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plowing w/ a gator

Discussion in 'ATV / UTV Snow Removal' started by concreteguy, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. concreteguy

    concreteguy Senior Member
    Messages: 136

    I have a Gator 6x4 with a plow. Just got it and was wondering how this would be to plow with. The plow is a 6' John Deere plow. Also with locking the axles, what does this actually do. Can't see what happens when I lock this
    Thanks, Tom
  2. concreteguy

    concreteguy Senior Member
    Messages: 136

    anyone know this info ?
  3. vegaman04

    vegaman04 Senior Member
    Messages: 378

    When they lock, both wheels spin together on that axle.
  4. sublime68charge

    sublime68charge PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,090

    you will need weight in the box over the drive wheels to give you traction to push the snow.

    thinking in 4" or less snow you should go no problem you get up over 6" and with a 6' blade that's alot of snow to be pushing and it will come down to traction and then power. I'm not up on how much power Gator's have though.

    good luck got a Pic?
  5. Power Place

    Power Place Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Gator 6x4 Drive System

    Here is some information on your drive system. The 6x4 gator plows well. The blade is a manual angle, but works well. You may want to add some ballast in the cargo box to increase the performance, if you find you need it.

    Drive system

    Gator TH 6x4 drive system

    The Gator™ TH 6x4's power is transmitted from the transaxle to the center axle. The rear axle is driven by roller chains from the center axle.

    Key elements of the drive system are as follows:

    Variable-speed drive

    The variable-speed drive consists of two clutches and a drive belt:

    Drive clutch is attached to the engine.
    Driven clutch is attached to the transaxle.
    Features include:

    Infinite selection of speeds (0 mph to 20 mph)
    No shifting necessary as operator increases speed
    Adjusts speed to the load to avoid bogging down when going up a hill or through challenging conditions because the wrong gear was selected

    Here is how the variable-speed drive works:

    As the engine speed increases, the spring-loaded drive clutch is closed by weights being forced out from centrifugal force.
    As the drive clutch closes, the belt rides up to the largest diameter of the drive clutch and forces open the driven clutch.
    With the belt running in the smallest diameter of the driven clutch, the speed being transferred to transaxle is increased.
    The driven clutch is designed to sense varying loads (inclines, mud, etc.) and constantly adjusts the drive speed upward or downward, so the engine rpm remains constant.

    The transaxle is fully enclosed and runs in oil for reliability.

    Helical gears are used for quiet operation.

    The differential design reduces scuffing of the turf during turns because the inside wheels turn slower than the outside wheels (vehicles that have a solid axle shaft must skid the inside wheel when making a turn).

    Traction assist (differential lock) is built into the transaxle:

    Allows locking the rear drive wheels together
    Provides increased traction in tough spots
    The neutral start safety interlock is provided for the engine ignition system.

    Bolt-on cast-aluminum rear axle housings provide an extremely strong supporting structure.

    Large, sealed bearings are located inside the housing for better protection
    Forged-splined shaft for increased torsional strength


  6. concreteguy

    concreteguy Senior Member
    Messages: 136

    Thanks for the info