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Mounting a plow on my toro

Discussion in 'ATV / UTV Snow Removal' started by birddseedd, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    I plan on mounting a plow on my toro mower. Meyer builds plows for the 2010 model toro/exmark mowers. mine is a 2k2 so i will have to custom build it with an atv/utility vehicle plow.

    meyer does it by removing the deck and and mounting it to the deck mount points. I'm thinking of leaving the deck on and using the caster wheel arms and u-bolts to attach a mount as i'v seen done before.

    what do you think. any other ideas?
     
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Zero turn mowers don't fair too well with a plow.

    Almost better off trying to find an old lawn tractor with a plow already on it, or fit one too it.

    If it's your only mower for the summer, I also wouldn't take the chance on tearing it up leaving you with expensive repairs in the spring.


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  3. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    you think this would be a better option?

    http://grandrapids.craigslist.org/for/4103643585.html

    sure would be a cheaper option

    also. do you think the small tires on a lawn tractor will be able to get a good enough grip? i don't really want to use chains and take chunks out of my customers nice pavement
     
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  4. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    Well. I picked up that mower. even came with weight for the mower. I don't know if the battery charges, but if not it should not be a hard fix. the engine runs like brand new and gears seem perfect.

    only paid 150 with gas to get it, plow and all.

    my only worry is traction. any advice?
     
  5. CashinH&P

    CashinH&P Senior Member
    Messages: 448

    tire chains
     
  6. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    Won't they take chips out of the pavement?
     
  7. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,532

    stUd the tires
     
  8. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Seriously doubt it. Not enough weight over-all.



    You could do that too.



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  9. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    96 bucks for parts for this dumb thing.....
     
  10. rjigto4oje

    rjigto4oje PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,295

    Put a fat guy on it just kidding add weight in the rear
     
  11. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    As opposed to 10k on mounting a plow to your zero turn, only assuming the parts you would replace after using it for a season.


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  12. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    it came with about 40 lbs that go on the back wheels. thats not much tho
     
  13. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    you know meyer builds plows for 2010 + model toro mowers right?
     
  14. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    I understand that, but I was mostly pointing out the economics of it.

    With the abuse of snow plowing and salt damage from dragging it down the road on a trailer, you would put more money and repairs on a mower in the life of the mower.

    I think you did good finding an old lawn tractor with a plow on it already. Though I don't know if I would of went with an MTD, it's still a lot less than abusing a zero turn. Even if you kill the craftman, you still can buy at least 2 more of those in the future, and still have less money in the lawn tractors in the long run over using your zero turn.



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  15. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    will probably spend less money yes. but the zero will perform much better, and in doing so give quality service, and will inherently cause my business to grow. Which inevitably will produce more net profit.

    i do not mind buying more equipment if that equipment is making me money.

    at the same time. i'v got less than 300 in this mower, a blade for my zero will be 600 alone not including making of a mount.
     
  16. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    I do a complex and The guy cleans the walks runs a ZTR and out cleans his 4x4 ATV His has leg pressure on the blade. Its amazing how well it gets around. Its faster then a ATV you turn it around on a walk with out getting off of it
    I 'll have to look I shot a small video of him cleaning parking spots out
     
  17. framer1901

    framer1901 Senior Member
    Messages: 813

    Zero turns don't fair well in the snow?

    Been there done that and they will out work two atv's easily. The wear and tear isn't really there - just control the moisture.

    We even ran a salt spreader on ours.

    Now I'm thinking that we'll do it again with hydro lift added this year.
     
  18. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    do you have any pics of the setup?
     
  19. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
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    I'll have to up load video from my Business Computer at shop tomorrow I had a video of it on my old lap top it crash lost all photos and videos
     
  20. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    there are ways it can be recovered if you have the hard drive