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Old 02-05-2014, 11:18 AM
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How well do the 4X4 ATVs plow snow ? My Pop has a 150yd driveway with a small hill and the Cub Cadet w/plow isn't doing the job any more.

Is there a difference in 4WD systems ? Chains required ?

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Old 02-05-2014, 11:35 AM
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A landscaper who used to live across from me had a couple with snow plows. They worked well in the snow in North - central NJ. So well I was tempted to get one for myself. It has been 10 plus years so I don't recall the make or model.
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The blades for ATV's are pretty small

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I have an older 4x4Kawasiki 360 and it works well with no chains up to about 6 inches of snow. No chains. You can do more but got to take very little at a time. The newer ones all have larger engines. The more you weigh the better it works. A small hill is easy to work around. Even an larger hill is OK after you make the first run to the top. It works better than I thought- my son usually has it as he has a longer driveway.... They ARE better than lawn tractors mainly cause of the 4x4 and tiresI I assume. Go for it. To me it is easier than a 2 stage blower and more fun if you have room to plow the snow off to the sides...and like Garret says the bladei s like maybe a foot high
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Look for a snow blower to attach to the atv
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The CC is 30+ years old and struggles to make it up the hill....... the tires spin with chains and wheel weights even with the blade up !
Pop is 84yo and still wants to be self sufficient. He could easily drive a 4X4 ATV w/plow.
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The real thing you should consider is that an ATV powerful enough to plow, has no problem going 40+ MPH in short order.
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I have a 350 yamaha with a plow and a 700 ft driveway and it did fine in northen MN. Even better now that I winter in FL.
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I've plowed alot of snow with my quads. A 60 by 18 inch blade on a Kawasaki Brute force 750i can move alot of snow in a hurry.
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I have a honda rancher 4x4 with a warn plow. It is a pretty good set up. As said above it works well up to 6-7 inches of snow. My blade is 54inches wide and I run it at an angle so snow pushes to the side. It is in a different league than a lawn tractor. I just purchased chains for the tires but haven't had enough snow to give them a try yet.
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If the tires are spinning then it needs more weight.

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I have two ATV's a 2009 Kawasaki 750 Brute Force and a 2013 Yamaha Grizzly 450. Both are setup for plowing. With all the snow we have had here in NY, I am surprised at how well they push snow. I have not had one issue to date, including the extremely heavy 6"-8" snow we had today. Make sure you get a 4wd quad.



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I have a very steep driveway, 150' top to bottom. Top 30x30 is flat. I had these same questions as OP. I have a new Toro snowblower that did the job but it was still a lot of work and I'd be sore for days afterwards. About 8 years ago, I had a lawntractor with plow/weights/chains that did not work, matter of fact, it was kind of scary. I also have a Honda 420 4x4 that I had always considered using with a plow. Last fall I bit the bullet and bought a plow and mount from Rocky Mountain ATV. I used the chains from my tractor, they happen to fit perfectly so I was all set. Fast forward to this winter and all the snow we have been getting, the plow works great with no problems even getting up my driveway plowing, not to mention clearing the snow is now fun, it really does a great job. I still use the snowblower to remove the plowed snow or i wouldn't have anywhere to put any more snow.

If it works on my driveway it sounds like it will work on OP's dad's driveway. The pic is to show what I am up against.

Ironically, my winch cable snapped this morning.
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Watched a snow crew use one this morning when I dropped my wife off at work. The thing you MUST DO is plow with the storm!! I see guys in Maine do it all the time.

The one very important thing you want to do is watch your speed. I watched the dope this morning running pretty fast. One curb, one raised catch basin or man hole rim and you are going to do a Superman over the handlebars. Anybody who has caught something hard when plowing in a truck knows just what I'm talking about. It frickin hurts!!
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Looks like it the ATV 4X4 would work great ! Thanks for the input !
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So hey Jeff, without the chains it won't work?
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I'll throw in another vote for they work very well. I have over 1200' of paved lane with a decent sized parking area plus another 500' of gravel lane and a large truck turn-around area. Unless the snow is very wet and heavy and over about 6", most times I'll plow it with my ATV with 5' wide blade before I'll use my back-hoe. And the backhoe has a cab with heat and stereo. The ATV with a 5' wide angle blade is just quicker till you figure in warming up the hoe and damage to the grass getting off to the side to dump, etc.

If you put chains on all 4 you can really move some snow, however I rarely need to chain up.
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My 700 Prairie has a 60" Moose plow (got mine from Rocky Mountain too!) that does a fine ass job plowing snow. Haven't had anything yet slow it down.
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Originally Posted by Garett View Post
So hey Jeff, without the chains it won't work?
With the angle I'm going up I am pretty sure it would be a lot more difficult w/o chains. I could prob get away with just a rear set but since I had them I figured I would use all four.

To the OP: don't go less than 60" wide or when angled you'll be driving over snow.

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