Home Outdoors What makes the best small snow plow vehicle? (ANSWERED)

What makes the best small snow plow vehicle? (ANSWERED)

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I have used snow-blowers and snow-plows over the last 15 years. I have found that the best small snow plow vehicle is one of three machines: A garden tractor, ATV, UTV. Each has their pros and cons. Here’s how I have made the decision on what makes a good little snow plow vehicle.

Bestseller No. 1
Snow Joe 24V-X2-SB18 18-Inch 48-Volt 4-Ah Cordless Snow Blower, (2x4.0AH)
  • [POWER SOURCE TYPE]: Battery Powered
  • [POWERFUL]: 1200 W brushless motor clears up to 14 tons of snow per charge
  • [DURABLE]: 4-blade rubber-tipped steel auger clears a path 18” wide x 10” deep in a single pass
  • [48V POWER]: Included 2x 4.0 Ah batteries offer up to 40 minutes of rechargeable runtime
  • [LED LIGHT]: 2W LED headlight lights up the night for safer nighttime clearing
SaleBestseller No. 2
Snow Joe SJ627E 22-Inch 15-Amp Electric Snow Thrower w/Dual LED Lights, Blue
  • [VERSATILE]: Ideal for quick snow pickups on mid-sized driveways and walkways
  • [POWERFUL]: 15-amp electric motor moves up to 25 tons/hr. Of snow and clears a 22-in x 13-in path in a single pass
  • [LED LIGHTS]: 2 x 1.5 W LED lights facilitate night-time snow removal
  • [STEEL AUGER]: All-steel auger cuts 22 in. Wide by 13 in. Deep path with each pass
  • [RECOMMEND]: We do recommend customers use a certain gauge and length extension cord. Do not use extension cord over 100 ft (30 m)
SaleBestseller No. 3
Greenworks Pro 80V 20-Inch Snow Blower with 2Ah Battery and Charger
  • Ultimate performance 80V Li-ion systems delivers greater efficiency with up to 45 minutes of run time with 2.0 Ah battery
  • Quiet, maintenance free brushless motor technology
  • Quickly clear your driveway, sidewalks, patios, etc with a 20 inch clearing path
  • Up to 10 inch of clearing depth
  • 180 Degree rotating chute for desired snow displacement
SaleBestseller No. 4
Greenworks 13 Amp 20-Inch Corded Snow Blower, 2600502
  • 13 amp motor delivers powerful results for gas alternative
  • Adjustable 180 degree directional chute makes snow throwing manageable ; Easy electric start for hassle free operation
  • Discharge snow up to 20-feet. 7-inch wheels for greater mobility
  • Only works on 120 volts ; 20-inch clearing path and 10-inch clearing depth
SaleBestseller No. 5
PowerSmart Snow Blower 24 Inch 2-Stage 212cc Engine Gas Powered, Self Propelled Snowblower with Electric Start
  • Powerful Engine: 212cc PowerSmart engine gas powered delivers 2400 lbs/min snow plowing capability. Easy to tackle 1 in. - 12 in. of snow.
  • Quick Snow Removal: snow clearing width 24" and intake height 20" with the strong engine power, allow you clean up snow with less time.
  • Anti-Clogging System: 2-stage snow blower system with all-steel auger easily cuts through tough snow and diverts it away from the chute to minimize clogging when removing wet snow.
  • Self-Propelled System: 6 forward and 2 reverse speed control with 13" inflatable tires, enhance your driving confidence.
  • Easy Operated: push button start with electric starter, one-hand operated 180° chute control, make snow clearing easy.
SaleBestseller No. 6
Snow Joe SJ619 Electric Single Stage Snow Thrower, 18-Inch, 14.5 Amp Motor, LED Lights
  • [VERSATILE]: Ideal for quick snow pickups on mid-sized driveways and walkways
  • [MAINTENANCE-FREE]: No gas, oil or tune-ups make it effortless to start and maintain
  • [LED LIGHT]: 3 W LED light for safe nighttime clearing
  • [POWERFUL]: 14.5-Amp motor moves up to 650 lb. of snow per minute
SaleBestseller No. 7
PowerSmart Cordless Snow Thrower, 18 Inch Electric Snow Blower with Brushless Motor (Batteries & Charger Included)
  • 🔥POWERFUL: 280W electric Brushless motor moves up to 720 lbs/min of snow.
  • 🔥RUNNING TIME: 4.0 Ah battery offers up to 30 minutes of rechargeable runtime at maximum.
  • 🔥MAINTENANCE-FREE: It is easy to start and runs quietly. No gas, No emissions, No tune-ups, you can use the machine safely.
  • 🔥CHUTE ROTATION:The adjustable discharge chute can be rotated 180 degrees, you can direct the snow in whichever direction you need it to go.
  • 🔥COMPACT: It is only 34.8 lbs and the tires measure 8x2 inches, which makes it easy to maneuver and assemble.
SaleBestseller No. 8
Snow Joe 24V-SS11-XR 24-Volt 11-Inch 5-Ah Cordless Snow Shovel, Kit (w/5-Ah Battery + Quick Charger)
  • [DURABLE]: 2-blade high-impact, low-temperature paddle auger throws snow up to 20 feet and cuts a 11 in. X 7 in. Path
  • [POWERFUL]: 400 W motor moves up to 1,620 lbs. of snow per charge
  • [ERGONOMIC]: Lightweight design (Only 11.7 lbs.) with adjustable back-saving handle
  • [iON+ 24-VOLT BATTERY SYSTEM COMPATIBLE]: Includes 24V iON+ 4.0 Ah rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to 22 minutes of whisper-quiet runtime
SaleBestseller No. 9
Greenworks 40V 20-Inch Cordless Brushless Snow Blower, Battery Not Included, 2601102
  • Powered by GMAX 40v li-ion technology and brushless motor to make your job easier
  • Led lights allow for better visibility during early morning and late evening shoveling
  • 180 degree rotating chute provides better control and up to 20 feet; Discharge distance
  • 7 inch wheels
  • For peak performance, use battery that is being stored at room temperature. The snow thrower may not properly start if the battery temperature is too cold.
Bestseller No. 10
EGO SNT2400 24 in. Self-Propelled 2-Stage Snow Blower with Peak Power Battery and Charger Not Included, Black
  • Peak Power technology combines the power of 2 EGO 56V ARC Lithium batteries
  • Throws snow up to 50 ft.
  • Recommend for use with two EGO 56V 7.5 Ah ARC Lithium batteries to clear an 18 car driveway with 8" of snow on a single charge
  • 24 in. clearing width/20 in. intake height
  • Variable speed Self-propelled with forward and reverse directions;

