Originally Posted by Forman500Rubicon
I never had trouble pushing 20+ inches of snow with my old 350 and a 48” plow And never added weight to the rear; but I know I would have with a bigger plow. Putting a 60” plow on a 350 will also add much more weight to the front making the rear lift. With a 60” plow I would recommend a larger winch also like a 3500. A 2500 will be fine most of the time but my 2500 on my Rubicon struggles a little when there is a lot of wet heavy snow but the the 3500 on my Kodiak has no problems.
OK please take this as info and not a bash or ??
but you do NOT need a 3500 lb winch to lift a plow blade, odds are a 500 lbs winch will lift it with any snow , as your NOT getting enough weight on a BLADE no matter how wet the snow is, plow blades really don;'t hold much snow. a larger winch will just draw more power and run a battery down more and tax your charging system
Now a 60 inch blade will add more weight to front end when traveling with blade UP, but the amount of weight savings from a 50 to a 60 inch blade is NOT that much, MAYBE 5-10 lbs difference if that?
so your splitting hairs , and again MOST atv's benefit from better shocks when you add a plow, to handle all the new added weight!
just s aa pickup truck will, to handle plow weight better!
ALL the more so when its a full front mount plow set up over a mid mount set yup(mid mounts help displace weight better by being under the middle of the atv as a fulcrum point, so less weight is actually on the front end at times, where a front mount , its ALL On the front end!
a 54-55 inch blade might be the more perfect size, but there harder to find and less selection of them IMO
I plow a lot, a few hundred miles a yr on my atv!
and many more with trucks, tractors, backhoes and skid steers
ATV will plow a lot more than most folks think they will!