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Difficulty Finding Plow for DRW 3500

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Ex1900Driver, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. Ex1900Driver

    Ex1900Driver Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    I am sorry if this might seem like an easy or trivial question but I am having a little bit of trouble finding plows that will fit a couple of trucks I am looking at.

    I am looking to but a Ford F350 or F450 or a Dodge Ram 3500. Sorry GM guys and gals... I just don' t like the new look of the GM's.

    I will be getting whichever one I end up selecting with dual rear wheels and diesel power. As of right now I am leaning towards the Ford simply because of the vast selection of plows that the different manufacturers recommend for the truck.

    In researching plows the Ford seems to accept ALLOT more plows than the Dodge does. I can't seem to find any plow company that will recommend a plow for the Dodge, and if they do it's usually a pretty lightweight option.

    What kind of input do you Dodge 3500 owners have.

    Thanks in advance
    GDC
     
  2. theguynextdoor

    theguynextdoor Senior Member
    Messages: 307

    I don't know too much about this, but I think you will find that there are many people that have plows on Dodge 3500 Cummins. The dealers don't recommend it because teh cummins is so heavy on the front end already without the plow. But a lot of people put commercial plows on them without problems. This is just what I've seen on this site, not first hand.
     
  3. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,829

    lot of my friends have duallys with diesels and gassers they run 8ft blades max fisher meyer and westerns get a meyer a little easier on the truck
     
  4. mc1

    mc1 Senior Member
    Messages: 171

    do not run anything less than eight and a half feet wide with a dually you will be very annoyed with the mess your rear outside tires will make i used to have a 2002 f 350 dually diesel with a 8.5 ft fisher with prowings it was a great set up i now have a 08 550 with a 9 ft x blade
     
  5. Ex1900Driver

    Ex1900Driver Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    I appreciate the answers so far, keep them coming... I have to run to work for now. Back home in a few days.

    Thanks
    GDC
     
  6. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    My dually is a dually pickup, not a drw cab and chassis, so it's wider. 8 feet at the rear fenders. So I knew an 8 footer wouldn't be wide enough. This really leaves you with three options, 9 foot straight, 9.2 Vee or 810 Blizzard. I went with the 810, and haven't looked back. I could even stand to have more width to keep my outside duals out of the snow longer, but that's the biggest plow I can carry. My truck is long too, so the longer the truck the sooner the outside rears encounter the snow you just plowed. If you get a c&c a 8.5 might work, but you'll appreciate more width. If you are talking about a dually pickup, go as big as you can. I gaurantee you won't be happy with an 8 or 8.5, especially if you get a crew or extended cab, or an extended CA. A diesel 1 ton will push it, so don't go smaller thinking 9 is too big. And I personally would go with a heavy duty plow like a Fisher or Blizzard, rather than a Meyer or Curtis. Whatever you get, buy commercial, it's worth it in the long run.
    And if you really don't want to do the right thing and get a GM, then go with the Ford. Even though they are crappy cheapass junk that needs frontend work every six months, they are still a better work truck than the Dodge. The only thing Dodge has going for it is the Cummins engine. And dealers aren't afraid to put a real plow on a Ford, unlike Dodge which expects you to run a 7 foot plow on a freaking work truck. A Dodge with a Cummins will handle a big plow, but good luck getting anything warranteed.
    There, just wanted to get my cheap shots in first. hee hee hee
     
  7. PolyPlowBoss

    PolyPlowBoss Member
    Messages: 42

    My '01 dually, has a Boss poly-v plow, 9'2". This truck rocks plowing snow. Everytime I plow with it, I get more impressed. This truck is literally unstoppable!!!
    Forget the Ford PowerJoke! You'll be sorry. The Chevy is just too weak!!(people-hauler).

    Ford:
    For Old ******** Drivers,
    Fix or Repair Daily,
    Found On Road Dead,
    ETC.ETC.ETC.
    Enough said!!

    Look at everyone's opinion about a Dodge:
    http://www.cumminsforum.com/
     
  8. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    What's the matter, couldn't lift a steel plow? I benchpress 950 up front and 4000 in back with no timbrens.
     
  9. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,829



    chevy to weak give me a break i have no problems
     
  10. Krieger91

    Krieger91 Senior Member
    Messages: 353

    Thought I'd throw in one

    "Driver Returns On Foot"

    And, I'd go with the Ford. People I've talked to who own Dodges and Ford's say they have more problems with the Dodge's, even without plows on them.