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Small snow pushing equipment

Older garden tractors with snow blades are my favorite. I have used a couple Cub Cadets and John Deeres. I like both, but I have gravitated to the JDs because they are local to me.

For instance, a 1970 John Deere 110/112/210/212/214/216 tractor with a 43 snow plow blade works really well.

The model series are similar — each has a different engine size. The 43 blade ranks as the best sidewalk snow removal machine in my opinion.

My plowing machines

I have two — one JD 112 with a Kohler 10HP and one JD 112 with a Harbor Freight Predator 13HP repower with a stage 3 kit. Of the two, the modified 112 works best. That the engine is freshest and more horsepower than stock.

I like the garden tractors because they are very inexpensive. I can buy a John Deere tractor or Cub Cadet tractor for a minimal amount of money.

The Kohlers have a lot of torque and power to push snow. The biggest limitation is tractor weight. They are heavy — 600ish lbs to start — but benefit from even more weight. AG tires and ballast will take them through a few feet of snow with ease. With ballast on the rear, in the tires, and driver weight; it’s possible to get close to 1,000 lbs, which makes the tractor an amazing small plow vehicle.

best sub compact tractor for snow removal
Photo courtesy Calgary Review via flickr. Used under a CC-BY-2.0 license. This sub compact tractor works well as a sidewalk snow removal machine.

