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Fisher Plows book

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by plowguy06, Jan 19, 2001.

  1. plowguy06

    plowguy06 Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 84

    I just received the book Plowing with the Storm (the history of fisher engineering) so far I think it is a good book. if anyone wants one just go to http://www.fisherplows.com and then go to the contact area. please give me your thoughts, positive or negative on this book.
  2. MJ

    MJ Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    I probably started all this about the Fisher history book because of another thread I started. I just finished reading it today and it is one of the best of its kind (nonfiction, informative) that I have seen. I'd like to thank John Murphey of Fisher Engineering again for sending it. I'd recommend it to anyone who has any interest in Fisher Snowplows or how one man can build a company to, as Dean Fisher put it, have "The Best Product We Know How to Make - The Best Service We Know How to Give". It's reassuring to know that that motto continues.

  3. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    I'm bringing this one back up after over 2 1/2 years, because I e mailed Fisher firs thing yesterday morning asking how I can get a copy of their book. I have not gotten a reply yet, even though right this minute someone from Fisher is reading this site. :confused:

    Hopefully I will at least get some type of reply soon.

  4. snowplowjay

    snowplowjay Banned
    Messages: 890

    I also sent a email. This would be some great reading for me since I am interested in starting my own snow plow design and engineering company someday. Id love to add it to my snow plow collection.

  5. Mick

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

    Chuck and snowplowjay, if you don't get a reply from Fisher and want to barrow it, let me know. (MJ was my screen name from Lawnsite). I was told by the Fisher receptionist that the book is for sale, but I've never seen it in any book store. I've never tried through any online book dealer.
  6. snowplowjay

    snowplowjay Banned
    Messages: 890

    Check your Pm's Mick :D

  7. Got Grass?

    Got Grass? Senior Member
    Messages: 641

    "Plowing With The Storm" "The history of Fosher Engineerin"
    By: Paul G. Marriam

    Chuck check you PM's
  8. gordyo

    gordyo Senior Member
    Messages: 527

    Those of us who attended the SIMA Symposium in Portland Me. a few years back got a tour of the Fisher plant in Rockland Me. and were given a copy of this book in our bag of goodies. I think I could probably find my copy and mail it to anyone who wants to read it and send it back to me. Hey wait if you guys are making it a hot commodity maybe I should go list it on Ebay!!! LOL
  9. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman Banned
    Messages: 2,133

    I was also told that it was for sale but have yet to see it. I got mine in the mail about a month after my e-mail. Never got an e-mail response. Give them your address they will get you a copy.
  10. snowplowjay

    snowplowjay Banned
    Messages: 890

    Don't temp me Gordyo if I see it on ebay I will bid bid bid if it has to do with snowplowing. I almost won an old mechanics guide for the conventional plows a few weeks ago I l ost it at the last minute.

  11. Arc Burn

    Arc Burn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,138

    LOL,that reminds me Jay,i bid against you on a couple Boss snowplow banners this winter:D I could not believe what those things go for:dizzy:
  12. snowplowjay

    snowplowjay Banned
    Messages: 890

    GRRRRRRRRRRRR I wanted those to go with my others. If I only had known that it was you I was going against.


  13. sonjaab

    sonjaab PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    WOW.............If those of us at the show knew that that
    book would be so popular ! Prob. should of grabbed a
    few copies instead of 1. There was a TON of them on
    the main tables FREE for the taking !
    Didn't wanna grab a bunch and be a "freebee hog" !
  14. Roger Dodger

    Roger Dodger Senior Member
    from nw Pa.
    Messages: 240

    Since we are on the subject of Fisher, please settle a disagreement:

    Did Fisher come first before Western?
    Aren't Fisher's considered to be a bit more top-shelf over the Westerns or has that gap narrowed over recent years?

    Some claim that since Westerns cost more they are the better plow. I know the engineering dept. of Fisher throws designs at Western same as Meyers and Diamond.... correct?
  15. snowplowjay

    snowplowjay Banned
    Messages: 890

    Ive heard that even though they are both a part of the same company, Douglas Dynamics, that they have totally different views and both companies are run totally different from eachother.

  16. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    Fisher plows came out in 1948.

    Western just had their 50th anniversary last year (if I am not mistaken)

    So it was Fisher first, but only by a few years....

    Western and Fisher are both owned by Douglas Dynamics, which is owned by Alaska Steel, a publicly traded company.

    Alaska Steel has been in Fortune magazine A LOT.

  17. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman Banned
    Messages: 2,133

    There are some common trends between them. Look at the V-plows and Spreaders. Very similiar. The hydraulics and controls are also very similiar. Even comparing the new ultramount to the minute mount one should be able to see some of the same ideas. Western still uses that darn full trip blade though.

    I think both companies will continue because both have markets. We are starting to see more Westerns in New England but Fisher is still the dominate plow. In the mid-west, it seems that Fisher is just starting to show up on trucks.
  18. sonjaab

    sonjaab PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425


    Thats Armco Inc. ...Which is majority controlled by 92 yo.
    Louis Berkman.
    Berkman also owns Louis Berkman Inc which
    inturn wholly owns Meyer/Diamond plows and Swenson

    So in all... Fisher , Western, Diamond and Meyers are ALL
    owned by the same company/person.

    Pretty smart guy huh? This guy made all his $$$ starting in scrap metal.......................

    Last edited: Jun 19, 2003
  19. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    Just wanted to say thanks to the Parts Dept. at Fisher!!

    Although I never got a reply to my e mail, today, the doorbell rang and it was UPS. Got a small box from Fisher with not one, not two, but three Plowing With The Storm books. :D My kids are each reading one too.

    There was no name on the box, and no paperwork for me to thank anyone specifically. So I guess you know who you are, and again, thanks.

    I'm up to page 50 so far. Very interesting story. I think I'll finish it before I go to bed tonight. :bluebounc

  20. snowplowjay

    snowplowjay Banned
    Messages: 890

    :( I sure do hope that I get a similar package in the mail in the very near future. I sent an email and can't wait to read this story.