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Winch or manual lift????

Discussion in 'ATV / UTV Snow Removal' started by skidmark845, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. skidmark845

    skidmark845 Member
    from ny
    Messages: 39

    I will be getting a plow for my 4 runner. Should I just go with the manul lift for the blade or get a winch? The dealer told me that the manual lift is not heavy to lift and faster then the winch. Also the winch is pricey.

    For the set up of 48" cycle counrty it's coming out to $613, is that an ok deal???

  2. Smitty58

    Smitty58 Senior Member
    Messages: 223

    I had a 48" CC plow on my quad a couple of years ago with the manual lift. I did not like the lift. It isn't heavy to lift just a pain. If you are mainly doing driveways you wil raising and lowering the blade a lot. The manual lift gets old real fast ,but it does work if it's all you afford. Maybe go with that set up until you can add the winch. I bought mine new off of ebay for something like $429 but that was about 3 yrs ago. Also installing it by myself was not fun either ,so try to line up some help to install it.
    Good luck hope you get to use it a bunch this winter.
  3. ddierking

    ddierking Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    I got a WARN plow, plow tubes and mounting brackets for $345 shipped (going on my 2002 Suzuki Eiger). As far as a plow, you can get a Viper winch very reasonable. You can get a viper 3000 classic with synthetic cable for $119 plus shipping. Let me know if you want more info. I'm not a dealer or anything, I just spend a lot of time and found the deals.
  4. deere615

    deere615 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,919

    SOunds a bit pricey, but I brought my 48 CC used for like $150, still had to by the mounting kit though. It came with the manual lift but it never seemed to want to keep the plow up. so I got the winch, which is much easy and its not that much slower.
  5. skidmark845

    skidmark845 Member
    from ny
    Messages: 39

    send info

    ddierking,yes send me some info if you have it...you can send privagte message...thanks
  6. ddierking

    ddierking Junior Member
    Messages: 20


    Can't find a PM option, so I'll just share the info here. I bought my 54" WARN plow with the tubes and mounting plate from http://www.sportztrailers.com
    You can check out their website, but I called them because they don't have everything on the website. They do a lot of business on ebay as well. For the viper winch, go to http://motoalliance.com
    The viper winches have excellent customer support. Peter is always eager to help.

    I think you will be very happy with this setup.

    Good luck.
  7. sublime68charge

    sublime68charge PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,090

    Are you going to be pushing snow across Grass at all?

    if your doing that the Winch is the way to Go as you can pick the blade up 2" and still push the Pile of snow back across the yard with out Digging up the yard. with the blade at least.

    Manual Lift is Up or Down,
    with a Winch you can set the blade height to what you want and Go.

    if ya can afford it A winch is the way to go.

    but it depend's on the area your plowing .

    My Dad has done his 30'x 20' drive for years with a manual lift on a 48" cycle country blade, when compared to shovel by hand its great.

    I had a winch on my 60" Moose from the get go and used that for 6 years till last year I went with my Power Up/Down pressure system.

    like I said it all depends on how much snow are your moving over what type of area, Grass/Gravel/Cement?

    I due Drive way's and paths out into the grass and push the Snow over the Grass at the start of the year so I have room at the end of the year to pile the snow.

    sublime out
  8. skidmark845

    skidmark845 Member
    from ny
    Messages: 39

    hi sublime, yes I will be plowing over grass. I was wondering if I could plow with the blade up a few inches with the manual lift compared to the winch. I think I will be going with the electgric lift by cycle county.

    Thanks for the info.
  9. sublime68charge

    sublime68charge PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,090

    on a Manual lift you can't hold the blade up little bit and Plow snow, Once you get any type of Weight/snow on the blade it just goes down the the ground, Have been there and tried that.

    With the Electric lift you should be able to raise the Blade and Plow Snow with the Blade up.

    Dont Have the blade raised all the way up and try and plow or bust through a big drift cause if you don't make it and spin out your really stuck.

    also if you have 6" of lift plow with the Blade at 4" that way if you spin out you can lift the blade up the last 2" and back away from where you stopped. if your already all the way up chance's are your not backing up.

    for what its' worth
    sublime out
  10. ATVGUY

    ATVGUY Junior Member
    from central
    Messages: 24

    How to lift?

