Fist snow of the year  this morning and more is forecast for tomorrow so I got the snowblower on just in time. This rear mounted Kubota snowblower does a good job clearing snow but getting it installed is always a bit of a challenge, especially as it's something done just once a year so you don't get much opportunity to develop smooth installation techniques.

I stored the snowblower and 3-point hitch parts under a tarp all summer, but even with that, a lot of oil and grease evaporated and some rust set in.  I live in a damp climate so that doesn't help any.

The photo above shows the snowblower fully installed, adjusted and lubricated. 

Step 1: Free-up all ball and socket joints

This is perhaps the most important step to make the installation as frustration-free as possible:

Take all the time necessary to free-up all ball and socket joints.  

To do this I spray the joint with WD-40 and insert a bar or other tool in the ball hole to provide enough leverage to move the ball around in the socket until it is moves freely. A soft faced hammer comes in handy to help free badly frozen joints. (There are 6 ball and socket joints on the  3-point hitch that connects the snowblower to the tractor.)

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could you have put it on the front some how? i mean whose gonna use that going reverse? that would be a bit tricky would it not? unless you like driving a forklift cause thats how that would be.
DakurlzzHU4L - There are snowblowers specifically designed for the front but this one will only fit on the back. For the most part a front mounted snowblower would definitely be more comfortable to operate but in the climate here and the way the snow sometimes hardens up I find that keeping the bucket on the front is a big advantage. The bucket is capable of scraping up the hard stuff and it is also good for dragging snow away from the house, etc. I also use a plow that mounts on the bucket. This video shows all three devices in use (the bucket part is near the end of the video)&nbsp;<a href="http://youtu.be/z9sW0R6ppYg" rel="nofollow">http://youtu.be/z9sW0R6ppYg</a>&nbsp; As you will notice, the plow is not necessary to get the job done but the bucket, along with the snowblower, make a good combination.
I'm curious. Why did you remove all the 3-point hitch components in the spring? Usually, those stay on year-round for other implements, right?
espdp2 - I have my backhoe hooked up when the snowblower is not installed. You pretty well have to take all of the 3-point hitch parts off the tractor to get the backhoe on. I have an instructable on removing the backhoe that I did a few days before hooking up the snowblower. You can see it here:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Removing-and-storing-backhoe-Kubota-BX25/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/Removing-and-storing-backhoe-Kubota-BX25/</a>
To prevent rusting on your connections during storage, you might try spraying a light to medium coat of white grease, silicone spray, or graphite on them then cover with plastic bags &amp; rubber bands or duct tape. I do this each spring and seldom find anything rusted in the fall. Hope this helps
Bosun Rick - I will likely follow your advice next time round - thanks.
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