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Old 11-29-2010, 03:48 PM   #1
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Affordable Personal Plow Setup

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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I drilled a new hole in the Swisher mount so I could insert it all the way into the receiver tube I welded on.

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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:
Plow Blade...$377
Universal Mount...$189
Adjustable Hitch...$70
6" Receiver Tube...$15
Misc Hardware...$5
Fisher plow masts...$40
TOTAL...$696

Swisher Link... Swisher Products : Products: UTV Accessories: UTV Plow

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that looks awsome but is it tough enough to hold up cause i wanna plow driveways for my friends buisness, do you think it would hold up ?
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That's a nice price, considering you bought everything new too

Wonder how much used stuff would be? 200$ :P

Nice build.
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that looks awsome but is it tough enough to hold up cause i wanna plow driveways for my friends buisness, do you think it would hold up ?
If you're doing it as a business then you really want to go with a Fisher or Meyer setup. Mainly for the power angle but it will also be a heavier duty setup. This is something I wanted just for my 200' driveway and shop yard. I didn't feel like dropping a couple grand on a used setup and have something that was permanently attached to the Jeep.

For the money I was pretty impressed with the quality and ruggedness.
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That's a nice price, considering you bought everything new too

Wonder how much used stuff would be? 200$ :P

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Tried looking but couldn't find it used. I did see some smaller 50" blades but that would have been too small and I didn't feel like trying to shape extension wings and then welding then on. For me this was a good compromise.
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Should be great for your driveway...let us know how it handles the heavy stuff...
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Should be great for your driveway...let us know how it handles the heavy stuff...
Even when I had my Fisher I would always go out when there was around 6" of snow. It's a lot easier to keep up with it than be fighting 12+ inches of the stuff. When you're in a warm vehicle it doesn't matter haw many times you have to go out!!
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Well living in MA too and having a failry long driveway and area in front of my shop as well, I gotta know... howd the plow setup hold up? Especially with the winter we had up here. My God.... glad its spring time.
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never having lived any where that has snow and knowing nothing about plows, all i can say is that is sweet looking
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never having lived any where that has snow and knowing nothing about plows, all i can say is that is sweet looking
Well I guess I should have updated this post. During the second snow storm we had, good ol' mother nature dropped a foot of the nice wet heavy stuff...I ended up bending the mount and the bumper. I went out to angle the plow and thought something looked funny. I should have known better than trying to pile that thus up. It was just too damn heavy! So after straightening things out I decided to come up with a better solution.

Basically I copied a Meyer Frame setup. I found an installation manual online and used it as a guide. I used some white aluminum house trim to make my templates and mock thing up.

Here I was bending the main frame support bracket. I bought a 20 Ton Press from Harbor Freight and welded up a brake to bend metal.
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He's my son holding the finished product.
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Support brackets from lower plow mount to frame.
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I had to make these special "L" frame bolts that are used in the existing frame holes. The welded arm prevents it from turning when inserted into the frame.
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Cross member that plow mounts to. I welded the 2" receiver I had and gusseted it to strengthen it. Here's the final product with the plow attached. I used a temporary bar I had laying around. The factory one was in the garage.
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It's a MUCH stronger setup!

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