2009 - Volume #33, Issue #2, Page #43[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Power-Lift Puts Down-Pressure On Blade
"It applies down pressure so you can grade driveways. It fits any ATV and blade," says Brad Fromm, inventor, Mibar Products in Greenfield, Wis. He designed the lift system five years ago after breaking an electric winch when plowing 6 in. of snow.
Frustrated with winch systems that tend to float over the snow, he focused on electric cylinders, which are gear-driven instead of hydraulic. That makes them cheaper to operate and able to work well in subzero temperatures. With the ability to push the blade to the ground, the plow can also be used for leveling dirt and doing other chores. Fromm's uncle uses his ATV-mounted plow to push manure out of cattle stalls.
After using the Power-Lift on his ATV plow for a couple of years, Fromm realized it could be adapted with different brackets to fit on all major plow models. He started selling Power-Lift and other ATV products on his Mibar Products website two years ago.
"ATV's or UTV's must have a front bumper or brush guard to attach the Power-Lift to a blade," says Fromm.
The Power-Lift's electric cylinder is rated at 300 lbs. and includes a compression spring assembly to absorb shocks to protect the unit. The Power-Lift system retails for less than $500 through the company's website and at some power-sport dealerships.
Fromm still uses the original Power-Lift he started with five years ago. He's sold to customers as far away as Alaska and hasn't had any reported problems.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Brad Fromm, Mibar Products, 8575 West Forest Home Ave., Suite 160, Greenfield, Wis. 53228 (ph 888 764-0573; bradf@mibar products.com; www.mibarproducts.com).
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