After selling my 91 Toyota with a 6.5' Fisher Speedcast years ago and now using a snow blower...it was time rethink a plow setup for the Jeep.
There were a couple requirements I imposed upon myself which were first and foremost I didn't want something that was permanently attached to the Jeep. Second a rig that wasn't as heavy as a Fisher or Meyer setup. Third I wanted it to be under $1000.
So after many months of searching and planning here's what I ended up with...
A UTV plow and mount assembly from Swisher. The universal mount attaches to the vehicle via a standard 2" receiver.
When I bought the XRC bumper I figured it was strong enough combined with the frame cross tube to support the plow. I purchased a truck bumper hitch mount and drilled four new hole to attach it. The two front bolts are secured to the bumper itself and the back two attach to the round frame cross member. I drilled and tapped the holes for 1/2" bolts and used washers to fill the gap.
The next issue was to adjust for the height of the lift on the Jeep. I ended up with a Reese adjustable drop hitch. I then bought a 6" receiver tube to weld to it to accept the Swisher mount assembly.
I cut the hole section of the hitch off and welded on the receiver tube with the mig. I have a LE180 and I used .035 core flux wire. I removed the paint from the area to be welded. I also used the grinder to bevel the edge of the flat hitch mount for a better weld. With the rounded edge of the receiver tube I made 3 passes to ensure the weld was solid.
This was inserted into the adjustable hitch held in place so I could drill and tap a couple holes to mount is securely. I also cut off the excess tube sticking above the vertical mount.
I drilled a new hole in the Swisher mount so I could insert it all the way into the receiver tube I welded on.
The blade has a solid angle spring loaded adjustment mechanism. It was designed to work with a pull cord which was included which might work well on a UTV, but pretty useless on the Jeep.
To control the height I just run the winch cable through the windshield hood loop and in the vent window on the drivers door.
I made a pair of blade masts from a couple fiberglass driveway markers from Home Depot so I can know where the ends of the blade are when on the ground.
So here's a summary costs:
6" Receiver Tube...$15
Fisher plow masts...$40
Swisher Link... Swisher Products : Products: UTV Accessories: UTV Plow