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ATV plow or snow blower?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by vintage steel, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. vintage steel

    vintage steel Member
    Messages: 94

    I was just wondering which is better to keep in the back of the truck. I have been keeping a Polaris quad, with a 48" blade in the back but was thinking about getting a good snow blower to keep back there instead ( I found a really good deal on one). The Quad is great for long sidewalks and very small driveways but I could see the advantages of a good blower.
    The truck I use is a Full size 3/4 ton Blazer that I have converted to a Pickup so, as you can see in the pic, there is no chance of getting both in back.
    The quad has served me well but I'm the only one I see packing one around in the back of the truck. Maybe they know something I don't?
    You guys have done a hell of a lot more of this stuff than I have so, what do you think?
    Quad or blower?

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  2. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    I think overall the quad is more productive, especially with heavy snowfalls
     
  3. watson524

    watson524 Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    I'm not in the industry, I'm just a home owner that has to do 4 driveways but this thread sort of fits what I'm debating right now too. 1 blacktopped driveway, 12' wide about 250' long with a parking area at the top. 1 is gravel, 12' wide about 230' long with a parking area at the top. Another gravel that's basically a parking area about 40' x 40' and our barn "parking area" that's odd shaped but about 60' x 60' and gravel. I have a 1999 Ram 1500 with a 7.5' Fisher on the front and a 2007 Polaris Sportsman 500 EFI x2. I am contemplating putting a 2" pipe on the bottom of the plow (a topic which I will post separately). Anyway, I have often thought of putting a plow on the quad. I assume my machine could handle a 60" plow of some sort. But I've recently seen that they make blowers for the front of quads. Is that something worth investigating. The 2 long driveways do have drifting issues depending on the storm so I just punch those out with the truck. Some winters, getting them wide becomes a problem towards the end, and the piles at the top and bottom can get crazy (I've gotten pretty good at stacking). I don't worry too much about that tho because we also have a Kubota L48 backhoe/loader that I've used to get piles under control.

    Would it be worth it to look into a blower for the quad? All 4 driveways are within a quarter mile or so of each other.
     
  4. nick4634

    nick4634 Member
    Messages: 35

    I guess my eyes are going bad, all I see is wheels and snow
     
  5. IPLOWSNO

    IPLOWSNO PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,620

    you have to stare at it squinted and it will appear it is a red poo
     
  6. TLLandS

    TLLandS Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    personally, its been my experience to use blowers. There ae exceptions, like you said, long walks and so on. If you have a bunch of drives in an area like condos or what not, atv not bad, but if you are driveway to driveway, snow blower only way to go!! I can have a drive half done before the atv is on ramps and out of the truck. I only use single stage toro blowers that are 6.5 hp blowers. Ease of single stage, pick em up and out of the truck they go, with the powere of midsize two stage. I am a drive to drive guy, so blowers it is for me, but it will all come down to account locations ad proximity. I dont even use my plow on drives, blowers only!! Two much having to get postioned and all that, time is $$$$$
     
  7. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    I have sidewalk crew and they do about 15 driveways + 6 hrs worth of walks
    They use ATV I have a 6.5hp blower own it last few yrs and last yr We got that 23 in blizzard They used it and thats it only time been used
    ATV is faster then the blower
    My ATV is even faster then it was last year I made a Rear plow My crew loves it They told me made less time on a shovel

    If you are in area that gets deep snow blower might be better on walks I would hate do a driveway with one
    You might get you a blower and get a Rear pull plow for that 3/4 blazer
     
  8. Leanworks

    Leanworks Member
    Messages: 40

  9. vintage steel

    vintage steel Member
    Messages: 94

    ...It would never fit, even if it would load, which it wouldn't.
    Pretty sweet though.
     
  10. perrysee

    perrysee Senior Member
    Messages: 121

    for small snows i take snowblower and big snows i take 4 wheeler
     
  11. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,227

    If it ain't broke ... don't fix it !!! Keep what you have ..... and I like your equipment.
     
  12. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    put it in backwards, the blower can stick out of the back.
     
  13. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    iv herd of guys around here using a back pack blower. i think im going to give that a try.
     
  14. dc240nt

    dc240nt Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Them ATV's are great, but can they do sidewalks? I use ny ATV for hunting and fishing. When I move snow I take my wheeled blower and backpack blower.