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I got a 54" front blade & hitch for my X739 two weeks ago. After getting the blade,I started looking for how to put weigh on the rear of the tractor.

I looked into the Click N Go weight box or weight bracket. The cost of those was around $400 for the weight box & brackets. The cost of the weight bracket & click n go brackets was around $300.

Someone on Ebay is making & selling a rear weight bracket for the X700 series. The cost for the bracket including delivery was about $175.
I had decided to get this one.

This morning & ordered a lock out valve & was getting ready to order the weight bracket, when I remembered that that I still had a front weight bracket that I used on a JD 2720.

After about a hours work, the bracket was mounted on the tractor. I need to get it painted & it will be ready to go.
 

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At least you found something to save money. I ended up buying the click-n-go bracket with six weights last year. I wish I would of waited because I didn't really needed the weights for my x738 last winter since it didn't really snow that much. It got me thinking if I do not need the extra weight since the tractor is 4x4. I guess I rather have them if I ever get a lot of snow just to be safe.
Another thing you might consider getting is blade extensions. If the 54" blade is angled to much then the snow won't clear the rear tires. If your plowing deep snow it will make it harder to plow.
The cheapest John Deere extension I found is here.

https://www.greenpartstore.com/John-Deere-Plow-Wings-Snow-Blade-Extension-Kit-LP53767.html
 

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What I didn't like about the click n go is that it only holds 6 weights. So, I went with the 3PH omni hitch. It holds 8 weights and a bunch of other stuff at the same time. I use (need) all 8 weights for best snow plowing performance.

I bought the click n go and weight bracket, but have yet to use them. I just opt for 3PH stuff instead. The click n go does fit up much tighter to the tractor, though. I may use it if I ever spring for a leaf bagger just to get as small a footprint as I can.

Glad I sprung for the 3ph. So, so versatile.
 

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At least you found something to save money. I ended up buying the click-n-go bracket with six weights last year. I wish I would of waited because I didn't really needed the weights for my x738 last winter since it didn't really snow that much. It got me thinking if I do not need the extra weight since the tractor is 4x4. I guess I rather have them if I ever get a lot of snow just to be safe.
Another thing you might consider getting is blade extensions. If the 54" blade is angled to much then the snow won't clear the rear tires. If your plowing deep snow it will make it harder to plow.
The cheapest John Deere extension I found is here.

https://www.greenpartstore.com/John-Deere-Plow-Wings-Snow-Blade-Extension-Kit-LP53767.html
I have to have the rear weight. Our main drive is paved & also has a steep slope up on each end. A little snow makes the drive very slippery.

I also have a 54" blade that I extended to 72". I have used it in the past on a 1026R & my 2025R. I had considered just getting a new quick hitch & using the 72" blade on the X739. Considering the slopes on the drive, I was not sure how the X739 would handle the the 72" blade going up the slopes. In the end, I found a used quick hitch & 54" blade for less than the cost of a new quick hitch.Now I have both as an option.
 

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What I didn't like about the click n go is that it only holds 6 weights. So, I went with the 3PH omni hitch. It holds 8 weights and a bunch of other stuff at the same time. I use (need) all 8 weights for best snow plowing performance.

I bought the click n go and weight bracket, but have yet to use them. I just opt for 3PH stuff instead. The click n go does fit up much tighter to the tractor, though. I may use it if I ever spring for a leaf bagger just to get as small a footprint as I can.

Glad I sprung for the 3ph. So, so versatile.
I have 70 lb weights, so I can add plenty of weight. my SIL has a X729 with a 3 point hitch. If I did not also have a 2025R, I would have a 3 point on the X739.

The guy I got the blade & hitch from had a X475 with the Click N go bagger. It looked like a nice setup.
 

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Just because you can get buy it's no reason not to have proper ballast.
 

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At least you found something to save money. I ended up buying the click-n-go bracket with six weights last year. I wish I would of waited because I didn't really needed the weights for my x738 last winter since it didn't really snow that much. It got me thinking if I do not need the extra weight since the tractor is 4x4. I guess I rather have them if I ever get a lot of snow just to be safe.
Another thing you might consider getting is blade extensions. If the 54" blade is angled to much then the snow won't clear the rear tires. If your plowing deep snow it will make it harder to plow.
The cheapest John Deere extension I found is here.

https://www.greenpartstore.com/John-Deere-Plow-Wings-Snow-Blade-Extension-Kit-LP53767.html
I had been plowing for years with no weights and no chains with my X585. It has the manual 4wd lever and I just lock it in as soon as I pull out of the shop. I would get stuck once maybe twice a year. Typically it would be early in the season on the first heavy snow where I would push the snow too far from the end of the driveway into the ditch when clearing an area for the trash cans and the front wheels sink down. Even with the diff lock I wouldn't be able to get out. Get the truck and a driver to pull me back a foot and I was back at it. A couple years ago when I got the FEL I ended up filling the tires with -20 washer fluid. That next winter I really noticed a difference. I found I used 4WD less. Some times forgetting to lock it in. Later when I bought he Z950R it came with 6 suitcase weights so I hang them off my 3pt on the Heavy Hitch in the winter since the ZTrack is parked that time of year. Now I use 4WD as my safety to get me out of the ditch and haven't been stuck in a few years. I know many of these newer machines have AWD but I actually do prefer the manual 4WD in the snow for this reason. There is a draw back though and a risk of too much weight. One thing I have noticed, when adding the suitcase weights, I can't put as much down pressure on the blade when scraping. That makes sense because of all the weight hanging off the 3pt hitch. It isn't that big of a deal since I have a quick hitch on the 3pt and the Heavy Hitch cart and casters. If I am going out to scrape, I just drop the Heavy Hitch with the weights on it, go do my scraping and then come back and pick it back up. Also using the 3pt hitch shifts the weight back pretty far. This creates more leverage which is good but more overhang so I have to back drag further from the garage doors and then make sure I don't back into them. The Click and Go would be nice because the weight tucks in closer to the machine. They didn't have that system back in 02 though.
 

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Did you get your blade used? They come new with the lockout valve. I just installed one today on a X758. If you take the knob off it will be 100 times easier to install and won't hit the frame when you are trying to thread it in.
 

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Did you get your blade used? They come new with the lockout valve. I just installed one today on a X758. If you take the knob off it will be 100 times easier to install and won't hit the frame when you are trying to thread it in.
Yes I bought the blade used. The lockout valve is still on the X475 that my blade & hitch came from.
The valve I ordered is a quarter turn valve. The directions show to remove the handle before installing.
 
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