How Does A John Deere Snow Plow Work?

Need to remove snow on a budget?  Take a look at the video below that explains how to use a John Deere 54″ plow blade.  Snow plows aren’t just one of the cheapest options out there, but they handle a larger spectrum of snowfalls than a snowblower, loader bucket, or snow pusher.  From just an inch or two and up to 12″, I’ve been able to count on a blade to tackle the job.  You should be able to find a new snow plow and hydraulic quick hitch for your X7 Series for around $1,250.  Expect to pay around $1,500 for the same setup on a 1 or 2 Series tractor.

Whether you have a John Deere X Series garden tractor or a sub-compact or compact tractor, a four way hydraulic snow blade will allow you to put the snow where you want it and have one of the quickest paybacks of all snow removal options.  Operation is simple by utilizing already included console-mounted controls to adjust the blade up, down, left, and right.

One of the most overlooked and important features of using a snow plow is the Float position on the up/down lever.  Engaging this lever will release the down pressure in the hydraulic system and allow the blade to follow the contour of the plowing surface.  This is important as it helps to prevent unnecessary damage to concrete or asphalt driveways.

Additionally, there is a locking pin on the plow blade which must be in the unlocked position when plowing snow.  You’ll notice two large springs on the backside of the plow which act as a cushion if unexpected objects or protrusions are hit.  If the pin were in the locked position, this would transfer the force of the collision through the blade, quick hitch, tractor frame, and you the operator.  This can very likely lead to damage of your equipment, but more than one person has also been seriously hurt by the sudden, jarring stop of their machine.

You’ll notice that my blade is wider than 54″.  I’ve added 9″ wing extensions made by Superior Tech which bring the total width to 72″.  This allows for complete coverage of the tractor width even with the blade angled fully left or right.  This is not the only option for wing extensions as several manufacturers offer them.  Typically, you should expect to pay in the ballpark of $200 for these extensions.

While this video illustrates how to use a John Deere 54′ snow plow on a x739 garden tractor, this exact same setup will be found on all X7 Series tractors and very similar versions will be found on the 1 & 2 Series tractor lineup.  I hope you find this useful.  If so, please subscribe to my YouTube Channel to get more helpful feature reviews.