Compatibility / Hitch Options
Remember, the GroundHog Max ATV/UTV Disc Plow is sold 2 ways:
• Without a Hitch Kit - Option 1 and 2
• With a Hitch Kit - Option 3 and 4
Most UTV's come with a strong 2-inch receiver hitch.
There are five possible plow attachment (hitch) options shown below. You can adapt your machine to use the plow. These options include:
Option 1: Any power source with a 2-inch square, truck-type receiver. Some folks call this a "Reece Hitch".
Option 2: Buying an aftermarket 2-inch square receiver online
Option 3: Buying the GroundHog MAX with our hitch kit. The following makes, models/years work well with our hitch kit:
- HONDA - Work/Ranch types - Foreman, Rancher, Fourtrax, Recon, Rincon, Rubicon. FITS MANY 2008 and newer (some may require extra steps). FITS MOST 2000 - 2007. FITS SOME 2000 and older.
- POLARIS - Work/Ranch types - Sportsman, FITS MANY 2010 and newer. FITS MOST 2000 - 2009. FITS SOME 2000 and older. Also FITS SOME Magnum and other models.
- ALL OTHER MANUFACTURERS - On some other makes of ATV's (except Yamaha) our hitch kit may be used to possibly fit some other year/make/model machines.
Option 4: Fabricating a receiver hitch
Option 5: Call or email us for assistance
Also, our kit installation instructions, pictures, and a couple of work around fixes are discussed.
!! CAUTION - EVERYONE - ALL ATV/UTV !!
You need to be careful NOT to use too much of the ATV/UTV’s weight. A UTV's weight (Polaris Rangers 1500 lbs.) is double what an ATV normally weighs (around 700Lbs). BE AWARE that *2015 and newer Rangers hitches have to be strengthened before they can be used.
Using the Proper Weight is accomplished by the adjustment of the up/down height adjustment tube and the T-Head. Failure to do this can result in bending your hitch.
BEFORE USE: Read and study below on how to attach and adjust
1. Back your rear tires up on 4 inch ramps (or 4 inch alternative like a 4 x 4 wooden block that spans the 2 rear tires)
2. While on the blocks with the plow fully assembled plug the plow T-head into your receiver. Install 1st tractor pin then pull the 2nd tractor pin out of the T-head. Let the plow slide down to touch the ground then raise it up from the ground two holes and put the 2nd tractor pin back in. The adjustment holes are in 1 inch increments.
3. Back off the ramps (this is where you get your weight transfer to make the plow work). Once you back off you the 4-inch block you are now using the weight of the ATV (700 plus) and your weight (200) to put direct down force on the plow. Remember a UTV’s weight is *1200 lbs. to 1500 lbs. (double that of an ATV). SO BE CAUTIOUS to only use part of your weight. NOTE: On any unit always start out less aggressive.
4. Pull and remove the 4 x 4 block out of the way. Start plowing and determine how your adjustment setting works by starting to plow in looping circles and figure eights. NOTE: A lot of the cut of the plow is in the maneuverability of turns. You can also plow back and forth. If you determine you are not using enough weight you can adjust the T-head down a hole.
5. Remember once you become familiar with the plow, you normally can find a "sweet spot on the adjustment" and use this specific hole each time. The sweet spot normally allows you to have plenty of weight on the plow but enough weight on the rear wheels so you can plow only using 2-wheel drive.
6. This allows for easier steering with the front wheels not pulling.
7. According to how big and the lay-out of your food plot, plowing speeds range from 3-10 mph. Twice as fast as a a Pull-Behind type plow and you never have to add/strap on more weight.
Plug and Plow...
The GroundHog Max ATV/UTV Disc Plow is designed to fit...
"Any power source with a strong existing, 2-inch, square receiver hitch."
If your ATV/UTV has one, NO KIT IS REQUIRED - JUST PLUG AND PLOW!
Most ARCTIC CAT and many other ATVs and UTVs have this type strong 2-inch hitch.
ANY manufacturer (Arctic Cat, Bombardier, Can-AM, Honda, Kawasaki, Polaris, Suzuki, Yamaha and others), and MOST of their models newer than 2000. Note: Honda and Polaris owners can either buy this aftermarket hitch (Option 2), or they have the option to use our kit (Option 3)
These aftermarket hitches are year/make/model specific. They convert your ATV/UTV's existing utility hole or receiver hitch (many have a weak 1 ¼ inch) to a strong, forward braced, 2-inch square receiver. Once this hitch is installed your ATV/UTV becomes Plug and Plow ready!
