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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-22-2018, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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So the city I live in is a bit crazy and has a law against parking my truck on my own grass so I need to extend my driveway. I am planning on just digging out some dirt and putting in gravel. Has anyone ever used their ATV with a plow to move around dirt or gravel? The area I am doing this in is at the bottom of a hill so after raining it is soft for a decent amount of time. Tearing it up will be the easy part I just plan on using RWD, beefy mud tires, and my front brake to dig down and loosen it all up. The plow I have is a mid chassis mount so I am not worried about damaging it and if it gets scratched I can touch up the paint and the metal is solid enough I think to take some abuse but not sure. Would it be bad to add weight to the plow blade to dig in? My grandpa has a large tractor with a bucket and blade but would rather do this myself so he doesn't have to drive his tractor to my house.
FYI This is my old house and not the driveway in question.

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I would suggest using the tractor from my personal experience. I have pulled a field rake with my old 450 many times. It works great but I have also used the field rake to level my back yard a bit by putting a bunch of weight and dragging it around. Which works great in short stints, but being in Florida and the ridiculous heat we get in the summers it would start to over heat really quickly. But its also an oil cooled machine I think yours is water cooled so your experience may be completely different from myn. Plus the atv just dosent have the weight or gearing the tractor does to push the dirt around. My tractor struggles with even a half filled box blade. Your also going to have a really difficult time getting your driveway smooth and level with the atv.

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We do have some fairly cool days still and it has the 5 speed which has torque but nothing like a 55 Ford tractor. I guess I could try doing as much as I can with my ATV first then if needed call in the heavy hitter. To smooth it out I am planning on getting a 48 inch wide roller that can be filled with water to get about 550 lbs. The roller I am looking at is steel so I could most likely use it on the gravel too.
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Problem I had is the plow is going to want to trip and lay down instead of pushing the gravel unless you do away with the springs and hook it up direct

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Problem I had is the plow is going to want to trip and lay down instead of pushing the gravel unless you do away with the springs and hook it up direct

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I have used my ATV plow to move TONS of gravel and other heavy objects besides snow
and all I can tell you is , IT can be done, but it will be very hard on your atv, and very VERY time consuming , the issue is seldom POWER, but more about traction, you will NEED 4x4 and even then you will, struggle with any amount of gravel in front of the blade, and TOO much material in front of blade will as said abaove trip the plow blade,. you can ONLT move a little gravel at a time to spread it out
which means VERY careful placement of the dumped pile, so you have room to work at chipping away at the sides of the pile a LITTLE at a time
IF you have access to ANYTHING heavier and with weight to it, I would NOT waste my time using an atv to do this at all
the hassle of driving the tractor from your uncles to your place or loading it on a trailer and towing it, will be worth the hassle and then some
your atv, the plow and ALL that wasted time using both
will be a LOT more hassle than loading and hauling tractor to your place
I have moved about 200+ ton of gravel using a AYV and a ATV snow plow, so I know what I am talking about here LOL
when EVER I have a better tool for the job I would NEVER use an atv to do this
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a good dump truck driver can gate gravel so it almost like it has been spread by a box scraper, I grew up in farm country and have gated many driveways and roads that needed hardly any raking. trick is to chain gate so it only open a little and keep steady speed.
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a good dump truck driver can gate gravel so it almost like it has been spread by a box scraper, I grew up in farm country and have gated many driveways and roads that needed hardly any raking. trick is to chain gate so it only open a little and keep steady speed.

Those type of truck drivers are rare these days. I have had a few older guys deliver materials and be able to do it. I was really surprised at how easy they made it on me.

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I know a few guys that could spread 1” minus , 1/2” thick haha. When redoing stone driveways we always tailgate spread it . Set the chains tight , get the body up , trip the gate and don’t stop

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Yes some drivers have skills, but these days them skills are harder to find, as all MOST drivers here want to do is, HAUL it, show upo, dump and LEAVE they don't want the added time to gate spread anything, and then other side of coin, I have seen a few TRY to gate spread it to HELP a guy out and it didn't go down as owner wanted and they got all pissy with driver and threatened to sue him, for costs to have corrected
several of my friends drive trucks(one own's his own trucking company) and trust me, its NOT that often when folks want legal actions, so, gate spreading can be a liability these days
sadly, but it happens some folks are just jerks and there breeding faster and faster these days if you ask me than ever!
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