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ATV for on road use during snowstorm

Discussion in 'ATV / UTV Snow Removal' started by Steve G., Oct 3, 2009.

  1. Steve G.

    Steve G. Senior Member
    Messages: 155

    Hey guys, Is it possible to get a license plate for my quad to drive on the road during a snow storm and a few days after... in NYC?


    Thanks,
    Steve
     
  2. Pristine PM ltd

    Pristine PM ltd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,794

    nope! When I was younger I drove around a bit, a cop pulled me over once and gave me a warning. Get a flashing yellow light and pretend you are clearing sidewalks as a city vehicle... normally cops will not care, but only during the right times. Don't go out a few days later, that is asking for problems.
     
  3. Steve G.

    Steve G. Senior Member
    Messages: 155

    Thanks, but was that in NYC or in Canada?
     
  4. rm25x

    rm25x Member
    Messages: 42

    I don't know of anywhere that its legal.
     
  5. Pristine PM ltd

    Pristine PM ltd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,794

    It was in Toronto, but like rm25x said, they are never allowed in large cities. My cottage town does allow them for on road use due to tourism, like ski-doo's in the winter are allowed to cross roadways in this town.
     
  6. rm25x

    rm25x Member
    Messages: 42

    Actually, I need to re-phrase my post. Its legal in northern michigan, you can drive along the shoulder of any 2 lane road, at no more then 25mph. Also must have an orv sticker. Not sure if its allowed in the winter time though with all the snowmobiles.
    That was just passed this summer to help boost tourism.
     
  7. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,361

    Every road in my town is open to ATVs and there are alot more towns opening the roads up to ATVs.
     
  8. rm25x

    rm25x Member
    Messages: 42

    must be nice
     
  9. SQuad

    SQuad Member
    Messages: 58

    tymusic Here in Montreal, if the vehicle is designated for snow removal purposes, you are allowed to drive it on the road. My second year with a plate. I have been stopped a few times but they run the plate and let me go. I save 30% of the time I spend out there working cause I don't have to load and unload my machine onto a trailer. It's also a great advertising as new customers have said they had seen my machine on the road.
     
  10. SuperdutyShane

    SuperdutyShane PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,517

    Obviously you need to have a license, but do you need to put any special blinkers or such on the atv?
     
  11. rm25x

    rm25x Member
    Messages: 42

    wow that would be nice
     
  12. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

    I have my quad on the road every storm here, and it is illegal. Granted I live in a small farm town, but when I talked to the local cops they said as long as I had some work of flashing light, obeyed all traffic laws and wasnt horesing around and doing strictly work, I wouldnt be bothered.
     
  13. SQuad

    SQuad Member
    Messages: 58

    My machine is a designated snow removal vehicle. It is plated like a front end loader. My machine had to be weighed for licencing taxes. It has to meet safety requirements as other specialty vehicles , flashing lights, turn signals, horn, etc. It is a commercial snow removal vehicle and cannot be used on the road between April till November. You cannot travel on roads who's speed limit exceeds 50 Km/hr ( 30 mph.). My route takes me on an overpass to get to my customers on the other side of the Trans Canada ( Interstate ). I can use the service road as it has a 50 Km/hr speed limit. My average run time with 17 places to do is 4.5 hrs ( the hotels only want service after 10 am. so I go for breakfast. The cab is open so I can quickly jump on and off for shoveling the small stuff.
     
  14. SuperdutyShane

    SuperdutyShane PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,517

    Hey that sounds pretty good. I guess Ill stick with a truck though, just seems like a lot to do just to be able to plow with an atv, legally.
     
  15. SQuad

    SQuad Member
    Messages: 58

    All I do are sidewalks so a truck wouldn't work. The deal I've made with the guys is I just have to push the snow off the sidewalks into the parking lots or drives and they take it away. Unlike shoveling where you build up snowbanks thus creating snowdrifts, taking away the snow you deal only with the accumulation of each storm.
     
  16. SuperdutyShane

    SuperdutyShane PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,517

    Oh I was confused, I was thinking you did drives too. Thats a pretty cool loader setup you have on the front. Do you have a thread on it so I could see how you built that ?
     
  17. SQuad

    SQuad Member
    Messages: 58

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97wFYjRm2bs

    It's fabricated to be removable off the ATV. The front receiver mount takes most of the load. The pivot points near the handlebars are clamped to the rack. The loader arms allow us to lift the blade as high as we can to be able to drive up a staircase. Thank's to this website we added the gas strut to the front blade for down force, this perfected the scraping capabilities.
     
  18. SuperdutyShane

    SuperdutyShane PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,517

    That thing is sweet! I would love to have something like that. Did that take a lot of hours thinking/designing/creating? It really looks like you put a lot of effort into it. Very good job. :salute: The fact that you can drive up staircases is pretty good too huh lol. I really love the idea of have loader arms. Do you have a bucket that you can attach to that thing?
     
  19. SQuad

    SQuad Member
    Messages: 58

    No bucket for the front. We installed a leaf spring from a small trailer inverted under the frame at the front and attached the two ends of the leaf spring to the A arms,because of the extra weight of the loader arms the ATV was nosediving.The intention was never to pile the snow just place it so the loaders could get rid of it.
    The loader arm concept was the simplest way to get the blade out of the way so we could climb the steps to be able to plow at the different elevations of walkways we have to do. The rear scraper blade is farm tractor proven technology though were working on getting some downforce for pulling snow out of corners.
    The train of thought for the future is a 48" single stage blower driven by a hydraulic motor, powered up by a 20HP Honda engine. This way it lightens up the assembly to the front of the ATV and gives weight to the back of the ATV where the hydraulic powerpack will be. They have heavy models for skidsteers. I'd like to build a light model for my ATV.
     
  20. SuperdutyShane

    SuperdutyShane PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,517

    Hmm sounds like a pretty good idea with the blower. I like the idea of the rear scraper blade, I really want to put one on my atv. You did like a 3pt type of setup for the backblade right? If you do go ahead and create the snowblower, please get some pics of it! :salute: