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Old 02-26-2014, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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How long does it take? To plow it out as far as I did this time, it only took about an hour and a half. Remember though, going down that long driveway, I can plow at 30 mph. hahahaha Course, Timber doesn't like that much, because periodically, I hit a patch of ice that doesn't move and it stops me dead. When Timber collects herself and gets back on the 4 wheeler, she bites me.

Normally I can plow in about 20 minutes or so. Then I run up the street and do several other places. The guy next door, had his hip replaced, so he can't get around much yet, a woman about 6 houses up lost her husband last year, the guy up on the corner had surgery on his back, etc... Today, I plowed the Post Office Parking lot. The guy that does it, has a front end loader that the bucket is narrower than the wheels. So when he plows along the curb, he leaves about a foot of snow. That's right where people park and then have to step in it to get to the sidewalk. After about an hour, they've got it packed down and it's rounded and people keep slipping on it. So periodically, I'll make a couple of runs on it and throw the snow out where people drive. I do the Community Center too. I did the store a couple times. Last time I did it, when I finished the parking lot, I went inside and got me a cup of coffee. The owner was at the til and even after spending an hour in her parking lot, she charged me full price for the coffee. Course, they're like that at the little store. Saw a little kid in there one day, buy 3 ice cream bars. One for him, one for his friend, and one for his sister. He was 4 cents short. The owner told him to run home and get the rest of the money and then he could have the ice cream bars. She didn't even point him to the tray that everybody throws their pennys in. Course, about every 20 minutes, she emptys the penny tray into the till except for 2 pennys. I've seen her do it. So needless to say, I haven't "needed" anything in that store for about 6 months.
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Geez, Elk plows half the town. I'll bet when it snows and you're gone, everyone notices.
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Geez, Elk plows half the town. I'll bet when it snows and you're gone, everyone notices.
It's funny, I have gotten txt messages and actual phone calls while I was in the hospital saying, "Hey, do you think you can do my driveway today?" I have never charged a dime for plowing. I txt them back and say, "Well, do you think it can wait til I get out of Intensive Care?"

Actually, I enjoy it. Being retired and disabled, this is actually something I can do that gets me out of the house doing something. I've even went into town and plowed my daughters place and my son's place. A couple times last year, I went to another Daughters house, 14 miles on the other side of town and did her driveway. Course, that was a little different. Her driveway is about 3/4 mile long and she was snowed in.
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Old 02-26-2014, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Yeah, sometimes it's good just to be DOING something. I'd enjoy it too. So long as I didn't have to do it when it was 40 below.
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Old 02-26-2014, 10:23 PM
 
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Yeah, sometimes it's good just to be DOING something. I'd enjoy it too. So long as I didn't have to do it when it was 40 below.
For some reason, the 4 wheeler won't start at -10. I've even used either and couldn't even get it to pop. It's like the electrical shuts down. And that's ok with me. hahahaha
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Old 02-26-2014, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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Default Hey Guys...Question about a 4WD ATV

Hey Elk, MTSilvertip & anybody else who might have an objective recommendation for me re an appropriate 4WD ATV for plowing and also pulling some type of "Weed Cutting Rig" that I can use around my house in the spring and summer (about 4 acres of "flat but fairly uneven" ground" - about 3 to 4 inch undulations - , I don't try and keep it "looking like a park", just want to keep it cut (about every 3 weeks) through June July & August, so the "Fire Hazard" isn't so great when all the weeds die-off in late summer. I don't irrigate at all and I have never cleared out all the natural underbrush and trees on my 14 acres. When I built this place, I put the house in a natural opening of about 4 acres that was devoid of brush and trees. I've been using a rancher from about a mile away who has a daughter who comes over in the summer with her tractor pulling a 6 foot long Cicle-bar(?) mower and does a pretty decent job ($75 every time), problem is, she is moving out of state.
For snow plowing, I've got my one and only neighbor (about a half mile away) who plows my drive when we get over 8 to 10 inches...(from these last two storms, I got a total of 21 inches on the level--hardly ever get any drifting, thank God.) Problem is, he's got his place up for sale, and when he leaves, not only do I lose getting my drive plowed (660 feet), BUT ALSO another 1850 feet of a lane through the woods to meet up with the end of where the County Plow stops his plowing!.....He has been doing that also.

I need a "Rig" that will enable me to plow the total of 2510 feet of single-lane access to get to where the County stops. It is then another 7/10s mile to the mail boxes,(plowed by the County) and then another 1.10 mile to Hwy 93, (also plowed by the County>). Before the neighbor built his place in 2004, I only got snowed in twice between 1979/2004......during all other heavy snow falls, I would chain-up my 3/4 ton P.U. on all four wheels and "break-trail" (any time we got an additional 6 inches) the 1 1/2 miles out to the mail boxes.

