Call me at the shop. Much easier to talk vs type. Thor
Well...well...humm...where is the knowledge base for other enthusiasts with a "call" .vs info provided within this thread???
IMHO...this is a good question...that many others could benefit from.
...just my .02
Okay Biz4two make me type up a storm!
If you want a front mount system the Warn ProVantage is the better of the two regarding design. The American Eagle system is stronger and a tad bit more expensive but with the front mount kit you loose about 3.5 inches of front ground clearance. This issue is only on the 550 & 850 XP.
. The front mount systems give you more plow blade height for pushing snow higher and are easier to install but give more ware & tear on the front of the unit. Also note with the Warn ProVantage you MUST USE A WARN WINCH MOUNT OR POLARIS OEM WINCH MOUNT!!! They are the only ones that have the correct holes for mounting the plow mount too.
The best belly mount system is the American Eagle. Again it is the strongest of the 2 systems. It has a very unique mounting plate. It is a 2 stage mount. There is a plate that stays on the unit all year long. Then below it is a V plate with a quick connecting system. No pins needed. The push just clamps on the V plate. When winter is over all you do is loose 4 blots and the V plate slides off giving you more ground clearance. The belly mount system is much better for the quad. The weight is distributed amount 4 tires vs 2 on the front mount. The bad. Less blade light lift and you have to get on your knees to install.
As for blade size. I would never go with anything less then a 54". The reason for this is when you are plowing with a blade on a angel and you have a 50" you quad is now wider than the blade. The tires are now sticking outside the blade in the snow making a mess. The reason to plow on a angel is for better clean up and keeping the snow to one side. A very important part of plowing when you are working with snow drifts and want to make a barrier. I prefer the 60" my self. If you see in the photo below I have my blade on a angel. Even with a 60 inch and full angle there is only about 2 inches of blade sticking out past the tires.
Also one last thing. Those who also want to get our Guru Cobra front brush guard. We have a special design for this bumper to work with the Warn front mount system. Just let me know when ordering and we will make you the correct bumper to fit with the plow. Also remember tires are a very important part of plowing. I have found that the Grim Reaper is by far one of the best tires for snow plowing with its unique tread pattern. With the correct tire you can just about anywhere. Here is a pic of me plowing 24" of snow last year. This could not be done with stock tires.
Also don't forget about the straight vs country blade options. The Country blade is higher on the one side & is more for speed and thorwing the snow further. It is weighs more. Most people dont need this blade. The standard is more than fine.
I always like to talk to people before they order a system. It is important to know where you live, what else you will be doing with the system, your physical abilities+ +. This way you get the correct system needed the first time. I had a gentleman call me last week. He just purchased a 850xp & wanted a plow. After some time of the phone I found that he was in a chair. For this man a Warn front mount with the full power pivot was the only way to to. He did not even know of this option before talking to me. What a joy I heard in his voice that he had called and was able to taking to someone who knew all about he products they sold & were able to help him with his needs.
I hope this helps? Anyone here on the forum feel free to call me at the shop with any questions!