A Comprehensive Look At Kawasaki Mule Snow Plows
Oct 31, 2023
Some folks with lots of driveway to cover slap snow plows onto their pickups, while other folks toil over their sidewalks with snow blowers or hand-powered snow shovels. But Kawasaki Mule owners have a third option for snow removal, and that option is a UTV snow plow! There are many brands of Kawasaki Mule snow plows, as well as various types of Kawasaki Mule snow plows. Where blades are concerned, you’ve got straight-blade plows, v-blade plows, plows with steel blades, and plows with poly blades. Additionally, there are winch-driven snow plows for the Kawasaki Mule, hydraulic snow snow plows, and plows with electric actuators that exert downward pressure for finicky ice patches or when back dragging. On top of all this, you’ve also got various snow plow accessories and parts that you may or may not need depending on your situation. So to help guide you through the ins and the outs of the matter, here is a comprehensive look at Kawasaki Mule snow plows!
Best Snow Plow Setup For The Kawasaki Mule
Although there is no one single best Kawasaki Mule snow plow setup, there are snow plows and plow kits that are better than others for particular situations. The first thing you should ask yourself when shipping for a UTV snow plow is how much you want to spend. But in addition to price, the functionality of a plow is also worth considering. If you’re getting a plow for commercial use, you’ll likely want something with a little more versatility. Alternatively, if you’re getting a plow for personal use, it’s possible that you’ll only need a few basic features that fit your specific needs.
KFI snow plow systems for the Kawasaki Mule are arguably the best bang for the buck that you can get. These winch-driven plow kits come up with a push tube, a plow blade, and a vehicle-specific mount, and they can be lifted and lowered with anything from a 4,500 Lb KFI Stealth winch to a 3,500 Warn winch depending on the level of snowfall you face. Even with hydraulics to pivot the plow blade left and right on the horizontal axis, KFI’s Kawasaki Mule snow plow is still cheaper than most of the other options out there. Plus, you can use the KFI plow system to run both steel blades as well as PolyPro blades in any size from 60” and 66” all the way up to 72”. Whether you’ve got a Mule Pro FX LE, a Mule Pro MX, or a Mule SX XC, the build quality and fitment of a KFI plow are sure to satisfy even the most scrupulous of snow movers!
You can set the bottom of a KFI snow plow blade to be elevated slightly above the ground so that it doesn’t dig up your gravel driveway or lawn. It’ll push slush and nuisance snow that blowers leave behind, but it can also be used to pry up ice and pile up powdery snow.
The mounting plate for the KFI snow plow bolts to the front bumper skid plate and the frame underneath the a-arms. And because the plow mount attaches via U-bolts around the underside of the frame, the only drill holes you have to make are two through the plastic skid plate in the front for the U-bolt to go through.
The Kawasaki Mule snow plow kits by Warn are decent, but they’re more expensive than KFI plows and have a few annoying flaws. One such flaw is the location of the winch controls inside the cab. Many riders end up zip-tying the remote to their parking brake to make it more accessible. Another engineering oversight of the Warn snow plow kit is that the mounting plate blocks the front differential, making routine maintenance a real pain.
Like KFI, Denali snow plows for the Kawasaki Mule are comparatively inexpensive. They are winch-driven like KFI plows, and have side-to-side actuators so that you can run them at an angle. Unlike KFI plows, however, Denali snow plow kits for the Kawasaki Mule include features like wear bars and skid feet for greater blade longevity!
As long as you get the pulley piece with it, the 72” Moose snow plow is great! Although you have to adjust it manually, it can be set to five different angles. This can be cumbersome at times, but if you plow in a way such that you only need to switch the plow angle once or twice, a plow with hydraulics may not be worth it. Without the pulley, the Moose plow can only get up to around a foot above the ground, and it is fast and jerky when you lift / lower it. With the pulley, however, it can go up to around 30” above the ground, and the up-and-down blade movement will be much smoother.
Full Hydraulic Plows
If money isn’t an issue, Boss snow plows, Western snow plows, and Snowex snow plows for the Kawasaki Mule are fully hydraulic options that offer something that winch-driven plows don’t: down pressure. You typically only use down pressure when back dragging, but it’s also useful when scraping frozen / hardpack snow.
Snowex, Western, and Fisher plows are all nearly identical, but most plows that use hydraulics to lift and lower the blade will be much heavier than winch-driven plows, so upgraded shocks, heavy duty springs, as well as some sand bags in the bed to act as a counter weight are all advised.
Steel Blades Vs Poly Blades
Contrary to what most people think, poly blades are actually heavier (around 2x heavier) than steel blades due to the amount of steel used to reinforce them. Snow does not stick to poly blades like it does to steel blades, but many users prefer steel blades over poly blades because they are more durable, they last longer when used to scrape gravel or push things that a poly blade would not withstand, and you get less suspension drop with a lighter steel blade. At the end of the day, it all depends on how and what you use your plow for (i.e blacktop, dirt roads, sidewalks, etc.).
Straight Plows Vs Tapered Plows Vs V-Plows
For most riders, a straight plow blade is sufficient. Not only are they easy to operate and less expensive, but they typically last longer as well. V-shaped blades, on the other hand, are better at cutting through deep snow piles, dense snow banks, and stubborn snow / ice that has frozen over. Tapered plow blades are another option. They can push a bit more snow than a standard straight blade before the powder flows over the top, but similar results can be achieved by adding rubber deflector flaps to a standard straight blade.
You don’t need to spend $3K to get a quality Kawasaki Mule snow plow, nor must you modify your buggy in order to run one. Things like snow plow straps can be used to prevent your winch line from rubbing against the fairlead when plowing, while products like plow markers are helpful when plowing deep snow. You might find that a power angle adjuster makes life easier for you when plowing, but such luxuries are hardly compulsory. For extremely large jobs, you might be better off with a large truck-mounted plow. But for small- to medium-size areas that require agility, nimbleness, and speed, a Kawasaki Mule snow plow is the perfect tool for the job!