Plowing snow with a tractor can be one of the most efficient ways to clear your driveway and property. Tractors are large and powerful, so they can make quick work of even the deepest snowfall. Plus, you don’t have to shovel while standing in several feet of snow—just stay warm on your tractor and let the machine do all the hard work for you. Follow these steps to plow your own property without breaking a sweat:
How to Plow Snow with a Lawn Tractor
The process of clearing snow with a lawn tractor is similar to using a front-end loader. You’ll need the following equipment:
- A snow blower attachment for your lawn tractor
- A shovel or other type of scoop that fits in the attachment’s bucket
- Tarp or tarp material, if you’re going to use it as a cover over your driveway before plowing
Start by loading all of the materials into your machine’s bucket, then attaching them to the tractor. Make sure that everything is secure and stable so that you don’t have any accidents while driving! Next, start up your machine and adjust its blade angle so that it will effectively clear away any snow on your driveway/walkway/sidewalk/etc., depending on what area needs attention most urgently (otherwise known as “most likely falling down at some point soon”). Finally: drive slowly over those freshly cleared surfaces while enjoying knowing how much work went into them being there.
Load the tractor and snowplow with all the gear you will need.
- Check the tractor manual for safe operation
- Consider the weight of the tractor and load
- Check the snow plow for safety
- Wear a helmet and eye protection
- Wear gloves and boots, warm clothes, and a seatbelt (if your tractor has one)
Get on the tractor and lower it to its lowest setting, if possible.
Now that you’ve got your tractor, it’s time to get on the tractor and lower it. You’ll want to make sure you’re in the driver’s seat before starting up the engine so you can use the pedals on your left and right to raise or lower your vehicle’s height. If possible, try lowering things as low as they’ll go; this will make for a much easier time plowing snow on your property. If you can’t lower all of the ways down, don’t worry about it—this is still a great option for clearing off snow from driveways and sidewalks!
Once everything is set up properly, turn on the ignition by using either handbrake levers located near where one would normally put their feet (if driving) or under a steering wheel (when operating). Once everything sounds like it is running smoothly with no odd noises coming from anywhere inside or outside of this particular type of vehicle known colloquially as “tractors” (or less commonly known colloquially as “automobiles”), then proceed forward slowly until reaching your destination destination destination destination…
Start the engine, then engage the PTO lever or switch to start the blades.
- Start the engine, then engage the PTO lever or switch to start the blades.
- Make sure you shut off all power to your tractor before turning it off so that no one gets hurt by an accidentally engaged PTO lever.
Adjust the blade height and tilt for optimal plowing.
Adjust the blade height and tilt to achieve optimal plowing. The blade should be at a 45-degree angle to the ground, with a slight upward tilt. Adjusting the blade height will help keep snow from building up on top of it, while adjusting its tilt can help you move snow more effectively.
You’ll want to adjust your tractor’s pitch so that it matches the height of your current load of snow—and this is where knowing how much you’ve already moved comes in handy! If you’re just starting out, start with both controls set at their lowest point; then as you begin clearing your driveway, gradually increase both settings until they’re set correctly for moving all that snow off your driveway into piles on either side of it.*
Plow in a different direction than you would with a lawnmower, which is left to right.
While it may be tempting to plow in the same direction as you would mow your grass, this is not the case with snow. Instead, when plowing snow, you should go left to right. This way, you can avoid becoming trapped in your own path and being unable to move forward or backward.
Clear the snow from around objects such as trees and mailboxes by going in close with your blades tilted upward.
- Work around objects such as mailboxes, hedges, and trees.
- Don’t get too close with the blades tilted upward.
- Avoid hitting posts, fences, and walls that can be damaged by the weight of snow on your blades.
Having a tractor will make plowing much easier than doing it by hand.
Having a tractor will make plowing much easier than doing it by hand. A tractor is much more powerful than a lawnmower, and thus can push more snow with less effort, so you won’t have to work as hard. It also means that you won’t have to worry about injuring yourself if you slip while pushing the snow, since tractors are safer than lawnmowers in this respect. Finally, they’re simply more efficient: they get the job done faster and more effectively than any other method can do.
Plus, they’re just fun!
As you can see, plowing snow with a tractor is not as difficult as some people may think. If you have a tractor, then it just takes a little time and patience to learn how to use it correctly for snow removal. Be sure that your lawnmower blades are sharpened before embarking on this task and make sure the battery on your lawnmower has enough power left to run for about an hour at full speed. The best way to get started is by watching videos online of other people doing this job so you know exactly how they do it themselves.