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Q: We would like to install some auxiliary lighting on the 47"
two-stage snowblower for better visibility when the snow blower is raised.
Peterson Manufacturing has some nice lighting using 55W H3 halogens.
Given the John Deere 425 has a 20 amp alternator, can it handle this
additional load or are we looking for trouble? Is there a higher output
alternator that works well with the 425? Should I connect in parallel
with the existing headlight circuit or use a separate relay and circuit?
The lighting fuse installed is 15 amps.
A: I have run this same load before with a 14 amp charging system
and I had to run the engine wide open to just barely keep up. I think
you will be doing fine with a 20 amp output. It is not necessary to run
a relay, just get some quality switches.
Q: I have purchased a John Deere 425 with the
hopes of purchasing a snow plow for it. I saw an auction where the
seller is offering a plow for a John Deere 420 and John Deere 430 model.
Will this fit the Deere 425?
A: The John Deere 420 and 430 Deere attachments will not
Q: Do you think my 1988 John Deere 216 can handle a front end
loader? Or should I move up to a John Deere 318 that has hydraulics?
A: The 216 Deere will handle a
loader fine. We have already installed them on the old John Deere 110
Q:I have found a loader that was off a 420 John Deere. I have a 332 John
Deere. Will the loader and brackets work with mine?
A:No, those loader brackets will not work on the
John Deere 332 diesel. Another problem is that the pumps for each one of those
tractors runs at two different RPMs. They also turn in opposite directions.
Q: I was wondering, would a 246 rotary broom fit a 318? How much snow can
A:The 246 is a front mount F900 type broom that
will not fit on a John Deere 318. Most power brooms can handle 3 inches
Q: Does anyone make a snow blower attachment for zero-turn mowers. I have
a Ferris IS2000Z zero-turn riding mower and would love to fine a workable snow
A: Yes, I can set you up with no problems. It
would be a snowblower that will throw the snow so you will not have to play
snow relay. I have the54 inch two stage Bercomac snowblower with a 23 hp
Vanguard engine installed in it or a two stage Bercomac snowblower
with an 18 hp Vanguard engine installed in it. The 1 7/8" ball will fit right
into your rear hitch.
Q: I want to put a snowblower attachment on my 42 inch Cub Cadet
zero turn mower with a 17 hp Kohler. The Cub is model number
RZT4200. The rear tires are 40 inches from outside to outside.
We just came out with theBerco two stage snowblower with its
own engine so you can quickly hook it up and unhook it with a 1 7/8"
ball on the rear of your machine. The snowblower is mounted on the
front of your Cub Cadet zero turn. This is a 48 inch wide cut with a
nice sized Vanguard v-twin overhead valve 18 hp engine.
Q: I have a John Deere 212 and a friend has a 110 that has a snow thrower.
Will the snow thrower work on my tractor?
Yes, if he has the new style 110.
Q: Did John Deere ever make a 3 point log splitter that
would work with the 455?
A: As far as I know they made it for the
John Deere 318 and for the John Deere 420 only.
Q: I've got a cab that was on my 1982 318. Could you please tell
what other years and models that this cab will fit?
A:Your cab should also fit
on the John Deere 316, John Deere 322, and the John Deere 332.
Q: I just bought a John Deere 300, could I run a log
splitter with this tractor?
A: Yes, you can run a log splitter of of
Q: I have a John Deere 455
with a 3 pt hitch, I want a collection system to avoid making two
runs at our large lawn to collect the cut grass. My wife does most
of the mowing so I have to be sensitive about the maneuverability of
anything in back. My research has led me to the MC519 with a large
capacity which may be to bulky or the three bag hookup which has
less capacity but easy to maneuver. Both require the Power unit.
What are your suggestions?
A:I would go for the MC519
cart as you may know that is hooked solid to the rear of the tractor
and the cart actually does not get in the way. You can also dump the
cart without ever getting off of the tractor.
Q: I just bought my first John Deere, a model 322 made in 1988.
