I decided to install a winch on the rear of my JD316 to help me should I get stuck while plowing deep snow, and for other uses like pulling logs and other large items. I chose a Harbor Freight Badlands 2000 pound winch.
Since the tractor did not have a suitable mounting point, and the fairlead for the cable needed to be mounted also, I built an aluminum enclosure that solves both problems, along with solving a third problem. The winch is mounted under the tractor's plastic fuel tank and I did not want to risk damaging the tank in case of a cable break or other mishap. The half inch thick aluminum housing completely encloses the cable spool and protects the fuel tank.
I also decided to add a rear facing light, mounted in the cutout area in the fuel tank. I will never have whatever accessory John Deere made this cutout for, so I will use it as a place for my light. I made the bracket from 1/4 inch aluminum, and it will also provide some additional protection for the fuel tank.
The light is a modified Harbor Freight flashlight.
At $2.50, it is a bright, and cheap light.
Finding a place for the relay box was a challenge. I eventually settled on a spot below the PTO switch and above the hydraulic valves.
The winch had no trouble dragging the tractor across the pavement, with the rear wheels locked and the plow lowered to the point where the font wheels were off the ground. With the plow on, and all the weights added, the tractor weighs a little over 1,000 pounds. I am confident that the winch will be able to pull me out of most problems I might get into.
Unfortunately the winch was not finished in time for our great blizzard of 2014. I did get stuck once, and had to shovel it out. But now I am ready for the next storm!