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Fisher XLS Reliable??

Discussion in 'Fisher Engineering Discussion' started by vt properties, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. vt properties

    vt properties Senior Member
    from vermont
    Messages: 194

    Im looking at buying a new 09 f350 dump body that has a fisher XLS on it from the dealer, I have always used fisher And a have a 8' hd on my f250 and a older 9' staight blade on my 03 f350 dump body, I was going to trade in the 03 and purchase the 09 with the XLS blade. I have read some threads that were not to favavorable of the XLS and its reliability. Anyone have any thoughts on this.
     
  2. lilweeds

    lilweeds PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,178

    It is generally a good blade, but a few people have had some issues. Most of them seem to be minor and I wouldn't hesitate to buy one. It will be a very productive truck for you.
     
  3. RepoMan207

    RepoMan207 PlowSite Fanatic
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,031

    I had a bad apple, and for the most part they have corrected my issues. The plow is phenomenal in what it can do. I would pause before buying another one, but I would buy another one if faced with the choice. Even though I had issues...and am still having an issue, it only left me stranded once. Within 4 hours or so I was back on the road with it.
     
  4. vt properties

    vt properties Senior Member
    from vermont
    Messages: 194

    Yea I read that whole post Repo and it made me hesitate I have a 8'hd and 9' older mc fisher and they never gave me any probs , I just serviced them as recomended but jeez that XLS of yours seemed possesed and it seems you got strung out on it. Even worse is that it was brand new.
     
  5. RepoMan207

    RepoMan207 PlowSite Fanatic
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,031

    Your right about that. Apparently it still isn't over, It's now slamming harder to one side then it was when I picked it up. Fisher wants me to bring it back to Messer to be looked at. I'm wondering if I should seek reimbursement for fuel & millage at this point, if my count is correct this is my 9th or 10th time going there now. getting to be ri....no scratch that, it is beyond ridiculous!
     
  6. vt properties

    vt properties Senior Member
    from vermont
    Messages: 194

    Terrible repo I have never heard of a new high dollar top end plow act like this. The only thing I would have going 4 me is that the ford dealership will bring me a brand new plow truck in the event of a break down wether it be the plow or truck. My buddy put over 3k on a new 09 last year when his truck went down. But to be honest I would perfer a straight fisher blade, seems to be simpler less stuff to break. Well I cant believe that fisher is doing this to you. They should realize that we do network and in my opinion makes potential new plow buyers look at there compitition.
     
  7. RepoMan207

    RepoMan207 PlowSite Fanatic
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,031

    Actually, the wings and such are perfectly fine. I think you would be amazed how much the XLS will do for you. I would recommend you go for it despite my misfortune.

    That's awesome that the dealer will do that for you.

    Fisher has there fair of bad rep at this point. My problems were nothing more then a rain drop in the lake. The way they handle alot of their issues are not desirable. I can understand there position as a manufacturer and what goes along with it, however thier....defensive actions and lack there of support are unnerving to say the least. Thank god for the dealer repair policy, otherwise we would all be paddle-less in the famous river.
     
  8. vt properties

    vt properties Senior Member
    from vermont
    Messages: 194

    Thanx Repo, just read youre other thread sounds like in the end it worked out . Yea I love the ability of the XLS I might go for it. Now we just need some snow been kinda dry up here in vermont, only been out plowing like 4x and salted/sanded 5x last month. I buy the extended warranty on all my new ford trucks with this dealer. They fix everything, no co pay even though it is supposted to be like $20.00. They even give you a new ford focus to drive when you bring youre car in 4 service, thats to anyone . I couldnt believe it, they sell Boss and fishers, mostly fishers though. Also my new 8' hd stops hard to the left, brought it in nothing wrong. I checked on a thread apparently with the joystick it does this. Its not that bad, but if you use the fish stick accourding to the thread it will soft stop.
     
  9. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    yes, the fishstiks employ soft stop technology which if your used to a joystick your going to be finding the grass real quick:D
     
  10. RepoMan207

    RepoMan207 PlowSite Fanatic
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,031

    yeah well....I have the fish stick. That's my problem. I tried my backup as well as my backup PCB board on both controllers...still there. I didn't have this issue with my previous pump setup.

    We hit a dry spell here as well. the 18th was the last hit. Hopefully we'll get hit again soon.
     
  11. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    Love My XLS....Dont have a ton of hours on it....But what a versitle Pow...The only real problem i see is the wing cutting edges..I dont think they will last a long time...I can live with that...Get a good dealer and you should be good to go....:salute:
     
  12. salt dogg

    salt dogg Senior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 117

    i have a nine foot xblade on 08 f350. i will trade you the plow and some cash for the xls if you are interrested.
     
  13. creativedesigns

    creativedesigns PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,929

    The wings will wear at the rate of the steel cutting edge. However, if they somehow get really worn, u can turn them around & re-adjust the heights.