Picture of Installing snowblower on Kubota BX tractor
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

Picture of 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.)

NC12 months ago

Nice post and good teaching. I found such helpful learning in http://n-complete.com/atl/catalog.aspx but I was wondering if something this can be done with any antique tractors. I'm actually looking for this kind of things specially for my restored Ford Tractor

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.
nlinventor (author)  DakurlzzHU4L2 years ago
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) http://youtu.be/z9sW0R6ppYg  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.
espdp22 years ago
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?
nlinventor (author)  espdp22 years ago
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: http://www.instructables.com/id/Removing-and-storing-backhoe-Kubota-BX25/
Bosun Rick2 years ago
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 & rubber bands or duct tape. I do this each spring and seldom find anything rusted in the fall. Hope this helps
nlinventor (author)  Bosun Rick2 years ago
Bosun Rick - I will likely follow your advice next time round - thanks.
Edgar2 years ago
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nlinventor (author)  Edgar2 years ago
Obrigado Edgar