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Anyone moved snow with a UTV and ATV?

Discussion in 'General Side X Side Discussions' started by alyaz, Nov 4, 2019.

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  1. alyaz

    alyaz Al SXS Nation Regular

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    Moving from an area where we don’t get snow to an area that does. Currently have a Polaris Ranger UTV, that the home purchaser wants to buy.

    My question is, have you guys found that, generally speaking, a UTV or an ATV is better at snow removal, when equipped properly? Thanks.
     
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    airshot Ken SXS Nation Expert

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    If you have a substantial area to plow the UTV does a better job. More weight means more snow can be moved. Steering wheel makes maneuvering much easier and cab enclosures and heaters can be added for comfort. If you have a smaller or more technical area that needs plowed an ATV might be a better choice as it will maneuver in a smaller area. I have used both, when my drive area was smaller it was simple and quick, but now my drive area has grown by more than 2x and takes more than twice as long to plow. Being inside a cab enclosure and the extra qeight and power of the UTV makes the job fun.
     
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    Seastacker Carl Moderator

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    I had great success plowing with a Ranger. Even my little 500 was a beast and had no problem with 12" of the white stuff. The only think I did was add a good plow set up and a couple sand bags to the bed.
    I am a little torn between the SXS and my old tractor with a snow blower though. Depending on what you are plowing, the blower may be faster. The plow requires a lot of re-positioning to get the snow where you want it versus the snow blower where you can put it in place the first time around. It is nice having a multipurpose machine with the Ranger though. One thing I wish I did have with the Ranger was power steering...the plow ads some weight to the front.

    Here is a video I made a couple winters ago with the Ranger...



    Here is another of me using my Case/ Ingersoll snow blower...



    In both cases I was doing my own drive as well as a couple of the neighbors.
     
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    airshot Ken SXS Nation Expert

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    Cant beat a good snowblower! I have one as well for the deep drifts. Lite snow up to 6" is much easier with the plow but big drifts and really deep snow need to be thrown out of the way. Didnt know a blower was a choice, just an atv or a utv? LOL.......
     
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    Thanks guys.
     
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    River Rat Mike SXS Nation Regular

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    airshot Ken SXS Nation Expert

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    My blower is a self propelled walk behind unit. Works very well! In my area, deep drifts or deep snow are rare, the plow blade on my utv covers 95% of my snow removale needs. I couldnt justify the cost of a large unit for my utv for the few times I would use it.
     
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    Oldguy Randy SXS Nation Regular

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    Started with an ATV and 52" plow for years, as was said, there are advantages to an ATV. My Girlfriend has had her hip replaced and couldn't straddle the atv to plow while I'm out of town, enter SXS with a 72" plow, cab, and more power than needed. Recently traded to a 19 Odes Dominator 800 X-2 , same set up with one improvement....heated seats. I have a tractor with a loader if needed although she isn't comfortable using it. Wanted a blower for SXS but at $7000 for a Berco 72" not so much, good luck and happy plowing
     
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    I had a king quad, 700 I plowed with, it did a nice job but deep heavy wet snow I had to keep speeds up, this will be my first year using my own sxs but I used my sons last year, one reason I decided to buy a sxs, made the job way easier for me anyway. I use a walk behind blower as well for the sidewalks and between the rigs parked in the driveway, I have 2 driveways to plow, one to the shop and a seperate to the house, the biggest issue is where the state snow plow buries the front of both driveways with up to 3 foot high and at least that wide of burms, hitting those with either the sxs or four wheeler is like hitting a brick wall. From a slow start with the plow right against the burm, the sxs will push snow, the four wheeler just spins tires, the blower does a better job, just takes longer to move em. Once the snow is 3 feet deep or more the plow is pretty much useless, and the blower is the only option for moving new snow over the edges of the driveways. I guess to answer your question, it would depend on how much snow you get wherever you are moving to on what would work best, having a blower is not a bad idea along with a plow on a sxs in my opinion, whatever that's worth.
     
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    jefflac02 Jeffrey SXS Nation Rookie

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    Go big or go home. It’s heavy but it will move a pile of snow. [​IMG]


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    Taralynn Tara SXS Nation Rookie

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    My Odes 650 seems to move the snow nice.You have to get out to change the angle being the only downfall.Never buy an Odes though.Great warranty on the surface....but the customer service and time taken to order parts is pathetic.
     
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    jefflac02 Jeffrey SXS Nation Rookie

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    The choice was $650 for a basic manual utv plow setup. Approx $1400-$1500 if I added the hydraulic angle kit.

    Once you step up to the pro plows with hydraulics you start at around $2300 for Snowdogg for a straight blade and competitors can run up to $3000.

    I chose a v plow because I am doing residential snow removal in a rural resort setting. A lot of the driveways I have are step single lane driveways that I either have to push from the road up towards the house and then move snow away from a garage door or entrance. Or I have to plow off the main road down to a house and move it away from the entrance to the garage or house.

    The scoop feature alone sold me on that. It gives me the ability to pile snow in some of these tight areas and clean things up more quickly than if I had just a straight blade. For my business, time is money and the extra cost on the front end will save me time in the back end, and allow me to do more properties more quickly which = more $$$$.

    The heavy v plow (400 lbs installed) isn’t for everyone, but if you had a larger property or clear for others, in my opinion it’s definitely work the cost $3650 out the door with taxes (that will include the snow flap, not yet installed because they didn’t have it in stock.) jeff


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