Some guys were asking about my review of the 66" CTA plow that I picked up to replace the 54" plow that recently received the Superior-Tech 9" extensions. Needless to say the 54 with the extensions had some fitment issues. I hated how the scrapper edges didn't match in height or thickness, nor do they make a squeegee for extensions, and JD only makes a 54" in length one.The radius on the extensions and plow weren't perfect either. As many know I sold my used 54" that had extensions installed for less than 48hrs to a guy that needed the plow only.
I started my quest to decide as to whether I wanted the 54" snowblower or the CTA 66" plow. I spoke to many guys as well as dealers and settled on the 66" plow. Jeff at CTA was extremely personable and easy to work with.
My (CTA) Compact Tractor Attachments 66” plow with the UHMW cutting edge showed up today for my X758.
The blade is packed in a wood 2x6 crate with 5 of the sides shielded, along with foam padding on the bottom to protect the powder coat finish. On top there are a couple more 2x6's locking the whole thing tightly together. Torx screws hold the whole thing together and after removing the two blocks on the back you can lift the blade out. I personally stood the whole thing up into working orientation and then lifted it out. I'm still younger than many of you so no back problems lifting the 300lbs plow out of the crate.
This thing is built like a tank. Both large springs are tension adjustable and beefy.. The skid shoes are oversized and from a commercial grade truck plow. CTA included many washers so you could adjust the height to your own preference and as the scrapper edge wears. All the hardware is large, oversized and SS, nothing like that on the OEM 54” plow. I opted for the UHMW edge over the hardox 500 edge to protect my driveway. I still might change it over to a squeegee from rubberwearqstrips.com since I hate punch holes in rubber. I have yet to decide if I will be adding a top flat however the plow already has the holes drilled for it. I brought the X758 over, pitched the QH down, drove forward and pitched the QH up. I was able to cleanly lift the blade off the ground and get it hitched up. Due to the 54" plow being shorter in height, the mounting flanges were lower to the ground. I was not able to hookup the 54" without getting off the tractor and lifting the plow up onto the QH mount. It was slightly annoying.
Overall I am extremely happy with the design, the sturdiness, and the attention to detail that was put into the plow. Hell even the laser cut initials of CTA that are welded onto the back of plow. I'm glad I purchased this attachment and look forward to my first snowstorm with it.