What's a Subframe?

What's a Subframe?

How to Install Attachments With a Subframe

By  | Snow Blower Product Expert

Did you recently purchase a snow blower attachment for your lawn tractor?

Did you look through the instructions, but you're feeling a bit overwhelmed or confused?

Some tractors require extra hardware, but some snow blower attachments include the hardware that's necessary.

 

Where Does It Attach to the Tractor?

Snow Blower Tractor SubframeYou may be having difficulty finding a place on your lawn tractor that you can attach the snow blower to.

That could be because your particular model of tractor is missing a subframe.

A subframe isn't as bulky as it sounds. It's really just a fancy word for mounting hardware. While some makes and models of lawn tractors already feature subframes, not all do.

To be able to attach your snow blower, you'll need to first ensure your tractor has a secure subframe installed.

 

Does My Snow Blower Include a Subframe?

Cub Cadet Tractor Snow BlowerSome snow blower attachments come with a variety of subframes to fit a variety of lawn tractors. Some may not.

If you purchase a snow plow attachment that's made by the same manufacturer as your lawn tractor, you're likely to have everything you need for installation included.

 

Manufacturers That Are Generally Compatible

A company named American Yard Products manufactures the folllowing brands:

  • Husqvarna
  • Poulan
  • Craftsman
  • Sears
  • Roper
  • Yard Master
  • Jonsered

These brands will typically be compatible with one another, meaning that if you have a Husqvarna lawn tractor, and you buy a Jonsered snow blower attachment, they will come with any necessary hardware for installation.

Another company named MTD manufactures the following brands:

  • Cub Cadet
  • Yard-Man
  • Troy-Bilt
  • Yard Machines
  • Bolens

These brands are typically compatible with one another as well, so a tractor and a snow blower attachment from any of these manufacturers should include any necessary parts for installation.

This is a general statement, of course, so always make sure they're compatible before purchasing. Some models will vary, and not all will necessarily feature the necessary subframe or mounting hardware. Below is a chart that shows compatibility between snow blower attachments and lawn/garden tractors.

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