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View Poll Results: Did you do any damage to the plow?
Yes I did. 18 21.18%
No I didn't. 51 60.00%
I did but it wasn't setup properly first. 4 4.71%
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 12:26 PM
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Do you plow with the RZR? Damage it at all?

I thought we might do a poll as to who plows and whether they have done any damage to the plow. This isnt meant to be a b*tch session about a particular manufacturer but to try and figure out a good set up which works.

I have definitely damaged mine. I did it because the spring tensioners weren't tightened enough. You need to make sure you have them pretty darn tight. Anybody have some other tips or tricks?
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 01:05 PM
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Re: Do you plow with the RZR? Damage it at all?

There seems to be a lot of snow plow conversations today...must have something to do with the big storm that hit the country yesterday.

I haven't had any real damage in the 4 seasons that I've been plowing with my RZR and a Polaris Glacier 2 plow until yesterday. I was pushing through some large drifts, probably driving too fast, when I caught a new pot hole. The right corner of the plow got caught in such a way that even though the springs released it hung up awkwardly and did some real damage. The right side of the mount snapped under the winch and the right side of the plow quick release got bent pretty good. At least it gave me a good excuse to pull out the torch and welder!

I can't fault the glacier plow setup, when it snapped yesterday it definitely broke the two weak points in the connection. But from what I can tell it didn't bend the frame at all and the connection points that broke were fairly easy to repair.

My advice to avoid that particular situation is to just slow down. I was so excited yesterday that I was able to push through 3 and 4 foot drifts with the RZR that I just started going faster and faster until I broke the plow. On top of that I had my wife out taking pictures so I had to "show off" a little. With my wife watching and listening to a little AC/DC on the stereo I tend to drive faster than I should.

Here's what I would recommend for the Glacier 2 setup:

For standard RZR owners I'd suggest a lift to get the front end off the ground a little more

A 2nd battery setup or possibly a stronger alternator may be needed if you're going to do a lot of plowing

I'd replace the plow springs with something a little stronger

Get a good winch (Polaris or Warn) with good control that you can easily use while driving

Good tires - traction is everything

Lights - if you do a lot of night plowing put some floods up high
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I want to see plow videos. We need a contest where anyone who can prove a RZR can actually plows snow wins something.
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I use to plow with an atv. When I bought the RZR last spring I decided to not put a plow on it. Instead I bought a used plow set up for my old 90'
F-150. It cost me $800 installed. Better use for the money spent IMO. It plows better than any RZR could dream. Yesterday I found out where my neighbors sleice pipe ended, had to get pulled out.
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Quote: Originally Posted by ridgerunner View Post


I use to plow with an atv. When I bought the RZR last spring I decided to not put a plow on it. Instead I bought a used plow set up for my old 90'
F-150. It cost me $800 installed. Better use for the money spent IMO. It plows better than any RZR could dream. Yesterday I found out where my neighbors sleice pipe ended, had to get pulled out.
Question..
Are you able to drop the blade, via the hydraulics, lift the front end and front tire, at least a little, and back out of that.

When I'm plowing with a tractor, you can use the loader bucket to get you out of a lot of "sticky situations".
Ya, when you plow with anything you have to push that snow out somewhere and duh, there are holes, ditches, voids, etc. Plowing aint easy. Every drive is different, tons of scenarios.
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Re: Do you plow with the RZR? Damage it at all?

I run the Polaris set up. Haven't had any trouble
with it. Money well spent. One thing I did was
I bought the Polaris shifter knob that has a button
on the front of it. It powers the winch. This way it's
easy to run the winch.
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Re: Do you plow with the RZR? Damage it at all?

ive got a custom plow setup and this snow storm with 17 inches was the death of it. its a cycle country blade which held up, but the plow brackets we made just werent strong enough and are bent all to heck. the snow froze overnight which caused more damage to the plow. my buddy has a glacier 2 setup and he manaaged to hit a rock because you coulnt see anything and bent his as well. we will both be beefing these things up and i will post before and after pics of both. theupper bumper brackets also bent from taking some of the force of the plow so we will have to address that as well.
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Re: Do you plow with the RZR? Damage it at all?

Quote: Originally Posted by BatRazor View Post
I run the Polaris set up. Haven't had any trouble
with it. Money well spent. One thing I did was
I bought the Polaris shifter knob that has a button
on the front of it. It powers the winch. This way it's
easy to run the winch.
That sounds like a great idea. I didnt even know they made that. Its kind of a pain to have it dangling off the T bar.

I think it also depends on how big a job you are trying to tackle. A "regular" driveway or a short driveway would be easy on the plow, I think its the bigger driveways that I think it can get overwhelmed by. More specifically, I think its when you get a lot of snow- over a foot or more, its time to have to call a plow service.