The older garden tractors make excellent machines because they are versatile. You can plow snow in the winter or mow the lawn in the summer.

One con with the Deere tractors I mentioned: They are gear drive transmissions, not hyrdrostatics.

I like the gear drive trannys but they are slower to maneuver than a hyrdro. It takes more time to push snow with a gear drive tractor.

Many modern sub-compact tractors are more reliable than my 50-year-old machine. I like my driveway and sidewalk plowing equipment because it is cheap and can be repaired easily.

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Bestseller No. 1
Arnold 19A30017OEM 46-Inch Snow Blade Attachment, 46 Inch, Black
  • COMPATIBLE SNOW PLOW ATTACHMENT: Fits all Troy-Bilt, Bolens, Yard Machines (13C2775S and 13AM775S), Huskee and MTD Gold riding Mowers, 2001 and newer
  • ADDITIONAL COMPATIBILITY: Fits Cub Cadet XT-1 and XT-2 Enduro Series Tractors and Series 1000 and 1500 LT, GT and LTX lawn tractors
  • QUICK-CHANGE ANGLE: Snow blade adjusts from straight ahead to 25 degrees to the left or to the right. Durable and relaible strength that is capable of clearing large snow filled areas in no time
  • ADJUSTABLE SKID SHOES: Use in a variety of conditions and terrains, even in gravel driveways
  • PROTECT YOUR TRACTOR: The spring-loaded blade return protects your tractor and the blade from any kind of damage
Bestseller No. 2
Snow Plow Blade Markers/Guides Kit 27" Fit for Blizzard Boss Sno-Way Western Snowplows 62265 & Many More Pickup truck SUV UTV ATV
  • Replacement for most Blizzard,Boss,Sno-Way,Western snowplow
  • Increases visibility of plow edges for added safety
  • Easy to install
  • Material: strengthen material,longer life.Factory sells in direct, the quality is assured
  • Sold as a kit,It made of low temperature resistant rubber and high quality steel wire,not cheap fragile Hollow plastic pipe.Can be bent,and can also be restored to straightness manually.
SaleBestseller No. 3
Kolpin ATV Switchblade Plow – 17-0000
  • Complete Plow-in-a-Box, minus Winch
  • Stamped steel blade technology adjusts to either 48” or 60” width
  • Robust square tube steel chassis with strategically placed reinforcements
  • 5-position blade angle
  • Requires winch (sold separately)
Bestseller No. 4
FallLine Polyurethane ATV/UTV Snowplow Edge - 60"x4"x.75 Blank
  • Minimizes damage to surface being plowed.
  • Outlasts standard steel ATV/UTV plow edges.
  • Heavy-duty polyurethane construction.
  • Ideal for use on pavers, decorative concrete, cobblestone and uneven surfaces.
  • Will not leave rust marks.
Bestseller No. 5
Kolpin Universal Snow Plow Blade Flap - 10-0190 72 in
  • Universal Rubber Blade Flap fits plow blades with widths 48"-72"
  • Keeps snow from flying into your face
Bestseller No. 6
KFI Products (105048 Snow Plow Blade
  • The package length is 20.32 centimeters
Bestseller No. 7
USA Made Heavy Duty 48" Snow Plow Blade Edge with Mounting Equipment | Wear Bar Cutting Edge Replacement | 4-6x Longer Life Than Factory Blade
  • [Fits 48 Inch Blade] This wear bar replaces John Deere factory part #M120139 for 48″ blades.
  • [Stainless Hardware Included] Includes stainless steel fasteners for easy installation on your compact tractor.
  • [Laser Cut Holes] Our blade's holes are laser cut which allows this to fit perfectly.
  • [4-6x Longer Life] This wear bar blade is made of super wear resistant AR400 steel for maximum life. We also designed our wear bar to have a thicker cutting edge which helps reduce bounce and prolongs the cutting edge life.
  • [Built For Sub-Compact Tractors] Our cutting edge is designed to fit with your small tractor
Bestseller No. 8
Snow Plow Blade Markers 90 Degree Bend Base Guides Kit 20'' Striking Blue Never Break Stainless Steel Joint Fit for Polaris plow Mark The Edge of The Plow Most Blizzard Boss SNO-Way Western Meyer
