ADVICES ON CHOOSING THE ATV/UTV PLOW
CONTROLLING OF THE ATV PLOW
Traditionally, an ATV plow is lifted and lowered with an electric winch. The winch cannot press the plow against the ground and the plow floats with its own weight and the plowing of the trapped snow is laborious or even impossible. The turning of the plow is done mechanically by hand. The driver gets up from the ATV bench and goes to turn the plow to the desired angle.
ATV hydraulics are becoming more common. The ATV hydraulics already have several applications. The most common hydraulic implement in ATVs is the hydraulic plow. The hydraulics allow the plow to be lifted and, most importantly, pressed against the ground. The pressing on the plow can be used to remove hard snow and dust. With hydraulics, the plow can be turned steplessly and the driver does not have to get off the bench.
OPTIONS OF ATTACHING THE ATV'S PLOW
There are two mounting options: front and center mounted. The front mounts are also called quick mounts. The front or center bracket to be mounted on the ATV is almost always brand-specific, so it fits your ATV perfectly. If the ATV has tracks, a center attachment and an extended push tubes are used.
+ heavy attachment withstands the stresses of a wider plow
- limits the lifting height of the plow
- attaching the plow under the ATV is a bit tedious
+ quick and easy attachment to the front of the ATV
+ the plow rises high
- plow max. width 150 cm (with the exception of a few UTVs with 180 cm)
ATV PLOW WIDTH
The width of the plow should be at least so wide that, even when turned, the plowing width is at least the width of the ATV. In general, it can be said that a width suitable for an ordinary ATV is 150 cm and a width suitable for a side-by-side (UTV) is 180 cm. For an ATV with tracks, we recommend a 180 cm wide plow. The 128 cm plow is intended for narrow aisles and other cramped spaces. The 128 cm plow also serves as the basic frame of the bucket. The 128 cm wide bucket is intended for ordinary ATVs and the 150 cm bucket for side-by-side UTVs.
FOR LIGHT PLOWING
The traditional straight plow is best suited for plowing smaller yards and short yards. The plow can be turned to five different positions left, right and straight. Plow side extensions can be purchased as an accessory on the plow, making it easier to collect / push snow because the snow stays better in front of the plow.
HIGH THROW PLOW / TAPERED PLOW
FOR ROAD PLOWING
The high throw plow is best suited for road plowing where snow throwing is required. This avoids the formation of high snow beds. The wing design allows snow to be thrown farther than traditional plows. The heavily bent and down-bent wing extension prevents snow from dusting the driver's eyes.
FOR YARD PLOWING
The v-plow is best suited for plowing yards and opening a thick unbroken snow. The v-plow that folds in the middle allows snow to be collected. When the wings are turned forward, plowing the yard is expedient because snow does not escape from the sides of the plow. With the wings turned backwards, in the tip plow position, plowing the thick unbroken snow is better than with a straight plow, because the plow does not turn the ATV sideways. The v-plow also has taller wings, so it is also well suited for road plowing. The safety release suspension of the v-plow is implemented as a blade suspension so that both wings have two blades that are sprung separately from each other. This solution makes plowing meaningful, because when, for example, the well cover collides, only one blade springs backwards and the whole plow does not move forward like traditional plows. In Latvo's opinion, an v-plow is the most sensible choice if both the yard and the road are to be plowed a little fairer.
QUALITY AND SAFETY OF PLOWS
When purchasing the plow, you should also pay attention to quality. In addition to the technical quality of the plow, good quality includes a proper warranty and good availability of consumables / spare parts. Driver safety must also be considered in the design of the plow. Safety release springs and break pins protect the driver in the event of a collision.
ATV PLOW BLADES
The blades of the ATV's plows are straight as standard and made of structural steel. Instead of the standard blade, you can purchase an optional toothed blade, rubber blade or plastic blade. The Latvo toothed blade is made of wear resistant steel, which guarantees a long service life. The toothed blade bites hard snow better than a straight blade. The toothed blade makes the surface a rough and non-slippery. The toothed blade is made in such a way that you can also turn the blade on the straight side if you wish.
The rubber blade is suitable for uneven tile yards.
The plastic blade is slightly more effective than the rubber blade, but still very quiet and does not scratch the tiles either.
SELECTION OF ATV FOR SNOW PLOWING
The short and small ATV is handy in a small yard and narrow aisles. In larger areas and on the road, the greater length and weight of the ATV is an advantage in plowing. A short ATV tends to sideways more easily when plowing than a longer ATV. The higher the weight of the ATV gives the wheels or tracks more traction. Of course, the grip can be slightly improved with studs or chains. You can drive faster on the studs, but the chains limit the driving speed. If there is a lot of road to be plowed and the yard areas are large then you should consider a side-by-side UTV. Its thrust and grip are considerably better than in an ordinary ATV. Almost all four-wheel-drive ATVs have enough power for plowing, but if you want to keep your driving speed high and there is a lot of snow, then the power of a small ATV may be insufficient. Generally speaking, an ATV over 500 cc is well enough for plowing. Among the ATV's accessories, power steering, handle heaters, windscreen and rear work light are useful accessories for plowing. And the winch is, of course, a mandatory piece of equipment for plowing unless the ATV has hydraulics.
Iron Baltic straight plow 150 cm
Iron Baltic straight plow 180 cm
Iron Baltic high throw plow 150 cm