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 products 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 dont believe I could have done any better with other hydraulic plow systems.
I researched winch operated setups, honestly I didnt 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.
Blade width 72 inches
Blade angled 66.75 inches
Range of Lift
Above ground level 12 inches
Below ground level 3 inches
Three straight 0 degrees, angled right or left 22 degrees
Weight 275 lbs
Snow Plow System
Factor 55 Winch Accessories
John Deere Sport Steering Wheel
John Deere Parts Catalog
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!