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Fisher Homestead plow

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by Titan, Nov 8, 2006.

  1. Titan

    Titan Junior Member
    from maine
    Messages: 8

    Anyone familiar with these plows and are they sufficient for a home driveway
     
  2. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Yes and yes. Whereabouts are you in Maine?
     
  3. 1719Matt

    1719Matt Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Perfect for that application. THey have full hydraulics, lights, ez mount type and weighs just 270lbs.

    FYI - The Fisher Homesteader and Western Suburbanite are the same plow.
     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2006
  4. Titan

    Titan Junior Member
    from maine
    Messages: 8

    Mike, I am in York. I am putting one on my Titan soon. decided to go with the Fisher as opposed to the snoway which is much heavier. My application is for home use only
     
  5. vtzdriver

    vtzdriver Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 111

    Make sure you buy some extra hyd fluid.

    As mine settled out and leaked a little here and there, the plow suddenly would not raise.
    Fixed the problem with a top-off of fluid.
     
  6. spittincobra01

    spittincobra01 Senior Member
    Messages: 193

    type F automatic transmission fluid works great in a plow, and is 1/2 the cost of hydraulic fluid. My Fisher dealer actually is the one who told me to do this...
     
  7. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    I had heard about using ATF in a plow. Decided to try it on a 9' MM1 last winter. First and only time I've ever had the plow pump freeze up. Had to take it up to the mechanic's shop and sit inside for about two hours before it thawed out enough to get it to angle/lift. Drained it and filled with the Fisher fluid and didn't have another problem while I owned it.

    But you do what you want to do. The old saying comes to mind - you get what you pay for.
     
  8. mayhem

    mayhem PlowSite.com Addict
    from Peru MA
    Messages: 1,016

    I would have thought that ATF that works just fine in my truck's automatic transmission just a few feet away from the plow would also work fine in the plow's hydraulics...guess we'll find out this winter since thats what I put in there.

    FWIW my Fisher dealer said to make sure to fully drain the hydraulics if you put the Fisher fluid in there as it does not mix with ATF.
     
  9. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    I was thinking the same about the car's transmission. The difference may have been that I didn't drain the pump and rams so I mixed transmission fluid with the hydraulic fluid, but then drained it when I refilled with Fisher fluid. So maybe I didn't really give the transmission fluid a real chance. I just know I was ticked enough when it froze, that I was going to do what I knew worked.
     
  10. tvpierce

    tvpierce Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 209

    Transmission fluid doesn't freeze -- period, unless you're in Antarctica. As far as oil goes, it's pretty thin stuff. I bet it still pours pretty well at temps lower than -50F. (You could find the specs online.) If there's freezing, then there's water in the system. When the ATF was drained out, the water was probably evacuated with it.

    I'm sure the Fisher fluid is great stuff, and it may even have an additive to help dissipate water. But a system that's purged properly annually will function fine on ATF.

    jp
     
  11. spittincobra01

    spittincobra01 Senior Member
    Messages: 193

    Ive been running type F ATF for the past 2 seasons, and starting my third... no freezing, no problems, wouldn't change just to spend extra cash for the same product
     
  12. BPK63

    BPK63 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 244

    My brother lives in York works at the Kittery Trading Post :D I asked one of my local plow places about light duty type home plows and they said they don't make plows for driveways and plows for commercial use. A plow is a plow. The person was actually kind of nasty so I never bought anything from them.
     
  13. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    They're talking about Fisher plows??? I'd say he needs to find another line of work. What does he think LD, RD and HD stand for? My advice would be find another dealer. Someone who can at least talk about his product with some level of competence.
     
  14. BPK63

    BPK63 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 244

    I was looking for something light for a light duty F150 that I have. They told me no way can they put a plow on that. I only want to do my driveway because it's just a bit too big for a snowblower. I ended up getting a used Chevy with a plow on it already. This truck was made for a plow but I really only needed something for light duty. They said they don't make light plows. And yes this place sells Fisher and all the major brands.
     
  15. mayhem

    mayhem PlowSite.com Addict
    from Peru MA
    Messages: 1,016

    Lastly Dirty, Really Dirty and Hardly Dirty?
     
  16. MrBigStuff

    MrBigStuff Senior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 140

    Homesteader

    I have a homesteader on an '04 Trailblazer.
    Works like a charm.
    I can't say enough about the dealer I went to and they're not far from you.
    Lang's Corner Garage in Rye, NH.
    I've sent at least three people their way since and all have been extremely pleased with the professionalism, honesty and speed at which they work.
    I put the plow on myself and ran into a bit of a self-induced problem.
    The owner was more than willing to help me through it.
    The plow has performed flawlessly and will work fine for home use.
     
  17. bryanj23

    bryanj23 Senior Member
    Messages: 135

    $$$

    What's the price like on the Homesteader Plow?
     
  18. vtzdriver

    vtzdriver Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 111


    There was an '07 price increase and the truck-specific mounts vary a little, but mine was roughly $3,200.00 installed.
     
  19. corey1977

    corey1977 Member
    from maine
    Messages: 50

    fisher homesteader plow

    hi titan im from bath the home steader is a good plow for a home owner but for comeriacal I would get the LD
     
  20. diehrd

    diehrd Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 199

    Just so people are aware,Tranny fluid is Dyed RED,,For the simple reason of having different colored fluids in the auto to make identification easier..It is a hydraulic fluid 100% and oil does not typically freeze BUT water in it will and cause the system to not function..On an older plow i use to use a torch to heat it up in a pinch LOL..