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Downforce needed

Discussion in 'ATV / UTV Snow Removal' started by tbirdage, Dec 24, 2010.

  1. tbirdage

    tbirdage Junior Member
    from WV
    Messages: 3

    Hey guys, I'm the new guy around here but have visited several times and seen lots of interesting pics and threads.

    Anyway, a few weeks ago I did some trading with a friend and I got a new still in the box, 48" Craftsman lawn tractor snow blade. My intention was to sell it and get a 60" pushtube Eagle but no calls on the tractor plow. So I decided to check my fabrication skills and I made it fit my 700 Polaris. The plow seems to do okay but is definitely not built to put in front of that 700. it's not heavy enough to stay on the ground and it only has one trip spring and stays tripped most of the time. I'd like to add some weight to it and stiffen the spring. Any suggestions?
     
  2. hghgrad

    hghgrad Member
    from MI
    Messages: 69

    I tightened the spring all the way down on my tractor blade. I also welded a bar on it that allowed me to stack weights on it. It worked well.

    This year, I put a lift strut from one of my old jeeps on.
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    Works well, but my cheap winch has a hell of a time lifting it :).
     
  3. tbirdage

    tbirdage Junior Member
    from WV
    Messages: 3

    Great idea with the strut. I just threw two of those out last month from a Ford hood that I wrecked and replaced. I'll get some pics posted soon of my rig.
     
  4. Reb

    Reb Senior Member
    from Wyoming
    Messages: 136

    Cycle Country offers a downforce kit that shouldn't take to much to adapt to your plow. I have one and it works well.

    You can also just add a second trip spring.
     
  5. IPLOWSNO

    IPLOWSNO PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,620

    ive used steel barbell weights before too heavy take some off
     
  6. ScubaSteve728

    ScubaSteve728 Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    Use a automotive shock absorber attached to the plow and front end and it will add down pressure
     
  7. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Blade geometry is critical. if the mounting point is to high it will trip constantly.
     
  8. perrysee

    perrysee Senior Member
    Messages: 121

    i welded a rod on both sides to add weights for more down pressure.
     
  9. blazer2plower

    blazer2plower Senior Member
    Messages: 544

    All good ideas. Look a linear actuator. If you get a good one you will have 100-200# of down pressure.eagle has a down pressure kit. Don't know how much
     
  10. bullseye

    bullseye Member
    Messages: 57


    Thats a very good idea !!! Thumbs Up
    I put a small platform on the top of where the trip-springs mount to put a sand-bag or two !! AND I have tightened my trip-springs pretty good (not crazy tight) but enough to stop it from fliping over all the time !!