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Homesteader Questions

Discussion in 'Fisher Engineering Discussion' started by Captain, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. Captain

    Captain Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    Hi, I'm new to the forum. A little about myself. I've been plowing for the last 12 years with a Snowbear snowplow. Yes - 12 years with 15 driveway accounts. It started on a Geo Tracker then was moved to a Jeep Cherokee.

    This year I purchased a 2004 Ford Explorer with only 17,000 miles (really - only 17K), and I just put a deposit on the Fisher Homesteader. Installation will be in October. I have a couple of questions.

    How high des the plow lift off the ground for driving??? I may have read somewhere that it is only 8"

    Also, when you are plowing and pushing into a snowbank, does the plow frame float up as chain plows do??? My Snowbear did. I wasn't sure and I won't be around a dealer again until my install date.

    The Snowbear treated me very well for the last 12 years - I've put on one cutting edge and 2 motors, (they use a winch motor for lift), in 12 years. I paid a $1000 for it when I bought it and it looks like it will be sold this weekend for $250.

    I'm hoping that I'll be equally, if not more happy with the Homesteader. I was looking at the Snoway 22 plow also but couldn't justify the extra $1200-$1300. Also, the closest Snoway dealer that I would have used was over 40 miles away.
     
  2. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    The 22 series and the Homesteader/suburbanite are two different class units. But if you were happy with a Snowbear the Homesteader should be acceptable.
     
  3. Captain

    Captain Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    Thanks Basher,

    I know the Snoway was a nicer system. If I had a dealer closer it probably would have been a done deal. There are 2 dealers in my area, one was 50 miles away and the other about 20 miles. The one that was 20 miles away was almost $400 more for the Snoway installed than the one that was 50 miles away. He wanted $4600 installed, and the one 50 miles away was $4200 installed.

    The one that was 50 miles away was a nice guy and seemed to have a good head on his shoulders. The guy that ws 20 miles away was pretty rude, and got more rude when I asked if he could do any better on the price since he was $400 more installed.

    I'm getting the Homesteader for $3200 installed which I felt was a fair price, but it was still a tough choice whether or not to pay the extra $1000.

    Had the Snoway dealer been closer, I am almost positive I would have gone with the Snoway plow.

    As you said - the Homesteader is going to be a big jump up for me from the Snowbear.

    Thanks again for the reply.
     
  4. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Understand:nod: Isn't it a shame what a person's additude can do?