- by Joe Weber - updated on 10/21/2022
With winter around the corner, many of us are already starting to think about the daunting task of shoveling the driveway. I have an ATV, should I get a plow for it? If you have a larger driveway it is a tempting thought. But don't go rushing into it just yet. Read our information below about plowing with an ATV before you make your decision.
The type of ATV you have should determine whether or not you should use it to plow your driveway.
Recreational ATVs built for trail riding and racing, often referred to as sport ATVs, have grown in popularity over the years. While these ATVs are fun, fast and capable, they should not be used for a strenuous activity such as snow plowing. These ATVs are designed for speed and agility, not utility work. Attaching a plow and moving heavy snow with this type of ATV is not advised and could lead to damaged ATV components.
The opposite of Sport ATVs are Utility ATVs. These ATVs are designed specifically to be workhorses and are able to handle many heavy-duty tasks around the house, farm, construction site, etc.
Utility ATVs are built for brute strength and are more durable being built using stronger materials, stronger suspension and equipped with 4-wheel drive to tackle those heavy-duty tasks. The nature of these ATVs make them ideal for plowing as they are designed to take a beating all day, every day.
Have an ATV with enough power - Your ATV should have an engine in the range of 400cc to 800cc to provide enough power to move snow. Having a larger engine also adds weight to the ATV which is a must for using your ATV in the snow.
Make sure you perform routine maintenance on your ATV - Using any vehicle in extreme cold can cause unnecessary damage if not maintained properly before use. One key thing to do before the first snowfall is to winterize your ATV. More on this below.
Measure the plow depth before you start - You don't want to damage the driveway or sidewalk underneath all of that snow. Make sure you set the plow so that you are not scraping against the surface which can also damage the plow along with your property.
Avoid very deep snow or heavy drifts - Plowing through excessively deep snow can cause added strain on the engine and plow. Deep drifts may need to be plowed at an upwards angle to take a little bit off at a time.
Be careful of hidden dangers beneath the snow - When a lot of snow falls it's easy for landscape features, curbs and kids toys to get buried. Avoid damaging your ATV or plow by making sure these things remain visible when plowing by marking them with poles or moving them to safe areas.
Plow with the contours of the driveway - Plowing with the natural contours of your driveway will make your plowing experience much easier.
Clean the ATV before storing it after a plow - After you are done plowing make sure you clean off any clumped snow, dirt, and ice before parking it. Not cleaning off after use could result in debris freezing to the ATV causing difficulty plowing the next time.
Preparing your ATV for winter riding is key to surviving the winter without needing any additional repairs to your ATV in the spring. Routine maintenance is extremely important throughout the year but here are a few things to look at before the first snowfall.
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Need a charger for your ATV? No problem. Never be forced to jumpstart your ATV when faced with the task of plowing when time is of the essence. We carry an extensive selection of chargers for you to use to keep your ATV ready to go when it's needed most. For tips and tricks on maintaining your ATV during the winter months read our blog "How to Maintain Seasonal Vehicles During the Winter Months".