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Anyone use a warn provantage plow lift?

Discussion in 'ATV / UTV Snow Removal' started by RugerRedhawk, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. RugerRedhawk

    RugerRedhawk Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    I have been using a moose 'ez lift' manual lift for the past few years. I am getting sick of it. Depending on how it's adjusted you have to either put in force to lock it down, or put in force to pull it up. Only one direction is assisted by the spring so it's kind of pointless really. I think a regular manual lift would have been better.

    Anyway, I have a 98 Honda Foreman 450ES. The strain on the battery is pretty significant when plowing as it is because of all the shifting R > N > 1 > 2 > 1 > N > R over and over and over especially with the lights on. I think adding a winch would kill the battery in no time and I'd be stuck unable to shift. So the looks of the low draw provantage lift was alluring. Only problem I see with it (other than the cost) is that I think it might be frustratingly slow to use. So I'm looking for some feedback if anyone has used or even tried one of these things before. If I had a different wheeler I would just put a winch on and forget it, but I know this setup won't keep up especially when doing short little pushes widening the driveway push after push.
     
  2. techteacher

    techteacher Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    My 2004 Honda rancher has a winch lift and running 17 plus hours on driveways and sidewalks the winch doesn't ever run the battery down. Some times I have to pull start it if I don't run it after plowing but that is it.
     
  3. RugerRedhawk

    RugerRedhawk Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Does the rancher have electronic shift? I know mine won't keep up with the shifting and winching. Maybe they improved over 6 years though. If I don't keep a battery tender on the wheeler when not in use I can't shift with the lights on. Maybe it'd be fine, but I know I'd be pushing my luck. I just plow a couple driveways then park it.
     
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2011
  4. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,132

    You could rig up a auxiliary battery. It wouldn't be that hard to do. There was talk about it in another thread.
     
  5. RugerRedhawk

    RugerRedhawk Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Yeah, looked into it briefly. I see warn sells a kit for doing this, but not sure if that's necessary. It's $200 so I would just keep lifting my plow if it came to that. I thought about just mounting a big deep cycle marine battery and using that instead of the dinky ATV battery. Wasn't sure if it was safe.
     
  6. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,132

    If you're not willing to spend $200 then you might have to keep lifting it manually.
     
  7. RugerRedhawk

    RugerRedhawk Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Well It's not just the $200. It's the fact that it would be $200 + $50 for a battery + $135 for about the cheapest winch/mount available. So that's $400. Getting a little out of control for what I need. I see the advantages of the warn aux kit, but not sure it's really necessary if you run the batteries in parallel.