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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-Deere-Steering-Wheel-BM23933-p/bm23933.htm?gclid=CjwKCAiAs8XiBRAGEiwAFyQ-emWGeZhckkRUcCM0cCIPosQxIIanSHlGjpgesEu8PmoNWB9UVdn4KhoCneIQAvD_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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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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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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Thanks Brad. It's a good idea. I looked around and priced job boxes to fit, but they were pretty steep.

Here's what I got:

https://www.onetonbag.com/shop/otb-washout-r-slurree-sack-concrete-washout-one-ton-bag/

It will be a pain to fill, but with shipping it was fifty bucks. I'll fill it with ten fifty lb bags of something and lift it in and out seasonally. Should be a solution for five years or so, maybe.

I figure I can line those straps up and chain through them to FEL hook.

What do you think for plow ballast - 500 lbs in bed?

Would you pump the tires and stiffen the shocks, too?

Thanks!


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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VERY nice Brad !! Looks like you have the ideal set-up for your "estate" !! Evidently the cat agrees !! Fastenal delivers freight ??? Craig
 

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This is my first year with the hydraulic/plow on my 825i. I'm starting with 210lbs (tube sand) in the bed and will increase if necessary. I'm curious, how much snow (inches) and pushing how far before anyone's come across a resistance issue? I'll be on blacktop, with a max distance of 100'. When we get a big storm, it's typically been 8"-12".
 

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Nice set up. I won't put a plow on either gator as I have a snow blower on the front end of the tractor. I prefer getting rid of snow vs. continually pushing it.
 

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Nice set up. I won't put a plow on either gator as I have a snow blower on the front end of the tractor. I prefer getting rid of snow vs. continually pushing it.
Why not do both, Cap!? ;)

8" or so = FEL overkill near house.

Hydraulic blade like Brad has, and as below, is the cat's meow, for average. It's my go-to.
 

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My blower is 48" on the 1025R so it goes along the walkway. I make a nice path around the house, out to the chicken coop, and loop along side the shop and over to the She Shed. I use a small Ariens (11HP but narrow/tall) to take through the side garage door to do the upper deck. Overall, I don't get much more capability in having a blade on the Gator. I did add a non Deere accessory to the gators: cigar humidors!
 

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That's a great setup, for sure! In a word, though -- gravel. If you plow it first until hardpack is good, then the run the blower on top for the heavy snows, you can keep from throwing that s**t everywhere and running it through the blower.

I've been using blowers for many years, and I still wince when gravel goes flying through it and onto the lawn, at the house, toward cars, etc. My place is known and isn't so bad. The one property is all asphalt. The other has a mile of gravel. But take that blower to a neighbor's place (which, invariably ...) and they have the frozen newspaper and kids' toys to jam the impeller, gravel piled high at exits where no one maintained it, and you're throwing gravel on those first passes, no matter what. I'd prefer a first pass with a blade. I guess that's why we don't see a lot of mounted blowers commercially for lots.

If you can avoid piles in a hard winter, a blower is definitely a bonus.

What do you have on the back as ballast? Box blade?

PS: Love the humidors accessorizing the Gators!


My blower is 48" on the 1025R so it goes along the walkway. I make a nice path around the house, out to the chicken coop, and loop along side the shop and over to the She Shed. I use a small Ariens (11HP but narrow/tall) to take through the side garage door to do the upper deck. Overall, I don't get much more capability in having a blade on the Gator. I did add a non Deere accessory to the gators: cigar humidors!
 

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This has been fun (particularly the humidor), but does anyone have an answer to my question?
 

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This has been fun (particularly the humidor), but does anyone have an answer to my question (post #10)?
 

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This is my first year with the hydraulic/plow on my 825i. I'm starting with 210lbs (tube sand) in the bed and will increase if necessary. I'm curious, how much snow (inches) and pushing how far before anyone's come across a resistance issue? I'll be on blacktop, with a max distance of 100'. When we get a big storm, it's typically been 8"-12".


A few variables come to mind. The moisture content of the snow, grade of driveway and pushing the snow at an angle vs straight will determine the amount of traction that is needed.

I seem to recall the manual with my PT blade calls for 500lbs of ballast in the bed when using the blade.

Hopefully this is of some help?
 

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This is my first year with the hydraulic/plow on my 825i. I'm starting with 210lbs (tube sand) in the bed and will increase if necessary. I'm curious, how much snow (inches) and pushing how far before anyone's come across a resistance issue? I'll be on blacktop, with a max distance of 100'. When we get a big storm, it's typically been 8"-12".


A few variables come to mind. The moisture content of the snow, grade of driveway and pushing the snow at an angle vs straight will determine the amount of traction that is needed.

I seem to recall the manual with my PT blade calls for 500lbs of ballast in the bed when using the blade.

Hopefully this is of some help?

Thanks for this, yes it's helpful. I'm not new to plowing in general, just to plowing with a Gator. In this instance, it's mostly flat grade, straight blade (although I CAN angle, that just means the next pass in harder...). I will likely add ballast to the bed. Thanks...
 

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I believe most were replying to OP, with the occasional slight diversion.

Not much help from me regarding measuring distance until resistance, Rule18. Variables would be machine, blade angle, snow type/density, and as you have determined, rear ballast. Though mine is not an 825i, I had a 625i and it did a bang up job on gravel, with a straight blade that was angled to push the snow off to the side when plowing a mile of lane with drifts.

I had about 100 lbs ballast in the bed and never experienced "no go" until the end of a huge pile when I was pushing straight on asphalt. I can say that resistance was never an issue for me at 100'.

This has been fun (particularly the humidor), but does anyone have an answer to my question?
 

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I believe most were replying to OP, with the occasional slight diversion.

Not much help from me regarding measuring distance until resistance, Rule18. Variables would be machine, blade angle, snow type/density, and as you have determined, rear ballast. Though mine is not an 825i, I had a 625i and it did a bang up job on gravel, with a straight blade that was angled to push the snow off to the side when plowing a mile of lane with drifts.

I had about 100 lbs ballast in the bed and never experienced "no go" until the end of a huge pile when I was pushing straight on asphalt. I can say that resistance was never an issue for me at 100'.

Thanks for the reply, I only have asphalt. Having never plowed with a Gator, I was gathering info more than anything else. I appreciate all the info from the community.
 
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