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What ATV you guys recommend for snow plowing?

Discussion in 'ATV / UTV Snow Removal' started by mcurtola, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. mcurtola

    mcurtola Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Hey Guys new to the site here.

    Live in Vancouver Canada and im gonna start a side business Plowing in the winter!

    What ATV do you guys think is best that can handle the work load (brand, etc)

    lots of residential and townhouse complexes also strip malls!!!!

    thanks for your help

    Last edited: Jul 30, 2009
  2. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    You mite want to look into getting a truck with a plow. But I have a 2004 Arctic Cat 500 4x4 with a 60'' plow. Your going to need a 500cc or bigger with 4wd and a 60'' plow IMO. I like Arctic Cat they are very tough machines. But your going to get lots of diferent opinions.
  3. mcurtola

    mcurtola Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    ya i like the versatility of the atv getting into small corners thanks for your opinion u dont find the 60" plow to big
  4. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    I only use my ATV to plow in tight areas (any where I can't fit my 8' plow) around my house and it's not to big. Some times I wish it was bigger. There is no way I would go any smaller. If your going to plow alot, you should get a 60" plow IMO.
  5. pushin 4 u

    pushin 4 u Member
    Messages: 82


    Hey bud, 2 yrs ago I bought a Honda rincon...Best atv for plowing IMO. The trans has a torque converter...just like your truck/car put it in D and you have 3 foward gears,N (self explained, R reverse with a pretty fast limiter. It will always be in the right gear, and no belts to slip. I also have a 2007 polaris rzr with a 60" Moose county blade. If you plan on plowing anything other than driveways get the county blade...TRUST ME ON THIS!!! If you get anything over 4" ish...straight blade doesn't throw far enough. I started my company with 2 atv's and look what I have now!!!payup Any more questions...feel free.:drinkup:
  6. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    I think like mercer said this might start a fight but I also think arctic cat is the best. I have an older one tho. I have 2 2000 arctic cat 500 4x4's. And these older ones are tough!!! and the newer ones are too.
  7. shtuk

    shtuk Member
    Messages: 34

    One more vote for Arctic Cat. I plow the roads around my house with a 60" blade. I'm making actuated 16" wings for both sides this years so I can plow even more. The AC's are heavier than most other machines (in their respective classes) so better traction.
  8. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    yep much heavier. mine weighs around 100-150lbs more then other machines in the 500 class. and so are the newer ones. and even tho they are heavier they are still pretty quick too
  9. S-205

    S-205 Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 371

    One more for Arctic Cat, they are tough. I have a grizzly 660 with a 54`` blade, but I haven`t had a chance to use it yet. Low gear can be helpful too as well as diff lock. So look for that.
  10. barker34

    barker34 Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    i have a 2003 suzuki eiger 400 that i plow with. it has a 5ft highway plow on it and its great. i have the heavy duty gorilla winch and its great
  11. Badgerland WI

    Badgerland WI Senior Member
    Messages: 161


    You might want to consider a Mini Truck as they are street legal in your neck of the woods. You get the tight turning radius and added weight potential which works out great for the locations you will be plowing. You can get some basic information HERE

    Shoot me an email if you have more questions.

    from OHIO
    Messages: 42

    I have a 2008 suzuki kingquad 400 with a 48 inch plow works great for me with plenty of power. Manual shift.

    IPLOWSNO PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,620

    god dam it you guys we already fought this out and it;s honda plain and simple, the problem is you meet the nicest people on a honda, but they don't brag, i'm not one of them people but caught on early in life THEY ARE THE BEST, hahaha

    gotta love the way the rincon shifts, for the guys that don't know it's like a monster truck , no ****
  14. plowboss

    plowboss Member
    Messages: 48

    found a brand new 2007 polaris 800 sportsman wth a 60" polaris plow, do walks that measure about 3500 lin ft by 6 ft wide every time it snows, works awesome. but we are able to store it on site in a heated space, so no starting issues. don't know if there would be any starting issues if it was stored in a non heated area. but it works great, troublefree first year. i'll update as winter goes on.