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Blizzard aftermarket parts?

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by OC&D, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. OC&D

    OC&D PlowSite Veteran
    from Earth
    Messages: 3,064

    I've been pushing snow for about 14 years now. Up until 2006 I ran locally built Leo plows, which were fairly bullet proof and simple.

    When I bought my newest truck (2006 F350), I opted for a Blizzard 810 (2005 model year). With a number of the lots I plow, I figured the wings on the Blizzard would really speed things up for me, and it certainly has!

    Unfortunately I just got off the phone with the local dealer inquiring as to what new angle cylinders cost......$285.00 a piece!!!! The chrome on those rams has to be pretty shabby for them to start to pit so quick. Granted, I store it outside and I meant to grease them last spring, but I forgot. Regardless, I've got a fair amount of other equipment that gets run hard in the winter and have never had pitting that quick.

    Long story short, I'm aware that a number of switches and whatnot can be found on Mouser.com. Has anyone found an aftermarket source for angle cylinders? I can't imagine someone wouldn't sell them! I've looked around on line and I'm having a hard time even finding another dealer that ships that may have a better price on them. Any ideas?
     
  2. OC&D

    OC&D PlowSite Veteran
    from Earth
    Messages: 3,064

    Just to follow up...the same dealer wanted $436 for a cutting edge kit. I thought that was nuts, so I made my own out of $65 in steel. I used regular carbon steel, so I'm not sure how long it will last. Maybe I'll need to use cold rolled next time?

    I still have to investigate the cylinder replacement options though.