    Using a winch for plowing will work and it really does not matter what type other than you may want to get one with an "anti-back" feature. What this is the winch is locked so it can't be spooled out. Winches like Warn do not lock up since they don't want you to use it to pull something solid (using it like a tow strap). If you pull on hard enough it will come out, they do this to protect the winch gears.

    In the case of plowing it will "creep" down and you will need to keep winching in line. No big deal just be aware of it. Also the rope is better for plowing since you are using the cable at a "bent" angle.

    One note about using a winch for plowing. An ATV system is set up at 30 amps max. A winch is way beyond 30 amps so if you are plowing a lot the charging system can't keep up with the draw and it will kill the battery. Also in cases like a Honda electric shift it will get so low you can't shift the ATV. You may want to look into an electric lift like one from Cycle Country.

    One true advantage to a winch is you can use the new down force kit from cycle country. it is a retro kit that will put 150 llbs of down force onto the blade so you can scrape right down to the concrete.

    But with a manual lift there are none of battery issues. You can use one with little effort to lift and in most cases you will get done faster than with a winch if you have to lift the blade a lot.

    At the end of the day it is a personal choice and how much you are going to use the ATV to plow. All types of lifts will work so just pick a company you can trust and purchase a system

    PS" have fun plowing too!!!!
  11. pby98

    pby98 Member
    Messages: 86

    i bought a john deere plow and mounting bracket for 50 bucks and converted it to fit my atv. all said and done i spent about 75 bucks total on the plow, bolts and grinding disks
  12. Sidewalk King

    Sidewalk King Member
    Messages: 30

    Have you ever tried the downpressure kit from CC that you recommended?
    I have a hard time believing that a "shock" normally used to hold up the window on truck caps would last through even one snow fall. You almost always see those things being replaced by truck owners with a stick because no one wants to spend the money to replace it.
    If someone is planning to use a winch they would be better off just throwing a couple salt bags on the blade for weight and save the $100.00 to use on buying an acessory battery and extra winch cables/ropes.
  13. apik1

    apik1 Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    The shock is way stronger than a hatch shock, and it works way better than you salt bags I tried that.

    IPLOWSNO PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,620

    have you ever gotten a wheeler stuck? a winch is the first thing you put on a quad that big. what will the electric lift do for you other than lift a blade? i use mine and i have never had a battery issue but its also a honda. so its immune from mechanical issues lol.
  15. Sidewalk King

    Sidewalk King Member
    Messages: 30

    I never said that a winch was a bad idea to install on a quad especially if doing alot of mudding and if you were to re-read my post you would notice I only questioned the durability of the shock. Also, I never mentioned an electric lift in this topic so I'm not quite sure how to respond unless you would like to discuss winch vs electric lift for plowing as a new topic rather than winch vs manual lift which was the original issue.

    IPLOWSNO PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,620

    im sorry i was replying to atv guy on the latter half. im a better plower than a typer lol
  17. ATVGUY

    ATVGUY Junior Member
    from central
    Messages: 24


    Just used the down force kit this weekend. We got about two inches of snow and it worked great. It puts about 150 lbs down on the blade. The dealership did say it will last about two years and then the cylinder will need to be replaced for about $30.

    I did see it is on you tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvtIYuGR5AI
  18. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    no doubt electric winch
  19. Sidewalk King

    Sidewalk King Member
    Messages: 30

    That’s cool their shock system worked well for you but I'm still skeptical to it lasting all winter. I don’t know how the dealer could honestly tell you it would last two year since the press release for it was dated Feb 08 and we're only in Nov 08. I'm sure he figured that if he told you he didn’t know how it would work or how long it would last he might not make the sale, so score one for the parts guy. However, if you have to use some sort of winch to plow and also own a Cycle Country blade this is probably the only practical option you have. I suppose that even if you had to buy a couple new shocks a year for $30.00 each at least you have a form of down pressure.
  20. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,372

    Use your winch it's much faster and eisier. I have a Worn 2500lb winch and it works great.