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Seen a lot of different setups......didnt know if its a big deal on the Ranger XP (2010) to hook the winch straight to the plow, or if a pulley was recommended? I was considering getting a pulley to go on the plow, and loop the cable back to the bumper.

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i do the same when i have the loader bucket on. half the work for the winch in theory..
 

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OK, speaking WAAAAY outta school here. I live near Atlanta and our snows are infrequent and generally very light - no need for a plow! (Thank goodness!) When it does snow, I put on my fuzzy slippers and stare at Ranger porn until it goes away. But the physics of the whole thing is interesting. I'm sure you snow vets all know this stuff, but there may be a snow newbie out there that could benefit(?).

First, the idea of using a snatch block is a great idea; in the snow or dragging someone out of a hole. It will definitely add life to a winch. Also, remember that a winches power is at max when there are fewer wraps on the drum. A 4000 lb winch only has 4000 lbs of pull when there is only one wrap on the drum. When there are 4 wraps on the drum, the pull drops to 2726 lbs. So it stands to reason that if you have a shorter line on the winch, it will be more efficient. That is (partially) why some folks use a plow strap or a shorter line https://motoalliance.com/Site.Store.go?action=gotoProductDetails&id=1275 . Plus, you have the added benefit of not having to replace/repair your line as often - you can put on your original line come spring without having to worry about that first few feet of line that has rubbed against the hawse or fairlead a few thousand times. Now, if you rig up a short line AND a snatch block... OK, done pontificating.
 

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Given the weight of the plow a winch doesn't really notice it - and since you'll need to run the winch twice as long each time, I'm not sure you are "saving" the winch at all by using a block.

That said, I always used one on my ATV. Why? The winch whipped the plow up and down really quickly, and I was worried about wear and tear on the suspension more than anything else. with the block it slowed things down to a reasonable speed. I put took some PVC pipe, cut it in half, then hose clamped it around my bull bar, and put some chain around it. That is what I hooked the winch hook to. Worked like a charm, and the PVC protected the bull bar from scratches (better for resale:) ), and perhaps from eventually bending in a bit where the chain hit.
 
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