Fitting a Murray Snow Plow to a John Deere X300
My old Scotts tractor was getting weak in the trans so I purchased a great John Deere X300. This meant all the attachments I had for the Scotts may not fit. Here I'll describe what I had to do to attach the Murray 24478B 46" Snow Plow to my X300.
Since the 44 inch Deere plow was $550 and lacked features I wanted like spring loaded trip if you hit something and angling the blade from the drivers seat; I decided to try to keep my old Murray plow. As it turned out it was really quite easy and only cost about $10 for some nuts and bolts.
12/2012 Finally had some decent snow so I updated the movie clip:)
Click here to see the Snow Plow Video
The old Scott's (Murray) tractor and plow
The Murray plow assembly. Save the long eye bolts from the old lift assembly
Side limit bracket mount.
The rod and spacers I made to fit the X300 mounting holes, the same holes used by the front rod for the mower deck. Used a 1/2" rod with holes drilled for clips. 1/2" copper pipe as a bushing to fill the 3/4" holes in the X300. Spacers made from 3/4" steel pipe
The mounting laid out
The converted plow assembly ready to put on X300 The new cross lift beam with long eye bolts saved from original plow lift assembly, this will attach to the lift pedal on the X300 Note: position here was too far forward, moved back to match lift pedal attachment. Plow mounts and pivots in the rear of the tractor on the trailer hitch hole
Plow and tractor
X300 with plow on and ready to go :) Note the blade angling rod and assembly is in a perfect position using the stock mounting of the Murray plow assembly
View of side limit bracket as installed on X300
Lift assembly. Used 1/2" pins through new holes drilled in lift pedal arms. Note back holes are ones for mower and if you use them for the plow it works but very hard to press pedal and lifts the blade too high. Eye bolts provide adjustment of lift amount.
Had a clearance problem between the Skid shoe and the front tires. The skid shoe was about 6 inches from the end of the plow, moved to the very outside on both ends and it now clears the tires. Only used to hit when turning the wheels. When mounting the plow to the trailer hitch hole I use the hitch plate for my Cyclone rake which moves the plow toward the rear about an inch or two. Mounting to the X300 stock hitch hole would probably work without moving the Skid Shoes.
Here the plow is in the lifted position - clearance to the ground is about 4 inches. On my old Scotts tractor it was only about 2 inches. Adjustment of the Eye bolts could increase the lift height, but I have places where the blade needs to go down hill.
Had clearance problem when pulling tractor onto my utility trailer ramp, the rear bracket would bottom out. I cut the rear bracket about 4" shorter than original to raise it up. There is plenty of room under the X300 so this bracket to could be cut all the way up if needed.
Light is 66 bright LED's, in video during daytime it isn't as impressive as at night. Connected to the headlight switch through a Motorcycle flasher (from SuperBrightLEDs.com)
I changed the turn signal module to a strobe module (SuperBrightLEDs.com # LCS-100B $3.00)
X300 with Plug Aerator - the black box was made to hold water for extra weight.
2013 added a winch to the aerator lift arm - see http://www.tractorbynet.com/forums/showthread.php?t=268513&p=3145127#post3145127
Click here for a video of the winch in action
Or pick up leaves with another premium lawn tool, the Cyclone Rake. I had to modify the mower deck adaptor from my old tractor to fit the X300. Luckily I had to remove some of the adaptor to fit it.
Note in background - I do get a few leaves from a few trees:( PS that's just the front yard