Cat, I was disappointed that Blizzard's video didn't show how to hitch the plow too. Maybe this will help.
I'll start with the truck frame. The tapered ears guide the plow into place when you drive up to it. The load bearing point for the hoist is under the zs on the cross tube. To remove the light tower for summer use (and most of this season), just unplug the lights, remove the bolts I highlighted and lift the tower out of its retainer.
This is looking down on the plow A frame. To hitch the plow, you drive up to it and flip a switch in the cab that activates the Power Hitch Toggle. Then pull the hitch A frame Latch Pin to allow the A Frame Latch to catch the Spring Mount Pin. Plug in the harness and flip the toggle to activate the Drawlatch. The draw latch will cinch the plow to the truck and then you insert the two hitch pins. Next return the A Frame Latch to its upper position and latch its pin. Raise the plow (with the toggle) and raise the kickstand. Go back to the cab and you're ready to plow. A lot of steps, but it takes about a minute and the plow does the work.
Between the center two springs on the last photo you'll see two pins, these secure the pistons that extend the wings. I haven't tried it yet, but I think you pull these pins and the the wings can be removed from their tracks. You can raise the plow to drain theangle cylinders, just make sure its blocked, or insert the transport pin that Blizzard provides. Give the factory a call, they'll put you on the line with either an engineer or technician who knows the plow inside and out. They're very helpful. Service will take longer than a standard plow, I'm sure, but this thing can save you a lot of time in the field,
Mine was $4200 out the door with the optional joystick control. I installed it myself. I read here in the past someone on E-bay is selling them for under $3000 but I couldn't find it. If you buy, make sure your valve manifold is red like mine, not natural aluminum, they had problems with the first models. When I talked to the factory in November, they had allready sold out for the season, but you may find a dealer with one in stock.
The truck I plow with for another guy is equipped with the blizzard plow and I have used it for 2 1/2 seasons now
My complaints are:
1. Where does all the fluid go? seems every 4-6 hours I am adding 2 quarts of hydrolic fluid and finding no evidence of any leaks(keeping in mind I dont know anything about plows other than operating them or adding fluid)Hey PELICAN maybe thats why it doesnt have a drain plug because you have to constantly add new fluid(not trying to be a smart a$$ either)
2. Make sure sure if you will plow with the wings extended for a long period of time to stop every now and then and move them back and forth to get out the snow packed in there and sometimes you may have to get out of the truck and use a pointed shovel or something to poke the snow out as mine have frozen on me before(not really a big problem).
Now what I will tell you is that I absolutely love this plow its a time saver! Great for doing quick tuck-ins and cleaning up trails as you can make it a scoop plow too and when you have those wings extended it seems like it cuts a considerable amount of plow time in the lot.
This is just my input on the unit that I use we only have 1 blizzard plow so I dont know if its just the one I use is like this or is it everyone let me know guys!!!!!
One reason I loved the old belt drive systems, nothing out in front to go bad. A straight plow has enough wires out there. The V's and Blizzards have even more solenoids and relays.
I am kind of afraid of any plow that has the controls so low. I like the Fisher, Western, Diamond, Meyer setups that keep the power packs up high. I have seen lots of snow packed up around the A frame and lower mount where other manufacturers keep their packs. Also when plowing the wet slushy snow here lots of water and slush can get into a low mounted system.
I looked at a Blizzard here,I an very leery of how the hydro's are mounted,being on the A frame,they will take a pounding,and the resivour is plastic?,i have slammed my blade hitting expansion joints,a it ,had it bounce and hit the stops,and crash down, on occasion,before i used U edges,I couldnt imagine that setuop taking the abuse for very long before you broke the resivour,or had some form of connection problems there.I think the head gear is a much better,safer place to mount sensitive hydro's,and the wiring,resivour.In this day and age there is also no reason to have to live with plow headlights being on your truck all season.It makes truck maintance a PITA,and its just outdated.I do love the way the wings work,when they worked them for me,they did made terrible scraping sounds,and you heard and seen gravel getting squished inside,that was stuck in there from plowjng,it didnt sound good,down the road,this could be a problem area.i didnt see any clean out area on the back side to clean the channel out either.This plow was low on fluid too,i noticed that when they pulled the cover for me to look at it.It is massive looking when its 10 ft wide.It also looks very heavymthe GMC 3500 dump it was mounted on was sagging a lot under the weight,much more than my Dodge with the boss does.Id still like to buy one,but im very cautious with my hard earned $ lately,it seems the more i spend for a better product,the more problems I have.
I have Five Blizzard plows. One 99, two 00, and two 01. I can tell you anything you would like to know from maintenace to problems in the field. The time you save with these plows is definately worth the extra money. As far as problems I can tell you anything you would like to know. Before I write six pages of info I like to know if you still have questions or if they have been answered
The plow set up adds 1000 lbs to the truck, about the same as the Diamond I ran previously. The headlight tower can be removed/replaced in about 5 minutes time with a 3/4 inch wrench. Two bolts, two plugs, it's off. This tower is not that big a problem to work around, there's no lift arm or cylinder attached and you can easily reach over the top to access under the hood. I ran a week or so without the headlights attached to the tower and it looks just like an aftermarket brush guard. In fact I'm going to suggest they offer one for off season, like Fisher did with their older plows.
I'm also concerned about the controls being where they are, but they are mounted solidly, the reservoir is very thick and is easily replaced. Time will tell for the durability. This plow does save an immense amount of time.
mxrdrvr3, take a look under your manifold and see if one or more of your hose fittings is leaking. Some of these are hard to access and may have not been properly tightened.