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    Default Dose anyone us a Four Wheeler to plow Res.

    I just wanted to know if anyone uses a 4-wheeler to do res. snow plowing? Thanks for the help!
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    My brother in law has a 650 Kawi with a plow on it. Pretty much useless due to lack of weight for plowing. The blade just won't get down to the surface.
    I don't do plowing, but I have done my driveway and a couple others when there was a big snow storm with a Bobcat T300 and a Kubota 4310. The Kubota was better in my opinion.
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    Thanks rich, I"m suprised you couldn't add weight to the front end.
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    It would have to be more weight than the quad could handle. I don't know specs, but even just the plow and rider is probably near max capicity.
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    I went and talked to a dealer yesterday, man though machines look like they could push some snow. Is your brother in laws machine a 4 wheel drive unit? The set up I looked at would have plenty of power, set up with chains on the wheels and hooked up to the winch to raise and lower the blade. Thanks for the help.
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    It's a 4WD. It looks like it would be great, but from my findings, I wouldn't want to bank on that making me money. See if your dealer has one with a plow on it as a demo. Just sitting on it and raising the plow pulls the front end down a lot. Drive it with the plow up and while slowing down, the rear end wants to rise. There is a good amount of weight there already and it dosen't scrape down too well. Adding more weight is going to destroy the quad even more than just a plow. I know a quad written off for work would be great, but they are just not that useful.
    My opinion-Take the money to a small skid steer or tractor with a front bucket. Better all around machine.

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    Good advice! I will see if he has a demo. I would buy it now with out a good test and it snowing like H*** right now. Good time to test. Thanks
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    I think a lot of it has to do with the way the plow is mounted to the atv.

    If it is hooked way up front on the atv, it doesn't have much leverage and will float over the snow.


    I use to use a Polaris 500 way back in the day. The plow assembly was very long and actually hooked up way back towards the back of the quad. Like straight down from the back part of your seat. It didn't float over snow and did quite well for larger driveways.


    Could be the make of the plow as well.




    Having said all of that, because of the quad not having the ability to spin around quickly and turn on a dime, a small Toro single stage will do better on smaller driveways.
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    Scaper, thanks for the input, I liked hearing that. I have been looking at the Polaris. I will do very limited plowing, I will get much more use out of it on the turf durring season. So, the right machine could be an asset to the company.
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    For what it's worth, I had some break issues with the Polaris and it cost a rediculous price to be fixed. I keep my stuff pretty clean also. They charged me $900 to fix the brakes on the damn thing. I sold it about a month later.

    They have since changed the brakes and brake lines though. I purchased a Suzuki and it has been bullet proof. It's only a 400cc, but it's much lighter than the 500cc Sportsman Polaris was, so it feels just as good. It gets worked pretty much whenever it is running.

    If I went with anything bigger, I think it would be the Kawasaki or Honda. From what I have read, they are both very very nice machines. Not sure why they need to make them so powerful these days though! The 500cc I had was pretty much as strong as needed for 98% of all riders.
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