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Old 07-20-2012, 04:01 PM
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Default 4x4 Quad - Looking for recommendations

Considering getting a used quad for snow removal. Will definately want a 4x4. I've got roughly 600 foot of driveway (1/2 paved, 1/2 gravel) to clear. Would also pick up a tow behind mower deck for it.

Any recommedations on what to get or what to avoid? I probably want something with a bigger motor (doubt a 250 would be enough).
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Old 07-20-2012, 04:06 PM
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I have a honda rancher 425 4x4 that has been bulletproof. I have no experience with plowing though.
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Old 07-20-2012, 04:28 PM
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All the major brands make great bikes these days. Polaris Sportsman, Yamaha Grizzly,
Suzuki King Quad, Honda Rincon, Kawasaki Brute Force, Can Am Outlander......those are the ones i would look at, and choose the one you like best or fits your budget the best.
For plowing i would recommend at least a 500 cc, and differential lock.
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My cousin has been using a 350 polaris for years on his 300' paved driveway, its about a 10% slope for a ways and I've watched him clear 6" in about 20 minutes. Its been a reliable rig, only problem he's had has been the oil cooler lines and I got replacements for him on eBay for 20 bucks apiece.
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I have had many quads over the years ( about 15 ) i have Polaris, Yamaha, Suzuki...The best atv for what you want is the definitely the Polaris Sportsman 550 hands down.
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I had a Polaris Sportsman 500 EFI (now a 550) with a Polaris 5 foot Glacier Plow. We have a 100 foot long double width driveway with a huge turnaround. It worked like a champ. I can't say anything bad whatsoever. Get the Polaris with their Glacier Plow setup. You'll be glad you did.
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Get the big honda and after your done with it put it in your will
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If you're not set on a quad, this is what I use for plowing/salting. I'll take pictures one of these days, but my driveway is pretty long and steep and has 2 tight curves. This thing makes plowing it a breeze though and the automatic salt spreader takes care of the rest.



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Originally Posted by SirFer View Post
If you're not set on a quad, this is what I use for plowing/salting. I'll take pictures one of these days, but my driveway is pretty long and steep and has 2 tight curves. This thing makes plowing it a breeze though and the automatic salt spreader takes care of the rest.



1. That setup looks like a ton of fun to drive.
2. According to your profile, you're in Sarasota. Last time I was in Sarasota I didn't see a whole lot of snow
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Originally Posted by 4 Paws View Post
2. According to your profile, you're in Sarasota. Last time I was in Sarasota I didn't see a whole lot of snow
Kept forgetting to change it! I went to school here in North Carolina and I'm in the process of relocating to somewhere in the Charlotte area. I do all my plowing/salting at my parent's house in Boone, which does see a fair amount of snow. Though not as much as I would have liked last winter.
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Originally Posted by Hollywood9s View Post
All the major brands make great bikes these days. Polaris Sportsman, Yamaha Grizzly,
Suzuki King Quad, Honda Rincon, Kawasaki Brute Force, Can Am Outlander......those are the ones i would look at, and choose the one you like best or fits your budget the best.
For plowing i would recommend at least a 500 cc, and differential lock.

I agree

With that said in January i bought a new Polaris 800 and i love it

My old ATV was a 97 Polaris and it served me well


I like when u put a Polris in awd that it is that AWD. All 4 wheels pull
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Awsome but I shutter to think of how much $ you have in that. Gotta be $15k and you could have had a decent used truck and gotten much more use out of it.

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If you're not set on a quad, this is what I use for plowing/salting. I'll take pictures one of these days, but my driveway is pretty long and steep and has 2 tight curves. This thing makes plowing it a breeze though and the automatic salt spreader takes care of the rest.



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Kabota and articcat if you want to spend lots of coin
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I absolutely loved my Yamaha Grizzly 700 w/ Power steering
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Originally Posted by maxim1010
Awsome but I shutter to think of how much $ you have in that. Gotta be $15k and you could have had a decent used truck and gotten much more use out of it.
My daily driver is an F-250, so I didn't need another truck and honestly the driveway and stretch of road that I plow are so curvy and narrow in places that I don't think any full-size SUV or truck with a plow hanging off the front could do the same job.

It doesn't just sit for the other 3 seasons either. It gets plenty of use hauling stuff all around and we take it out in search of mud whenever possible. We've also got a trail on our property that can be pretty challenging so I even get to give the winch a work out on occasion.

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