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    Gator TE Electric Snowplow?

    Hello,

    I am considering purchasing a John Deere Gator TE Electric. I understand that Deere doesn't support adding a snowplow to the TE Electric, but I'm not sure why.

    I won't be using it for heavy usage, 30 minutes tops at a time, and I would rather get an Electric TE so I don't have to worry about maintaining the engine of the gas model. During the other seasons I would use it for gardening.

    Does anybody know if it is possible to use the TE Electric for snowing a driveway, and if it is where I would be able to purchase a compatible snowplow?

    Many thanks!

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    Welcome to GTT zsiegel. Where are you from?
    I am here to say there is VERY LITTLE maintenance on the smaller Gators. Jury is still out on the larger ones.
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    I would be nervous plowing with a TE. Generally speaking, electric equipment isn't designed to push or pull big loads. It overloads motors, controllers, or blows fuses. I imagine Deere doesn't recommend a plow because they don't know if you're plowing away 1" or 1'. You would also probably have to add weight to the back of the Gator for traction, which adds to the load on the drivetrain.

    Since Deere doesn't recommend a plow, I don't know if you'll find one aftermarket. Boss makes a plow for a few models of Gator, you might check with them if you decide to go down this path.
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    Okay, this makes sense. What type of maintenance on the engine would I have to do if I bought a TX or something similar in size?

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    Really not much. Oil changes and the occasional air or fuel filter. Depending on how much you use it the oil change may be yearly, or it may be more frequent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zsiegel View Post
    Okay, this makes sense. What type of maintenance on the engine would I have to do if I bought a TX or something similar in size?
    Well, you are making it difficult not knowing where you are located. California has a different manual. But, here is for the rest of the US. They have the owner manuals online if you are interested and the detail all the maintenance procedures you need. Here is a link to the TX.

    TX Owner Manual

    Section 45 - Service Engine

    Engine Warranty Maintenance Statement
    Avoid Fumes
    Engine Oil
    Checking Engine Oil Level
    Changing Engine Oil and Filter
    Cleaning Dust Unloading Valve
    Servicing Air Cleaner Element
    Checking Air Intake, Hoses and Clamps
    Checking Spark Plug
    Replacing Fuel Filter
    Adjusting Carburetor
    Cleaning Engine Compartment
    Cleaning Frame Screen
    Checking Spark Arrestor
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyM View Post
    Well, you are making it difficult not knowing where you are located. California has a different manual. But, here is for the rest of the US. They have the owner manuals online if you are interested and the detail all the maintenance procedures you need. Here is a link to the TX.

    TX Owner Manual

    Section 45 - Service Engine

    Engine Warranty Maintenance Statement
    Avoid Fumes
    Engine Oil
    Checking Engine Oil Level
    Changing Engine Oil and Filter
    Cleaning Dust Unloading Valve
    Servicing Air Cleaner Element
    Checking Air Intake, Hoses and Clamps
    Checking Spark Plug
    Replacing Fuel Filter
    Adjusting Carburetor
    Cleaning Engine Compartment
    Cleaning Frame Screen
    Checking Spark Arrestor

    Okay, I'm in New York. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zsiegel View Post
    Okay, this makes sense. What type of maintenance on the engine would I have to do if I bought a TX or something similar in size?
    The TX is a lot less $$ also.
    Not sure where in NY but you may want to consider a 4X4.

    Fits the HPX...
    http://www.muttonpower.com/p-10414-j...pfbpptjd1.aspx
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    Never had a newer electric Gator but my 1999 E-Gator had over 1000 hours when I got it and the only maintenance that it ever needed was to put in new batteries every few years and tires as needed. My place was quite hilly and I never had power issues (but did have traction limits when the bed was empty.) I made a trailer for it to hold more firewood in a single trip and had no issues up any of the hills. These are not fast machines but they are quiet and strong. My electric Gator was a 48 volt system like my wife's Club Car golf cart -- plenty of power for more than a day (or several) of chores...

    Here is a picture with the trailer that I made to match...
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    Are you planning to run a large plow like this one???
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    WOW Keith -- that blade in your link costs more than twice what I paid for my entire Gator...bought gthe E-Gator used of course.
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