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Plow storage in the off-season

Discussion in 'ATV / UTV Snow Removal' started by matstang, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. matstang

    matstang Member
    Messages: 67

    Ok so I know the snow is coming soon, but I've finally been able to take a breath and focus on a few other things (life has been very hectic with a new baby!). I have a cycle country plow that I'd like to store by hanging it up close to the ceiling in the garage. I have a tall garage (12 feet), and I'd like to get this plow off the ground to maximize my space. Obviously I'd have to utilitize the rafters above so I'd be accessing the attic area above the garage. Any ideas? Anyone done it using the winch of the atv (at least just to get it up there...)?
  2. Calheavyrigger

    Calheavyrigger Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Just be aware that putting a concentrated load like that on the joists could cause a problem. Better choice is to put it outside.
  3. matstang

    matstang Member
    Messages: 67

    What problem could it cause? I've used these same joists to successfully and safely pull a 360 out of my old ford. I believe that weighs a bit more than my plow. I'm in the atv forum right? Even so I'm hoping to distribute the weight over several rafters. Guess I'm looking for anyone whose done it and got a system figured out on it!
  4. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,538

    Wheeler plows aren't very heavy, I've put more weight than a wheeler plow just in boxes full of stuff up in the rafters without issue.

    A simple pulley with a cable is all you need. You could use the winch on the ATV to pull it up, or just double up pulleys and pull it up by hand and tie the rope off to the wall.
  5. matstang

    matstang Member
    Messages: 67

    That sounds like what I'm looking for. I will have to do some experimenting to see what will work best. I will be sure to update/post back-hopefully with my successes!
  6. deicepro

    deicepro PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,124

    A chain hoist works great to get it up there and then tie it off....

    Messages: 36

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    Last edited: Oct 27, 2011
  8. gbtl

    gbtl Member
    Messages: 58

    just secure it very good. falling from 12 feet would harm/kill someone.
  9. outdoorfan

    outdoorfan Member
    Messages: 30

    Just saw this thread. I use a 4x4x"whatever length is necessary" across four of those rafters to distribute the heavy loads better (ie...pulling an engine, etc). I would never rely on just one to pull a 360, but that's just me.

    Forgot to add that I then use a well secured eye bolt through that 4x4, which then does the hoisting.
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2011