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Boss snow plow 08 F450 good or bad need advice

Discussion in 'Boss Plows Discussion' started by KATTRANSPORT, Jan 1, 2008.

  1. KATTRANSPORT

    KATTRANSPORT Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    Looking at a used Boss V plow for my 08 F450. I believe the plow is about 2 years old. Is there anything I should stay away from? I have always ran hiniker products. Anyone with helpfull info appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. blowerman

    blowerman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,261

    I was always a westen fan. Oddly enough, added 2 Boss 8'6" straight blades this year and love them. Faster angling, hook up is simple, love not having the chain and it was cheaper.
    For a good price, go for it.
     
  3. KATTRANSPORT

    KATTRANSPORT Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    Whats a 2 year old V plow worth. He has it on a chevy so Im going to have to buy a mount and more then likely a wire harness.
     
  4. blowerman

    blowerman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,261

    I paid $2000. for a 2 year old boss straight blade that a friend took off a Ford F350. Then had it mounted on a 06 GMC for about $1000.
     
  5. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    What size V?
     
  6. KATTRANSPORT

    KATTRANSPORT Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    Its a 9ft Are they any good? I was thinking about the western wideout but they are a little pricey
     
  7. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    It must be a 9.2 if it's a V (didn't make 9 ft V's)

    You didn't say what type of plowing your going to use the truck for but I'd rather have a 10 footer on a 450... the 9.2 would do the job fine, but a 10' would do even better...

    A 2 year old 9.2 would bring about $3600-$3800 around here...
     
  8. KATTRANSPORT

    KATTRANSPORT Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    Yes it is a 9.2 The guy is asking 3500 obo but I will have to buy a frame and harness. So after all that im close to a wideout for around 5200 installed
     
  9. blowerman

    blowerman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,261

    With all that figured in, just by a new one.
     
  10. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    If your trying to do it on a budget you can find a used undercarriage for less than new....

    You won't need an entire (or expensive) harness to swap it from the Chevy to your Ford.. all you need are the correct head light adapters... new cost for those is about $40-$50.
     
  11. blowerman

    blowerman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,261

    Hmm. Try to get the plow for $3000. Then look for a used mount, about $250 and as B&B said, light adapters are about $50. If you have the ability, install it yourself in about 4 hrs.
    Now you've got a good deal.
     
  12. KATTRANSPORT

    KATTRANSPORT Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    I was going to offer mabye 2500 for the plow and see where it goes. Im not trying to penny pinch but I saw it for sale local so we'll see where it goes. Is the BOSS V plow any good ? any problems? Anything I should look for
     
  13. blowerman

    blowerman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,261

    The main things to look for would be cracks, bends or something outright broken, If you can see it hooked up to the truck and see that everything work, motor and electric that would help. Otherwise they are good plows.
     
  14. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Pro's
    Very very reliable
    Easy to connect
    Quick hyrdo's
    Simple to fix and diagnose
    Replacment parts cost less than Fisher or Western
    Simply designed
    Stack snow well
    Once the truck is set up you can run any RT3 style blade (straight or V) just by swapping the controller. (mounts and wiring are standardized)

    Cons
    Need the Smart Lock cylinders if you do any back dragging (extra cost if not already equipped)
    Some break the welds at the center hinge/wing pivot sleeves (usually takes alot of abuse or years of hard use)
    And in your case, a 2 year old V will have the old style cutting edges with the poly center snow catcher.. been a problem for years so you'll want to update to the new style formed edges to get rid of the snow catcher issue
     
  15. KATTRANSPORT

    KATTRANSPORT Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    Explain the smart lock cylinders ? To get rid of the snow catcher issue whats it cost?
     
  16. blowerman

    blowerman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,261

    Boss V plows are one way cylinders with spring pull back. Back drag and they can pull open.
     
  17. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    See this thread on the Smart locks KATT: http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=54131


    To get rid of the snow catcher you need to upgrade to the new style cutting edges... which cost around $350 for a pair and include molded curb gaurds..
     
  18. KATTRANSPORT

    KATTRANSPORT Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    So is this plow worth it or should I wideout?
     
  19. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Well, I think that's a question only you can answer. It depends on what your going to use the plow for. If you generally plan on using it for large open areas, then either this V and a set of wings..or an expanding wing plow. If you'll mostly be using it for a little of everything, large lots, small lots and trapped areas, then the V would be more useful.

    The price is the same way. If you can buy it for $3000 and it already has the SL cylinders on it, then it's a great buy. If it's $3500 and needs SL's it isn't a good buy...

    I'd also consider the fact that this plow is a proven set up as opposed to a Wideout. Are you willing to take a chance on the Wideout the first year they're out? Only you can make that choice..
     
  20. TPC Services

    TPC Services Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    I like what B&B is tellin you I only have bought boss so I can't say much about the westerns's but have to friends that plow with me one of them is on here all the time Blade_master and I can tell you this, Both have bought new westerns 8'6" and 9'6" V's and both had nothing but problems from bad pump seals that leak water in to them from snow run off, bad craftmenship on there welds on the mounts, values sticking, to bad cyld's and mind you this was on brand new plows!!!

    kind of what B&B said about the smart locks but he left out on final assement if you do not plan on doing a lot of back draging then I would weight on the smart locks they are a god sin but if you can weight then do that.
    I do not know what price's are there? but here westerns are about $500 to $800 more then Boss. Look around to find a deal if you do not mind drivin a little I got my new 8'2" boss V for $400 cheaper 2hrs away. not installed to but they are not that hard to put together had mind on in two nights couple hrs each night.