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Good price for old Western?

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by drof99, Nov 12, 2011.

  1. drof99

    drof99 Junior Member
    from USA
    Messages: 7

    I have a chance to buy an old Western Isarmatic plow for $500. Everything appears to be in good shape other than the control cables. The blade is 8 foot. The mount matches up to the old 86 Power Ram I plan on putting it on. The truck has a 360 and is four wheel drive. It is a 3/4 ton with a four speed. Just an old truck I keep around the farm. The blade will not operate with the cables that are on it now. I can get a new set of controls with the cables for $165. I am planning on going to take a closer look at the plow tomorrow. I know the guy selling it so I was going to go take a closer look tomorrw. I plan on open up where the cables hook to to make sure that the plow lifts and angles properly. If that all seems to function as it should is that a fair price for an older plow? Lights all work excluded one turn signal that is broke off. I plan on just using this plow around the farm and maybe on a couple neighboring driveways. Are there any other things that I should look into before purchasing this plow? Thanks in advance for the help guys.
     
  2. second income

    second income Member
    Messages: 82

    As long as it is a direct match up to install it sounds like a good deal. Those old set ups were very reliable and easy to service. Good luck with it
     
  3. drof99

    drof99 Junior Member
    from USA
    Messages: 7

    Well, it was a direct fit. I've got the plow all mounted up. Headlights are wired up and working well. I do need to get a new set of turn signals for it. I drained the old oil, removed the motor, and pulled the pump. There was a little bit of sludge down in the bottom. Cleaned that all out and cleaned the filter while I had everything apart. I refilled with fresh oil and put everything back together. Tomorrow I plan on replacing the old hoses as well as the quick couplers. One seems to be leaking a bit. The gentleman I bought the plow from did drop the price by $100 so that should more than cover all the new hoses. I think over all it was a pretty good deal. I was planning on having to replace the cables but after I've cleaned them up a bit they seem to be working fine. It sure will make plowing with heat much nicer than on the old tractor!
     
  4. Mabepossibly

    Mabepossibly Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    Sounds like a great price. Hell you can probably get your money back for it in the spring when scrap steel goes back up. As long as the metal on a plow is in good shape the rest does not matter that much. Hydrolic systems are basic and cheap to fix.
     
  5. drof99

    drof99 Junior Member
    from USA
    Messages: 7

    Steel is all in good shape. Just surface rust on it now. When some time (and weather) allows the I am going to put it in the shop and sandblast the blade and mount. Then prime and paint. I plan on doing the mount black and the blade Western red. I just ordered some new guides and will replace the flap across the top before the snow reallys gets going here......I hope. I'm sure I will be needing some more help along the line at some point.