BEWARE: The "cheap" 2-inch receivers that ate attached to the utility hole with one bolt, or the "cheap" 2-inch receiver that slides into the weak 1 1/4-inch receiver DO NOT WORK very well if used alone. To work at all they must be reinforced to make them stronger and off set the "Up" pressure of the plow.
Here are links to the best sites we've found for strong, aftermarket 2-inch receiver hitches:
Here are some other manufacturers we've found. One of these may make a hitch for your ATV/UTV.
- KFI Products
- TCP Performance
- Fuse Powersports
- Extreme Metal Products (Polaris RZR)
- ProMark Offroad
AN IMPORTANT NOTICE:
No matter the hitch hookup; always start off less aggressively on the up/down adjustment hole setting. This adjustment is on the T-Head and is accomplished while your rear wheels are on up on 4-inch ramps/blocks. The adjustment hole setting you use will vary according to your year, make, model, tires, and so on. A good rule of thumb: while your machine is on the 4-inch blocks pull the tractor pin and let the plow slide down to the ground. Then move the plow back up two holes, and replace the tractor pin, back off the blocks and plow. Adjust if needed remembering that you only need to use part of the weight of the machine. Especially with heavy ATV's and UTV's. After the first use, and some experimentation, you will know which adjustment hole works best for your setup. Each time you plow you start with this hole. The plow will "gradually" cut your plot down about 4 inches deep. Things like ground hardness, roots, rocks, grass systems, and ground clutter all effect the number of passes you have to make. Plow in looping circles and figure eights. A lot of the cut is in turning and maneuverability. Remember, the gap between the middle discs will go away if you plow in this manner.
It is important before using the plow to be sure it is installed properly. See picture V1 shown below or See page 10 of our GroundHog Max Owners Manual.
The plow has a slight arrowhead shape. The point of the “arrowhead” should ALWAYS face backward, away from the ATV/UTV. If you are squatting at the back of the machine the point should be pointing at your shoes.
Attention! Make sure your plow is mounted properly to avoid possible damage to the plow, hitch, or your machine.
ATV's that may use the GroundHog MAX Hitch Kit are listed below...
Remember the GroundHog MAX ATV/UTV Disc Plow can be bought with a hitch KIT included.
The two receiver tubes in this hitch kit are 1 ½” tubes that fit one side of the T-Head on the plow. The other side of our T-Head will fit any 2-inch receiver. This hitch kit allows the plow to fit many work/ranch ATVs, Quads, UTVs, Wheelers, and side-by-sides (even some zero turn mowers) USING THE MOUNTING KIT you can, on many ATVs, use your existing factory utility hole or receiver setup and the ATVs frame to create a strong, forward braced receiver hitch.
HONDA - Work/Ranch types– Foreman , Rancher, Four-Trax, Recon, Rincon, Rubicon. FITS MANY 2008 - and newer models (some may require extra steps): FITS MOST 2000 - 2007: FITS SOME 2000 - and older models
POLARIS - Work/Ranch types - Sportsman: FITS MANY 2010 and newer: FITS MOST 2000 - 2009: FITS SOME 2000 and older. Also fits some Magnums other Polaris models.
ALL OTHER MAKES OF ATVS - On some other makes of ATV's (except Yamaha) our hitch kit may be used to possibly fit some other year/make/model machines.
Note: Most UTVs (side-by-sides) come factory equipped with a 2-inch receiver.
Our Hitch Kit and Forward Bracing
If you're using the GroundHog MAX Hitch kit remember this. The main load of the hitch system is on the back where your factory 3/4-inch utility hole is used, or where the 1 1/4-inch factory hitch assembly is used. The forward attachment / bracings primary purpose is to keep the receiver tube level and to prevent left to right movement. NOTE: Some ATV's have an unusual hole pattern/frame. In these cases the hole is not centered, but 2 holes will be side-by-side and off centered. A couple of strong, well placed screw-type hose/pipe clamps can be used. Place them under the receiver tube and up over the frame, then secure. This will hold our receiver tube tightly to the frame. Also, tack welds are sometimes used to secure our receiver tube to the frame.
