If you moan and groan every time it snows, you probably clear your driveway with a shovel. If you pray for snow every night and whoop and holler during a snowstorm, on the other hand, you probably clear your driveway with an ATV plow.
If you already own an ATV, outfitting your quad with an ATV plow is one of the best ways to put your quad to work in the winter. Here’s how an ATV plow works for clearing your driveway and sidewalk surfaces.
ATV Plow Parts
Across the bottom of your plow blade is a strip of material called a wear bar. This is what scrapes the surface clean and scoops the snow off your driveway and into the arc of the blade.
The curved surface of the blade is coated to allow snow to roll over and fall on top of the material in front of it as you drive the ATV forward. With the blade set at an angle, the snow gets pushed to the side, leaving a clear path in the area you just plowed.
Rolling Snow off the Plow
The longer you push the snow in front of the ATV plow, the deeper it gets and the harder your ATV will have to work to keep plowing forward. If the snow gets too deep and heavy, your ATV will stall or your vehicle will lose traction and you won’t be able to keep plowing.
Lifting the ATV Plow
To lift the plow and dump snow, you can either use an ATV winch, an electric plow lift, or a manual lift. The manual lift is best for occasional and light duty plowing. An ATV winch is the most versatile option, since you can use the winch for offroad recovery during the warmer months.
An electric lift is another option. This type of lift is specifically designed to lift a plow. It typically includes built-in switches to prevent lifting the plow too high and prevent creeping due to plow weight.
Plowing Deep, Heavy Snow
For wet, heavy, or deep snow, you might want to clear a path in two passes. First, raise the skids so that the wear bar is as high as it can go. Then plow the top half of the snow layer. When you’ve removed the top layer, lower the skids and plow the bottom half.
If you know there’s a big snowstorm coming, plow the driveway during the storm when the snow gets deep enough to plow but not too deep that you get stuck. Then plow again after the storm has ended.
If you’re plowing a surface that is uneven or scratches easily, such as decorative paving stones or soft asphalt, you may want to raise the skids slightly to avoid scraping the surface. The wear bar should hover just above the surface that you’re plowing.
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