Wanted to modify my snow plow from my ridding mower to fit the Prairie 360. The plow mount got partly crushed in storage in the yard a few winters ago, so it hadn’t been used, and couldn’t be used anyway… No loss to cut up what was left of the mounting.
But I wanted an easy, fat quick disconnect from the ATV, that also didn’t reduce my ground clearance like most factory mounts do.
Good time to build the front receiver hitch that I’d thought would be handy anyway!
5 evenings work, 4 or 5 hours each, and two designs later;
Bought a couple more U bolts than what I had (and the 2 U bolts were all I had to buy, the rest was already on hand!) And mounted;
The plate is welded at an angle to the receiver tube, and sits flat on the frame tubes, which the u bolts go around. The tube is also butted against a frame cross bar at its rear, with a tab at the top sitting on the frame cross bar. The front also bolts through a cross bar of the bumper.
Thus inward push is directly on the frame in two areas, and it’s protected from twisting up and down, and side to side. It’s terribly over built, 1/8″ and 1/4″ thick plates and tube… Heavier than most truck hitch mounts.
And, recessed in the stock front skid plate;
The plow mount uses a inner receiver piece, welded to the mount plate for the plow, which then bolts as it did with the tractor, to the plow pivot plate, which the plow angle bracket, and plow itself pins to. Before, the plate and pivot would stay on the tractor, and you understand pin it at the vertical joint.
I have it so that stays pinned, and the rear half of the mount will just pull from the 2″ receiver.
One bonus I gain on this setup, is the plow mount plate receiver piece, is bolted to the plow plate… I can make anything I want to mount to that plate, just match the bolt pattern. Gives a send level of interchangeable mounts if I need it.
I still need to add a vertical “tower” just in front of the vertical pivot, run up higher than the winch, with a pulley for the cable, to be the angle of lift force correct, and minimize winch strain.
But it works pretty good! It’s a little light on the plow, I’ll be adding a heavier cutting edge for durability and added weight (4′ of 1/8″x4″ steel plate).
The power angle system I’m building for it will also add some weight, should dig in nice with that on it. (More details on that later! ☺)
As a side note, since it does look like a light setup, especially for our winters; I don’t figure to so all my plowing with it.
I have a 3/4 ton truck and two heavy duty plows for my yard, driveway, and our road if needed. But I also have areas around the yard, garage, etc that the truck doesn’t fit into, or where I can’t get it at an angle to push away from the buildings etc. The ATV on the other hand will maneuver these areas.
I plan to do those hard areas with the ATV, then in between big snowfalls where I’ll use the truck, I can maintain the walkways, and parking areas etc with the ATV. It’ll be easier for the light 3″ or 4″ max. snowfalls. 😎