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7.5' too small for a dodge RAM?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by amarino, Nov 11, 2005.

  1. amarino

    amarino Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    I will be plowing for the first time this winter with a 99 RAM 2500 with a western uni-mount 7.5 straight blade. Will I have problems with this short of a blade because I herd the ram pickips are slightly wider than other pickups?


    -Thanks, AL
     
  2. Plow Meister

    Plow Meister PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,174

    You would be fine with a 7.5 but I would personally go with an 8' blade with your truck. The cost difference is next to nothing and the extra 6" is worth the extra $$$ in my opinion.
     
  3. sailscall01

    sailscall01 Member
    Messages: 66

    I just bought a '05 2500 Quad Cab. Dodge RAM and asked the same question. I was told to get a 7.5' pro plow from a local rep. and asked the question on this site and also to a few plowers from my area. I decided to get the 8'.
     
  4. SCL

    SCL Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    I've got a 96 with a 7.5' and like it. I like it much more with the Plow Wings, they're invaluable!
     
  5. Ian

    Ian Member
    Messages: 96

    It's Okay, much better with the wings.

    I have a 96 3500! with a 7.5, I never use it with out the wings.
     
  6. NNJSnow

    NNJSnow Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    Ian- a 3500 with a 7.5???? Dude that truck could hold a 8.5-9ft plow no problem, wats with the small plow? A 2500 should carry a 8ft., then down to the 1/2 or 1500 a 7.5.

    Jeff
     
  7. Ian

    Ian Member
    Messages: 96

    Jeff,

    I was concerned with the weight of a larger plow on an older dodge with the diesel engine. I found the 7.5 for a great price and added the wings. It is just over 9ft. I got a wide plow with the weight of a 7.5. plus as aside benefit, the wings carry more snow than expected. I also drive a company truck that has a 8ft boss. You can only take half a bite as the trail off on the forward end is too great.

    I only have experience with the boss and the two westerns I have owned. from my use the western is much better.

    Ian
     
  8. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    If you think about the weight of the wings there is little weight savings over an 8 footer. a 3/4 ton truck should have an 8 footer, especially for professional use. Don;t put on xtras that you don;t need- like snowfoils and thick cutting edges or poly edges. Keep it to the minimum and will will be reasonably well- as well as if you use a 7.5 footer anyway.
     
  9. amarino

    amarino Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Thanks for the comments. I am trying to find wings for my unimount western 7.5...where would I go to buy them? I believe there was a sticker that said "proplow 7.5" on it before I re-painted it.
     
  10. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,830

    7.5 is fine maybe some wings if your doing comm
     
  11. PerfiCut L&L

    PerfiCut L&L Senior Member
    Messages: 178

    My first truck and still operational is a 96 Ram 2500 long bed with a 7.5' meyers. Size is fine, could use the wings though, but its easy to get into tight spots. Youll be fine with it. After a while, youll want a bigger blade only to speed things up, you can ad the wings then.
     
  12. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    Go with something bigger, I think you'll be happier.
     
  13. Plow Meister

    Plow Meister PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,174

    One more thing for me to add... All I operate are 3/4 tons. I only have 7 1/2 footers but I put wings on all my blades. All in all, I would wrather have a 7.5 and wings than a straight 8 footer. Just my opinion.
     
  14. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    I plow with the same truck and an 8 footer- I have to ask seriuously is the 6 inches smaller plow really that easier to get into tight places with an 18 foot long truck behind it? I haven't found a place yet that a 7.5 blade would have made my life easier- am I missing something?
    A shorter wheelbase truck, yes, but a shorter blade no. I have never seen a driveway narrower than 8 feet. I plowed up until this season that was 8'3" which ic the narrowest I have ever seen.
     
  15. crazymike

    crazymike Senior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 639

    I have an 05. I had ordered an 8' blade but 2 days before install time they called and had a problem with my order but offered an 8'6" blade for the same price. When I picked up the truck I was glad. The extra 6" will give me more room between walls and my truck and allow for closer clearing in commercial/industrial lots.
     
  16. green leaf

    green leaf Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    I have a 2001 2500 with a western 7.5, I love it and have no problems at all. From commercial to small drives it does a great job so go with what will work for you. just my 2 cents.:drinkup:
     
  17. mister_snowplow

    mister_snowplow Senior Member
    Messages: 173

    I have a 2003 RAM 2500 with an 8ft. Fisher MM2. Honestly, I wish my plow were bigger. Go bigger, you'll plow more driveway in less time...you'll be happier in the end.