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Discussion in 'ATV / UTV Snow Removal' started by ZaK6870, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. ZaK6870

    ZaK6870 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Hey, im new to this forum (and plowing:waving:)
    So I bought a 2006 Suzuki Eiger 400 Manual. I bought a 54" steel eagle plow, also i had winch (2500 Warn) already installed.

    The plow and all mounting hardware (push tubes and mounting plate) is installed and hooked up to the winch.

    Is there anything else i should purchase to reduce stress on the atv/winch or aid in plowing?? Ive seen some people with these pulley systems, just wondering if these things are necessary? Tire chains? Sandbags on the back? Anything else? Lemme know!
    Thanks in advance!!
  2. irv

    irv Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    i run a bag of sand in back if the snow gets deep. i have chains available
    but hardly ever use them. i use a strap instead of winch line to raise the
    plow . lasts longer for me. hondas dont have a diff lock in the front,
    but if yours has it you can push a lot.--irv
  3. ZaK6870

    ZaK6870 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    alright thanks! ill probably get a bag or two. and where can you find the winch strap? is there a good website you would recommend? Thanks again!
  4. sublime68charge

    sublime68charge PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,067

    you can either due the strap for your winch or if you let off the winch before the push tubes bottom out on the atv you be fine.

    Tire Chains will improve your pushing traction 20-30% sand bags for weight will give you 10-20% in my thought's.

    Hot Grips and a thumb warmer are nice to have as well.

    due some reading on this site and you can learn alot.
  5. 30below

    30below Junior Member
    from Alaska
    Messages: 23

    I found a 15' boat winch strap at walmart made by attwood for around 15 bucks. Basically seems like seatbelt material. If you have access to any junkers with seatbelts still in them, I would scavenge and try that.

  6. ZaK6870

    ZaK6870 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Alright! Thanks guys! I'll check out the strap idea for sure and also get me some sand bags, can't wait to try out my new setup! Thanks again!
  7. ALC-GregH

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

    I used a thick yellow tow strap I bought at Walmart. I tried others and they broke the first day using them. A seatbelt will work but it will break eventually.
  8. perrysee

    perrysee Senior Member
    Messages: 121

    make sure you put a yellow flashing light on too ,here in wisconsin its the law ,will send pick of my set-up if yyou want Perry
  9. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    I bought Spacers to put on under the coil springs to help the sagging on the front when the blade is up

    IPLOWSNO PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,619

    i have 4 chains, heated grips,t/w and i put in 160# of concrete in the box,

    i used the chains once, glare ice pia to put on what was easier was using the blower to throw snow on the ground, it works try it sometime

    for years i went with out heated grips, i have had sleds my whole adult life so i knew better, i was putting it off because i hate electrical work ,, it isn't that hard to do for the pleasure of warm hands , before i would stop after so long and warm up now i just keep going, its the best 60 bucks you will spend imo,

    if you get deep snow lift your blade, make yourself some wiggling room and make smal piles here and there and then clean up when you get to where you can push the whole way without stopping.
  11. ALC-GregH

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

    I have a pair of Moose Racing handlebar covers. They work good enough to not need gloves when pushing. The downside is, when you DO need to grab something with no gloves on it's on the cold side. LOL I might consider the hand grip warmer but I haven't really needed them. These are the ones I have.
    The downside to these are that you constantly are putting your hands in and out of the warmers. Sometimes it gets to be a pain. Last year I didn't use them. I got by
    without them but had to wear gloves. I might go with grip warmers but will still need to wear gloves. It's a toss up.

    Last edited: Dec 17, 2011

    IPLOWSNO PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,619

    i use thin mechanics gloves and stay toasty warm
  13. Reb

    Reb Senior Member
    from Wyoming
    Messages: 136

    Sounds like you have all the basics in place so now just start plowing. Experience will let you know if you need something else to fit your conditions.