    Ford's are good vehicles. My family owns 3 of them (a Taurus, Escort, and Brono II) so far, nothing has stopped but trees.;
     
  11. PolyPlowBoss

    PolyPlowBoss Member
    Messages: 42

    Now that's a good one. I'll have to remember that.:bluebounc

    The only problems I have is paying for the tires!!payup:cry::eek:

    That's not fair!! You can't include the Escort. It's in a family of it's own, like the Honda Accord, K-car, and the Toyota Celica. These cars were indestructible!!
    The Ford pickups are a joke. For example, there is a Powerjoke that requires you to pull the whole cab off just to get to the turbo.
    I had two newer Chevy's before I got my Dodge (01 & 04). They were both always breaking down. The drivetrain, which is the most important, is very weak! I towed my big work trailer with the truck (01 2500HD) once, and I was really worried about it making it where I needed to go. Chevy's just can't do real work like they used to.
    Don't get me wrong. I was a big Chevy fan my whole life. But after spending $38000 on junk, I was really disappointed. Then I bought the Dodge, my first one. This truck is badass!! Constantly impressing me. I've towed things like a 1974 14' X 70' mobile home (not travel trailer), big heavy 1-ton trucks on a trailer, big loads of slate and tile, etc. This truck is nearly unstoppable. It's not a very comfortable truck, nor is it very pleasant to look at, but the drivetrain just works!!!!!!!
    I'm not being a Dodge fanatic that doesn't listen to reason, like I used to be about Chevy's. I'm basing my opinion on my experience with this truck, as well as my experience with Chevy. I'm so impressed with the Dodge, that I will never buy another truck (unless something good changes with Chevy's drivetrain in the future).

    Since Detroitdan doesn't do his research, I'll learn him the facts!!
    The Poly-V weighs more than the steel-V, as the extra ribbing that is required for supporting the poly, so it doesn't flex and break. So, my truck is carrying more weight than anyone with a steel plow. This truck eats it up and wants more.
    One last thing, people are always saying that dually trucks do terrible in the snow. But my truck literally shattered that notion in my mind.
    You're going to buy what you buy, and Ford and Chevy freaks are going to buy what they buy. But to me, I want something that works, and works well. I'm sold.
     
  12. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

     
  13. Krieger91

    Krieger91 Senior Member
    Messages: 353

    So far, all of the Ford's we have have refused to die. The only thing that made the Escort and Bronco II we have stop running, is that they were in accidents involving trees.

    My dad also own a 1991 K1500 Silverado. It's done unbeleivable work. I've seen this thing haul and do anything we've thrown at it, and it's got about 470,000 miles on it! But, we think his truck was special ordered when it was made, because it has a 5-speed manual tranny, and many of the rear parts (springs, axle, etc) are bigger than the K15's are. We think somebody special ordered it with a 3/4 or 1 ton rear end, and that helps to make that truck unstoppable.
     
  14. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    I've seen one like that. I can't remember if it said 1500 or 2500 on the door, but it was an ext-cab longbed 2wd with 6 lug front wheels and 8 lug rears. Guy told me it was ordered from the factory that way, and this was back when it was still a new truck, so it seemed believable.
     
  15. Krieger91

    Krieger91 Senior Member
    Messages: 353

    We don't know if it came from the factory that way or not...we think so because of how it was done. He bought it used some 10 or 12 years ago. It's a 1500 Extended cab longbed, 4WD, and I think all the wheels are of the 6 lug variety.

    In fact, I'm sure my dad's truck has 6 lug wheels. My K20 has 8-lug wheels, and I'd never seen it before.
     
  16. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    it's a half ton or light duty 2500 rearend then, if it's still got 6 lug wheels. Might have a towing package or something that would give you more springs and bigger shocks was two different rearends available, you're probably comparing one with the better one to the lighter one. But it's not 3/4 or 1 ton if it doesn't have 8 lugs.
     
  17. festerw

    festerw Senior Member
    Messages: 986

    Just wondering if you're looking at a 450 Superduty why not a Dodge or Sterling 4500?
     
  18. Krieger91

    Krieger91 Senior Member
    Messages: 353

    That would make sense. All we know is that its stronger than a normal 1/2 ton rear end. IT's hauled more with no issues than any other half-ton I've seen.
     
  19. Ex1900Driver

    Ex1900Driver Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    Well, I got back from flying my trip (JFK Airport suck on a Friday Night) and find all these replies... Thanks everyone. It seems I have opened a small can of worms. Dodge, Ford, GM, oh my... decisions decisions.

    I love the looks of the Sterling 4500 although I would like to stick to a conventional crew cab pickup rather than a chassis truck.

    As for GM, again I can't justify the purchase of something this expensive that I am going to keep for a while if I simply don't find it aesthetically pleasing.

    So just to keep the conversation going, when I input the specs of a Dodge 3500 DRW with a diesel power plant into the "Select a Plow" or "Smart Match" programs the manufacturers have, most plow makers simply don't have any selections to pick from. Does that mean if I select... say a 9.5ft boss V, would they install it for me, or am I voiding the warranty on whatever truck, dodge in this example I buy??
     
  20. festerw

    festerw Senior Member
    Messages: 986

    You could always get the chassis cab and have a Warner Body pickup bed put on it so it looks like this

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