If clearing the driveway is something you typically pawn off on your teenager, things are going to change when you get an ATV plow system. Plowing with your ATV is not only a great way to use your ATV in the winter, but it makes clearing the driveway fun rather than a dreaded chore.
1. Inspect your equipment.
Before you start plowing, take a few minutes to inspect your equipment. Check for loose or cracked parts, worn components, or any signs of damage on the plow blade, mounting assembly, push tube, plow lift, and any other plow parts. If you find any problems, fix them before you use the plow.
2. Test the lift device.
Make sure your ATV plow winch or electric lift system is operating properly. Lift and lower the plow blade, taking care to note how high you can lift the blade without stalling the ATV winch or hitting your vehicle with the plow assembly. Be careful not to lift the plow too high while you’re clearing the driveway.
3. Adjust the plow.
Next, set the angle of the blade and make sure the skid height and blade pivot angle are how you want them.
For deep snow, set the plow blade high and clear the snow in layers at a relaxed angle. This prevents overstraining on your winch and plow assembly. Then finish the job more aggressively with a lowered plow blade and a sharper blade angle.
4. Plan your route.
Make a plan before you start plowing with your ATV. Know the pattern you should follow to clear snow out of the way without dumping it into the path that you’ve already cleared. The best pattern usually involves clearing the outer edges of the area, moving snow to either side of the driveway.
5. Work smart.
Push snow back into the lawn at beginning of season to leave room for building up snow throughout the entire snow season. Lift the plow blade as you approach the edge of the pavement.
Avoid piling up too much snow in front of the blade. It’s hard on your plow system, ATV winch, and your ATV.
If your driveway abuts with the house, use a shovel to clear a section of snow (about a foot or two) away from the house. Better to shovel a little snow than hit the house with your plow blade.
ATV Plow Parts
Outfit your quad with an ATV plow system from Cycle Country or Eagle Manufacturing. All plow kits ship free to the lower 48 U.S.