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ATV Size for Plowing Snow


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I am buying an ATV for the first time and I have a question about the size engine that you would recommend for plowing snow. What would be the minimum CC's you would recommend. What would be optimum in your opinion?

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wiseguy,
That's just as tough of question as what ATV is best for trail riding. Right now, I'm in the middle of testing a 4-foot plow setup on a Honda Recon 250 2WD! Yup, a lot of people own these small machines and I've found that you can actually plow quite a bit with 'em. I'm in the middle of comparing that capability to that of a Honda Rubicon.

If you're plowing snow off dirt driveways, chains help a lot. I wouldn't suggest cahins for cement or blacktop drives.

Obviously, you can push more snow up a bank with a 4X4. The 2WD loses traction when you confront a bank to push the snow up and over.

I plowed my drivewy after that last snow we had. And cleared out the slush/snow piles at the end of the driveway with a 2WD.

Depending on your cash flow, you'd be surprised at what a smaller ATV can do; especially if it has a sub tranny with a super low gear like an Arctic Cat.

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Thanks for the info guys! I had some people telling me that I had to have a 500cc or larger ATV to plow snow. Of course, they had 500cc machines. It sounds like I have a wider range of choices than I originally thought.

It's great to have a place to go where you can get information from people who have some experience and knowledge.

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For years I plowed lots of snow with a 2 wheel drive ATV, no chains. I was able to plow 12" of soft snow, but it would take a lot of time! I had a very long driveway and it was tough, but doable in most cases. Now the 4X4 is just too easy. Get a winch on the ATV, it's the way to go when plowing.

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