Used the Gator to pull a log out of a low wet spot so it can be processed.
I've never plowed with this one, though I've plowed with my neighbor's SxS. In my opinion, the SxS has the advantage of a full cab, heat, and wipers. None of those would be true on the ATV. As far as the actual plowing, I believe the JD tractor has several significant advantages:Jere, have you ever plowed snow with your ATV? Is it better than the tractor or about the same?
I wouldn't argue with anything but #5. I have a JD445 with a snow blower and a Polaris 800 with a 60" plow. The Polaris is actually a little heavier and has 4WD, though I rarely need to engage it. There is no comparison in the traction department.I've never plowed with this one, though I've plowed with my neighbor's SxS. In my opinion, the SxS has the advantage of a full cab, heat, and wipers. None of those would be true on the ATV. As far as the actual plowing, I believe the JD tractor has several significant advantages:
All opinion, and subject to argument by ATV fans.
- The tractor pedal actuated hydro is much easier to apply than the thumb actuated ATV for the go
- And, by extension, the pedal switch for reverse is much faster than shifting for reverse
- I find the hydro plow raise and lower is easier to feather for lifting as I push snow from asphalt to over lawn or other obstacles. The electrical actuated raise and lower on the ATV is jerkier, less precise, and just feels less comfortable. I think you've probably noticed that my driveway is side by side with two other neighbors for the last hundred yards. At the end, it is easy to compare this precision when the snow melts. The neighbor with the SxS has typically gouged up his turf when we clear the ends, while my turf is generally clear of gouging.
- I do take advantage of down pressure of the hydro plow in practice, none of the ATV actuators I've ever seen offer down pressure.
- I think the weight of the JD provides better traction than the ATV would, though some of this is due to filled tires, it felt better connected even before I filled them.
Jere, I wish we had ground like yours. Looks firm and well drained unlike our wet muddy ground. When I need to pull a log out of a really wet area the logs end up coated in mud which is hard on the chains. I use to just cut rounds where ever the tree fell and carry them to higher, drier ground, but my back is getting weaker and it seems like gravity is getting stronger so I opt for skidding them out now.Busy day today, and since the tractor is still without front wheels, though the new tie-rod and ball joints are installed, I used the ATV for some skidding of the limbs on this big oak to a more convenient processing point:
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We've had a week of great weather, by which I mean no rain, some sun, and temps in the 30's - perfect firewood making weather.