ATVs – The New Yard Tractor?

ATVs have gone from being just an all-terrain toy to doing double or even quadruple duty as everything from a lawn mower to a forklift to a snowplow to a grader. Just check out the Swisher Mower products to see what I’m talking about. Swisher’s QuickSwitch System and accessories has made it easier than ever. In fact, Swisher’s QuickSwitch System was awarded ATV Magazine’s 2008 Product Innovation Award.

The FT1150 Mower can either be used in front of your ATV or as a trail-behind mower with the optional 5148 Wheel/Hitch kit. It has a more-than-generous 50″ cutting width with three boron alloy steel blades. The ball bearing caster wheels, the 1.5″ to 4.5″ height adjustment and the 11 HP Briggs & Stratton I/C engine make your mowing chores so much easier and quicker; you can spend more time playing on your ATV.

The Swisher 2644 Forklift utilizes the QuickSwitch System to allow installation and removal of the attachment in seconds, with no tools. The 1.75″ steel, welded, square tube forks can come in handy for any number of uses on the farm or construction site and can even be shortened to fit your load and for storage. Your ATV winch does the lifting!

The 50″ multi-purpose plow can also be removed and installed in seconds with the QuickSwitch System. Making quick work of gravel, dirt and snow, the plow has an 18″-24″ height clearance depending upon your ATV and tire size. The plow angle can be adjusted easily when seated and the unique dual-locking position holds the plow where you set it. The plow can be used with your own winch or with the optional Model 2828 manual lift.

The 15714 Dump Bucket also uses the QuickSwitch System for installation and removal without using tools. The 44″ wide bucket makes quick work of dirt, gravel, mulch and snow. The bucket is constructed of 1/8″ heavy-duty steel and has an 18″ to 24″ lift height depending upon your ATV and the tire size. Your ATV winch supplies the lifting power while the bucket is easily dumped with a quick-release lever within easy reach.

The Box Scraper with Scarifier Teeth is ideal for back-filling, grading and leveling large areas on the farm or construction site. The 48″ wide box is specifically designed to match the full width of most ATVs and is constructed of heavy-duty, 10-gauge steel with six individual teeth that can be easily removed when not in use. Your ATV winch can be used on the front or the rear with this unit and you can order the box with or without the scarifier teeth.

The Grader Blade, model 13495, by Swisher provides you with a way to scrape and level yards and driveways. The 14-gauge steel constructed blade can be angled into 5 different positions for maneuverability and the 48″ inch width makes short work of big jobs. Your ATV winch can be used on the front or rear or you can also purchase a winch through the Swisher company.

And the list goes on and on! You can purchase Trailmowers, Trailcutters. Spreaders, Dump Carts and Baskets, Quadivator or the Quad Hyper-Cut, a Steel Roller, Spike Aerator, Acreage Rake, Tru-Plow, Drag Harrow, Storage and Transport Baskets, Cargo Boxes, Snow Thrower and Molded Cargo Baskets. Add ATV tire chains to provide extra traction on snow or ice.

The sky is almost the limit to what you can use your ATV for. In fact, if you don’t already own one, just the multi-use potential may be justification to buy one, rather than buying a ride-on mower or lawn tractor that can only do a fraction of what your accessorized ATV can do.

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