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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-04-2017, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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Question Snowblower attachment pros/cons ?

I'm wondering if anybody has any experience using a snowblower attachment on a 420. I have a 2017 Rancher 420 with plow attachment but some of our storms are wet, heavy snow that is hard to push back.

thanks in advance for your comments!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-04-2017, 08:03 PM
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can't help but I'm thinking of getting one too. Ran out of places to push the snow to in mid Feb.

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first off, have you seen the prices of these things??
save a little more and buy a machine with a front end loader LOL
better investment!
BUT if your set on adding a blower to an ATV< expect this, a LOT of weight and VERY slow goings, and dishing out again a nice chunk of change, and you will be running two motors!, Idling for a LONG amounts of time on a motor is NOT the best thing to do with them
I have seen folks with them, but I honestly don't think its a nod worth doing
buy a BIG walk behind if you dead set on a blower, cheaper and less wear and tear on your atv across the board
or again, back to my first suggestion, buy a nice older used front end loader,, I guarantee you will find more uses for it all yr than you think you will once you have it LOL
where that blower will sit more than its used in MOST places, as snow season isn't that long most places, even in normal snow belt area's its NOT there as often last few yrs!

another tip on plowing with your ATV< is don;t wait till its too deep, push back farther than needed to leave room, and add weight to the atv to help it PUSH better!

17+ yrs plowing with my atv and only 3 storms I couldn;t plow with it, and I Normally get a LOT of snow on average
Got a skid steer now, too LOL
but still use atv to plow at times! LOL
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Hi Viking, I get a lot of snow and have tried different methods. Plowing isn't really an option, as we got something like 65 feet so far this year, with 4 more planned for this weekend. It has to be blown, not pushed.

My Honda walk-behind blower with tracks worked great. It was ~8 hp, cost $2500 new (I got it used, much cheaper), and could blow the snow 40 or more feet. It took 90 minutes to do my driveway and had ~26" stroke, but it could only handle half that in snow deeper than 18". I sold it.

My Kubota yard tractor can push it all away, but like I said, no where to go. I could put a 3 point blower on the back, but they are expensive, plus I would have to drive around backwards. Yuck. But performance would now doubt be exceptional.

I put a blower on my Deere lawnmower, the type that sits in front and runs on a belt. It works great, with some exceptions, and has 48" stroke, of which only 24" is useful in snow deeper than 18". I found it on CL for $600 and can do my driveway in 25 minutes. It is single stage and bogs down if the snow is really wet and heavy. I have some design improvements planned, based on advice from this forum.

I would seriously consider a blower on my quad. My 420 is such a better machine than my yard tractor. Maybe not as maneuverable, but probably not an issue. I haven't priced these, but the other options are expensive too. You can't have too much power rotating the blades, but that all depends on your average daily snowfall. The most negative thing I can think of regarding an ATV for this usage is the trouble to shift into reverse. I do a lot of back and forth moving snow and with the tractor hydraulic transmissions, having a reverse foot pedal is much more convenient than the quad red-lever option for reverse.

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Hi Menard: You can cheat the Red Button with a piece of hard rubber -- just make a wedge see pictures -- I use this on my bike and other friends bikes without any problems.
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Those things are like $5k, you'd be better off buying an older tractor with a blower on it for that kind of money or not much more.

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