Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationCar MakesJeep · 2 months ago

How hard is it to plow snow?

(I'm a 19 year old girl) It snows a LOT where I live. I thought about installing a plow on my 2009 Jeep Cherokee, but would it be hard on my car? And also is plowing snow difficult?


Quick update: my jeep is 4x4 and I have all-season tires. Could I put on winter tires or would it still be too hard for my car... And what special licensing would I need?

Update 2:

Last update: Thank you so much for your answers! To let you know, I am only wanting to plow in my driveway and neighborhood to help out (so no commercial use). Now I just want my car and tires to be okay without slipping or getting stuck

Update 3:

Wow! So many helpful answers! I've looked into getting off-road/snow tires before I'm gonna do this. I'm also gonna make sure I'm extra EXTRA careful and have everything prepared. This has helped me an awful lot! Thank you all :)

Update 4:

(I didn't think I'd be updating this so much lol) Okay. So im gonna plow in 4x4. The only thing I'm nervous of now is getting stuck 

9 Answers

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago
    Favorite Answer

    The weight of a plow and hydraulic unit will stress the suspension of a passenger duty vehicle. 

    Safely and properly plowing snow requires much knowledge.  You don't just start plowing. 

    Anybody with a plow will be enticed to plow more and more, especially if money is the object. 

    Rule number 1 is to not create an unsafe condition.  That includes not piling snow where it can block the view of drivers or pedestrians. 

    Rule number 2 is to push the snow onto the property of the person wishing it moved.  You don't push it onto the street or across the street onto someone elses property!!!!! 

    An additional concern is NEVER push snow up against a freestanding masonry wall, or fence, or bushes, or trees, or a building!!  The force is greater than pushing on the object directly with the vehicle!

    It's a very good idea to be VERY familiar with the layout of the property during the time before the snow. 

    I worked in industrial landscaping in my earlier years and we kept parking lots and sidewalks clear at the same locations in the winter that we cut the grass and managed landscape during the summer. 

    Driving around on the street with a plow hanging in front of the radiator can seriously change airflow and cause overheating. 

    If the plow obstructs the headlights, you will need PROPERLY AIMED auxiliary headlights. 

    Many vehicles could benefit from an auxiliary automatic transmission cooler if you are pushing a lot of snow. 

    Have a rotating or flashing warning light on the roof of the vehicle to warn people of your presence.

  • elhigh
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    It WILL be hard on your car.  But that doesn't mean it can't be done.  You can plow with a Prius if you know what you're doing.

    Granted most people won't try to plow with a Prius but winter days can get boring and you have some parts lying around... anyway!  I digress!Plowing is generally left for heavier-duty vehicles with separate frames.  A Cherokee is a unibody design that doesn't have a separate frame of tougher, thicker material that the body might otherwise be mounted to.  The entire body is the load-carrying part of the car.That said, there are lighter duty plows that your Kee can handle so long as you keep your expectations reasonable and don't try to do too much all at once.I strongly recommend snow tires.Never forget that while you usually use 2wd to get around, you ALWAYS use four-wheel braking.  Don't expect that because you're in 4WD your snow braking is somehow improved as well.  It might, but don't count on it.  Snow tires, on the other hand, can have a noticeable effect on braking in snow.  As always in bad conditions, slow down and leave more room all around you.You don't need special licensing, but just know that asking your SUV to handle more than six inches or so at a time might be beyond its capability.  If snow is actively falling, go out with your plow every four inches or so and keep ahead of the fall that way, never taxing your truck or your plow with more than it can handle.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Winter snow tires is what you need.  It does not hurt your vehicle.  They give you traction in the snow. No special licensing is needed.  You will be driving in 4x4 mode to push snow.  When you start slipping, then you are pushing too much snow. Raise the blade and cut the snow amount in half.  You learn as you go along.

  • 2 months ago

    I have an older Ford Escape,4wd,and installed a 6 1/2 foot plow on it that I got on Amazon for around $700.It also require a front receiver hitch,around $100.And a remote controlled winch,around $50.It is simple to operate,does an excellent job.Just be careful and take your time while getting used to it.It doesn't hurt the truck at all.Perfect for those narrow driveways.Your all season tires will work although not ideal.And extra insurance is not required for non commercial use.

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  • 2 months ago

    Driving a furrow truck is a wild ride. On the off chance that you've never done it, at that point you can never understand what it resembles no doubt. At the point when you go out to furrow, you never truly understand what will occur. You may feel that you're readied, however you never know without a doubt. You don't have the foggiest idea whether it will simply be two or three inches and you will be home as expected for supper or if it will snow 2 feet and you probably won't be home for quite a long time. You don't know without a doubt if it will be frosty or in the event that it will be wet and substantial or light and fine. You don't have a clue whether you must arrangement with a wide range of insane stuff occurring with different vehicles out and about or in case you will do it in isolation in the evening.

    There are a lot of various kinds of furrow drivers. You have the large canines, the folks who are doing the thruways and the interstate, you have the folks who furrow the roads of the urban communities and towns, and afterward, you have the folks who furrow people groups garages. Every one of them have immensely various positions, however they all share something practically speaking. They manage snow in manners most of us would never envision.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Those plows weigh a LOT......the extra weight wears everything sooner, from the suspension & steering to the brakes.  Ever notice that when plowers park their vehicle, they lower the plow all the way to the ground?  That's to relieve the extra pressure on the springs and such.  And that weight would be on your vehicle parts all the time - not just when you need the plow.  Then there's the strain on the driveline (transmission, u-joints, differentials) when you are actually pushing/lifting snow.  Not recommended for anything but heavy-duty vehicles. . . . or one you want to last very long.

  • 2 months ago

    It would be harder than usual driving, but should be OK unless you intend to do this big time.

    Part of the problem might be seeing where the curb is , or bushes are , or lawn ornaments, or anything else that may be covered in snow.  You would have to be careful how close you got to things, not to get caught on uneven sidewalk sections, run over forgotten bikes in the driveway , etc.  If you are going to do this for the neighbors, you will want to have lots of insurance.  The blade may be in the way of your head lights and your line of sight.

         The only licensing you need might be a business license if you intend to charge,  But this is best to check with local authorities.

  • y
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    That jeep isn't really made for plowing anything more then you driveway, and maybe a friends or two. It would be too much strain on it. To plow for the city, you need a hell of an insurance policy plus something that could hold up to the stress. 

    I'm in Ma, they are having a difficult time around the state this year to find enough drivers. Between the equipment cost and insurance cost. What they pay no longer makes it worth it for most guys.

    Oh, and supposedly you need  special licenses for it too.

  • Barry
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    I doubt your Jeep has the weight or traction to plow snow. Farm tractors make good snow plows as do large trucks.

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