Fabricate a Receiver Hitch...
ALL OLDER (PRE-2000 YEAR, MAKE, AND MODEL ATVs)
Specific year, make, and model aftermarket hitches, as described in Option #2, may not be available for older ATVs and UTVs. Most hitch manufactures only go back to around 2000. It is also very possible that Option #4 can also apply to newer machines that an aftermarket hitch is not available for.
Take A or B below to a local fabrication shop. They can brace, secure, and strengthen a hitch for you using your existing factory utility hole assembly and fabricating a strong, forward-braced hitch receiver. Be sure they know that this plow puts “up-pressure” on the hitch not tongue weight.
4A. Buy a 2-inch receiver from a retailer that sells Reese or other type receivers. They make a 6-inch long and a 12-inch long receiver. These could be fabricated onto your ATV in a strong manner.
4B. Buy the plow with hitch kit. The fabricator can use our 5-inch or 21-inch receiver tube. The GroundHog MAX ATV/UTV Disc Plow with hitch kit box has additional hardware that may also be used. Remember, our receiver tubes are 1 ½-inch, not 2-inch. They specifically fit one of the side of the T-Head on our plow.
Arctic Cat, Bombardier, Can-AM, Honda, Kawasaki, Polaris, Suzuki, Yamaha, and others
If You Do Not See Your ATV/UTV, Or Have Questions...
PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL FOR ASSISTANCE
GROUNDHOG MAX HITCH SYSTEM INSTRUCTIONS FOR HONDA AND SIMILAR FRAMES:
These instructions are for Honda’s and other ATV’s that have either of the 2 utility hole assemblies pictured in H-1, H-2, or H-3. All necessary hardware is provided. Covers most work/ranch type Honda’s–Foreman, Rancher, Fourtrax, Recon, Rincon, and Rubicon:
A. FITS MOST 2000 to 2007-HONDA'S These have an existing factory "side-to-side cross member" that is about (1-inch to 3–inches wide). It basically runs about even with the seat and is down low on the ATV’s frame.
FOLLOW STEPS 1A, 2A, and 3A below.
1A. Place the 21-inch collared receiver tube (Part 25) underneath the factory utility hole assembly. Secure it to the ATV by placing a ¾ bolt (part 15) through (part 25) and the factory utility hole. Place lock washer (part 23) and nut (part 24) onto bolt (part 15) tighten loosely now filling any voids with washers as needed.
2A. Place the (1) ½-inch spacer (part 22) on top of the 21-inch receiver tube (part 25) at the point where the ATV has a left to right cross brace. To make part 25 as level as possible fill any voids with other spacers (parts 20, 21) or washers if needed. In some cases, where voids are large you may use the 5 inch receiver tube (part 17) as a spacer.
3A. Use the (4) tongue straps (part 18) and (4) 5/8-inch bolts (part 16), nuts (part 10), and lock washers (part 9) to secure the 21-inch receiver tube (part 25) to the frame of the ATV. Be sure that the bottom tongue straps go left to right and the top tongue straps go front to back. Also, insure that bolts are installed with threads pointing upward toward the bottom of the ATV.
B. Fits Many 2008 and newer-HONDA’S on some Honda models they started using a wider (5-6-inch wide concave cross member). To make our kit work if your Honda has this wider member you would have to buy (2) long 20-inch strong, screw type pipe/hose clamp (you can attach (2) shorter ones together).
SEE DRAWING H-1 and PICTURES H-4 below FOLLOW STEPS 1B, 2B, 3B below.
Note: In picture H4 above the receiver tube goes all the way under the wide cross-member.
1B. Place the 21-inch collared receiver tube (Part 25) underneath the factory utility hole assembly. Secure it to the ATV by placing a ¾-inch bolt (part 15) through (part 25) and the factory utility hole. Place lock washer (part 23) and nut (part 24) onto bolt (part 15) and tighten loosely (for now) filling any voids with washers as needed.
2B. Place the (1) ½-inch spacers (part 22) on top of the 21-inch receiver tube (part 25) at the point where the ATV has a left to right cross brace. To make part 25 as level as possible fill any voids with other spacers (parts 20, 21) or washers if needed. In some cases, where voids are large you may use the 5-inch receiver tube (part 17) as a spacer.
