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Just got this Fourtrax a few days ago and want to set it up for plowing.
Is a Superwinch Terra 2500 too much?
I see two types of Superwinch winch mount plates, is there a better one?
And lastly what is a good plow set up?
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A 2500 lb is fine and you will get other uses out of it along the way, so good choice in terms of capacity. You can do a little searching and get thoughts on mid- vs. front-mount plows. As for myself, I like a mid mount and used them for years with great success. One thing you may consider is getting a couple bags of "tube sand" very cheap from most home improvements places and put on the rear rack for added traction as well as countering the plow when lifting; that is, when you raise the plow, you will compress the front suspension greatly leaving the rear wheels lightly touching. When using added weight on the rear rack (150 lbs with two sand tubes), you will notice the difference and would caution not to get too crazy spinning/jamming snow or ice, etc., because you can break things....
 

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I use a superwinch 2500 for plowing and have for a LONG time, depending HOW often you will be plowing, I'd go as far as to BUY a second IN/OUT switch and keep handy, if you plow a LOT sooner or later the contacts will wear out, there wear and tear parts!
and I fully recommend a 60 inch blade as a MIN for the 450's
my 400 has never run out of power and it just removes enough to keep all wheels in cleared paths at full angles, I find the 60 inch the ideal size for most all atv's of 400cc's and larger!
 

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I believe that the physical dimensions of the 'Superwinch Terra 3500' and the conventional 'Superwinch 2500' are the same.
Have a Terra 3500 and it works good.
 

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After reading Alloutdoors post, I immediately thought... plastic plow, for less upfront weight.
Being a new guy here I wanted to research it before posting a reply. I'm finding that the weight on the poly plow is about the same as metal. No bueno. I ws interested in a 48" plow, but after reading MRBB's post, I have 60" Moose plow for my Ranger that I will try to get a Honda mount for. Why buy another. Geez 60" looks wide.
Macarena Mans thanks, which winch mount are you using? That is my big hurdle now which mount works best?
 

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I agree with mrbb a 60” plow will be great for the 450. I kept my 50” Moose plow from my Rancher and put it on my ‘17 Rubi. It would handle 60” just fine. I have the mid bike mount and recommend it. I have a Warn 2500 winch and it works great, but I’ve heard very good things about the Superwinches as well.
 

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I have a mid mount KFI 48" and wish I would have sought the advice of these guys first cause I now wish I had a 60"....
 

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I agree with mrbb a 60” plow will be great for the 450. I kept my 50” Moose plow from my Rancher and put it on my ‘17 Rubi. It would handle 60” just fine. I have the mid bike mount and recommend it. I have a Warn 2500 winch and it works great, but I’ve heard very good things about the Superwinches as well.

Cool, the past couple of winters we have received close to two feet of snow at a time.
Can it handle that amount or should I bank on plowing at one foot then go out and plow again? Depending on snow type for sure. I've been spraying Pam
cooking oil on the blade when I think of it.
Still have the original tires on the quad but it only has about 580 hours total.
PS I've seen Hondas plowing on you tube but it looked like only 6" of snow most of the time.
 

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I have a mid mount KFI 48" and wish I would have sought the advice of these guys first cause I now wish I had a 60"....
Ya good advice for me too. I was going to sell my 60" plow blade and get a 48".
I also hate redundancy, so I searched it out but hey everybody's got a different thing going on.:nerd
 

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We got 31” of snow in mid April. I waited until it stopped and wish I hadn’t. The drifts with the 40mph winds were the worst. For me in the future 10”-14” and I’ll be plowing.
 

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a lot depends on the snow type,. if all powder, MAYBE, if wet, NO your NOT going to push 2 ft far if at all in any time
I have plowed up to 3 ft , a 1/4 mile drive way and it took me about 12 hours to open up, had to add 300 lbs of weight to atv and it was WORK
I would never wait for it to get deeper than 10 inches if possible, this way you can move it faster and push it back farther,
you really need to THINK ahead when plowing snow, as you need room for MORE, old snow turns into rock hard immovable objects
you can plow 6 inches even faster and easier, as , as snow gets deeper, you cannot MOVE it as far, the amount in front of the plow blade drifts back and you end up leaving more snow on the cleared path you just made, making more and more passes needed to have a clean path
if you plow more often with say 6-8 inches, you can do the same job a LOT faster, NOT work the atv as hard either, win win, , and again ALWAYS push snow as far off cleared area as possible, early in winter and late winter, snow will end up having less and less places to put it, so farther back you start the better!
 

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Yes, I understand the need for two tools with that amount of snow, plow and snow blower. And, maybe....... A shovel. My least fav tool, but I seem to always have one in my hand by the end of the project.
 

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So I dug my plow out of the weeds yesterday, measured it and it's 72". Think it's a Tusk
and has the push tube for my Polaris Ranger.
Is a 72" too heavy for the 450?
I've been looking at the universal mid mounts for the Foreman and the look like it will fit the push tube.
also, I'm looking at the LT2500 winch I gotta think that will pick the plow up.
Thanks for any help guys....
 

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I think a 72 inch blade can be used IF you don't wait for things to get too deep, I run a 60 and have many times wished I had a larger blade NEVER a smaller one
but a lot here also has to do with HOW far of a angle the blade allows it to be angled at, some angle a LOT more than others
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you most likely will need to add better front springs as I bet that sucker is heaver than a 60 by a few lbs

HI lifter used to sell HD springs, not sure if they still do, but Bronco shocks have adjustable one's that in the hard setting might work well for plowing!

I have never seen a TUSK brand atv plow set up so cannot help you there, IF they still make em, maybe contact them and see if they sell a push tube for your atv/ be a lot easier than fab ing one up??
 

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also, in deeper snow you might NEED to add weight to the atv
in very deep snow I have had the power , just NOT the traction, adding 25-300 lbs between front and rear rack and it turns into a bull dozer LOL
 

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I guess I am the old ball here ?, i'd rather play in the snow..than work it !..lmfao. nope..not..gonna...happen !. i've got too much to do to start plowing snow. soooo..its play in it for me !..lol.
 

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Thanks mrbb. so the push tube I currently have won't work? Is it too long to use on an atv? Tusk is no longer around. Sounds like I'm SOL. So I need a new push tube, heavier springs, and more weight. Think I'm going to take shadetree (the old ball) seriously and just move the little switch to 4wd and play. LOL.
 

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I guess I am the old ball here ?, i'd rather play in the snow..than work it !..lmfao. nope..not..gonna...happen !. i've got too much to do to start plowing snow. soooo..its play in it for me !..lol.
Shade the killer here is it is actually a LOT of fun to plow snow, so its sort of like playing yet getting work done at same time, so , its a win win IMO
don't knock it till you try it kind of deal here! HAHA!
 

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I guess I am the old ball here ?, i'd rather play in the snow..than work it !..lmfao. nope..not..gonna...happen !. i've got too much to do to start plowing snow. soooo..its play in it for me !..lol.
Shade the killer here is it is actually a LOT of fun to plow snow, so its sort of like playing yet getting work done at same time, so , its a win win IMO
don't knock it till you try it kind of deal here! HAHA!
[email protected] you two !. nope..not gonna waste my time or gas pushing it around. my time is very valuable to me !. no way am I gonna freeze my tail off in the winter time, let alone...work in it !..lol.
 
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