ATV plows are a great way to clear sidewalks and small drive ways.  There are three  types of plows that are commonly installed on ATV’s.  Winch plows use a cable winch to lower and raise the plow blade.  Pull lever plows are manual raised and lowered by using a handle.  Lever plows can be raised by pushing or pulling a lever.  All of the ATV plow designs have their pros and cons.  Listed below are the main benefits and draw backs of each type of ATV plow system.

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ATV plow options

Winch Plows-  Winch ATV plows are great tools to use if they are working properly.  With the push of a button, you can raise and lower your plow without any effort.  These types of plows are easy on the operator because they do not require any manual labor to operate.  The biggest draw back that we see on these types of plows is that the cable and winch does not work properly.  The motor on the winch can burn out and leave you stranded in the middle of a snow storm.  The cable can also become tangled and cause the winch to stop working.  If this happens, you may spend quite a bit of time getting your plow back up and running.  In the middle of a snow storm, the last thing that you have is time to stop and repair your equipment.

Hand Lever Plows–  Hand lever ATV plows are also a popular option when it comes to ATV’s.  These plows use a lever mounted on the side of your machine to raise and lower your plow.  The biggest problem is that the lever can get caught on objects and get damaged.  If used on a frequent basis, this lever can weaken and bend or break.  Not something that you really want to happen during a snow storm.

Pull Lever Plows-  Pull lever ATV plows operate with a cable running to the plow from a handle mounted on the front of the ATV.  We have found this option to be the most user-friendly because of the reduced break down potential.  The cable is manually controlled, unlike the winch ATV plows.  The handle is mounted on the front of the ATV instead of the side like the hand lever plows.