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Another Suzuki Carry ready to plow some snow

Discussion in 'Suzuki Carry' started by Jamison Lure & Fly, Sep 14, 2020.

  1. I first installed a 2" receiver hitch from michiminitrucks and then a 66" Denali snow plow kit from Motoalliance in Minnesota (via Amazon 12 mo. financing). I couldn't be more pleased with both purchases.

    The 2" front receiver really added to the vehicle's utility as I am now readily able to pull my dock in and out of my lake, move my boat around the lot, and drag brush out of the woods.

  2. Limestone

    Limestone Well-Known Member

    I like it! Your ready! Good Luck!
  3. Bob04917

    Bob04917 New Member

    What model number is that plow and is it powered? I'm looking to add a plow to my '94 Carry. Thanks!
  4. Jigs-n-fixtures

    Jigs-n-fixtures Well-Known Member

    9876BB3F-44F0-4E5C-A451-2C575B78B755.jpeg 1F843690-240C-4798-9DDC-84E421E1312B.jpeg When buying a plow you need to think about whether it can exert a down force.

    I had run winch operated ATV plows and would have to get off and shovel any where someone had driven over the snow and packed down a wheel path.

    I bought my Hijet, specifically to plow snow with, because mini trucks have heated cabs, and a sealed cab, particularly when compared to ATV/UTV solutions.

    Knowing the limitations of a winch operated plow, and the need to get off the ATV to adjust the plow, and to shovel the compacted snow in wheel paths, I wanted something I could operate from inside the cab. The ideal plow would have electric or electro-hydraulic controls, for angle and height, and include the ability to float the blade just like a real plow for a larger truck has. Anything less negates one of the great advantages to plowing with a mini truck: you get to stay warm and dry.

    I bought my plow 4-years ago, and ended up buying a Blackline 72-inch with electro-hydraulic operation. Overall it has been reliable and sturdy.

    I’ve had to do a bit of repair and modification on it. There are two tabs welded on the stock set up to keep the plow from coming back over onto itself, both of which broke off when we had a record 32-inch snowfall. I welded a piece of 1/2-inch tubing with 1/8th walls all the way across frame to replace them. I drilled a new mounting hole in the frame to drop it down a bit, because the receiver on my Hijet is apparently higher than the Location on the ATV/UTVs the plow is designed for. And, while servicing it in the fall before the second year, I replaced all the bolts with grade 8 bolts, with nylock nuts, because a couple of bolts where things rotate showed some wear.

    I’ll probably replace the relief springs this fall, (reminds me I need to order them soon). But going into the fifth winter I am still happy with the purchase and would buy another.
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  5. Limestone

    Limestone Well-Known Member

    Once again I find myself in agreement with you! I've
    run and had several snow plows over the years. I am a big fan of electric over hydraulics in this application. All the more reason why this is the way I'll go! As a matter of fact, a friend stopped me today, and offered a second plow set up for free! That'll give me two, with options! I thought about going the winch route a couple yrs. ago, but decided against it!
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2020
  6. Limestone

    Limestone Well-Known Member

    Is that a recent snow? Our weather is just starting to cool down her, as were winding down in the garden. You're right about the down force! With an electric over hydraulic set up, your hyd. lifting capacity is usually greater, therefore you can add a little more weight to your plow, cleaning the pavement, and scraping it clear! With the 2 inch receiver, when your done, you just drop the whole thing, and free your unit up, from all the extra weight! Therefore your also getting rid of that whole unit off, your front end, for the mild weather! Now if your dealing with gravel, well that's a whole different animal. Your better using skid plates(shoes) on the bottom of the blade! We don't use shoes on pavement, for a cleaner pass!
  7. Jigs-n-fixtures

    Jigs-n-fixtures Well-Known Member

    That was the winter before last. Wasn’t real bad for here. The winter before, three years ago, we had three record snow falls, and almost a 225% snowpac in the mountains around town.

    Last winter only had one heavy snow. Was warmer than normal, snowpac was at about 70%, but we had a lot of rain for here. So, total moisture is above normal this year.

    We had along wet spring, and the grass and the rest of the small low fuels grew to a huge fire load. Then we had the record heat and no rain, so all the small stuff is just ready to blow up if we get a dry lighting storm, which is a weekly occurrence in August and September. We have had more small fires than normal, mostly in fire scars from three and four years ago. But we are keeping a couple of guys close, and still haven’t released any of our helicopters or helitack crews to go off Forest yet. We’ve done a good job of spotting them early, getting helitack crews and aerial buckets on them, and keeping them small.

    They have asked a bunch of us who aren’t “fire folks” anymore to make ourselves available to the fire group for the first forty of every pay period, all of our deadlines are negotiable if you’re needed for fire. They’re asking retired folks to come back to work fire camps, and other logistics jobs.

    I told them I’m trainable if they need some body in the dispatch office, but with my allergies (had a reaction to wood smoke about a month ago), I’m pretty limited in where I can work. We were directed to open all the make up air on teh HVAC systems as wide as we could due to COVID, so even the offices have fairly high particulate levels.

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