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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-05-2017, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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What to tow in snow

Got a Kawasaki Prairie to use around the far,/ Right now, I have a small lightweight 4ft x 4ft trailer to haul bales of hay from the barn to the pastures. But no more than 6 bales at a time. The trailer only has the tiny 4 x 8 tires. which won't pull through a 6 inch snow. What kind of tow sled can I use. A toboggen?, should i fashion ski's for the trailer?
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I have a Kawasaki Prairie 360 (400 cc) and I believe if you have good tires on your you can tow a substantial amount of weight. If you have the ability I think a toboggan type sled wide enough and long enough to hold what you want to haul would not be too much for your machine. Skis on the trailer might work but they would have to be attached at two points unlike tires and wide enough to carry the weight. Of course this is opinion because I have never tried it, I am just going on my opinion of the ability of the ATV.
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I have a trailer that I built. Bought hubs, ATV tires and wheels from Northern Tool. It has the same wheelbase as my ATV, and follows right along thru the snow. Northern Tool I believe, sells an ATV trailer similar to the one I built. Not sure, check it out. Try Cabelas too

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You used to have tractors, why are you messing with 4 wheelers for pulling hay?

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Oh I still have tractors. Even a big 210C 4wdr John Deere backhoe/loader. The loader is great, but when the snow gets over 14 inches, even the loader bogs down. A neighbor works in Baltimore and if he gets snowed in at work, I feed his stock for him. I can take the ATV as the crow flies, across fields, a 1/3 mile to his pasture. If I go around on the roads, it is more like 2 miles, and one very steep hill involved. Just thinking it would be easier to take the ATV cross country than a heavy vehicle on unplowed roads.

When we got hit by the blizzard in 1993, this dumb city kid thought his tractor could do anything and I promptly got stuck in a drift, less than 40 yds from the barn, even with the chains on. My biggest tractor has rear wheels about 60 inches in diameter, filled with calcium and even that gets stuck (2wdr)
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Take a look at the Magnum Jet Sleds. I have two of them, one at camp and one at the house. I reinforced the rope anchoring with a piece of treated 2x4. I replaced nylon rope with a piece of 1/4 chain. I drag wood I cut behind the house and split wood at camp with the quad. At the house, I bolted a piece of 36" mine conveyor belt around the base to minimize wear on the PVC when dragging it through pavement . I use them to move beehives, gather bushels of apples for cider, and when picking sweet corn. I don't know how I got by without them. I seldom use my trailers for the atvs anymore.
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You can add bigger rims and tires? Pulling a trailer with bales of hay with a atv in 6" or more snow is tough! 90% of the time the tractors was used. Of course where I live you can wake up with 2 feet of snow overnight. Once the cows are in the barn for the winter, They stay inside till spring.

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Once the cows are in the barn for the winter, They stay inside till spring. Did that once with just three cows for about three weeks, The clean up took far more effort than had I fed the cows in the pasture. and lugged the bales out to them. My current cattle do not come in at all. They have run in sheds, but that is it.
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