You may not be thinking about winter or clearing snow in July, however sometimes this is when the best deals can be found for snow blowers and snow throwers. The John Deere 1338PE Snow Thrower has lots of features that will interest many suburban and commercial snow clearing companies.
With 38 inches of clearing width and a 342 cc engine, you can be sure to make short work of most snow clearing situations. It comes with a 4 quart fuel tank that will keep you going for long periods without having to stop for fuel filling. The augers are made of steel and 14 inches in diameter that will cut through tough snow and ice.
Some of the other features that many consumers will appreciate include such things as free hand control for easy operation of controls; Quick Turn drive system; single trigger locks one wheel while other turns; dual halogen headlights for better ergonomics and visibility; heated hand grips standard (2 positions); and it also includes a tool box and clear out brush. For a full list of features refer to our specification list and feature list.
- Powerful 4-cycle OHV Briggs & Stratton Professional Series Engine (342cc) with 16.50 ft.lbs gross torque power, includes throttle control, flexible oil drain, and platinum spark plug
- 4 quart fuel tank
- 38-inch clearing width
- 14″ Steel auger with serrated flighting
- 16″ x 6.5″ X-Trac Tires
Engine: This John Deere 1338PE Snow Thrower comes with a powerful 4-cycle OHV Briggs & Stratton Professional Series Engine (342cc) with 16.50 ft.lbs gross torque power, includes throttle control, flexible oil drain, and platinum spark plug
Transmission: This John Deere 1338PE Snow Thrower has a friction disk drive with 6 Fwd/2 Rev speeds
Warranty: This John Deere 1338PE Snow Thrower has a 2-year consumer warranty, 1-year commercial warranty
- Extra Large Steel chute opening for increased snow capacity
- 0W30 Synthetic oil added to engine at factory
- Push button 110V electric start standard, cord included
- Fresh Start® fuel cap standard to help with stale gas
- Free hand control for easy operation of controls
- Quick Turn drive system; single trigger locks one wheel while other turns
- NEW! Deluxe console with dual halogen headlights for better ergonomics and visibility
- Dash-mounted electric chute rotation control (200-degree radius)
- Remote chute deflector control
- Heated hand grips standard (2 positions)
- Aluminized Super Lo-Tone muffler for reduced noise
- Friction disk drive with 6 Fwd/2 Rev speeds
- Cast iron, heavy duty gear case
- Heavy duty, reinforced frame and auger housing
- Heavy Duty, heat-treated skid shoes
- Drift cutters standard
- Includes tool box and clear out brush
- Fuel shut off on engine
- This product is CARB compliant
Most customers will have to arrange for delivery of their new snow blowers. They are far too big to take home in your car, so you will need a trailer, rent a van or arrange for delivery by the store that you are purchasing the snow blower from. There will be a charge for this service, but it will be the easiest way to arrange for your new snow blower to be delivered to your home. Some stores will rent their vans/trucks to you for a very low price for 2 hours for you to take your purchases home. Lowes and Home Depot do this as well as others.
Most snow blowers can be purchased with tire chains to provide extra traction in icy situations. In addition, snow shields are also a good idea if you want to protect yourself from windy conditions and snow being blown back at you from the wind.
Safety & Operation
A snow blower is a powerful machine and should be treated with safety in mind. Carefully read all of the safety guidelines in the manual prior to operating the machine for the first time and follow these guidelines to ensure that both you and the machine do not have an accident.
Prior to starting your snow blower the first time each day, perform a quick walk around check of the machine to ensure there are no loose parts and no leaking fluids. Check the engine oil to ensure that it is at the correct level as specified by the manual. Top up if necessary. Fill the fuel tank while the engine is cold and prior to using the machine. If you do spill fuel, wait until it has fully evaporated prior to starting the engine. Never spill fuel on a hot engine to avoid fires and always fill the fuel tank outdoors to avoid any possibility of vapors going into your house.
Finally never point the chute in the direction of people, buildings or cars to avoid any possible damage and accidents. Sometimes chunks of ice can be thrown at high speed from the chute and if they hit something, it can cause a lot of damage.
Never work on your snow blower with the engine running – this seems like an obvious thing but people still do it and are hurt, sometimes badly, every year. Always turn it off before you do any maintenance, add fuel, check the oil, fix the chains on the tires, or clear the augers of snow.
Clearing Snow from the Augers – this is were lots of people are hurt every year. Before you try to clear snow that is plugging the augers, shut the engine off to avoid sudden turning of the augers or the impeller which could cause lots of damage to fingers, hands and arms.
Use Snow Clearing Tool – This is the really important part. You have plugged the augers with snow, you have shut the machine off and now you are trying to clear the snow away. Never place your hands inside the augers to get at the snow. Use a broom handle if you have an old machine, or the snow clearing tool that came with your newer machine to clear the snow. You can also purchase these tools from most stores as an extra if you break yours or if you have an older machine which does not have one. This is the safe way to clear snow from around the augers and the impeller.
Sometimes the snow is so compacted, that as you clear it away, it allows the augers to turn as a result of built up tension in the pulley mechanism. Better to have a broom handle stuck in there than your hands!
Most new snow blowers come with a snow clearing tool which you can use for this purpose. Always use this tool and never use your hands. If you have an older machine, an old broom handle will do the trick as well.
John Deere 1338PE Snow Thrower – Maintenance
Like all snow blowers or snow throwers, maintenance is important for your machine to operate at a peak level for many years. Change the engine oil regularly, check the belts for tightness, change the spark plug as required and grease any spots outlined in the manual. If you need to leave the snow blower outside all year round, cover the machine with a proper cover to keep it looking new and avoid deterioration of the tires and metal components.