s running.

Snow blower Safety Tip #6: Consider Your Health

Snow blowers are designed for convenience but individuals with heart, back, or other medical conditions could be negatively impacted by the physical exertion of using a snow blower. Check with your doctor to see if this activity is safe for you, and consider hiring an outside service to clear your driveway if you have any concerns about your health or safety.

Becoming knowledgeable about your snow blower and using common sense will take you far when it comes to snow blower safety. Read instructions and follow the rules and removing snow should be quick and easy.

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