Snapper rear engine mower + plow blade Original Message Dec 29, 2005 4:04 pm
I have a snapper rear engine ride on mower with a mowing deck and would like to get a little more out of it than just using it for mowing. It has an 8hp briggs on it and pulls strong. I recently made a garden cart for it, and am planning on buying a used 36-42" garden plow blade to adapt to it. Has anyone here used the little tractor for plowing ? If so have you added anything besides the plow, tire chains, and some weight to the back to balance it out ? My concern also lies with steering. I moved it in a couple of inches of snow and the front slid a bit when trying to turn, but I am guessing that weight of the plow on the front will help control that.
Does anyone have any experience with the snappers and using it for other things ?
Location: Freehold NJ
Joined: Aug 6, 2003
Re: Snapper rear engine mower + plow blade Reply #1 Dec 30, 2005 7:36 am
Jeff - the Snapper RER is not really made for any heavy pulling or plowing. While the friction disk can handle a modest load, the differential cannot. I do know a few folks who have done this with mixed results, the worst being an exploded differential. A smaller plow (around 30") might be a better idea, and added weight/chains would be necessary. Lawn tractors (a RER's bigger brother) can plow, but even their little transaxles aren't strong enough. A garden tractor or a walk behind snowblower might be better choices. Just my 2 pennies...