Winter might mean the end of riding season for some, but if you happen to have an ATV snow plow system, you can still get out and have fun while you work.
No matter how hard we try to fight it, winter is here and we have to deal with it. With winter, comes snow, that frozen precipitation that looks pretty in pictures and covers the landscape with a blanket of fresh, clean something-or-other. I could wax poetic for a while about how pretty the snow is, but it’s piling up in my driveway and I have to go to work in the morning just like everyone else. It’s time to put that expensive four-wheeler to work and hitch up the ATV snow plow.
Plowing snow with an ATV is actually fun. I’m serious! Try it once and you’ll actually look forward to it. For one, it’s efficient. An ATV will push a lot of snow and do so in a short amount of time. I was pushing wet, heavy snow with a Honda Rubicon 500 and was able to push more snow faster than a tractor doing the same task.
There are a lot of different ATV snow plow systems on the market right now. All of them will do the same basic job, but some are better than others, depending on what you want from the plow, or what you want to spend. We have rounded up some of the best snow plows available for your ATV.
Best Plow In A Box – Kolpin Switchblade
One frustration some people have with ATV snow plow systems is that they have to buy the blade, frame and mount all separate, and the costs escalate. Kolpin eliminates that concern with the Switchblade. The Switchblade system is an adjustable-width blade that can be set to fit your machine best. The frame and a universal mount are included, making the plow fit just about any ATV on the market. The only piece not included is a winch. Don’t worry if you don’t have one of those. Kolpin makes some very good winches are extremely reasonable prices, too. The blade is adjustable with five different positions for clearing your driveway and the whole thing assembles in under an hour. It is the best system we’ve tested for getting everything needed in one, simple step and for less than $400.
Best Professional-Grade System – BOSS V-XT ATV Plow
Boss does one thing, and one thing only – make ATV snow plow systems. If you intend to move snow for a living, or even a little extra cash, you might want to take a look at the V-XT system for your ATV. Boss doesn’t rely on a winch, instead using a hydraulic system built into the plow to raise, lower and configure the plow blades. This is one seriously cool setup, with handlebar-mounted controls and a quick-attach system. You can run the plow as a V, pushing snow to either side, or you can maneuver the blade to the right or left and at different angles, depending on how you want the snow to move. The system is pricey, with sales only going through Boss dealers, but if you’re looking for a professional-style system, there isn’t a better one available. Learn more about Boss plows here.
Best Factory Plow – Warn ProVantage
There is a reason most of the OEMs use the Warn ProVantage ATV snow plow system as the factory accessory plow – It works extremely well and is very high quality. You buy the blade, frame and mount separately, and it works best with a Warn winch. We tested this system on a Honda Rubicon and it was slick. The mounting plate gives the engine a hefty skid plate and uses the machine’s frame for structural support, meaning the whole machine supplies the support to push snow. That might be why we were able to outperform a tractor when it came time to clear a driveway. The plow blade will fall back if overloaded and the finish is durable, taking several winters of hard use and still looking fresh and new.
Best Back Blade – Black Boar Scrape Blade
While mostly used for landscaping and foodplot stuff, a back blade can be pretty handy for snow removal; especially when clearing out walk ways near a house or door. This sturdy, steel blade requires a mounting bar that can also work other implements. It gives you good options for clearing the snow off your walkway and helps the budget by being very reasonably priced. The blade setup costs under $150.
Best Simple Plow – Extreme Max UniPlow
This is a very simple, straightforward ATV snow plow system with the blade, frame and a universal mount all in one kit. The mount may not fit every machine on the market, but this system can be used on multiple machines. They even have extra mounts available to let you switch machines easier. It comes with a 50-inch blade. The frame allows for angle adjustment in the blade. A winch is required for lifting the blade, but this system also has a quick release, so you can drop the blade off to use your ATV. The best part is the price – You can pick one up for around $320.
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