5 plow blades to transform our Ranger into a snow clearing machine
As the northern hemisphere plunges into winter’s icy grip, now might be a good time to think about getting a Polaris Ranger snow plow, putting your side-by-side to work this winter instead of sending it into storage.
UTVs like the Polaris Ranger make great snow plows for longer driveways and smaller parking lots – places that a full-size truck with a plow can’t easily navigate, and which a shovel or snowblower would take an unreasonable amount of labor to clear. Both UTV manufacturers and the aftermarket recognized this years ago and today there are a variety of options of snow plow blades ready to transform your Ranger into the snow-pusher it was meant to be.
But not all Polaris Ranger snow plow blades are made equal. Widths range anywhere from 50 inches up to 72 inches, affecting not only how much area you can clear in one pass, but also how able your Ranger is to push through it. Shoppers with smaller-engine Rangers, or those who live in areas that routinely see monster blizzards, would be wise to keep that in mind. And there’s also the blade material and coating to take into account. The vast majority of UTV snow plow blades are made from 11- or 12-gauge steel, but the sort of coating in place to protect the steel from rusting varies much more.
Here, we’ve rounded up the best Polaris Ranger snow plow options on the market, so you can compare them all in one stop and make an informed choice.
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KFI UTV Snow Plow Kit for Polaris Ranger
The KFI UTV Snow Plow Kit for the Polaris Ranger covers all the bases. It’s available in 60”, 66”, and 72” sizes, formed from either 11-gauge sheet steel or molded poly, giving you some freedom when it comes to exactly what style is right for your needs. Better yet, the kit is all-inclusive, shipping with push tubes and a mount so you don’t have to go and assemble a range of parts; everything you need is right there as soon as you take delivery. It’s a bit on the pricey side, especially if you spring for the available poly construction, but worth the investment if you want a complete, well-designed kit that installs in seconds and delivers up to 30 inches of lift.
Kolpin UTV Switchblade Plow
Kolpin’s UTV Switchblade Plow earns its place on our list of the best Polaris Ranger snow plow options for two big reasons: its innovative “switchblade” selectable-length design, and the fact that it’s a complete UTV snow plow kit for less. Made from stamped steel with an attractive bare-looking finish, the Kolpin switchblade plow’s calling card is a clever system that allows you to choose between a 60” or 72” blade length with the same blade. Just as important, it comes as a complete kit, ready to mount in seconds using a universal underbody mount. There is a bit of a caveat, however; it requires a winch to work properly. If you don’t already have a winch installed, you might be in for another big UTV-related purchase.
Warn ProVantage Side X Side Plow System
If you’ve got a penchant for proven big name brands and customization options, then the Warn ProVantage ATV and Side X Side plow system is for you. Blades are available in sizes from 72 inches at the large end, all the way down to 50 inches at the shortest. The smaller sizes are aimed more at ATVs than side-by-sides, as 50 inches isn’t even long enough to cover the full width of the Polaris Ranger, but hey, we won’t tell you how to live. More crucially, Warn’s snow plow system offers more opportunities for fine-tuning, with straight and standard blade profiles, a motorized pivot mount, and even a bucket conversion kit expanding the number of possible uses. This does mean you’ll have to buy individual parts separately; even the basic plow base and Polaris-specific mounts are sold separately. But that flexibility might be worth the inconvenience.
Tusk SubZero Heavy Duty UTV Snow Plow Kit
A simple, straightforward, reliable Polaris Ranger snow plow kit, this Tusk SubZero Heavy Duty plow is ready to go when you are, assuming you’ve got a winch mounted up front. One consideration made here that we especially like is the inclusion of a synthetic rope to spare your winch line from wear and tear as you raise and lower the plow blade. It’s all about the little things. Versions are available for Ranger models from the 400 all the way up to the 1000, each one packaged with square-tube push bars and a simple, model-specific mount, which makes shopping for a Tusk SubZero for your rig about as straightforward as it gets.
Polaris Glacier Pro Snow Plow System
We wouldn’t be doing our job properly if we didn’t get around to mentioning Polaris’s own Glacier Pro snow plow system. The blade is available in sizes from 60 to 72 inches, with both poly and steel blades available, and the steel blades look especially great, with the Polaris name proudly stamped into the sheet steel under a durable matte black finish. It’s not the fanciest of Polaris Ranger snow plow blades, but it’s built to last, and both it and the other major component – the model-specific integrated mount/push bar frame (like this one) – are designed and built for maximum compatibility with the Ranger. If you’re the sort who’d rather not roll the dice on third party equipment, this is the option for you.
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