3B. Use (2) tongue straps (part 18) on the bottom . To traverse the wider 5-inch cross member you will need to purchase (2) wide adjustable (screw type) clamps. Loop the clamps through the (2) tongue straps on the bottom of the receiver tube and over the top of the wide cross member. Apply spacers as necessary and tighten to secure.
C. HONDA’S in General - FITS SOME older (pre-2000) and SOME (2008 and newer) year/make/models. FITS MOST Honda’s listed above. Having an existing workable cross member is the key. Remember Option #5.
GROUNDHOG MAX HITCH SYSTEM INSTALLATIONS INSTRUCTIONS FOR POLARIS SPORTSMAN AND SIMILAR FRAMES.
These instructions will work for most 2000-2009 Polaris Sportsman and other similar ATVs. All necessary hardware is provided. See steps and pictures below.
A. Fits Most 2000 to 2006 POLARIS Sportsman
SEE DRAWING P-1 AND POLARIS PICTURES P-2
1A. Place 5/8-Inch bolt (part 28) medium length or (part 8) short length depending upon space) through the 9–inch extension tube (part 25-a), utilizing the existing hole in the frame of your ATV. Install the bolt going upwards through the frame and add a washer on top of the frame for strength if possible. Fill any voids with a washer between extension tube and the frame. Now put the nut on loosely at this point.
2A. Slide 21-inch receiver tube (part 25) into 9-inch extension tube (part 25-a). Now install a ¾-inch bolt (part 15) through the 21-inch receiver tube (part 25) and the utility hole (fill any voids with spacers/washers as necessary so you can tighten down against the washers for better strength). Install lock washer (part 23) and nut (part 24).
3A. Gradually tighten all nuts securely on both 21-inch receiver tube (part 25) into 9-inch extension tube) part 25-a) tube assembly.
4A. Place the GroundHog Max plow head (part 12) into the 21-inch receiver tube (part 25) and secure with provided tractor pin (part 13) and cotter key (part 14).
B. Fits Most 2007 to 2009 POLARIS Sportsman All necessary hardware is provided.
1B. Place 5/8-inch bolt (part 28) medium length or part 8 short length depending upon space) through the 9 –inch extension tube (part 25-a), utilize an existing hole in the frame of your ATV. Install the bolt going upwards through the frame and add a washer on top of the frame for strength if possible. Fill any voids with a washer between extension tube and the frame. Now put the nut on loosely at this point.
2B. Slide 21-inch receiver tube (part 25) into 9-inch extension tube (part 25-a). Hold the assembled tube up to the bottom of the ATV.
3B. Place (1) tongue strap (part 16) under the 21-inch tube (part (25) and place another tongue strap (part 16) on top of the existing 1 ¼-inch Polaris factory receiver hitch.
4B. Install (2) long 5/8-inch bolts (part 16) up through the bottom tongue strap (part 18) and the existing triangular holes on the ATV and the top tongue strap (part 18). Install lock washers (part 23) and nuts (part 24). SEE Polaris picture P-3 below.
5B.Gradually tighten all nuts securely on both 21-inch receiver tube (part 25) into 9-inch extension tube assembly (part 25-a). Keep the end of the GH MAX receiver tube as close to the end of the factory 1 ¼ -inch receiver as possible.
C. POLARIS in General — Fits Some 2010 and newer and some older (pre-2000) year/make/models. Fits MOST Polaris listed above. Our kit works on some Magnums. Call 1-800-566-1691 if you have questions.
Work Around Options to Forward Brace Our Hitch Kit
The installation instructions above cover most Honda, Polaris, and even someother machines, but not all. If you're using the GroundHog MAX Hitch kit remember this. The main load of the hitch system is on the back where your factory 3/4-inch utility hole is used, or where the 1 1/4-inch factory hitch assembly is used. The forward attachment / bracings primary purpose is to keep the receiver tube level and to prevent left to right movement. Note: Some machines have an unusual hole pattern/frame where the hole is not centered. In many of these cases you"ll find 2 holes side-by-side, and off center. A couple of strong, well-placed screw-type hose/pipe clamps are used. Place them under the receiver tube and over the frame, then secure. This will work well to hold our receiver tube tightly to the frame. Also, tack welds can be used to accomplish this.
Call 1-800-566-1691 if you have questions.