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spacehorse
Jun. 2, 2012, 10:07 AM
Anyone have any implements that they attach to their 4 wheeler (scraper, bucket, mower)? Do they work? Useless?

I am trying to figure what the best way to go would be as far as a compact tractor vs a 4 wheeler. I know hubby wants atleast one 4 wheeler for at the new farm. I was kind of hoping we could get by with just that to use as a 'mini tractor'. I plan on using this to drag the ring also. We will have available a full size tractor with a bucket for major jobs.

At this point I am unsure how much pasture I will have to mow so that may change the way I have to mow down the road. Right now it is probably no more than 10 acres. I was hoping the 60" pull behind could do the job, but I don't know how powerful they are either?

Can you plow snow with the bucket? Scrape the driveway? Scoop manure to spread? It would save a lot of $$ if we could make the 4 wheeler do additional jobs besides run around and be FUN. :D

How big of a 4 wheeler do I need to do these jobs?

Any input is helpful!

Thanks!

sk_pacer
Jun. 2, 2012, 12:26 PM
Check the major quad dealers' web pages: Polaris, Honda, etc to get an idea of what is available (mostly not much). Buckets, scrapers, etc, require hydraulics, and quads don't come equipped that way. Apparently there is a mower available complete with its own motor, just hook, start it and go, harrowing small areas is easy with just a diamond harrow attached to the quad and they can tow a pretty good load on a cart.

I can assure you that, indeed, you can move mountains of whitecrap with a bucket and here are some pics to prove it:
http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u156/sk_pacer/greatwall11.jpg
http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u156/sk_pacer/greatwall2.jpg
http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u156/sk_pacer/greatwall5.jpg
and when you get really good, you can put a chunk of snow bigger than the bucket on top of the snow walls: http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u156/sk_pacer/snowblock1.jpg

Bluey
Jun. 2, 2012, 01:15 PM
How about a compromise, a machine that is both, an UTV and a subcompact tractor, the Bobcat Toolcat:

http://www.bobcat.com/utility_machines/toolcat

Just remember that those are really toy tractors.
You can't safely to what bigger, honest to goodness tractors can do.
Go easy on those and you can do much, just slow, with more trips and careful of their limitations.

feuerkracher
Jun. 2, 2012, 02:57 PM
We have a 4 wheeler that has a 4' snow plow, a 60" tow behind mower, and a dump trailer. We use it for EVERYTHING. Hubby plows the walkways with it in the winter- it's the perfect size for plowing paths. Our mower deck is adjustable, so we crank it down and use it as a finish mower for our acre lawn, and then crank it up higher and use it as a brush hog to mow my pastures. The dump trailer hauls dirt, manure, firewood, mulch, etc, and I use it with no trouble to drag my arena. We still want a tractor with a bucket for big jobs, but it was a cheaper option to tie us over until we can get a big tractor, and it is so useful! PM me if you want pics or details about any of the implements we use.

GotMyPony
Jun. 2, 2012, 05:03 PM
I have a gas-powered golf cart rather than a 4-wheeler but I did buy something that is typically pulled behind 4-wheelers. It's a Swisher (brand) "trail cutter" that you pull behind and it is great for pastures and for making trails through brambles, small saplings, etc.