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I am starting to look for a snow plow for my 500. I would like to get some input to what type of plow i should get. Should i get a manual lift, one with a Actuator lift, or get a winch and use that. thanks for any input.
 

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get a winch. then in the summer you have a winch to use. this is what I use.
 

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I was happy with the manual lift,it was a 48 inch Cycle Country plow.If it snows alot,you have to plow several times,don't think you can push a foot of snow because it will roll over the top of the plow.
 

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so far i have killed 2 cycle country plows ...but,I use mine for commercial plowing in the winter doing sidewalks at a shopping center.My good shocks come off and the stockers go back on for that.right now i'm using a plow from Tusk (rockymountainatv.com) this is by far the most durable plow that i have seen yet for an atv and the price is really good too.I do not recomend using the winch to lift the plow as it can burn up contactors that aren't cheap and it will in one season brake your wich cable from the repeated high angle of pull.The manual lift works great when it's adjusted right and it's easy to lift the plow,just back up a foot before lifting the plow to remove the weight of the snow and there is no problem lifting it up.I do keep a winch on my atv as a backup as i have broken plow lift linkages and the usual stuff from using a plow for what it's not made to do.The cutting edges don't last long on concrete but if your only doing a driveway it's no big deal and it should last you a while.The tusk plow mount is a true quik release that you DO NOT have to get on the ground to attach it like the cycle country with the 2 clevis pins.it uses 5/8" pins and the plow frame has a hook shape to it and 2 spring loaded levers that u just swing over the pins after you drive the atv over it then just lift the handle a little bit to hook them then lean down and lock the latches it's pretty simple.the main mount plate also doubles as a steel skid plate when the plow pin mount is removed which takes less than a minute and it has no tabs or ears to bend.just my 2 cents on this matter as i have over 250 miles plowing with it each winter so i get my time in with using the plow and finding whatever weak spots they have.
 

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Moose all the way. Big, Heavy, easy to repair should a problem arise. I too use mine commercially.

I took off the bottom wear bar and cut a piece of rubber from a conveyor belt (approx 1/2" thick) and sandwiched it between the plow and bar. Really clears off all the way to the concrete!!!!! Acts like a broom for the 1/4" or so left under the plow at normal ride height.
 

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i had a cycle county on my suzuki and it did the got quite well and was very strong unlike the warn plows i do not like the construction of them at all i used a winch for my lift and the cabal held up alrite just dont spool it in too much or you will snap off the hook
 

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took off the bottom wear bar and cut a piece of rubber from a conveyor belt (approx 1/2" thick) and sandwiched it between the plow and bar. Really clears off all the way to the concrete
I did that but the property management group said no way as it wouldn't break the ice off so i made a new cutting edge out of Hardox AR500 and it rocks.your idea is great because they almost never wear out.
 

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Moose plow and use your winch to lift and lower it, thats what I use for my driveway and it works great!
 

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I think that an actuator retails for around $200. A winch is $350 give or take a few dollars and you could use the winch for lifting the plow and you could also use it for self recovery. I just went ahead with the winch and that was the best choice I have ever made for plowing.
 

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the actuators are excellent but they are expensive,but that's what they are made for.excessive use of the winch will snap the cable unless synthetic rope is used,you also risk burning up the contactor which aint cheap.they are easy to lift by hand it only takes 2 fingers to pick up the plow when it's adjusted properly.
 

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just noticed i said cycle county i ment county plow or something like that either way its a nicee plow
 

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took off the bottom wear bar and cut a piece of rubber from a conveyor belt (approx 1/2" thick) and sandwiched it between the plow and bar. Really clears off all the way to the concrete
I did that but the property management group said no way as it wouldn't break the ice off so i made a new cutting edge out of Hardox AR500 and it rocks.your idea is great because they almost never wear out.[/quote]

For ice build-up, I angle the blade a little more so the rubber barely makes contact with the pavement. Haven't seen anything yet (only 1 season so far) that I couldn't get cleared.
 

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Also plow shopping

Hi, I'm looking for a plow now too. The honda dealer says they can get me the whole setup with a 50" plow and manual lift for $540. I'm also going to check gander mountain, they said they sell Eagle brand plows or something... How much in total do you typically spend on a plow setup? I think I can get something cheaper at Gander, but I don't know much about the brand they sell, Moose is proven. Any input is appreciated.
 

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After some research

After looking around I've come to the following choice. I can get setup with a Moose Plow from the local dealer for 540. Or I can get this <a href="http://www.motoxoutlet.com/index.asp?Pa" target="_blank">http://www.motoxoutlet.com/index.asp?Pa ... ProdID=224</a>
setup with a cycle country plow for 450 after shipping. Is there any special advantage to the moose plow?

Update: I got a moose 55" with the EZ Lift for 500+ tax. And they charged me for a 60" so it'll probably end up being a little bit less. Good deal from the honda dealer!
 

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I purchased an American Eagle 60" straight blade in Sept. Its the orig. design for the Tusk. My friends have the Moose 50" they work good but hard to mount and have bolts that hang down and catch on things. The Eagle/Tusk have a steel skid plate with a second slip mount that can be removed in 1 min so no hang ups when having fun. My personal exp, the Eagle is built heavier and easier to attach than others. Only set me back 310.00 to the door from psep.biz Took about 1 hr to mount. Now if it would only snow.
 

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I dont think anyone has mentioned it yet, but have you looked at black line plows? They are supposed to be really good. www.blackline.us
 

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More Snow Plow Questions

Hi all, I am new to the site and also new to snow. I live in York PA and we just got some serious snow (to me anyway). I have a very nice snow blower/thrower but does not scrap like the plows do. I have read alot of the plow entries and forgive me if I missed an answer but I still have some questions particuly for Truckman.
*I have seen the Tusk plows, do you have a city slicker plow or the Dozer?
*Also snow is one thing, but when it comes to the ice that can form later, will these plows scrap the ice?
* Are they strong enough?
*If you are moving and hit something and come to a quick painfull stop, is it going to tweek your ATV frame?
*Lastly, I see a company called Swisher, they offer a plow with a set up that hooks to the rear tow ball hitch, is this stronger? better?

Any answers would be helpfull. Thanks
 

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moose all the way. they are a very strong construction and can really push the snow. I have a 450 with a 55" moose plow and I plowed through 9" snow and 12" banks with no problems. Take a look at the cycle country ones and the moose ones in person and you'll be able to see the difference. Also about hitting something, they have springs so it will not damage your frame.
 
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