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How to Make a Homemade Snow Plow

By Steve Smith
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Designing and making your own homemade snow plow requires knowledge of steel-working and metal-shaping. It also requires welding capabilities. The project will yield a durable, useful machine that clears snow and debris from your driveway. If you attempt this project, give yourself plenty of time. It could take several days to complete all the necessary steps. The snowplow can be made in any size to fit a four-wheel-drive vehicle or ATV.

Locate six, heavy 2-by-8-inch boards at least four feet wide or longer with enough weight and durability to withstand heavy use. Do not use cracked or splintered boards for your homemade snowplow. Even 8-inch-wide strips of plywood will work in this case. Just fasten together with nails to create boards that are at least 2-inches wide.

This makes a medium-size plow to tow behind an ATV or truck. For larger, heavier plows, simply use more boards.

Fasten the boards together to form a beamlike structure. Nail two boards together with galvanized nails and hammer. Then nail on subsequent boards to them until you have a thick, heavy beam to use as a snowplow.

Attach a weight to the homemade snowplow by threading a chain through the hole in the weight and then wrapping the chain around the snowplow beam. This provides additional packing power for your plow.

Wrap another chain around the snowplow and fasten the chains to the back of the tractor, four-wheel-drive vehicle or ATV. Drag the homemade snowplow behind the vehicle at a slow speed to pack and plow the snow.


Things You Will Need

  • 6 boards, 2x8 inch
  • Galvanized nails
  • Hammer
  • Weights
  • Chains

About the Author


Steve Smith has published articles on a wide range of topics including cars, travel, lifestyle, business, golf, weddings and careers. His articles, features and news stories have appeared in newspapers, consumer magazines and on various websites. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and journalism from University of New Hampshire Durham.