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Deep Snow Woods Plowing

Discussion in 'ATV / UTV Snow Removal' started by magik235, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. magik235

    magik235 Senior Member
    Messages: 113

    This year's heavy snowfall has made my woods inaccessible. Would an ATV with a plow have any chance of clearing a trail through 27" of snow?
     
  2. B-2 Lawncare

    B-2 Lawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 224

    I would say no.
     
  3. sublime68charge

    sublime68charge PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

  4. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,361

    I'd say you either need to get some tracks for your ATV so you can drive on top of the snow or buy a tractor with a bucket loader.
     
  5. maxwellp

    maxwellp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,112

    I would use a snow blower with tracks.
     
  6. SnowFakers

    SnowFakers Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 942

    UTV with a V Plow might do it
     
  7. chuckraduenz

    chuckraduenz Senior Member
    Messages: 345

    no way would a atv do that. I don't care how big. a tractor and loader or evon a tractor and blower.... maybe evon a atv and blower. but no way a plow would. evon a truck I think would have problems if it sat and never been touched...
     
  8. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    put tracks on that ATV then I say yes
     
  9. willsterman

    willsterman Junior Member
    from WI
    Messages: 2

    The ATV won't work

    My son was just north of Merrill snowmobiling a few days ago and there is way too much snow for an ATV to plow and running a blower on a woods road would take forever and could plug or damage the blower if you pick up a large rock or branch .

    Find a person in excavation, farming, or logging near to your woods with a loader/backhoe, dozer, or chained up tractor to clear your road. You will save money and time compared to trying that job yourself with an ATV.

    You may just want to wait until the snow melts if possible. Even if you get a road into the woods cleared, what will you do then? Cutting and getting wood out will be a huge task with that much snow.
     
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2014
  10. magik235

    magik235 Senior Member
    Messages: 113

    Thank you everyone for the input. It looks like I will be buying a used ATV with tracks.
     
  11. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    If go that way remember don't drop the plow take it down in layers
     
  12. magik235

    magik235 Senior Member
    Messages: 113

    Monday I should have a 2003 Polaris 700 with tracks.
     
  13. maxwellp

    maxwellp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,112

    Cool , we need a report and pictures.
     
  14. MtnCowboy

    MtnCowboy Member
    Messages: 96

    It can be done if the water content isn't high/snow isn't compacted. I plow more than a mile of forest road with an average of 8' of snow annually. I've plowed 2+ feet with a 660 (no tracks) and it's a chore. I've also used a 4 foot blower, however it's slow going and additional slowdowns/minor damage from unseen rocks and tree limbs is almost guaranteed.
     
  15. magik235

    magik235 Senior Member
    Messages: 113

    I made it through the woods effortlessly this morning.

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  16. sublime68charge

    sublime68charge PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    need to get you a Vplow for that setup now.
    not mine but found this pic on the web.

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    did you due any plowing or just drive on top of the snow?

    nice looking unit.

    what type of tracks due you have?

    thanks
     
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2014
  17. skorum03

    skorum03 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,940

    That atv is bad ass. Have fun
     
  18. magik235

    magik235 Senior Member
    Messages: 113

    I have the TJD track system. I was able to go anywhere without plowing. I was amazed. I plowed around the yard just to check out the plow. I have to grind off the home made plow box edges so I can push snow with the blade angled. Then I have to build a yard guard for the blade and tighten the trip springs.
     
  19. sublime68charge

    sublime68charge PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    any chance to get some close up pics of the box edges?
    before you take them off I want to due some for my plow and looking for idea's

    thanks

    and what is a yard guard for your blade?

    nice Pics and glad your able to go through your wood trails again.
     
  20. magik235

    magik235 Senior Member
    Messages: 113

    I have an 800 foot sloped gravel driveway. After plowing it for 25 years, nothing has improved my plowing as much as the 2" pipe yard guard. Here are a couple of pictures of my yard guard.

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