It has 890 hours on it which seems like a lot but it appears to be
in excellent condition. Seems to run great except the throttle only
works good at min or max throttle, no in between. The governor does
not appear to move much. There is a small link within a small
spring. Would the spring need replaced or ? Any other ideas? Any
help would be appreciated. Would a snow blade off a model 235 fit
the 322? I have a chance on a snow blade off a 420 garden tractor.
Would it fit, hydraulics and all?
A:This model 322 was
basically born with the tendency to do just what you are talking
about. You could try adjusting the carburetor and also check if the
linkage has a slight bend or drag to it. No, the John Deere 235
blade will not come close to fitting on the John Deere 322. The 235
is a cheaper built tractor and the blade would probably not hold up
to the 322. No, a JD 420 blade will not fit a 322.
Q: I have a 54" blade from a John Deere 318 garden tractor that
I have mounted to a John Deere X-475. The hoses are long enough to
plug into the 475 outlets. Is the hydraulic pressure compatible?
Will I harm the 475 hydraulic system in any way?
A: The 54" blade will work fine and
there is no danger of hurting your X475.
Q: I have aJohn Deere 140 and am wondering if
a John Deere 37A snowblower will work on this tractor?
A:No, the 37A is the
incorrect snowblower for the John Deere 140.
Q: Have you ever seen someone use a post hole digger with a 1995
John Deere 425 garden tractor?
No, I haven't had anything to do with the post hole diggers but I
know they need a 540 RPM PTO and that is the speed of my PTO kit for
Q: Will a deck from a JD 316 fit on a John Deere 216?
A: No, the decks will not interchange.
Q: If I purchased aJohn Deere 425 garden tractor and
buy the PTO kit for the roto-tiller would I have to take off the
cutting deck, etc., or could I just leave all of that on the
tractor? It sure would be a lot better if I could leave everything
as it is.
A: Yes you leave the mower deck on with
the roto-tiller and push a lever on the PTO to turn off the mower
deck PTO and turn on the roto-tiller PTO.
Q: I know John Deere makes a single stage snowblower for the
John Deere 400. Do they make a two stage for it as well? I push snow
with a blade but thinking about buying a blower as well.
A: There was no 2 stage
snowblower made for the John Deere 400.
Q: I have a John Deere 475 garden
tractor with a blade, how do you determine the float position on the
A: All you do is move your lever to the float
position and then the blade will float up and down according to the
ground level and angle.
Q: I have a chance to get a John
Deere 318 garden tractor for next to nothing in a swap....what kind
of PTO does it have in the rear and could it be used for a PTO
driven manure spreader? The unit does not have a3 point hitch but I don't need one
for the spreader.
A: You have to check and see if it has a PTO in the rear. No,
this does not come standard on aJohn Deere 318. You also will have
to watch and make sure to come up with the same RPM's. The rear end
on the John Deere 318 is running at 2000 RPM's. I would think that
manure spreader would be set up for 540 RPM's.
Q: My Cub Cadet 1045 manual tells me that the lowest possible
cutting height is 1 1/2 inches. Is there anything I can do to lower
the height to 7/8 or 1 inch?
A: Yes, you would have to cut another groove in
wherever you lock mechanism is located to permit your mower deck to
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Q:I am looking for a front loader for my
John Deere 425 garden tractor. I am familiar with the loader 40 made
by John Deere, but are you aware of any other manufacturers of
loaders that will fit my 425? I am looking for something that I can
load dirt and gravel with. I don’t need to dig undisturbed dirt, but
do have piles of dirt that have been sitting about a year that I
would like to be able to move. I have heard varying opinions on if a
John Deere 425 has enough weight and horsepower to perform this type
A: These loaders are capable of digging hard dirt, moving
piles is not a problem at all. I have a small John Deere 140 with afront end loader on it and a 14
horsepower engine and I don't come close to thinking of running out
of power. I also can tear up hard ground with that tractor package.
Once you get one of these front end loaders you will wonder how you
ever got along without it. I use mine for many jobs.
Q: I have a X585 John Deeregarden tractor
with a 54" power angle front Blade. In heavy snow the Blade won't
stay locked in the angle position while I'm pushing heavy snow. (
one foot or more) The hoses are connected correctly and there are no
leaks. So there must be a problem in the control valve or pump?
A: It sounds to me like you need to buy a mower deck lock up
valve and put it on your tractor.
Q: Could you please tell me if a John Deere snow blower that fit
a model 317 will fit on a Deere model 332?
A: Yes, the
same snowblower will fit both tractors.
Q: I own a John Deere 316 with dual tires front and back. Will
this tractor be good for snow plowing? Should I buy ablade or a snowblower for it? How
deep of snow will the blade handle?
A: If you
have a lot of weight on the rear of the tractor that blade will
handle a good amount of deep snow. But, with a blade you have to
have room to put all that snow. With asnowblower you could almost say the
snow just disappears.
Q: I noticed on your website you do not recommend putting a snow
blade or thrower on the "little" Home Depot Deere's or Cub Cadets?
Does that pertain to the ones they sell with 25 and 27 Horsepower??
I am thinking of buying one BUT ONLY if I can plow with it!
A: Yes, a 25
to 27 HP machine can handle a blade or snowblower.
Q: I currently have a John Deere 212 with a tiller attachment
and need to get a mowing deck for it. Will the deck off the 110 fit
the 212? Draft plate and hangers the same? Will I need a special
A: Yes, the
mower deck will exchange onto either of the 2 tractors. Yes, there's
a good chance that the belt will not be the correct length.
Q: We are interested in a loader
for our John Deere 400 tractor.
have a new universal front end loader that is big enough to fit on
your John Deere 400. All you would have to do is make some
brackets to put it on your tractor.
Q: When you say brackets,
do you mean what's required to attach the loader to the frame? Also
does the loader have 3 or 4 hydraulic cylinders and are there quick
connects to use the hydraulics on the tractor?
You would have to make a bracket to go from the loader to the
tractor. The new loader has 3 cylinders with on big cylinder in the
middle to tilt the bucket. Yes, it has 4 quick hydraulic
couplers that plug into the front end of your tractor.
Q: I have a 425 John Deere and I've got a question about the
hydraulic lift lever (the one below the deck lift lever) that
controls a snow blade lift or whatever. I purchased the tractor used
and to my knowledge, there was never any attachments used on it
other than the mower deck. The spool or valve where the attachment
hydraulic hoses would attach have plugs in them. I plan to install a
quick coupling kit in place of the plugs, but I have 2 questions.
One is after I install the couplings, which one's ( there are 4) do
I install the lift cylinder of the blade. and two is the lever seems
to be stuck and won't move. Is this because the plugs are still in
the spool or should I be looking for something else that may be
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A:Yes, we have trouble with
those spool valves locking up and not moving after not being used
for a long time. You will have to to get under the tractor by those
control valves, squirt it with penetrating oil, and pry the linkage
back and forth until it is free. You need to hook your lift cylinder
up to the 2 hydraulic couplers that are connected to the lever that
has the float position in it.
Q: I have a John Deere 332 lawn tractor that I really like but I
don't know how to adjust the deck height. On my X745 it has a depth
knob. Ly LX176 has the same type knob. How, if possible, can you
adjust the 332? Also the 332 steering seems to take twice the
revolutions on the steering wheel to turn the wheels as the X748. Is
there something that can be done to correct this problem or is there
some type of adjustment?
A:No, that is a general
fixed ratio that is on your JD 332 that can not be changed. Your
height adjustment on your 332 is located on the left rear side of
Q: We have a 1984 John Deere 214 tractor and would like to get a
snowthrower for it. The tractor's shop manual includes info on a
John Deere 37A Snowthrower attachment. We've seen a model 37
snowthrower for sale. Is there any difference between the model 37
and 37A? Would either work on the 214?
A:The 37A is made for your
later style tractor like you have. The 37 has the snowblower running
the other way, therefore the belt would have to be twisted.
Q: I have a Craftsman, how easy is it to change attachments with
the Bercomac system? If I’m changing from blower to plow, is it just
a matter of unhooking two pins, backing up, driving over to the plow
and hooking two pin, or is it more complicated? If it’s more
complicated, how long would you estimate an attachment change takes?
