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ATV vs snowblower time

Discussion in 'ATV / UTV Snow Removal' started by lawnkid14, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. lawnkid14

    lawnkid14 Member
    Messages: 56

    Is it just me or does it take the same amount of time to do a neighborhood driveway with a snowblower as it does with a atv. I have short 30ft driveways and sidewalks. Also any tips are welcome.
  2. hghgrad

    hghgrad Member
    from MI
    Messages: 69

    It probably takes me a little longer to do my driveway with a quad than a good sized blower. Not as much fun to walk behind the blower though. A long straight driveway that I can push across the street into the ditch line is substantially faster than my little city drive that I have to stack.
  3. plowin-fire

    plowin-fire Senior Member
    Messages: 220

    I used a blower and then moved up to atv and plow. Found the atv to be much faster on drives and sidewalks. Plus you can drive the atv to the next place instead of walking the blower or loading/unloading at each site.
  4. lawnkid14

    lawnkid14 Member
    Messages: 56

    what about tearing up grass on a sidewalk. My blade does that
  5. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    Then your blade wrong size or you need to edge your walk

    ATV is faster then a blower under 6-8''

    I have 2 plows on my atv front 58'' and on rear a 48'' sidewalk smaller gets a shovel used on it
  6. lawnkid14

    lawnkid14 Member
    Messages: 56

    you say to use a blower if it is under 6"
  7. My07Brute

    My07Brute Senior Member
    Messages: 100

    in my driveway with its crazy "T" shape, the ATV with 60" plow is way faster no matter the depth of the snow (just gotta push it back far enough on the first storm).

    The snow blower took 2-3 times as long (10yo simplicity 8-26) with my layout.
  8. lawnkid14

    lawnkid14 Member
    Messages: 56

    Is it a bad thing to tear up some grass
  9. Yooper75

    Yooper75 Senior Member
    Messages: 324

    My 1979 Deere 312 lawn tractor with the 49 blower on it can run circles around my quad with a blade even though the Deere is the slower moving machine. I normally don't bother moving any snow unless it's over 2-1/2in no matter what machine I'm using.
  10. Plow man Foster

    Plow man Foster PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,153

    He should of said "Than" instead of then.

    But yes i think he is right, An ATV is nice as long as the snow isnt deeper than 6"- 8"
  11. lawnkid14

    lawnkid14 Member
    Messages: 56

    Ok thanks for re wording that I think I just think I need to get the technique down
  12. Reb

    Reb Senior Member
    from Wyoming
    Messages: 136

    Many years ago I used an 8 hp 26" wide walk behind snow blower. Later, after I got the process down using an ATV, I found in the fall the ATV took slightly longer than the snow blower but by spring the ATV was quite a bit faster. The difference of course was plowing all the stock pile area which was full by spring time.

    BTW, I rarely plow unless there is at least 5 or 6 inches on the ground and at times I plow when the snow is blade height or slightly higher. Blade height is 16" and the ATV handles it fine. With that said though the snow here tends to be on the dry side so that may be the difference.
  13. Corins

    Corins Junior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 6

    Faster for me with ATV than with a snowblower, but the way my driveway is situated with a snowblower I essentially did my driveway twice as I had to throw the snow down the driveway then across onto my lawn to avoid throwing it at the house.
  14. BlizzardBeater

    BlizzardBeater Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 420

    It really depends on a lot of things. Blade size, quad size, blower size, tractor mounted or walk behind, snow composition, snow quantity, driveway layout, etc. There is really no way to do an apples to apples comparison. I find the quickest and cleanest way to take care of Northern Maine snow is the snowblower/diesel tractor combo. For years I would have argued that plowing was faster bar-none until last year I started using the tractor on my drive instead of the truck and plow. Some drives will be faster one way and others, another.