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The folks over at Agricover were nice enough to supply us with a SnowSport® All Terrain Plow for review. Before we even got our hands on this plow, looking it over on their website impressed us. The first thing we noticed with this plow was the fact that, there is no need for a winch or lift lever. This was very intriguing, as most plow setups will require a winch or a lever to operate.
We received the plow and mount for our 2006 Yamaha Grizzly in 2 separate boxes, both easy enough to carry. The aluminum 60” plow is not that heavy at all and came with a hard rubber 6-7” strip, which is actually the lower 3rd of the plow, and surface contact. The plow required a few holes, that we drilled with a standard drill bit, 6 to be exact. Drilling through the aluminum was pretty easy. We also needed to mount up the plow, so the best idea would be to install the ATV mount first, which we didn’t.
So we opened the other box with the mount for our Grizzly, and looked it all over with the supplied instructions. This quad already has a winch mounted, so we were concerned about the two brackets working together, due to the fact that they use the same frame holes. There was no need to worry; the Plow mount bracket went right behind the winch bracket. There was an extra step in removing the winch bracket, to get the plow bracket in. This plow mount is pretty simple, it uses a hardened steel frame and secures to the ATV frame in the front and over the frame in the rear. It was one bracket with 2 bolts, and the rest was a slide in assembly, secured by lock pins. Very nice and very easy.
Now that we had our mount installed on our Grizzly, we brought over our assembled plow. The blow bracket slides right into the plow mount and is also held with a lock pin. The bracket has a pivot pin, which allows us to pivot the plow to the left or right. We chose to keep it in the center position for now. Once we had the bracket installed on the mount, it was as easy as lifting the plow and sliding it onto the bracket. That is it. There is a position you can leave the plow raised for riding without contact, or leave it completely down to the ground, for when plowing is done.
The directions were simple enough to follow and installation took about 1 hour. I like the fact that the plow easily comes off for when you want to hit the trails, and mounts up for when snow cleaning is needed. It’s light weight as opposed to other plows on the market.
We got hit with an early December snowfall, just in time to run a preliminary test with our Grizzly. We plowed a stretch of 150 feet on a right pivot with 4” on the ground. No problem at all. In reverse, the plow basically disengages and gets pulled with you across the plowed surface. Engaging a forward gear, straightens the plow for pushing. It’s just that simple, no winch or lever needed. We ran our quad up a 30 degree hill with the plow engaged through the 4” of snow and over a grassy surface. The grass and dirt where untouched, as it glided without issue, pushing the snow out of our way. Bumps and ground imperfections were no match for this plow, as it glided smoothly over them with out an issue.
So far we are impressed with the SnowSport® All Terrain Plow, but we’ll be testing it more, with the next big North East winter storm. If you are in the market for an ATV plow, we highly recommend the SnowSport® All Terrain Plow.
To purchase the SnowSport® All Terrain Plow, visit http://www.agricover.com/index.php/products/category/C26/
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We had a storm go thru the area on the 3rd, Monday & Monday night, so on the 4th, Tuesday morning, I loaded up the Bad To The Bone Tracked Can-Am & went for a ride. WHAT A GREAT DAY !! :partyc:
Started out with a temp of -5 degs F when I got to the parking lot. But then another storm came in while I was riding. It got cloudy, wind started howl’in, snow was fall’in & it warmed up a bit …. All the way to 12 degs F by the time I returned to the truck.
The only negative of the day, when I stopped for lunch, someplace along the way, I had lost my soft cooler with my drinks … I’ve had that cooler for several years & I was a little upset. Oh well, time to get a new one I guess.
This video is a little longer than I intended, and it still doesn’t show some of the awesome ride I had, so I hope you enjoy what I put together …
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72QAo-NyKDo]04 Feb 2014 A Snowy Day Ride - YouTube[/ame]
They opened the high mountain pass last weekend where I do a lot of my track rid'in, so I headed out yesterday to check out some of the High Mountain Trails ... when I left the truck at 0830, the temp was 33* F ... and when I returned at 2:30pm, the temps was 34* F .... dad-gum heat wave I tell ya !!
23 May 2012 and what a great day in the mountains. It was cloudy, sunny, wind blow'in betwix 25 & 40mph, snow pellets (Dang those things hurt) & snow squalls to downright blizzard conditions at times .... Did I mention it was a GREAT DAY !!
That is, until towards the end, I ran into some guy from Missouri in his SUV, street tires, no shovel, & stuck in a drift !!
Another ATV'er showed up & we got him out with our winches & tow straps tied to a big pine tree !!
Did some rid'in in a logged out area & then onto the trails & the many snow drifts ... they're so much freak'in fun to play on !!
Hope you enjoy the video ... And if anyone is look’in for speed runs or fast rid’in ... ya won’t find it here !!
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTfp1_2V4jw]23 May 012 - High Mountain Spring Ride - YouTube[/ame]
We had just had 3 days of storminess & the mountains got some good snow .... along with the storms we had lots of high winds. So my buddy and I decided to “Go Track’in” !! :cheers2c:
At the elevation we had decided to ride (7200 ft), I was expecting 8 to maybe 12 inches of fresh snow ... WRONG !! ... on the ridges it wasn’t too bad ... but any low spot or East facing hill it was DEEP !! Had it coming up over my front bumper & my box was pushing it in some places.
My buddy told me I was piss’in him off !! Cause I was pretty much go’in any place I wanted ... and he was gett’in stuck !! :toetap05c: After the stuck in the video ... where we hurry up & dig him out, we decided to go back to the main road/trail. It was still blown over with soft snow, and we made a couple side detours ... After about the fourth time my buddy got stuck, he just stayed in my tracks. And then my belt let go. Guess I worked it too hard !! :dammit:
I also figured with the clutching I have & the smaller drive sprockets on my tracks, running in high was A-OK !!! ..... should have known better in this really deep & soft snow ... cause I think the belt just got to hot & let some of the inside gogs go .... DAMN IT !! :brickwall:
And even THAT wouldn’t have been too bad .... but three weeks ago, I took the spare belt & tools out of my box !! Took 2 1/2 hours to tow me 3 miles ... Oh yeah, guess what’s go’in BACK into my box !!! :wasntme:
I also forgot to adjust the exposure on my helmet cam so the video is kinda washed out ... but I hope you enjoy it !! :cheer:
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWBQIOFzUTE]03 Mar 012 - Deep Snow & Blown Belt - YouTube[/ame]