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A few questions for you Quad guys

Discussion in 'ATV / UTV Snow Removal' started by Smitty58, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. Smitty58

    Smitty58 Senior Member
    Messages: 223

    I'm thinking about adding a quad with plow to the arsenal this winter. I know a little about them having owned a couple but its been a few years. I want one that is easy to shift from forward to reverse since I will use it for plowing tight areas. Of course I want 4x4 ,and has to be big enough to move some snow. Also I would like one that I can put a regular tow hitch on if thats possible. We get snowfalls from 2-8 inches here. I want the easiest system for raising and lowering the plow. Had a manual lift plow before and did not like it. So what advice can you all give. I'm not tied to a particular brand. thanks in advance
     
  2. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    I am 98% sure someone will say something else but. In my opinion you will want a 500cc or bigger. My guess is you will want an automatic for shifting from foward to reverse easier. You will want a winch to raise the blade being it is easier just push a button. But for the blade you will have to get off the machine to angle the blade unless you get an automatic angling system. If you have anymore questions just shoot.
     
  3. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,361

    You should get a 500cc or bigger 4x4 with a 60" plow with a winch lift IMO. All the 2004 and newer 400cc and bigger Arctic Cats have a 2" Reese hich. I have a 2004 Arctic Cat 500 4x4 with a 60" plow and I love it, it plows great.
     
  4. Smitty58

    Smitty58 Senior Member
    Messages: 223

    Thanks, I watched a review on the Suzuki Eiger 400. Looks like just what I need ,and as luck would have it there is one right now on Craigslist pretty close to me. Its a 2005 camo with a winch. Asking $3050. How does that sound?
     
  5. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    sounds good. depends on miles and condition. My quads have suzuki engines and I will say I have put the one in to the bars and it flooded out with water and still runs like new haha
     
  6. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,361

    My Arctic Cat also has a Suzuki motor, and I put water over the motor all the time and it runs like it's brand new.
     
  7. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    ya but you have the newer one with the air box by the gas tank i believe. mine is under where you sit. so it is much lower. I flooded mine with water. my engine was full of water haha.
     
  8. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,954

    we have 2 suzuki eiger 400s with plows for sidewalks, it is preferred over the polaris 500 that we have. the price sounds good to me, if my memory serves me the '08 suzuki eiger 400 with plow, camo, winch, hand warmers and plow was around $6300 new.
     
  9. bowhunter74

    bowhunter74 Member
    from MO.
    Messages: 46

    Your bigger atv's have more weight wich in turn are better for pushing larger amounts of snow. Do your self a favor and stay away from Polaris.
     
  10. Steve G.

    Steve G. Senior Member
    Messages: 155

    I would like the above comment to be explained.

    I would also get atleast 500cc or bigger if I were you, get a 60'' blade unless you're using it for really tight areas, then a 54'' would have to cut it.
    I don't thick that polaris sells the best plows, it's worked for us so far, but I would get one of the other one's that are higher than ours.
    I must say however polaris excels in that area of being able to put on and take off your plow.
     
  11. bowhunter74

    bowhunter74 Member
    from MO.
    Messages: 46

    What do you mean?
     
  12. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    i agree to stay away from polaris im not a big fan of them. but they are ok if you can get a good deal on one I would jump on it.
     
  13. Steve G.

    Steve G. Senior Member
    Messages: 155

    I mean explain whats wrong with polaris, saying there bad is one thing but that needs an explanation or reason, you may be right, but so far our quad has pushed snow fine. It's the only quad i've pushed snow with, so I can't compare them.
     
  14. S-205

    S-205 Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 357

    My buddy has a 2007 Arctic Cat 500 and it is exactly what you want. 2 inch receiver like someone said and with a winch it lift the plow well. Its easy to shift into gear because their is only reverse neutral, high and low. It has 4wd and difflock and its a big machine that plows well. 2004 to 2007 are basically the same.
     
  15. bowhunter74

    bowhunter74 Member
    from MO.
    Messages: 46

    I've been around atv's for a long time and my buddy has a atv repair shop, most of the atv's that come through his shop in need of repair are Polaris, they are a pain to work on and kind of cheesey when it comes to part design. Your big 4 Honda Yamaha Kawi and Suz make a much better product and overall seem to last longer in the long run. I'm not trying to Pi** O** anyone just stating what I see and think of them. IMHO all they seem to be good for is ditch fill ;)
     
  16. BeSeenGraphics

    BeSeenGraphics Member
    Messages: 60

    Make sure to check out the moose rapid mount system. That with a Polaris V and you are in business. Will take some fabricating...but not much.
     
  17. Steve G.

    Steve G. Senior Member
    Messages: 155

    The polaris has an extremely fast mounting setup! If anything I would get a moose plow with a polaris mount!
     
  18. Smitty58

    Smitty58 Senior Member
    Messages: 223

    Went to Bass Pro to see what they had. They sell Artic Cat quads and UTV's. Man they have really gotten big. I haven't look at any for a few years and was surprised just how large they are now. They had a 1000 quad, that thing was huge. Bet it would push as much snow as some small trucks. The UTV's are really nice as well but the are really too big for me. I'm thinking something in the 400-500 range will work fine for my needs. Big enough to plow and small enough to fit in my trailer and turn around in driveways and tight spots. I have been finding a lot of gently used quads on Craigslist and Ebay for good prices. Don't really see the need to buy a new one if I can save myself $2-3000 on a nice used one. So here is what I'm thinking for my setup, I already have a 2005 F-350 with a 8ft Western. I also have a 93 4x4 Suburban and an enclosed trailer. So if I add the quad with plow and put it and the snowblower, shovels, drop spreader, salt etc in the enclosed trailer and travel with bot trucks I think I can cover just about anything that comes up.
    What do you think of this setup? Also what kind of money can I expect to make from the quad setup as a subcontractor?
     
  19. bowhunter74

    bowhunter74 Member
    from MO.
    Messages: 46

    I make $40 an hr. subbing, on comercial but I do better on all of my drives. This year i bought a Blizzard 810 for my truck and that will pay $50-$65 an hr. and I will stay in the lot longer and make more that way also, with the atv I spend alot of time running and not getting payed. I have to have a base price also because most of the time I'm only at a site for a few min. because I knock them out so fast, so I run $20 to do anything under 1/2 hr. (I don't care if it's 2 min.) and goes up till I hit $40. So you can see lots more to be made in a truck. But there is lots of work for the atv because nobody wants to mess with sidewalks. Most of the time I don't get done untill about 3 days after it's done snowing.
     
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2009
  20. BeSeenGraphics

    BeSeenGraphics Member
    Messages: 60

    I'll have to check that one out. I love the look of those little Polaris V-Plows. Beef one up a little...get some controls...hehehe.