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anybody use there formans to push loam around with their sno-plows? I got 40 yds to spread and was wondering if I put in smaller piles if my plow could handle it without doing damage to it.
 

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Using a big Foreman? Manual or ES?
My old Rancher was used for pushing manure basically same.
A box scraper would be better at grading it out I think but if the dirts not wet and you work smaller amounts could be Ok
Have to be careful not to go very fast or you'll bend the push tubes and the plow will gradually come up and push tubes will scrape on the ground
 

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a lot is going to come down to the PLOW, not all snow plows are made the same,
I have honestly pushed about 10's of tons of dirt, gravel, and assorted like materials with my atv and its snow plow
the name of the game is , you can ONLY push smaller amounts at a time
if your plow is of a lighter duty design, you might damage it, so heads up
you will also encounter issue's with the blade wanting to flip(most are designed to when hitting solid objects) if you try to push too much at a time

WEIGHT is going to be your down fall here too, an ATV is just designed to NOT have much down force on its tires, so that means lesser traction when trying to push things
can it be done, I say YES< but there are restrictions to being able to do so
its a slower game and HOW far you need to move it, will come into play too

a skid steer will make short work of this project, an atv might be an all day event! LOL
here is mine pushing broken up pavement, about 30 tons was dumped and I pushed it about 50 yrds, small bites at a time, but it did it all, and NO damage to blade or plow, I have a Moose Brand plow push tube set up, its been as strong as could be and taken abuse NO snow plow would for snow and Keeps on going , almost 20 yrs of abuse like this all yr LOL
 

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You'll break the plow long before breaking anything on the ATV. The problem with using a snow plow is that you have no down pressure and the shoes will keep it from digging at all. So you may want to remove them. Pushing a bit of light material around is not going to be a big deal.
 

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I do agree, you can eat an elephant one bite at a time, just remember be patient and it's no substitute for a compact tractor.
 

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You'll break the plow long before breaking anything on the ATV. The problem with using a snow plow is that you have no down pressure and the shoes will keep it from digging at all. So you may want to remove them. Pushing a bit of light material around is not going to be a big deal.
actually you can adjust the skids to be UP and plow blade to ride level like on the ground without removing them(or I can)
as for down force of blade
YES and NO
and I say this, due to when weight gets in front of blade, it pretty much drives blade down, SO much so if you have enough weight in front of it, it will trip the plow over on you
I have never needed down force on a blade pushing dirt.stones or??
as your way too limited on what you can push due to the plows design to trip when it encounters "X" forces

NOW if you wanted to BACK blade plow, then yes 100% it will just ride up top of things due to too light and no force holding it down on you!

as for breaking the plow before the ATV
I say NO<, you can for sure break the atv first, , you can over heat it , and well, ?? motor life cut shorter> you can strip axles and blow rears if you get too wild and start pushing and get wheels a hopping and DON"T let off(seen dummys do this LOL)

I hit a cement curb once at about 30 mph with plow blade, sheared off a grade 8 bolt and stopped atv dead, and about launched me
plow was fine, I did dent the atv's frame !

SO
I don't think, pending plow again, that, you will damage plow first!, its a 50/50 deal there
I have never damaged my blade to date, but sure I have added a few extra yrs of wear and tear to my atv from what all I have done to it using the plow as I do LOL
But to date both are still ticking just fine!

I live by use(some times abuse) but do PM's often! and use good oil, to help off set maybe the abuse??
 
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