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Ranger 500

Discussion in 'ATV / UTV Snow Removal' started by lagwagon, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. lagwagon

    lagwagon Member
    Messages: 50

  2. thesnowman269

    thesnowman269 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    Wellllllll You could put a cab on it and have heat
     
  3. Eddiej

    Eddiej Member
    from UK
    Messages: 39

    I have been thinking much the same over here in the UK.

    We never have a significant amount of snow, or at least not where I am in the Southeast,but the poxy country grinds to halt when we do.
    I strongly beleive that there is a market potential over here for small scale clearing of office car parks, schools and domestic driveways.
    The problem with operating a full size snow clearing unit, is that the roads get snarled up as no one seems to be able to drive!!!
    This is where an ATV based unit would come in, but like you, I'm not sure whether to go for something like an Artic Cat, or something like this below.

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    Its a hard choice, as a buggy type vehicle would the advantage in that I could also transport salt, snow blower and ancillary equipment on the load bed, but by using the above, I would loose the versatility of being able to negotiate around stuck vehicles etc.
    Buggies are quite a big thing within farming communities over here, and there is a very wide choice of models, although all of them are well over priced, and buying a used Land Rover would be a hell of alot cheaper!
    The Kawasaki buggy, has quite a neat trick, in that the rear load bed quickly converts into additional seating, which could open up other options for use when no one else can get about. Here is a short video clip of some of the buggies that we have for sale over here in the UK http://www.fwi.co.uk/Articles/2009/11/27/118924/Buggy-Test-John-Deere.htm
     
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2010
  4. hondarider94

    hondarider94 Junior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 19

    imo, the heavy it is, the better it is for plowing.. put a plow on that, and it will plow better than a atv because its heavier
     
  5. lagwagon

    lagwagon Member
    Messages: 50

  6. IPLOWSNO

    IPLOWSNO PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,620

    yea i would go japan for sure, anything is better than the j/d units and cheaper
     
  7. bdehus

    bdehus Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    I have a Polaris Ranger 700 XP with a 72 inch cycle country plow on it. This is my first year plowing with it and only use it on a 1700 foot and a 700 foot drive. It pushes snow great. You need to add weight in the bed because all of the extra weight up front. I was able to push 2 foot drifts and make a pile 6 foot tall. I priced a gator. Too expensive for what you get in my opinion.
     
  8. lagwagon

    lagwagon Member
    Messages: 50

    Awesome, post some pictures!
     
  9. paullinrt

    paullinrt Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    That Ranger 500 looks like it would plow great.

    bdehus - Do you use a winch to raise the plow? Do you angle the blade manually? I'm thinking about that plow on my Ranger for a 1000 foot drive. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    Thanks, Rick
     
  10. bdehus

    bdehus Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    I use a mile marker 3000 lb. winch to raise the plow. I also manually angle the blade, which I don't find to burdensome. Both drives I do are gravel and have had no problems pushing snow. The build quality of the cycle country plow exceeded my expectations. It attaches to a 2 inch receiver mount on the front, and has an adapter between the mount and a plow blade. This configuration I found out is new for the 09-up models, which mine is an 09. This is nice, because I don't have to crawl under it to hook it up, although it does take some effort to line it up with the receiver and push it in. Also, I can raise it up very high in this configuration practically to the brush guard.
     
  11. Grotonems5

    Grotonems5 Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 47

    2004 Polaris Ranger with plow

    Here is my '04 Ranger 500 with a custom 72" plow I made for it. Works well, manual angle and I raise and lower it with the winch. Much easier for me than a normal ATV IMO.

    Good luck!

    ranger0922 013.jpg
     
  12. skywagon

    skywagon Senior Member
    Messages: 262

    Nice looking plow and machine!:D:D:D
     
  13. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,361

    There is a guy in my town that has a Ranger 500 with a cab, heater, and 6' Polaris plow. He plows his long driveway with it and it seams to work prety good.
     
  14. bdehus

    bdehus Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Here is a picture of my setup

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  15. bdehus

    bdehus Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    and here is how the plow attaches

    photo.jpg
     
  16. skywagon

    skywagon Senior Member
    Messages: 262

    Looks like same as the swisher setup!!!:waving::waving:
     
  17. ljrce

    ljrce Senior Member
    Messages: 182

  18. bdehus

    bdehus Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    The Boss set-up would be overkill for what I need.