PLOW NOT WORKING AS YOU EXPECTED
Remember, this is an ATV or UTV, not a tractor. Adjust expectations accordingly.
1) The direction of the plow. The arrow shape created by the plow should be pointing away from the machine's rear end. This is a frequent issue and sometimes why the hitch bends.
2) The hitch has bent backwards at an angle. This can be caused by the plow being installed backwards, trying to use too much weight, weak hitch setup, DIY error, or some combination of these. In order for the plow to engage the ground properly, it needs to set up vertically at a 90-degree angle (or as close as possible) and as close to the back of the machine as possible.
3) Installation error attempted to install the plow by manually picking up the rear of the machine rather than utilizing 4” blocks. This only stretches out the suspension and prevents the machine’s weight from being used properly.
4) Ground conditions. This is only an ATV or UTV and not a tractor and does have some limitations. The harder the dry/wet ground is with roots, rocks, grass, sticks, ground-clutter etc. the more passes you may have to make. Plow in looping circles and figure eights as well a straight to increase performance. Plowing speeds should range from 5-7mph according to how your food-plot is laid out.
5) Check weight distribution. Do not use to much weight. You are working to find the "sweet spot” in adjustment, which allows enough weight on the plow to work while still allowing you to pull in 2-wheel drive. Using the proper weight is accomplished by the adjustment of the up/down tube the T-Head slides. This is vital to the working of your GroundHog MAX plow.
AVOID THESE MISTAKES
1) Using a weak low quality 2” receiver converter that only uses 1 bolt through the utility hole. It is prone to twisting and will likelybend your hitch. Or using a 1 ¼” inch to 2” converter that just sits on top of the 1 ¼” inch, as it will often bend after little use. To make the 1 ¼” hitch work, see Polaris section of this manual (pictures P3, 4 ,5). Both would need to be reinforced/braced/welded to offset the plows up pressure.
2) Having an additional person sit on the machine. No extra weight is needed to work.
3) Never reading/looking at the website, manual, or guidelines.
4) Improper DIY installs/hook-ups.
REMEMBER - The hook up to your machine's hitch is critical. There are very few potential issues with the actual plow but some issues with attaching it to some machines. Proper attachment to your machine is the key.
IF THE PLOW CLOGS IN WET CONDITIONS (DIY Fix)
When it’s wet to plow with your GroundHog MAX, your discs may begin clogging up and turning into “dirt wheels.” You can try waiting until the ground dries out more, but that may be a while. If the soil is very dark and rich, it may also contain a good amount of clay that can pack in around the discs in certain conditions. To make the GroundHog Max usable in these conditions, consider using a disk scraping system to keep it cleaned out. See attached self-explanatory picture of the fix that will keep your plow running like a champ. It consists of just a 19” long piece of 5/8” threaded steel rod, 14 nuts to thread onto the rod, and 4 pieces of heavy gage fencing wire that “loops” the axle. NOTE - In most cases this is not needed.