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post #1 of 7 Old 01-30-2019, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Powertach Plow on 825i

Here are a few photos of a new to me JD Powertach Plow.

I recently purchased this very well maintained (hardly used) setup from a very kind individual in West Virginia for about 1/2 of a new plow setup cost.

I used Fastenal to ship the plow to Wyoming with a tremendous cost savings over traditional freight companies. Although the transit time was a bit longer, the cost savings was well worth the wait.

This is a fully hydraulic system, with a robust four point mounting system. A mounting plate overlays the front skid plate, the lower plow frame mounts to this plate. The upper plow frame mounts, to pre-existing holes on the frame of the Gator adjacent to the winch. I did unfasten the winch fairlead for proper clearance (note Fairlead and Red Factor55 Pro Link temporally wire tied to grill guard) The controller is mounted nicely out of the way in the cab.

I changed out the factory rectangular skid shoes after an initial pass on the lane to our home. When the blade was angled the rectangular shoes would dig and bounce across road surface, thus making an unnerving feeling while plowing. I purchased the optional heavy duty plow shoes from The Green Dealer. These shoes appear to be very stout. The round design work very well when the blade is operated in all orientations.

I also installed a rubber plow blade deflector and plow markers on the blade. I have used rubber deflectors on previous snow plows with excellent results. The deflector keeps the majority of the snow “rolling forward” and from blowing back on the windshield.

I also have coated Fluid Film on the blade surface, which helps with the snow sticking to the blade.

When connecting all wires to the harness, I used dielectric grease on all connectors and relays.This will help mitigate moisture intrusion.

The installation was extremely easy, the entire process took around 2 hours.

I plan on placing weight in the bed of Gator. I have a ballast box for my JD 3520 tractor that weighs about 500lbs which should work nicely, although I will lose functionality of my bed during plow use. I looked at Heavy Hitch product’s which allow you to add tractor weights to a frame that mounts to the rear hitch receiver.

During the off-season I will detach the plow frame/wiring harness and store undercover.

With roughly $1900.00 invested, I don’t believe I could have done any better with other hydraulic plow systems.

I researched winch operated setups, honestly I didn’t care for the mounting system. To me they seem to place a lot weight out-in front of the machine, whereas this mounting system keeps the weight closer to the front end thus eliminating a fulcrum affect on the front frame.

Plow Specifications:

Blade width 72 inches
Blade angled 66.75 inches

Range of Lift
Above ground level 12 inches
Below ground level 3 inches

Angling Positions
Three straight 0 degrees, angled right or left 22 degrees

Weight 275 lbs

Links:

Snow Plow System
https://powertach.com

Factor 55 Winch Accessories
https://factor55.com

John Deere Sport Steering Wheel
https://www.greenfarmparts.com/John-...hoCneIQAvD_BwE

John Deere Parts Catalog
https://partscatalog.deere.com/jdrc/

Part Numbers for Plow and Accessories

Plow System LPFBPPTJD1
Plow Markers LPPK120
Plow Shoes LPPK160
Plow Deflector LPPK140

Photos with our curious cat Boone.










Thanks for reading!

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Wow! Very nice set up. I’m sure you will get a lot of use from it. Thanks for the write up and pictures.
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awesome brad, that came out great

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Sweet setup, Brad.

Thanks for pics.

Looking for ballast solution for mine. Figure I could just use snow in the bed or something, but a ballast box of some sort in the bed would be good. Or sandbags .... I'm looking for a container of sorts that I can set in the bed with a FEL and easily remove if I need the bed during the winter.
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Sweet setup, Brad.



Thanks for pics.



Looking for ballast solution for mine. Figure I could just use snow in the bed or something, but a ballast box of some sort in the bed would be good. Or sandbags .... I'm looking for a container of sorts that I can set in the bed with a FEL and easily remove if I need the bed during the winter.


On occasion I set the ballast box from my 3520 when needed. I found the BB really helped when we had a good snow dump.

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I have a 3520 but no bb. Do you just use the FEL to set the bb in the cargo box, or what?

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I have a 3520 but no bb. Do you just use the FEL to set the bb in the cargo box, or what?



Thanks Brad


You’re welcome

Yes I use the FEL to set the BB in the box.

Just a thought perhaps you can find a “job box” that you could fill with sand bags?

You could use your FEL or (pallet forks if you have them) to load the job box, this would certainly keep you from hand loading a bunch of sand bags.

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