With winter comes snow, and with snow comes frustration. If you own a truck or SUV, attaching a snow plow to your vehicle is an easy solution to winter woes. However, if you don’t have one of these vehicles, or if you’d prefer not to install a plow on one, another viable option is to install a plow on your ATV or UTV. Choosing the right plow is easy with a little knowledge of the blade design, operation, and mounting options available.
Blade Design and Construction
ATV and UTV snow plow blades usually fall into one of two categories.
A straight-blade ATV plow
The most simplistic blade design, a straight blade is probably the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of a snow plow. The height and curvature of the blade are consistent along its width. Straight blades sometimes have optional bucket conversions which allow you to haul gravel and other loose earth, increasing the usefulness of the plow system.
Warn's tapered ATV plow blade
The more aggressive curve of a tapered blade, such as those offered by Warn
, moves snow up and away from the ground, pushing it off to the side and cutting down on time spent plowing.
Both of these categories are commonly found with aluminum or steel blades available. While steel does edge out aluminum on durability, aluminum is usually more affordable and easier to move by hand.
Blade Control Options
The Warn Provantage plow lift accessory
Blades are further differentiated by the methods used to raise, lower, and move them from side to side.
Common to items such as Agricover’s Snowsport plow, manual operation requires you to move the plow up, down, and side to side by hand. While this can sound difficult, manual operation of an aluminum blade is relatively easy due to its light weight. This is usually the most affordable method of operation.
More convenient than manual operation is a plow powered by a winch or electric motor, allowing full control from the comfort of your seat. If you prefer this method of plow control, look to Warn’s optional Pro-Pivot and Provantage
A front receiver hitch mounted to an ATV
ATV and UTV plows have three potential mounting positions: front, center, and rear.
Front: Perhaps the most common snow plow mounting method, a front mount secures the plow in place by attaching to either a front receiver hitch or an application-specific bracket.
Center Mount: This style of mount attaches to a plate which is installed in the center of the ATV’s frame. It offers increased structural rigidity during plow operation as compared to a front-mounted plow.
Rear Mount: Less common than front and center mounts are rear-mounted ATV and UTV snow plows. These attach to rear receiver hitches and are more suited for leveling uneven surfaces than actual plowing.
If you have questions about snow plows for ATVs, UTVs, or any other sort of vehicle, contact our team of experts today. They’re standing by to help you choose the right plow for anything from a Yamaha to an F-350.