Were thinking of mounting plow on ATV, is it worth the money ? How much snow can we move ? Will it be better than a blower ? Renting farm property with longer drive, don't have truck with plow. Want to keep expense to a minimum. Any info will help.
Pro's & Con's of putting plow on ATV
I got my money's worth putting a 60" inch plow on my Kawasaki Mule years ago. It doesn't really matter how wide or how deep if you just adjust your plowing method. I had 3 foot high drifts one year and decided to use the tractor and it quit when the fuel gelled.
It is going to take longer than with a truck with a higher and wider plow but a ATV or UTV is much more maneuverable in tight places
I have a 2015 700-4 Honda Pioneer with a 6' 6" Boss XT V plow. It is the best match Ever. Going on third winter, spun tires maybe twice! The suspension actually bears down on a big push. Lots of bucks, but, I can not imagine a better tool,and it is fun!
Have to agree with many posts here. I have a Polaris 425 Magnum, with a 60" plow and winch control. Great for snow less than 6". If anything more is predicted I plow halfway through the storm if I'm home at the time.
Pros - Somewhat fun. Less labor/effort than shovelling or blowing.....uh, that's about it.
Cons - Uneven sidewalk/driveway cracks are a pain. Getting off to change the blade angle. Trouble moving more than 6" of snow. Removing the plow when you want to use the ATV for something else.
Suggestions - Install handgrip warmers on the ATV. First time you plow, push the snow as far as you possibly can move it to make room for successive storms.
I do agree whole heartedly. The ATV is fun. Any time i can be away from my wife and drink a beer, it's worth it. I'm just saying for me, the ATV was not the way to go. Single wide drives, sure. Just make sure you plow 3 wide to begin with. if we ever get a snow fall year like 4-5 years ago, you'll have no place for it to go.
At my cabin, i pay the guy down the road $100. he plows my drive better than i can do it. takes him about 10 minutes to plow a single drive, 60 yards long and a 3 car area in front of the garage. I wish he lived down here, I would sell my blower and keep one shovel for the side walk. LOT's of people with plows willing to make a couple extra dollars...and it's NOT expensive.
I even have a kid on my block that comes around and asks to cut my grass. I have 2 acres. he uses my mower, I let him spend the 2 hours...he charges me $20. he comes around when he needs a new video game LOL. he cuts it about 3 times a year. Saves me 2 hours, i go fishing. perfect deal for me. I pay him a $1 a dozen for night crawlers, he's a good kid to have around the block. little entrepreneur
Thats funny, I agree, wide drives and aprons are a pain with the quads.
BUT it all depends on your layout. I have a sizable concrete apron between my garage and pole barn , plus about a 400ft single lane entrance. If you hav the push space and not much in the way in the drivway, atv is fun time. Id spend an 8hr shift if i had to walk it behind a blower. Haha