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Snow plows have come a long way since their humble beginnings as iron slabs dragged behind horses. And while tractor- and truck-mounted snow plows can indeed get the job done, when it comes to home use, UTV snow plows are far more effective and versatile. Specifically, the Polaris Ranger Crew is fast, highly maneuverable, and provides great protection from the elements when plowing. Add a set of UTV tracks and you’ve got a beast of a machine that is nearly unstoppable. Regardless of your rig -- be it a Polaris Ranger 1000 Crew, a 900 XP Crew, or a 570 Crew -- a quality snow plow kit or plow-related aftermarket accessory is the perfect addition for plowing fast, plowing hard, and plowing right. But when it comes to Polaris Ranger snow plows, all are not created equal. The best snow plow for Polaris Ranger depends on each rider’s specific needs. Where a full blade trip design helps when plowing an area with many obstacles, a Polaris Ranger V Plow allows for better maneuvering, more efficient scooping, and easier back-blading. Plows with steel skid plates tend to last longer, and those with quick attachment systems are more convenient to install and dismount with the changing of the seasons.
There are many Polaris Ranger Plow Systems to choose from, with even more options for Polaris Ranger snow plow attachments. Side by side companies like Moose, Super ATV, Koplin, and EMP, are widely regarded as the industry leaders in Polaris Ranger snow plow kits, specializing in blades, mounts, markers, and winches -- which operate the up and down motion of the plow. So if you’re tired of shoveling and have given up on those ineffective snowblowers, a Polaris Ranger Crew snow plow is one accessory that is truly life-changing… well, at least on those snowy days.
Everyone has their opinion on which Polaris Ranger Crew snow plow is the best. But is there really one plow that is superior to all others? Let’s take a closer look. Many riders use Kolpin UTV snow plows and swear by them. They hit heavy ice chunks without hesitation and come in different weights as well as reinforced. They are great for paved driveways and blacktop, but many have expressed discontent with tiny rocks bouncing it around on dirt or gravel terrain. After all, they use either 12- or 14-gauge steel for their side-by-side snow plows. As a comparison, a quality meat smoker typically uses 10-gauge steel, so that’s a good comparison.
Another popular snow plow setup for the Polaris Ranger Crew is Tusk’s Sub Zero snow plow. It has the ability to be raised quite high, so you can go through some deep stuff while not plowing without having to take it off. If you use your Crew as a commercial plower day in and day out, you may find some issues with the wear bar on Tusk snow plows -- the cutting edge on the bottom of the plow that grinds along the ground and takes the brunt of the plowing forces. This can be mitigated with the use of snow plow shoes -- which raise the blade up and allow it to “float” over softer surfaces like grass and dirt -- but this will leave residue behind, which in some cases is unacceptable.
The Boss V UTV snow plow is considered by some to be the king of all side-by-side plows. But it’s high price tag is prohibitive for many riders. At a tenth of the price of the Boss V, the Denali Pro Plow is widely regarded as the next best Polaris Ranger plow. It can be configured for a variety of blades, uses in-cab controls, and mounts under the front diff with a flat mount plate that does not protrude up in the front above the bottom of the machine.
A few other honorable mentions include KFI’s UTV snow plow -- which is made in the US and comes with a two-year warranty -- Eagle Snow Plows, SnowEx, and Snow Dogg. But whatever plow you go with for your Polaris Ranger Crew, make sure it has a quick disconnect, as it can be a pain to have to put it on and take it off all the time when you’re not using it. On a side note, if you’re Crew is tracked out and you’re using it to plow, you’re going to need an extended push tube if you want to clear your side by side tracks and be able to angle the plow blade.