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Ventrac or Atv?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by PrecisionS&I, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. PrecisionS&I

    PrecisionS&I Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 75

    Looking at getting a sidewalk machine, most of the walks are 5' wide some 4'. What do you think is better for this a ventrac/steiner NO cab 48" straight blade or a atv with a 48" blade?
  2. DaveCN5

    DaveCN5 Senior Member
    Messages: 236

    IMHO,Which ever is more manuverable and has a tighter turning radius. I've never ran a Ventrac, so I couldn't speak for them. We have 5 quads with 60" blades and some times it can be tough to maneuver around. All you need is 1 idiot to pull to far over the curb and you're toast.
  3. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    Your not comparing apples to apples (or even oranges for that matter). A Ventrac will be far more manuverable than a 4 wheeler. 4 wheelers are great for long walks, realitively straight, once you have tight manuvering they loose efficiency quick. However a 4 wheeler (400-500cc class) is probably less than 1/2 a ventrac or steiner. So its really a give/take thing.
  4. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,322

    Steiner or ventrac with a blower.
  5. Schuley

    Schuley Senior Member
    Messages: 161

    Agree, comparing a ventrac to an atv doens't make sense. I have a ventrac and love it. It is a work maching, where an atv is more of a recreational machine. The ventrac is articulated, so way more manueverable, and it accepts a wide range of attachments for different jobs/seasons. Ours with full cab and a bunch of attachments was up around $30K. Atv with a plow will be what, $6-8K?
    If it means anything, we don't use our atv for sidewalks anymore since we bought the ventrac...
  6. Dan85

    Dan85 Senior Member
    Messages: 670

    I'm going to be the odd man out here and recommend against a Ventrac. We purchased two units (used) and they were nothing but trouble - even after multiple trips to the dealer for warranty work. On a regular sidewalk, the larger ones are still apt to run over on the grass and the articulation didn't do much either.

    I will admit, the blower did eat through some pretty nasty snow (when it worked). Also, the rotary brush worked the best for us - we never ran a blade. The cab heats up pretty quickly too, so no need to wear a jacket when you're operating the thing. Hearing protection is a must though!

    During the summer, the Ventrac pretty much sat. We did purchase a 60" deck for it, but it wasn't nearly as fast as our zero-trun mowers. Plus, with the cab on it, it was much hotter. So, that might be something to consider too.

    Another option is a front mount mower, such as a Kubota, with a push blade on it.
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2012