So here's my thoughts:

An (AUTOMATIC Tranny) 4WD ATV that I can have an "Adjustable-height" plow attached to the front end that can be "easily raised" up when I'm through plowing. Then I can also use the ATV to go to the Mail Boxes -- instead of starting up the "Gas hog-truck" to do the 1 1/2 mile out to the mail Box. Then come spring, I'll take the plow off and attach some type of suitable mower (allowing me to pull it over the un-even ground (that Mother-Nature) gave me for the 4 acres that surround my house.

Points to consider:
I had a 1994 HONDA, 400 4WD Standard Transmission that I used for some hunting trips for about 10 years ( hated that foot operated Shift Lever). I sold it in about 2004: just wasn't using it enough to justify keeping it....no longer went out east for antelope hunting etc. Last 10 years been mostly concentrating on "bird-huntin' close by up in the mountains (forest service and logging roads) for Grouse.
Just can't do the walkin' and physical effort required for the way I used to do all types of hunting. Being in my 82nd year, "The brain and heart are willin' ,but the rest of the body just can't handle the age related
effects of those 17 fractures acquired in that single vehicle, double-fatality auto accident, lo those many years ago.


So, any thoughts, suggestions, comments etc on what way I should approach solutions to my (snow plowing/weed-cutting) situations would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-27-2014, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Food for thought Grid, a straddle mount ATV is going to be more agile for getting in and around tight spots. Side by side is going to be more comfortable.

My Honda is either Automatic, or manual shift. Put it in D and go. Manual is electric shift by an up and down arrow on the left handlebar with your thumb. No more foot shift. I chose it because I do not have to use feet at all. Left brake lever on Handlebar gives you 60% Rear and 40% front brake. Right brake lever gives you front brake.

Plow is single blade that I raise and lower with my electric winch via a rocker switch on left handlebar. To switch blade angle from straight to left throw or right, you exit the vehicle and push down on a spring loaded bar and then push the blade to snap into position.

If you can handle that machine, it will be more agile to get in and out of tight spots.

Side by side is going to be more comfortable (can have heater with windshield, top and even doors to stop wind. You can get a v-plow that is all electric/hydraulic that will change from V to left or right. Or a standard blade. Blade will give you a wider plow. Again, raising and lowering with a winch or with its own hydraulic system. Will haul that girlfriend on trail rides.

Both can be licensed in Montana, if you so choose. Highly recommend that you do so you can rude it where ever you want.

For mowing, take a look at shiptons at a small brushhog. Either machine will pull a hog and it has its own engine.

If I buy a new machine, it will be a side by side. As I get older and less capable, I want the added comfort. alYou can haul material (fence posts, dirt, grain sacks, etc with the side by side.

Highly recommend looking into a Can-Am side by side. They are the Cadillac. Bigger engine, radial knobby tires, more options built in, and far more options available from third part vendors.

I had rims made for my straddle mount so I can put standard 14 inch tires on them. Summer, I put on the rims with common tread, steel belted radials. Cheap and less wear. Winter, I swap over to the regular rims with knobby tires. Regular knibbys will wear out in a single summer running on pavement and running $120 per tire, gets costly. My standard size street tires run about $49 per tire and are currently on their 7th season.
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Old 02-27-2014, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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I would love to be able to give you some advice Griz, problem is I don't have or use ATVs. Around my place we have farm tractors.

If you had an 8-N or 9-N Ford tractor with blade, those are great. You are backing up to plow, but they have a lot of power for such a small tractor, 3 point hitch with hydrolic lift, and the plow is easy to just push in a lever and move the blade to whatever angle you want. Also works for road work in the summer. It is heavy enough to really smooth out a gravel drive.

They are pretty economical to run, and you can get any number of sickle bar mowers or other gear to run off of the PTO.

I just never had any use for an ATV with the tractors, horses and 4 wheel drive trucks and Scouts and Jeeps.

If I were less than 200 miles from the Bitterroot I would be happy to come over and give you a hand. We have a snow blower that goes on one of the farm tractors, that thing will throw a frozen horse turd for 200 yards!!
Makes plowing a road easy. It takes a cut just a little wider than the back wheels on the tractor, and 3 feet of snow you can go through without slowing down.


I wonder if they make a snow blower attachment for an ATV
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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If I buy a new machine, it will be a side by side. As I get older and less capable, I want the added comfort. You can haul material (fence posts, dirt, grain sacks, etc with the side by side.
Heh, you can leave the old one in my driveway any time

I'm gonna have to get one, sooner or later. *sigh* Like you say, we's gettin' older, and it ain't doin' us no good.
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Old 02-27-2014, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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I wonder if they make a snow blower attachment for an ATV
Yes they do. It has it's own engine, a 8 horse Briggs.
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