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How Easy is it to Steal a Western pump

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by PlowKid150, Dec 13, 2004.

  1. PlowKid150

    PlowKid150 Senior Member
    Messages: 165

    Hey guys, i have my truck and plow for sale right now, and its an 8 foot Western ultramount, one year old. I am wondering what is involved in stealing the pump off of it. Is it like 2 bolts and bam its gone? I am nervous about leaving it out at night time, unsupervised. Any advice on securing the pump to the truck or plow would be great.

    Kevin
     
  2. LINY Rob

    LINY Rob Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    I would try not to leave it out where someone can steal it

    there really is no way to prevent theft and the more you leave it out the more someone will get the idea of stealing it
     
  3. DJL

    DJL Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    No way you can secure, atleast that I know of, just the pump/motor. Make sure it's insured.
     
  4. PlowKid150

    PlowKid150 Senior Member
    Messages: 165

    if someone just steals my pump there is no point in insurance, the deductable will be the cost of a new pump!

    Is the pump the most common thing stolen, or will they normally just nab the whole plow

    I have the plow in the up position, resting on cinder blocks so the load is off of the truck, but still up so if they take it it will be way harder to move.

    Guess there isn;t much i can do otherwiseble , its locked to my tow hooks with heavy cable and locks. The pump is what worries me.
     
  5. DJL

    DJL Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    Exactly, that is why you make sure the WHOLE thing is stolen...
     
  6. The Boss

    The Boss 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,099

    I'd keep the plow at home where it's safe. Any guy with common sense will see the mount on the front of the truck. Put "comes with snowplow" and the description of it on the sign in the window.
     
  7. familylawn

    familylawn Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    replace

    Replace the bolt with locking hitch pins like the ones for a trailer hitch. I do it with all my trucks.
     
  8. PlowKid150

    PlowKid150 Senior Member
    Messages: 165

    The bolts that lock the pump on are nowhere near the size of a hitch lock pin..... what do u suggest.?

    purplebou
     
  9. ADLAWNCUTTERS

    ADLAWNCUTTERS Senior Member
    Messages: 212

    the cheapest way is to tack a small weld on one bolt, if you have to take the pump off it only takes a few minutes to grind of cut off the bolt.
     
  10. familylawn

    familylawn Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    sorry

    Sorry the Meyers are large enough to use a hitch Lock pin at least on my truck. Sorry about that.
     
  11. Mower For Less

    Mower For Less Senior Member
    Messages: 108

    Yes, I use a 5/8 Hitch Pin to lock my Meyers in also, but they also sell locking 1/2" Hitch Pins too (at Wal-Mart no less). What size are the bolts? Maybe you can use a sleeve around a smaller hitch pin to take up the slack?

    Kevin
     
  12. OneBadDodge06

    OneBadDodge06 Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 734

  13. cja1987

    cja1987 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,407

    If you are leaving the plow on it just because it is for sale then The Boss said it best, leave it at home! :nod:
     
  14. PlowKid150

    PlowKid150 Senior Member
    Messages: 165

    I'll figure something out... But I'm leaving the plow on the truck, makes it look way more eye catching to a passer-by.

    Kevin. Thanks for your replies guys
     
  15. cja1987

    cja1987 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,407

    Yes, not a bad point but.........
    When looking for or at trucks, i can see a plow from a mile away, a plow mount from about 1/2 mile away, LOL. Not really but you get the idea, if you plow or know anything at all about plows, you will see the mount. If your worried that much about the pump then keep it at home, if not be prepeared to have it stolen. Which by the way is unlikely, it rarely happens around here anyways. Good Luck selling the truck, that thing is nice someone will want it. :nod: :waving:
     
  16. PlowKid150

    PlowKid150 Senior Member
    Messages: 165

    Chris, I know what ya mean man.... Yea it should be fine. One plus i have going for me is, its parked at the entrance of a 24hr Truck depot and trucks are going in and out all night long, so if someones got the balls to screw with it, then so be it.

    Kev
     
  17. LINY Rob

    LINY Rob Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    I would rather buy a 2004 F-250 that was never plowed

    maybe take the plow off and sell it seperate from the truck
     
  18. Grshppr

    Grshppr Senior Member
    Messages: 268

    I brought the bolts that secure the pump to the lift frame, to a machine shop, had them drill a hole large enough for a lock to fit through in each one, bought some good quality weather proof locks and it keeps the pumps pretty safe from theft.
     
  19. PlowKid150

    PlowKid150 Senior Member
    Messages: 165

    LINY ROB, tO M
     
  20. LINY Rob

    LINY Rob Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    I dont think thats possible with the set up on the ultra mount, the bolts are built onto the pump and secured with 2 nuts

    securing the whole plow is another story, then something can be fabbed