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.)