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
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.)
Step 2: Connect the Top Link to the Snowblower and Tractor
With the Top Link already connected to the snowblower, carefully back the tractor in so that the other end of the top link can connect with the tractor. If the top link was not adjusted for some other implement it should still be very close in adjustment to where you need it now. This step helps keep distances organized for the remainder of the installation.
The first part of the video (above) shows this step.
Step 3: Installing Lower Link Pin and "D" Bushings
Now install the check chain bracket assembly - once installed the bracket will insure the lower link pin and bushings will remain in position. (A helper makes this part of the installation easier as he can help manipulate and take the load of the heavy lower links.
Step 4: Hook in the Bottom End of the Lower Links and Connect the Lift Rods
The left and right lift rods are installed next. This should be fairly easy to do as most of the front to back and left to right alignment is already done. You still might need to influence the fit with the soft faced hammer though.
The two check chains can now be assembled in place. It will likely be necessary to lengthen or shorten the chains to get them to fit. Later they have to be adjusted to keep the snow blower from swaying from side to side while travelling or operating (see later step).
Step 5: Connect the Drive Line to the PTO and Hookup the Shield Chains
You can view that instructable - "Removing Snowblower from Kubota Tractor" here:
Step 6: Adjusting and Lubricating
- With the snowblower raised off the floor a bit, adjust both check chains to prevent side to side sway of the snowblower
- Lubricate the chain, sprockets and chute with a graphite based lubricant
- Grease all grease fittings
- Remove gear box plug and check oil level
- Connect the electrical chute connector (if equipped)
That should do it - bring on the snow!