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Poor man's Sunstar dozer/snowplow hitch

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One of the bad things about owning a Sunstar is the attachments are expensive and fairly rare on Ebay. I bought a 42" plow on ebay a few years ago and built this homemade hitch for it. I'm not all that familiar with the older Simplicity attachments, so I can't tell you which tractor series this plow was originally made for. As can be seen in this pic, I cut down the original hitch and welded together a custom hitch that fits the Sunstar. On the right side (as we're looking at it) is a bar that pivots - the lift rod attaches to this. As the lift rod pulls back, this bar pivots back against the rod that the entire hitch pivots on in the tractor frame. This allows the snowplow to "float" and not cause damage to the lift rod or lift the front end of the tractor off the ground. This is the 3rd winter I've used this and found it to work quite well with no added weight needed. I believe the OEM hitch uses springs to allow the plow to float with some down pressure. [img]/club2/attach/witom/hitch1.jpg[/img] Below is a close-up pic of the lift bar/rod: [img]/club2/attach/witom/hitch2.jpg[/img] Below - when not in use, the plow can be removed, lift rod detached from the bar, and the whole hitch can pivot up out of the way. I just made a quickie "tab" that slips over the bumper to hold it up. The lift rod can still extend and retract without catching anything and causing any damage when the hitch is in this position. I leave the hitch on the tractor all winter - obviously removing it during the summer as it does interfere with raising the hood in this position. [img]/club2/attach/witom/hitch3.jpg[/img] Below - Pic of plow attached to the hitch. [img]/club2/attach/witom/hitch4.jpg[/img] My setup here is not set up to adjust plow angle from the seat, but I have never minded getting off to change the angle. I leave it in one position most of the time anyhow. PM me if anyone needs or wants some measurements or more detailed pics - I'll help out as best as I can...

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