If I changed over to a John Deer after I purchased Bercomac
attachments, do I need to buy one set of hardware for all
attachments or do I need a separate set for each attachment such as
snow blower, plow, broom?
A: You would buy
just one subframe for your Sears tractor now and then buy thesnowblower,push blade, andbroom. All this in on one quick
disconnect and connect to your Sears. I would say the changing of
attachments takes about 5 minutes, the snowblower involves a belt so
maybe that could take a little longer. Then one day if you would buy
a John Deere all you would have to buy is one subframe to fit the
new tractor and your old snowblower, push blade, and broom would fit
right on that tractor.
Q: I have a John Deere
x585 4x4 tractor. Will the Bercomac PTO fit on it?
A:Yes, the Bercomac will go
right on it, including driveshaft and all.
Q: I own a L108 John Deere
lawn tractor/riding lawn mower, either '04 or '05. I live in
southern New Jersey and we have had some significant snow falls the
last few years - 12 inches or more in individual storms. I've got
almost 400 ft of sidewalk and a 2 car driveway. I'm not too
mechanically gifted so I need something easy to attach and easy
enough to use so even my wife can do it. Do you recommend a blade or
a snow thrower attachment? Which model?
A: Yes, we have the new CompactBerco snowblower and subframe kit
that will fit on your tractor. A 2 stage snowblower is much better
than a push blade as you can always get rid of the snow with a
snowblower. I would recommend you to buy therear suitcase weight bracket and 6 suitcase
Q: Do you have any attachments that will fit a Husqvarna GTH220?
It's 22HP, 53 inch cut, plenty big enough for some small
attachments, but I don't know of any available.
A: Yes, we have front push blades,
tractor powered heavy duty rototillers,
for your tractor. Let me know what you are interested in.
Q: I just purchased aJohn Deere 425 garden tractor with
4 wheel steer and I'm tickled to death with it. I would like to get
a tiller for it. What are my options for powering the tiller? It
doesn't have a PTO, can I add a PTO kit? Can I run a tiller with the
A: Yes, you would have to buy a PTO kit.
The hydraulic rototiller is run off of it's own hydraulic pump.
Q: Please give me an idea what I can do to boost my snow
throwing capability. I own a John Deere 112 garden tractor with
A: One thing that will help a lot, is if
you would buy the late long shiny snow spout, that will throw the
snow a lot farther than your current spout you have on that
snowblower model. Another thing, turn you engine RPM's up to 4000
RPM. The combination of these 2 subjects will make quite a
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Q: Does the snow blower for a
John Deere 420 garden tractor fit and work on a John Deere 425 or
430 garden tractor?
A: Yes, the John Deere 420 snowblower will fit on a JD
430. It will not fit the John Deere 425 garden
Q: Thought maybe you could give me some ideas to solve a problem
I have with myJohn Deere 455 garden tractor and
54 Front blade. The hitch has 2 hydraulic cylinders for up & down
and angle adjustment. The up and down using the lower hydraulic
control lever works great. The problem is the side to side control.
The blade will not keep its position ... if I push something with
the right side of the blade it turns to the right and ditto to the
left. I have to constantly keep adjusting the upper control lever. I
noticed discussion that there should be clicks when moving the
levers and I don't hear any clicks. Sounds like that is a problem
with whatever valve the lever attaches to? I have seen a valve
advertised on EBAY which indicated it is to close off the deck lift
hydraulics when front attachments are used and I do not have this on
my tractor. So sounds like what the control lever attaches to or
possible a missing valve? Can you help with more specifics?
Second question ... I thinking about adding a 40 loader for
light dirt, gravel, mulch, etc. moving? I haven't seen one anywhere
I can try so I'm not quite sure what to expect as to the utility of
this unit. I have used several loaders with 800-1000 pound lift
capacity on 4 wheel drive tractors and know I wouldn't have that
kind of capability. Would like to be able to scoop gravel up from a
pile and get a scoop of dirt or mulch out of a pile of dirt that was
dumped a year or so ago. I wouldn't expect to be able to do any
scooping up of undisturbed dirt from a field where there is grass or
roots. Any advice as to my expectations or the value of this loader?