I have about the worse case scenario- a quarter mile long driveway, a good size parking area, and in front of the house parking. A large job indeed.
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Re: Do you plow with the RZR? Damage it at all?

i use to plow with a 94 polaris sport 2X4,needless to say it wouldnt plow anything remotly heavy which was fine as we had a freind who would plow.

then in 97 i bought a kawasaki prarie 4X4,it plowed better and used it till 2009.i had a good bit of plowing to do with it for home and the buisness,never damaged the machine.damage to the plow was replacing the a-frame once,the plow blade once and bought new springs.the plow was a cycle country.

in 2009 i had to trade in the kaw on my rzr and was going to buy a plow for it but my dad was like dont tear up you machine,i'll put one on my sportsman 850 XP.so i agreed,wish i hadnt.had to put chains on the 850 to plow,just on rear so no i get better traction but now it dont turn.

last winter i mostly used a case 1840 for plowing,its for where i work but i live next door but its been at another location since fall.i really need to stack some snow now.

as long as its installed properly and all bolts are tight it shouldnt cause any damage to the machine,unless your ramming into snowbanks at break-neck speeds!
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Quote: Originally Posted by ridgerunner View Post


I use to plow with an atv. When I bought the RZR last spring I decided to not put a plow on it. Instead I bought a used plow set up for my old 90'
F-150. It cost me $800 installed. Better use for the money spent IMO. It plows better than any RZR could dream. Yesterday I found out where my neighbors sleice pipe ended, had to get pulled out.
Question..
Are you able to drop the blade, via the hydraulics, lift the front end and front tire, at least a little, and back out of that.

When I'm plowing with a tractor, you can use the loader bucket to get you out of a lot of "sticky situations".
Ya, when you plow with anything you have to push that snow out somewhere and duh, there are holes, ditches, voids, etc. Plowing aint easy. Every drive is different, tons of scenarios.
The pistons on plow blades for most pick up trucks power up/right/left but dont power down.......its just gravity from the weight of the blade that brings it down.

Therefor you cant use the blade to lift yourself outta that situation like you can on a bucket for a tractor or back hoe or loader which most of them have power on every movement.
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Quote: Originally Posted by ridgerunner View Post


I use to plow with an atv. When I bought the RZR last spring I decided to not put a plow on it. Instead I bought a used plow set up for my old 90'
F-150. It cost me $800 installed. Better use for the money spent IMO. It plows better than any RZR could dream. Yesterday I found out where my neighbors sleice pipe ended, had to get pulled out.
Question..
Are you able to drop the blade, via the hydraulics, lift the front end and front tire, at least a little, and back out of that.

When I'm plowing with a tractor, you can use the loader bucket to get you out of a lot of "sticky situations".
Ya, when you plow with anything you have to push that snow out somewhere and duh, there are holes, ditches, voids, etc. Plowing aint easy. Every drive is different, tons of scenarios.
No, it's pretty much gravity going down- no down pressure like a tractor. The truck sat on the frame in the pic after dropping into the ditch, couldn't go forward or backwards. Now I know where not to go next time. Yes there is a learning curve while plowing somewhere new. I carry a come along with extra wire rope in my tool box in the truck. The problem was that the truck was twisted somewhat and I couldn't get into my box, it wouldn't open!
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Re: Do you plow with the RZR? Damage it at all?

My first winter ever using a plow, got the Glacier II setup. So far the RZRS/Plow combo have worked flawlessly, not a single complaint. It's just been awesome in the snow all around.

I pushed clear a months worth of several snow events that built up to about 15" in my father-in-laws yard the other day, mostly refrozen harder snow. He hopped in to try it out, then afterwards I went home and put better security on the shed. I got the feeling he'd be breaking and entering later that night
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I purchased the Motoalliance plow setup for my 11 RZR LE. Install was good, also got the winch with synthetic cable. One thing to watch is wear on synthetic cable, I ended up buying a 15' tow strap and cutting it to make 2 lift straps and that is what I use now for the plow.
The only damage I have encountered was when I first used the plow. Finished my small driveway and decided to drive down half a block around corner and come back to do front of road. As I was going (around 20 mph), the lift hook snapped off and dropped the plow. Come to find out it was not welded on both sides of hook block, just one. So make sure to inspect your setup regularly, check tightness, spring tension, cutting edge, etc...
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This is my 2nd year using a 2" web strap wrapped on the winch to lift the blade. So far no sign of wear to the strap. BUT a couple weeks ago I ripped the stitching right out of the D-ring end. Tied it in a knot & it's still going strong all through the recent "snowmageddon". Damn that's a LOT of weight the winch has to lift.
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I like the idea of a tow strap as a replacement of the cable, but if I need to use it to winch myself I'll need more than 15 feet. I bought the moose winch cushion which helps on the wear on the synthetic rope. Seems to help as I have gone too high by accident a couple of times. I recommend one to anyone using synthetic rope or a cable.
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