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Ever find yourself needing to operate your mower during inclement weather or bone-chilling wind? This attachment is the one for you. The John Deere Weather Enclosure for 100 and 200 series tractor-style mowers will help protect you from elements like wind, rain, snow, or air pollutants such as smoke.
Interested? Check out the link above to purchase the perfect enclosure for your collection. Also, be sure to keep reading to learn how to install your brand-new attachment.
In this kit:
- Vinyl enclosure pieces
- Frame pieces
- Instruction manual
What you’ll need:
- Allen wrench
- 13mm wrench
- 13mm socket
- 10mm socket
- 8mm socket
Front bracket and frame
You will be installing the front bracket of the weather enclosure into the CargO Mount System just above the dash of the mower. To access the underside of the System and secure the bracket once in place, simply lift the hood of the mower.
When mounting the bracket, place it so that the frame tubes are facing the front, as shown. Secure the bracket by running the medium-size bolts through the holes on each side of the bracket and the System on the mower. Follow this by tightening the washer and nuts onto the underside of the bolts with a ratchet and socket.
Now that the front bracket is secured, remove the rubber caps at the end of each frame tube and lower the mower hood back into place.
Front frame pieces
Connect frame pieces labeled B and C to the frame tubes located on the front bracket with their own mounting tubes, or “pegs,” facing inward, as shown.
Next, locate frame pieces I and J, with frame piece I being the bottom connecting piece and J being the top. Connect these to the pegs on the frame pieces B and C starting at the bottom (Tip: connect both I and J to the pegs on B before connecting to C to allow for easier attachment).
Now you’re ready to move to the rear of the mower.
Rear bracket and frame
When mounting your rear bracket to the CargO Mount System, pay attention to the tubes on each end and make sure the longer side is facing upwards, as shown. These need to be exposed on top to allow for proper attachment of the frame pieces.
Before placing the bracket on the frame, run two small washers onto both of the longer bolts and run those through the holes on the bracket. Place spacers on the bolts on the underside of the bracket and insert them into the large hole on the CargO Mount System. Once in place, reach underneath the mower frame and run the two larger washers and nuts onto the bolts. Tighten these by hand at first and finish using your 13mm wrench and socket as well as your ratchet.
Similar to the front frame pieces, your rear ones will be labeled F and G. These should be placed into the exposed frame tubes on the bracket so that the “pegs” are facing inward and the curved portion of each frame is at the bottom, as shown. Next, connect the frame piece labeled N to the pegs on the rear frame just like you did at the front of the enclosure frame.
Your five remaining frame pieces are labeled E, D, K, L, and M. These will be used to create the frame at the top of your enclosure. Connect K, L, and M to frame piece D and then connect E to the opposite end.
Once everything is put together, you’re now ready to put on your enclosure!
Fitting to the frame
Notice the red reflector patches on the fabric indicating the rear portion of the enclosure. When putting on your enclosure, start at the front and work your way to the back of the frame, pulling the fabric down over the edges as you go. Once in place and before zipping up the doors of the enclosure, stick the Velcro stripping tape included in the kit around the fuel tank opening for later use. Now you can zip up the doors, pull the enclosure down as tightly as possible, and move on to the next step.
Next, locate the clamps near the fender and the brake pedal. Before connecting the clamps to the fender, pull the brake pedal through the hole in the fabric, as shown, so that the pedal is on the inside of the enclosure. Once that’s done, adjust the straps for a tight fit and pull them down to hook onto the fender. Do this on both sides and at the rear of the mower as well. On the opposite side, you will not need to tuck the pedals away as they will already be inside the enclosure.
Before attaching the clamps at the rear of the mower, tuck and secure the vapor shield to the Velcro stripping put down earlier. This is an important step as the shield will prevent vapor from building up inside the enclosure while in use.
Once that’s tucked away, pull the clamps down to finish securing the enclosure (Tip: this stripping will require a 24-hour period before it is fully cured).
And that’s it—you’ve now successfully installed a weather enclosure on your John Deere mower!
If you have questions about any of the steps outlined above or are just more of a visual learner, head over and subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch our step-by-step video (also attached below)! Be sure to leave a comment with your questions to receive a personal reply from Brent himself, our resident YouTube John Deere expert.