How to Install an ATV Snow Plow

How to Install an ATV Snow Plow

snowroadWith each year, comes a new snow plowing season!
For anyone looking to install a snow plow, there are 3 major components: the mounting plate, the plow tube, and the plow blade.

Attach the Mounting Plate

Before you do anything else, you are going to have to use a jack to raise your ATV up. After this is done, you can easily maneuver underneath your vehicle and install the mounting plate, for this is the strongest mounting location. Depending on your preference, you may choose to have a forward mount or a mid-mount style. Either way, you will most likely be attaching your mounting frame with a series of U-bolts. U-bolts wrap around the frame of your ATV and keep your snow plow plate secure and in place. This process only takes a couple of minutes, and soon enough, the mounting process will be completed. Also, keep in mind that many people choose to leave their Mounting plate on permanently because it may offer more convenience for attaching and detaching your snow plow, but the choice is up to you.

Next comes the Plow Tube

After the mounting plate is attached, most of the laborious work is completed. For the plow tube, you will have a set of pins and latches that attaches your plow tube to the front end of your vehicle. Push tubes come in two different forms: straight and articulating.

push tube pile driverA push tube from one of today’s leading ATV Snow Plow manufacturers: Pile Driver.
  1. If you are not worried about raising your plow tube up too high, a straight push tube may be better for you. Straight push tubes are not designed to elevate very high and will ultimately be stopped by the bottom of the ATV’s frame.

  2. Alternatively, for people that need extra elevation from their snow plow, an articulating push tube may be better. When an articulating push tube hits the bottom of the ATV frame, the snowplow blade will continue to rise because the push tube has an extra hinge that helps to give more height.
Insert the Plow Blade

plow blade pile driverPlow blades can be steel or polyurethane. One of the best steel UTV snow plow blades come from Pile Driver.
Once you are finished with the mounting plate and the plow tube, you will be ready to screw in the snow plow blade. Plow blades usually come in steel or polyurethane and can come in a variety of sizes. For ATVs, blades are 60 inches or below. Snow plow blades that are over 60 inches are reserved for UTVs. Also, when you are deciding between plow blades, you will have to decide if you want a straight or v-shaped plow blade. The majority of snowplow operators opt for the straight blade because it offers more versatility compared to the limited directional power of a v-shaped blade.

There are many smaller directions that come with installing a snowplow, but don’t worry; your product’s manufacturer will provide a step-by-step instruction manual that will make your life a whole lot easier. Inserting a snowplow is a fairly simple job that you’ll be able to take care of in no time. If you have any questions about snowplowing or snowplow products, feel free to contacts us at 4wheelonline anytime.

By: Tim Snyder
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