Rated 3.8 out of 5Â by 12
Rated 5 out of 5Â by jd09 Snowblower worked like a charm in Connecticut
I had mentioned in an earlier review that I was skeptical of how the John Deere D-170 with the snow blower would perform on a 300' long drive with a 15% grade at the end. But I also said I would report back as to its performance.
Well, it did what it said it would do especially during the blizzard where we got 24" of snow. Here is a summary.
In wet snow the blower had the most difficulty. The snow shout would sometimes clog and have to be cleaned out. This could be avoided by proceeding at a pace the snow blower could handle. Going to fast would lead to a clog.
Since I am a statistician and not a regular user of tractors, I had to learn to be patient and go at a pace the snow blower could handle. I learned to listen to the sounds of the blower to guage when I was going to fast.
During the blizzard in powdery light snow, the tractor truly shined. In fact, my neighbor has his driveway plowed and his plow truck got stuck in the snow! Yes, I have pictures. I have to admit it was fun to use the John Deere to clear snow so they could get their snow plow truck out the next day.
Be sure to buy extra shear pins. I had to use two, because I went to fast into a large pile of snow the city snow trucks left in the front of my driveway.
The bottom line is I saved $500 dollars on having my driveway plowed. The payments made on the other hand build equity in the tractor.
The tractor now has 13.5 hours on it. I will report back after the summer mowing season. FYI, I was paying $180/month to have my lawn mowed by a service. At least the payments now will go toward building equity in the tractor.
Depending on maintenance costs I expect the investment to break even in 2.5 years. Less than that if the equity in the tractor is included.
So far, I definitely recommend John Deere, especially through Home Depot with their deferred financing and their sales associates' genuine desire to help people like me.
April 13, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by BonanaKing So far, so good.
I have not had a chance to actually move any snow yet as it's still fall and awesome weather. I will update that part when then snow flies.
The unit arrived well packed and on a pallet. Took about an hour or so to assemble and about 15 minutes to hook up to the tractor. Operation is very straightforward. All controls are right where you need them, discharge chute direction and angle adjustment and lift lever.
My only real complaint so far is the lift pins are a pain to assemble and maybe a hydraulic lift would be nice.
This is on my JD D140
October 22, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Bruiser Great snowblower - poor instruction manual
After opening the box, it seemed I was missing half the parts! After working with Home Depot and John Deer to get this fixed, I was referred to the local JD dealer. We found that I had all the parts, but the installation manual was out of date and did not cover my tractor. That created a lot of un-needed hassle! I used the snowblower for the first time yesterday and it works great and is worth the cost. You will need chains and weights added to your tractor though.
December 4, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5Â by sarumcastle Effective, requires some skill
This is a very effective snow removal machine on a series 100 JD tractor, which I have now used for three winters. It requires some skill to use, and there are useful pointers to bear in mind. First, as supplied it does not work well on gravel driveways as it picks up huge amounts of gravel and throws it with the snow. To solve this problem it is necessary to buy the bigger shoes from JD, part number JDAM122264. These lift the plow to more than 2 inches above the ground, and gravel is not then picked up. While this means that the snow blower does not pick up the bottom 2 inches of snow it makes the plow fulfill more of its promise. Second, driving the plow with the tractor requires some skill. It is so heavy that the weight is thrown forward off the rear wheels when the plow is lifted. The recommended weights at the rear are essential, but are not sufficient if the plow is being driven backwards up a slight rise with plow up. The best way to overcome this is to put the plow down on its shoes, which throws the weight backwards to the rear wheel, and then you drag the plow backwards over the ground to maneuver to wherever you are driving . Even this can be insufficient, due to the weight of the plow on such a small tractor, and it is necessary to avoid difficult rises on the ground, or soft surfaces.
In the first winter, I encountered a broken drive pulley that needed to be replaced, but this turned out to be a routine, easily obtainable part from JD.
The recommended weights and chains are "essential" not optional. You cannot do without them. I never use this machine on less than 6 inches of snow. It comes into its own on snowfalls 12 inches or bigger. Than it can be a joy to use. I always look forward to using it, but it is not something you take out for small snowfalls just for the pleasure of it.
February 9, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by arch Not for lower series 100 tractors
Took forever to get the blower drive put together properly. Not worth the money or time invested.
October 9, 2014