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One more post about snow plows
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Les    Posted 01-07-2005 at 21:46:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Seems like the most popular kind around here is Fisher. There are some Meyer plows but people who've had both say Fisher is better.
Lately I've been seeing more Boss plows and there's another kind whose name escapes me at the moment.


Smitty of Cal    Posted 01-07-2005 at 22:16:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a 1980 F350 dump truck with a 7' Western plow. It works well but is 25 years old now and I am sure the new ones are better.
Smitty


toolman    Posted 01-07-2005 at 21:52:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
they are good plows but i think anywhere 5 or 6 grandaround here maybe even a bit more, if your near a town and can get plowing jobs to pay for them it ok but for your own driveway thats alot of cash to lay out, too much for me anyway.


Willy-N    Posted 01-07-2005 at 22:40:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
After seeing all the high prices for what I want to do with it a used angler blade will probley do for me. I just can't lay out 5,000.00 to plow others drives out once in a while. But I bet a used blade with my own hook/up will work for low speed snow removal on dirt roads around here. I just need to push some snow and not clean real long drives to bare or parking lots. Realy want to stay above the rocks due to the damage that can happen! Mark H.


Randy    Posted 01-08-2005 at 09:13:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wiily,
Around here there are used plow setups for sale all the time. Sometimes just the blade or with all the mounting hardware. As cheap as $100 at times for just the blade.
My last Toyota had a plow on it when I bought it, worked fine. Snow was gone when I got done.


RayP(MI)    Posted 01-09-2005 at 13:47:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Got mine at some guy's yard sale - $100 for an old Meyer - blade, a frame and 2 turn cylinders. Had to do some repair to the hinges where the a-frame fit the blade, and straighten the blade a bit. Built my own mount for the truck. Added a rebuilt MONARCH electric over hydraulic pump inside the hood. Two simple rocker switches on the front seat in a small palstic box. Works great. My main complaint is that the Meyer plow has not enough curve, and the snow tends to pile up instead of roll over, and I added a heavy piece of industrial belting over the top edge to help with this and the snow on the windshield problem. If I had it to do over, I'd choose a plow with more curve in it, but for now, you "run what u brung!" Western is a great plow. I've been looking at the Curtiss plows, they look well built too. The Boss plows are selling good here, and the owners will tell you that nothing you have compares. I'm still not convinced that the hinge in the center is that practical for my use. Boss makes straight plows too. Blizard is the latest on the market around here, and look well built. Whatever you get, get the heaviest built you can afford, that your truck can carry. Cheap and lightweight will come back to haunt you.


Randy    Posted 01-08-2005 at 09:15:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Forgot, we just bought a plow set up for that 81 Chevy we bought. 8' Fisher and all the hardware for $200. We'll get it put on this summer some time.


toolman    Posted 01-07-2005 at 23:07:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
mark your handy enough that you could make your own, there isn,t much to them, i bought a cheap bear blade, since it,s electric i had to charge the battery in the old truck once the first year i used it so far so good. the other thing is im hard on stuff so i bent the mounting hardware a bit,last summer i beefed that up now it works just fine for under a grand. you could build one set it up for hydraulic if you wanted , you could get a couple of cyclinders for angling, go look at one sometime there isn,t a lot to them,i,ll bet you could make a heavy duty one for under a grand, as for a vplow even that wouldn,t be hard just need a swivel point and a pin or some setup like that.if you wanted to go electric those little electric winches aren,t much. i sure couldn,t justifi spending that much to plow my yard.and if your running all over plowing that when it does the wear an tear on the front end when your running along at a good clip with that weight bouncing on everything i think anyway, im happy with this little setup .


Willy-N    Posted 01-07-2005 at 23:31:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
From what I seen in pictures the hitch that holds those blades does not look that strong? They also seem to only hook in the middle with out side bracing for pushing. I was figuring to use 2 drops off the frame on each side and make a hinge effect and a stop so it could not go under the truck or over it!! One point would be off the bumper and one from under the frame back a little bit. Then all this would go to a pivot/hinged point on the blade on one side and hydraulics on the other making it deflex snow to the passinger side only. Sorta like a Dozer Blade with 2 push points. I could then use a hydraulic set up to lift it or lower it for depth of cut. One problem would be the trip part for the blade flexing on impact. Not sure if that would be a real problem if it had very strong mounts and shoes under the blade. On my drive I allways plow to one side and the angle is off to the right or straite. Keeps the snow to the south side because of the winds coming from your house! I need to draw this on paper first to see what it would look like that way I can see the problems with it. Mark H.


Al /Mi    Posted 01-08-2005 at 13:07:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mark
Those plow set ups that you see wheather it be a fisher ,western, boss or meyers or what ever are still better than what you could build your self.
As far as I'm concerned . and I know how handy you are . I'm sure you could pick one up for less money than it would cost you to build one.
I have seen many home made ones and they are just a pain .
I use the power angle about as much as I use the lift. I haven't seen a manual turn in ages .
Unless you hit some thing solid they take alot of abuse . Like I say mine is on a 79 blazer and I put it on in 1980 Plowed with it every winter
we get as high as 200 inches a winter too .
but not this winter so far and like Dieselrider says Thanks for keeping it out there .
JMHO Al


toolman    Posted 01-07-2005 at 23:53:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
for the trip mark use springs , i have some here that would would work ,can,t get them till spring but your welcome to the, all the shoes are is a piece of steel mine are round with a 3/4 in bolt welded onto ot and hole in a piece of angle iron welded on the bottom of the blade in the back, because the bolts are threaded you can adjust them with nuts, i don,t use mine as i was getting too mush of a build up of snow everytime i plowed i left an inch or two and when it warmed up it got soft and i had 8 to 10 inches of soft snow an ice , had to get the tractor out and use the loader to dig it down to the ground, so this year i took them off and it takes it down to the drit pretty much or a base if you drive over it for a few snowfalls before you start plowin.i have rocks here and when i hit them the blade trips with the springs, when i hit a big pile the blade pushes up so im kinda of piling it as well. works good. let me know if you need some of them springs.also you could maybe get a cutting edge off an old grader blade or highways truck and put holes in your blade and bolt the cuttin edge to the blade.


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