Will it work with the 60 inch mower deck in place?
A: Yes, you do need that valve and that
will take care of the blade so it will stay where you set it for
left and right. If you are interested I have one in stock. You are
correct that the 455 diesel is much more than a mowing machine. A
loader on a garden tractor is very valuable and useful package. I
have a John Deere 140 with a loader on it and also a John Deere 318
with a loader on it too. The main thing to do is to get enough
weight on the rear of the tractor so you have plenty of traction.
Loaders are very expensive and hard to find. On that Model 40 loader
you can mow while you have the loader frame on. The loader itself is
a quick on quick off package. You can dig into harder ground if you
have plenty of weight on the rear so it will rip up the ground with
the loader bucket.
Q: I am having a really difficult time trying to locate a snow
plow for my Scott's tractor. It is an L1742. I went to a John Deere
equipment store (since Scott's are made by John Deere) and they said
that the tractor is obsolete and they no longer carry the plows. I
did see one on Ebay but was outbid at the last moment.. any ideas if
you carry or able to locate one.
A: Better than the blade, I can fit you
with a2 stage Berco snowblower that will
fit right on your tractor. We also have a newblade for your tractor. We have apower broom for your tractor too.
Q: Do you think a John Deere 455 will be able to handle a 350
pound box blade? I have found a category 1 hitch that was
modified to fit a John Deere 455 but I'm afraid that my non-4WD 455
might not be able to handle a heavy box blade.
A: I would not
worry about it. I had a category 1, three point rear blade on the
back of a 455 John Deere and that blade was 7 feet wide. I did have
suitcase weights on the front to hold it down. I think the
front end holds 5. I bought that suitcase bracket that bolts to the
front and then I think it holds 9 so I had 9 weights up front.
Probably more than I needed.
Q: I am thinking of getting a new 2 stage for the 140.
Does that fit up just like the 49" thrower with the hydro and belt
etc. How heavy is it? From what I hear the 2 stage that
they use on the 318 will fit up but is too big and heavy. I would
like to get a 2 stage that is durable, light, and will throw a lot
better than the 9" thrower. Please let me know what your thoughts
are. If a guy were to get aBerco how would I get parts
A: Yes, the two
stage John Deere is a very heavy snowblower. The 2 stage Berco will
out throw the 2 stage John Deere and is more of an average weight
snowblower. The Berco parts are not problem as we stock most of
them. Any 2 stage will throw the snow farther than a one stage. If
you want to throw the snow a long way get a Berco and your troubles
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Q: I recently purchased a front-mount snowblower for my
John Deere 455. After connecting the hydraulic hoses on the
front-hitch to the 'spool' I found that the front-hitch won't lift.
I have never had anything attached to the spool in the 9 years we've
had the 455. Would lack of use possibly cause it to freeze up over
The two lower hydraulic connections on the spool, used to angle the
front hitch to the left and right, DO work. Would you happen
to have any suggestions on how to trouble-shoot the problem with the
front hitch not moving up and down? Do you think part of the
'spool' could be seized somehow?
A: We have
trouble with those John Deere 400 series valves seizing up a lot. If
that one lever does not move or go click-click when moving it, that
is your problem. You would have to get underneath it, lubricate it,
and pry it back and forth until you get it freed up.
Follow up: I just
wanted to let you that I got under the 455 and lubricated and pried
a few of the pivot points on the rods that connect to the hydraulic
and I was able to get the valve to work!
Before hearing from you I was starting to think the problem could be
the valve and that I might have to spend a significant amount on a
I greatly appreciate your response to me. I didn't even know
that the lever
was supposed to 'click' until you told me about it.
Q: I have a John Deere 216 garden tractor which I'm
trying to put a front 43" blade on. I have the mounting bracket for
the tractor and the blade fits fine, I just can not figure out the
lift linkage (where it goes behind the tractor.
Can you help me?
