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Another article on which plow to buy

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by grandview, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Snow Plow Prices - When To Buy
    Posted: Sep 13th, 2009 | Comments: 0 | Views: 111 | Bookmark and Share/>


    Snowplow prices what are the choices? Well years ago this was a much simpler answer
    and a lot easier then today. Why is that? Because there are so many different models and
    variations then the snowplows of years ago. I have always started off with simple method when it comes to truck snowplow equipment. I feel you always want to over spec the plow you need instead of getting into a snow plow that is under qualified to do the work you need it to.

    With this is mind, whatever you buy will last through your work load with no break down. Plow prices are basically determined by how many options, features and the size and style you need to plow. Most of the time the determining factor in buying snowplow equipment, is; Should I replace my old plow because it is slow, or some parts are going to wear out soon and will be costly to replace. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see the improvements in plow designs in the last few years compared to 10 years ago. A new plow comes with no problems, and with much more options from a straight blade to vee plows to gang plows. After some research I have even found mail order snowplows that comes in a kit and you put it together for about $1,000.00 and more elaborate vee plows are priced for about
    ( $4,000-$6500 )

    I look at snowplow prices , because a new snowplow is basically an investment in a piece of snowplow equipment , that should operate flawless for a duration of years with no other investment except its maintenance. That’s why snowplow prices are important and should be considered negotiable to a point.
    The best time to shop for you new plow is not during high demand season. The first thing I do with the snowplow prices is go to some snowplow forums and hear what the users are saying about some of the brands. I would ask questions about the products. I would want to hear there likes and dislikes as well as their application of use. The application is important you want to make sure the plow is being used the same way you would be looking to use it.
    Once I found the plow I think I would need I would then try to find the next plow up in size. I have always like to buy a piece of equipment that is made a little heavier than what I need because I want
    To last. Then I would start to shop down the prices of the plow I want, I would try to get three bids from three different suppliers, just like consumers do to us. I would also try to get a fair trade in price for my old plow.
    Ok so lets go over what we spoke about with snowplow prices. The first evaluation is what are you going to be using the snowplow for? Residential plowing commercial plowing, parking lots roads? Investigate what plow you feel fits your truck, watch your front end weight. Go to the forums and read about what the user are saying about the plow you are interested in. Find out what warranties and guarantees are offered with the new plows. Find out if the manufacturers offer you low interest financing. Then when you are ready to buy make sure it is off season or at the end of the seaon. Offer them a price 15% off retail see if the can move there numbers
     
  2. MIDTOWNPC

    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,452

    Dealer support is another thing that could be mentioned.
     
  3. jimspro

    jimspro Senior Member
    Messages: 200

    dealer support is more important than price, especially if you have only 1 truck, most plows brake around 2am when there is another 3 to 6 inches coming, we are lucky around here that some plow distributors are open 24hrs during storms, makes a big difference. i would gladly pay more for the plow to have someone get me back on the road before the sun comes up. inital price is not everything to consider
     
  4. nms0219

    nms0219 Senior Member
    Messages: 445

    trade in value for used plow??? Thought thats what craigslist was for??? beat to hell.... um i mean like new for $4k firm.