How to Put your ATV to Work
By Carol Davis
Illustrations by Tom Milner
All-terrain vehicles usually are considered recreational vehicles - and they are a lot of fun - but your ATV is a versatile piece of equipment that can work as hard as any implement on your place.
With a universal mounting kit and a few accessories, your ATV can plow, disc, broadcast seed or fertilizer, dig, sweep, haul, aerate your lawn, mow, and much more.
After you're done with all that, well, then it's time to play ...
A three-way hitch combines a ball mount, pin-pull hitch, and tow loop, allowing your ATV to pull practically any accessory. The hitch is easily installed and easily removed.
When you need to move things around on your property, a plow blade can get the job done much faster than a shovel. Hitch a plow blade to the front of your ATV and you can easily move gravel, sand, and snow from here to there. The ATV blade can either pile sand and gravel, or spread and level it.
Get your garden spot ready in record time with a disc attached to the back of your ATV. It's much easier, and faster than a rototiller, saving time and wear and tear on you.
You don't get much more powerful cleaning than this. An ATV power broom can scrub dirt from hard surfaces and move dirt, sand, and gravel. If your winters bring snowfall, a power broom is capable of clearing wet and dry snow, and can clean packed snow down to the hard surface.
Easily haul large, bulky items or yard and garden debris with a heavy-duty dump cart, many of which can handle up to 700 pounds. Most carts contain a lift-out gate, allowing you to rake or easily lift your load out of the cart. Or simply pull the lynch pin and tilt the bed to quickly dump your load. When you need more than a wheelbarrow, a dump cart is the perfect solution.
Trail and Lawn Mower
Pull-behind mowers are efficient for larger open grassy areas or those with higher grass and brush. They also mow substantially faster than most lawn tractors.
This ATV accessory lets you do a job that normally calls for professional landscapers. The aerator pulls small cores of soil out of your lawn to open up the soil surface, allowing water and nutrients to the roots.
Spray noxious and aggravating weeds over a large area in a fraction of the time with an ATV sprayer. A detachable harness makes it easy to load and unload and a trigger-style handgun allows you to apply weed spray just where you need it. Tanks come in a variety of sizes - from 15 to 60 gallons - either on back of your ATV, or as part of a trailer.
Broadcast fertilizer, seed, or feed for wild game with a spreader specifically designed for ATVs. Spreaders, which run about 15 gallons, are equipped with an adjustable shut-off gate that regulates the amount being dispersed.
With a 500-pound capacity, the easily-storable foldable cart can haul hay and straw bales, bags of feed or fertilizer, and just about anything else you can think of.
Dig soil or move moderate amounts of material and debris by attaching a universal dump bucket to your ATV. Move dirt, compost, gravel, and feed with a handy bucket.
Picking up leaves, grass clippings, small twigs, and other yard debris in a large yard becomes a much easier and quicker task with an acreage rake. The circular rakes on this pull-behind tool create rows for easy pick-up.
Save your back from wear, tear, and pain with a pallet lifter for square hay bales, pallets of feed, or other oversized materials.