A: There should
be a linkage arm hanging down behind the front cross frame. It has a
square hole in that front piece. There is a good chance that all
that linkage is not on that tractor unless it already had a
snowblower or a push blade on it.
Q: I have Cub Cadet LT1018 and wanted to know if you have
any 2 stage snowblower attachments available? I've been told this
model with the Briggs and Stratton 18.5 HP Intek engine might be too
small to handle a snowblower attachment, what's your thoughts?
A: You will have
plenty of power, there are some tractor manufacturers that send out
eight horsepower engines with a snowblower on the front. Yes, I have
quite the unit for you. TheBerco snowblowers are a 2 stage
unit that will throw the snow out of your driveway and over into
your neighbor's yard.
Q: I have a John Deere 112 serial no. in the 130000 range.
It came with a sleeve hitch. What other models will this hitch work
A: That hitch
should also work on the 200, 208, 210, 212, 214, and 216.
Q: I am
interested in the John Deere 2 stage snowblower you have on your
site for a John Deere 317. Can you provide the model number and more
A: That is a model 47, 2 stage snowblower. One
hydraulic lever on your 317 would be used to raise and lower the
snowblower. The second lever is used to turn the hydraulic spout.
The 2 stage has a better lifting system than the 1 stage as it will
lift higher. The 2 stage snowblowers will throw snow a lot farther
than a 2 stage blower. The 2 stage is also a lot more heavily built
than the 1 stage.
Q: I am considering the purchase of a John Deere 430
tractor. It has approximately. 1400 hours on it. I currently have a
John Deere 332, and have a 54" front blade and a 48" snow thrower
for it. Are these units compatible with the 430, or what would be
needed to make compatible? Also - are the rocker shafts/3 pt. hitch
assemblies interchangeable? How about a rear PTO unit?
A: None of the front mount attachments will interchange
without modifications. The 3 pt hitch and rear PTO will interchange
have a John Deer model L130 lawn tractor. I would like to be able to
push or lift small amounts of dirt for my yard landscaping. Does the
blade that you have on your web-site fit that tractor? Do you have
any other suggestions? This is asking a lot but are there any
hydraulic front loader lifts for such a small tractor?
A: Sorry, but your
tractor can't come close to taking this kind of punishment. You
would have to get something like a JD 140, 300, 312, 314, 316, 317,
318, 322, or 332 to add that kind of attachment to. Other newer big
garden tractors of course will take attachments also.
Q: I am thinking of getting a snowblower for my John Deere
GX255lawn tractor. I was told that
Bercomac out of Canada makes 2 stage blowers that will fit my GX255
and was told Deere only makes a single stage blower for the GX255,
help me out. Which one should I get? I don't get a lot of
snow. will the single stage be good enough. or can you adapt the
other 2 stage blowers Deere makes to fit the GX255?
A: You are right, Deere only has a single stage which I
think would be O.K. for you. We have sold both Deere and Bercomac
snowblowers for quite a few different tractors. If youwant to throw snow a long way the Bercomac is
the only way to go. Another big advantage to the Bercomac
is it has the Quick Hitch. If you ever wanted to put on apush blade it can be done in a
couple of minutes. The same goes for their power broom, it snaps
right on also. The Bercomac has good resale value. As an example, if
you wanted to sell it, you could sell it to someone with a Cub Cadet
and many other makes and models of tractors. All they would have to
do is buy the Quick Hitch for their tractor. The price on the
Bercomac is about the same price as the singe stage Deere and you
would have a more deluxe unit.
Q: Does the
Bercomac only fit larger tractors or could it go in aJohn Deere 317 Garden Tractor?
A: Yes, the Bercomac is made for the large tractor or
thesmall tractors. We have them for
the 317, 318, 425, 455 and more. On the 317 the bracket is actually
for the 318 so needs a little modification.
Q: My neighbor is getting one of
the2 stage Berco snow throwers for her
new John Deere GX335. Since I'm probably going to get "volunteered"
to install and remove this thing every year, how easy is it to swap
from the mower deck to the snow blower?
A: The mower deck comes off easily. You do not have to use
any tools to do the job. There are instructions with the Bercomac
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