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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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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

[h=3]Section 45 - Service Engine[/h]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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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

[h=3]Section 45 - Service Engine[/h]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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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...
Gator capacity times two.jpg Gator chores.jpg

Are you planning to run a large plow like this one???
gator v-plow.JPG

Chuck
 

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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...
View attachment 219698 View attachment 219706

Are you planning to run a large plow like this one???
View attachment 219714

Chuck
Wow! Looks great. I was actually thinking of putting some small plow on it, but based off of what other people are saying I think I'm better off not.
 

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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. :laugh:
Yeah, I saw that, BIG $$.
But the cost of an HPX and the plow blade is about what the Gator TE Electric costs.

Some how, all this time, I missed that your Gator was electric. :thumbup1gif:
 

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just saw this used HPX and blade locally... Just posting as a calibration of pricing in my area.

JOHN DEERE GATOR 4 X 4 with FRONT BLADE
boy, that seems like a good fair price, if it's not all beat up,:nunu:and not the whole way across the country from me:munch:my aunt paid over 9,000 grand for hers, over 3or 4 yrs ago, and it was used with around 300 hrs on it. so far only oil changes, and a set of plugs last summer. it's used and run every day on her 150 acres.
 
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