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What size ATV

Discussion in 'ATV / UTV Snow Removal' started by Fwilamosky, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. Fwilamosky

    Fwilamosky Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    I'm thinking about buying a atv for snow removal in the next few weeks here in Ohio. My question is do I buy used and save some cash or finance a new one? Also, what size atv would be ideal for snow, 350,450,700??Any input would help.

    I'm mainly doing driveways and 2 smaller commercial lots
  2. My07Brute

    My07Brute Senior Member
    Messages: 100

    If all you doing with it is plowing, anything over 500 is a waste.

    If you plan on riding it year round and plowing, look at 650 and up (yes overkill, but tons more fun)
  3. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    500 or bigger
    All depends how much money you have
    Bigger you get the better traction you will get
  4. ScubaSteve728

    ScubaSteve728 Senior Member
    Messages: 499

    i have a 360 prairie and its awesome no problems plenty of power all year long. ive plowed over 12 inches of snow with no problem before
    tires and plow size matter also but with some sand bags on the racks you get much better traction also
  5. plowin-fire

    plowin-fire Senior Member
    Messages: 220

    Go 800cc. I like it for the extra weight. The power is nice too... Thinking of upgrading to the new 1000cc Can Am as well. Buy a new one and pay cash...
  6. bullseye

    bullseye Member
    Messages: 57

    I have plowed personally and professionally with everything from a ATC 200 with a homemade plow (worked wwwwwwway better than I ever thought it would)....to a Honda 350es..........to my present machine - a 08 Honda 420es. You can plow with anything really !!! CC size is just what you can afford. People that tell you the bigger the better have proably never used a smaller displacement machine.
    I find my 420 can push a mountain of snow. I have a "Moose County Plow". And I have pushed huge amounts of snow with this set-up !! My Dad has my old quad - 03 Honda 350 with a "Moose County Plow" as well. It is mind-blowing how much snow these machines can push. The small physical size of the 420 and 350 make moving around really handy. Easy to get around things and easy to get close to buildings and such !! I also have found the power from these two machines has been more than adequate....I have never needed or had a need for more power when plowing.
    Traction will be the biggest weakness for plowing. Better tires and weight on the racks will help lots!!
    Hope my opinion helps !!
  7. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    I have plowed with old Honda and yamaha traction was a problem My polaris sportsman dont need extra weight and lock it in all 4 wheels pulls unlike the old honda and yamaha
    only 3 wheels pull with there limited slip front ends

    To OP make sure you get one thats a true 4x4 or make sure it has a locker in the front end
  8. Fwilamosky

    Fwilamosky Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    Thanks for all the input, I need another quad for our farm and I don't feel like putting a plow my new truck this year. Here is what i found: http://chillicothe.craigslist.org/mcy/3391657941.html I'm going to look at it tomorrow and maybe buy it.

    What does everyone think?
  9. jasonv

    jasonv PlowSite.com Addict
    from kannada
    Messages: 1,122

    There is absolutely no point in a 4-wheeler over 400cc. You don't gain anything at all. A few of the manufacturers are using the "ours has more power" BS to sell them to stupid people. The reality is that a 400 can go anywhere a bigger one can go, can do just as much work as a bigger one can do, can keep up with the bigger ones, and is a WHOLE LOT more fun and nimble than the bloated hogs.

    One thing the bigger ones do that the smaller ones don't... they break.
  10. blackhillshonda

    blackhillshonda Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    I plow with a 2003 Rancher and 2007 Forman. I am here to tell you that you don't need anything bigger than a Rancher. It will push a bunch of snow. Tires are the key to any machine. Getting into tight spaces is where a smaller machine really shines over the behemouth machines. And besides, with the price of a large machine, I can nearly buy too smaller ones or a really nice Jeep TJ. Don't believe the hype of needing a huge machine. Its kinda like off-roading, Its the driver that makes the difference. If you need that big a machine, chances are you are trying to overcome skills. I have been a trail guide for 15 years and I see it all the time. No offense intended to anyone.:D
  11. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,143

    Now I see why you think a atv can't bust open a 3ft drift. You're using a toy atv to do the job. :laughing:
    You also forgot to call BS on the other guy that said he pushed 12" of snow.
  12. jasonv

    jasonv PlowSite.com Addict
    from kannada
    Messages: 1,122

    A "toy" is one that is oversized, because it is there to make the owner feel big. Not actually do anything useful.

    I don't care what kind of nonsense you think you know, it comes down to physics. If the BLADE is a quarter the height of the snow, you aren't going to plow anything.
  13. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,143

    Again, you seem to have lost that clue.
  14. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    I know a lot of guys use the 400 class machines for sidewalk work, when I bought mine I ended up buying a 500, only because the price was only a few hundred more (both single cylinder machines), to jump to a 650 (twin cylinder) was I think $ 1500. I bought a used 300 (that i dont plow with) after the 500. I'm sure the 300 would be fine as well, from my experience you run out of traction (because of low weight), long before you run out of power with either of my machines.
  15. jasonv

    jasonv PlowSite.com Addict
    from kannada
    Messages: 1,122

    Its amazing all the people who think you need 700 hp to haul a bag of mulch from home depot. There's a link to a video somewhere on this site, about an old timer snow plow busting, must be about 8 foot drifts. 150 hp. Oh, almost forgot to add... it had about an 8 foot blade. That's 8 foot TALL.

    You can't plow snow that's deeper than the machine you're plowing with. Greg there was claiming up to 5 foot drifts... with a 3 foot tall 4-wheeler with a 1 foot blade. NOT HAPPENING.
  16. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    It can be done It will take longer his way but his overhead is a lot less then somebody would plow it with a Skidloader and do it 1/3 of the time takes him do a driveway

    So yes it can be done I wont do it
  17. jasonv

    jasonv PlowSite.com Addict
    from kannada
    Messages: 1,122

    No, it is physically impossible. It really CAN'T be done.
  18. Reb

    Reb Senior Member
    from Wyoming
    Messages: 136

    Plowing snow is like eating cereal, take a spoon full at a time.
  19. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    O yes 2 yrs ago we got 24'' snow and wind and was blowing 25-30 mph all the time it was snowing and I drive a F350 with a V plow and drifts was 8-9ft tall Some the drifts I had to just take 1/3 of the plow keep working it till the drift was gone Same apply to a atv just take little at a time
    Its possible just takes time
  20. condo plow

    condo plow Senior Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 328

    IMO the bigger the CC the more snow you can push as in soft fluffy snow to wet heavy snow. And push more snow farther. And the more fun you will have...