Building your own ATV plough can save you money. If done right, the snow plough can last for years. Just make sure to give yourself ample time to build the plough and follow the necessary steps to build it. One of the first decisions to make is whether you want a plough that throws snow to one side or to both sides. This is a personal preference and won't affect the steps listed below.
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Things you need
- Metal-bending fabrication tools
- Welding tools
- Rubber edge blade
Purchase thick metal sheeting. This usually needs to be about 4 feet in length and able to withstand heavy use. This is the sheet that will be used as the primary plough in front of the ATV.
Bend the steel. Depending on whether you want the snow to be thrown to one side, or to both sides, you will need to bend the steel into a curve to match your criteria. To bend the metal, you will need a metal bending fabrication tool.
Build a mounting system that can attach to your ATV. The mounting system can be built to hook or hang onto the front metal bars of the ATV or you can use a chain to temporarily attach the mounting system.
Once this metal mounting system is built, weld the mounting system to the curved metal plough. After the mounting system and metal plough are welded together, mount the entire plough to the ATV for snow ploughing.
Coat the plough with rustproof paint. This will help keep the plough rust free and in good working condition for years to come.
Tips and warnings
- To avoid damage to asphalt, it is recommended that a rubber edge be connected to the bottom of the metal plough.
- When choosing the size of the metal plough, blade width is important for durability. Common blade widths are 48, 54, 60, 66, 72 or 78 inches. Typically, ATV blades are 14½ inches high.
- Take precautions when welding. Proper equipment should always be worn during welding.
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