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
It's a fun hobby at least from my perspective. Obviously others think differently which is great. My driveway is 4 car wide. Makes it very tough. back n forth and back n forth. For me, I used the ATV about 6 times and said screw it. I sold the plow and everything. They guy that bought it was pumped...
Funny lake...we were typing at the same time. Wide driveways..forget about it.
I can see it maybe being okay for a longer driveway where you can push it to the side as you go and get a good run out of it like the OP is talking about.
I had a 60" moose plow for a shorter wide driveway and it was a huge pain in the ass. Too much shifting back and forth, lifting it up and down with the winch, etc. Could not really push it on an angle because it would bulk up too much, then I couldn't move it. Going straight the snow just falls off the sides within the first 5', just like if you pushed a shovel straight and never picked it up. I ended up getting a large blower with electric shoot controls and I get it done in half the time now, if not better. Can spin the shoot as I'm turning all in one motion and not stop.
The guy next door does my 100 yd driveway with a 400 honda,he does it 5 times faster than I can do it with a two stage ariens.I just give him some venison and tye some panfish flys.I should buy an atv myselve but I'm to cheap LOL.
I also use my AtV for my longish straight driveway. It works great in Central Wisconsin, If we do get a BIG snowfall, that dumps 8 inches of heavy snow, I will call in a truck and pay the fee. I have the Polaris plow and it works good with my Polaris 570. If you live in the snow belt where you can expect a lot of snow, you will probably need a back-up plan for the big storms. Mrt.
Been plowing snow with an atv for 20 years. No complaints. Need to push it back further the first time in the event you get heavier snow falls throughout the season. i.e., plan ahead, much like you would with any snow removal device you choose. If you already have an atv go for it.
I'e been plowing my 1/4 mile long driveway for nearly 10 years with my Polaris Ranger UTV. It does the job very well. No chains required.
On the rare years we get a ton of snow I may need to hire a guy with a truck mounted plow to widen the driveway if banks get too high. Typically only need to do this once.
At $65 a pop to hire out the plowing, I have come out way ahead over the years.
I'm with Longbarrels, it's just a toy, unless you only get a couple inches a few times a year. After any significant snowfall, typically the temp drops drastically, I would rather by sitting comfortably in a cab vs being bundled up freezing my ars off on an atv.
I plow a 300 foot driveway up a hill with my Honda ES400. Even going up hill 4WD without chains works good. If the snow is very deep and heavy I sometimes need to make the first pass from the top to the bottom to get things started. I originally had a manual lift blade and last year I installed a Superwinch. The installation was tedious and a lot of work. The manual lift was a little faster than the winch but I like being able to control the blade height with the winch. It was also a struggle lifting the blade with the manual lift. I use synthetic rope instead of cable and have had no problems. It also was a pain having to press the handle reverse button while pressing the hand brake when shifting to reverse. I modified the handle so that no button or brake is required to go from forward to reverse. With these refinements the rig works great. I have used this rig for the last 3 years and snow build up has not been a problem yet here in Waukesha county. If I lived in the Lake Superior lake effect snow area it would be a different story.
ATV plows are worthless IMO. there are no PRO's besides it taking 3 times longer than a snow blower in turn being away from the wife 3 times longer.
If anyone thinks a ATV and plow is the best way to plow snow you are mistaken. it's the truth, you just don't realize it yet.
They aren't worth the money, they beat up the machine, I've broken many cables, once the snow is there, you can't move the piles etc etc. it's really just an expensive hobby. there are many more ways to do it more effectively.
Personally, in the OP's situation, i'd either ask a neighbor with a plow, come down one time with a plow....or just buy a nice 2 stage that will last 20 years. it's a better, faster, cheaper over time option.