  • Made of high quality materials, bright colors and not easily damaged. Not easy to break, bent quickly recovered, joints and nuts made of stainless steel, no rust, no corrosion, long life, easy to install, durable, safe
  • Fit for Most Blizzard Boss Sno-Way Western Meyer Polaris snow plow
  • Resistant to low temperatures, flexible in cold conditions, not easily broken
  • 100% Brand New,Easy to install, easy to maintain
  • If you have any questions about our products, please consult through Amazon. We will give you a satisfactory solution as soon as possible. Our aim is to make you satisfied with the products and services we provide.
Bestseller No. 9
Red Snow Plow Blade Markers Guides Kit/62265 27''Fit for Blizzard Boss SNO-Way Western Snowplows
  • Made of high quality materials, bright colors and not easily damaged. Not easy to break, bent quickly recovered, joints and nuts made of stainless steel, no rust, no corrosion, long life, easy to install, durable, safe
  • Fit for Most Blizzard Boss Sno-Way Western Meyer Polaris snow plow, Many More Pickup truck SUV UTV ATV
  • Resistant to low temperatures, flexible in cold conditions, not easily broken
  • 100% Brand New,Easy to install, easy to maintain
  • If you have any questions about our products, please consult through Amazon. We will give you a satisfactory solution as soon as possible. Our aim is to make you satisfied with the products and services we provide.
Bestseller No. 10
FUYEAR Snow Plow Blade Markers Guides Kit Red 27 Inch Stainless Steel Joint High Visibility Easy Installation Comapatible with Blizzard Boss SNO-Way Western Snowplows
  • New snow plow markers blade guides are sold in pairs:The joint and mounting nut are all made of stainless steel,which is super corrosion resistant, super oxidation resistant,high flexibility,never rusts,never breaks,and can be used for a long time.
  • High visibility red design,with a total length of 27 inches,improves visibility in harsh conditions and safely and easily removes snow.
  • This snow plow marker is not a hollow pipe.The outer pipe is made of high-quality low temperature resistant nylon material,and the inner core is made of high-quality steel wire material.It can be bent at will and recovered immediately without breaking.
  • Snow Plow Blade Guides has been tested for low temperature resistance and can work very well in extremely low temperature environments without breaking.
  • Compatible with :Boss Blizzard Western plows 62265,and most snow plow SUV,UTV,ATV pickup trucks and more.

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Who makes the best sub compact tractor for snow removal?

Modern tractor manufacturers have a lot of good sub compact tractors. If your budget allows, perhaps one of these snow pushing equipment machines would work for you:

Masseey Ferguson
John Deere
LS Tractor
New Holland

Although there are other brands, these are the 10 sub compact snow pushers I’m know about.

ATV and UTVs for plowing deep snow

4×4 ATVs for plowing work well and can be fun. Quads are versatile farm machines but lack attachments and PTO drives. They can’t mow the lawn, till a garden.

With a small snow plow, a four wheeler can plow snow. Blades are generally under $500 brand new, much less if bought used.

The price of a 4×4 plow all terrain vehicle is a little more expensive than a garden tractor. It probably does not make sense to buy one for the task.

If you have a recreational ATV just sitting in the garage, it makes sense to make it work plowing snow, though. To me, that makes the best utv for snow plowing. Use the one you own.

Wear and tear is a concern, too. Snow plowing is hard on a vehicle. There is the constant forward and reversing motion, along with the stress of hitting things with the plow. This translates into shock into the your Honda ATV plowing snow or your side by side UTV.

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