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Stick with what I have or pop for a new?

Discussion in 'ATV / UTV Snow Removal' started by Corins, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. Corins

    Corins Junior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 6

    Currently I have a 2007 Arctic Cat 400 with a 48" plow, my driveway is about 75' long and 20' wide, from my garage down past the house is probably 50' so I have to push everything down that far before putting it onto the lawn. Biggest issue I have with the AC is that I find it to be a little underpowered for the amount of snow we get. Currently we have about 8' of snow so far this year, and supposed to snow all week, and my driveway drifts snow in like crazy, guy across the street could have no snow and I could have 2' drifts.

    I was thinking of going with a Can Am Outlander 800 XT with a 60" plow. Just looking for some opinions before I decide.
     
  2. trqjnky

    trqjnky Senior Member
    Messages: 620

    Do it. Can ams are monsters
     
  3. Corins

    Corins Junior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 6

    Alright so the Can Am is out, went to the dealer to check on price and they aren't getting any 800R, and I was quoted $2000 above MSRP for a Outlander 1000 XT before taxes. My next day off I'm going to drop by the Polaris dealer to check on a Sportsman 850 XP, the Polaris dealer also sells Arctic Cat and has a 2010 700 LTD and 2 2011 700 LTD's still in the crates, so I'd venture to guess I'll end up with a bigger AC or a Polaris.
     
  4. Tsckey

    Tsckey Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    You should be fine with either of those. I plow with a King Quad 500axi pushing a 60" American Eagle blade. My gravel driveway is about 600' winding through heavily forested property. Although I occasionally run out of traction, I have never run out of power.
     
  5. Corins

    Corins Junior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 6

    Went to my Polaris dealer the other day, small deal on top of the incentives and going to give me a deal on the plow/mount. He is figuring about 2 weeks till they arrive, but he has 4 Sportsman 850XP EPS coming in, going to be plowing with that next year.
     
  6. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,162

    Probably cheaper to hire a professional snow contractor for the season....
     
  7. Corins

    Corins Junior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 6

    In the bigger picture it probably isn't, this past year was $1200 for the winter for a contractor snow clearing and the price has went up every year for the last 5 years. I can use the quad for more then just snow clearing, plus after 6-7 years I could still be using the quad or have spent just as much in professional snow clearing.

    I had considered just getting a contractor to snow clear for me, however with current price and time it takes for them to get around to clear it, its better for me to do it myself. The family across the street from me uses a contractor, if we get a big snow fall they usually end up shoveling enough to get their vehicle out while waiting for the contractor to show up, that or they are running the snow over for hours and hours waiting. If I work the graveyard shift and have to wake up at 9am to move my truck because they don't know what time they will arrive to snow clear, I'm not going to be a happy camper. Thumbs Up
     
  8. Tsckey

    Tsckey Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    True, but that's not nearly as much fun, and most snow contractors won't let you take them out on the trail to scare yourself silly when they're not plowing.:)
     
  9. bullseye

    bullseye Member
    Messages: 57

    Not to be rude BUT............................... I have pushed snow (commercially and personally) with a Honda 350es(with stock tires) with a Moose County Plow and done driveways, laneways, parking lots, etc............ with NO ISSUES !!!! Plows incrediably well !!! Drifts, large amounts,etc....done it all !!
    Then I decide to UPGRADE my quad (sold my 350es to my Dad).hmmmmmm what to buy ????? Got a '08 Honda 420es ............and LOVE IT !!! Pushes snow like a monster !! Got a Moose County Plow for that too !!!! The small physical size of both machines is what I like !! Easy to get around stuff and still powerful enough to push decent size amounts of snow !!
    Dad helps when I am booked up and together we have done negelected acreages (not plowed for a few snow falls and crusted up)...we have pushed sooooo much snow its crazy. More than once ...others have commented (can't believe) on what we can do with our quads/plows !!
    Alot of the time it's not the machine (you can plow snow with almost anything...even 3-wheeled trikes)....its the opertator !!! It takes time and experence to learn how to plow with a quad !!
    (Hope I don't sound to pi$$y) :D