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installing times on a new plow

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by mike9497, Nov 26, 2002.

  1. mike9497

    mike9497 Senior Member
    Messages: 466

    how long do you think it would take to install a new plow on an F-250 SD.its a western pro 8 ft.i figured 5 or 6 hours.its still on a truck on its way here i`ve waited 6 days to get this thing
     
  2. mpflood

    mpflood Member
    Messages: 47

    Depends on how good a mechanic you are.
     
  3. mike9497

    mike9497 Senior Member
    Messages: 466

    10 years 5 with ford dealer 3 with gm
     
  4. SIPLOWGUY

    SIPLOWGUY Senior Member
    Messages: 678

    Mike, I've done mostly used so the blade and stuff has been assembled. We did a few New Fishers at work and it took about 2 days with a ton of distractions. I think your estimates are close if you work straight. Try to use air it makes the job go much faster! Good luck!
     
  5. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman Banned
    Messages: 2,133

    With two men, a real plus even if just for holding and position can be done in 4-5 hours. Shorter time if both are skilled. By yourself will likely tak a couple more hours. Take your time and work safely.
     
  6. Garagekeeper

    Garagekeeper Senior Member
    Messages: 459

    Hey CT18fireman, Please e-mail me. John
     
  7. wxmn6

    wxmn6 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,037

    Last year I installed 6.5' Fisher Minute Mount snowplow on my '89 Toyota. I think it took me about a day or a little more to install and wire the plow. I remember that the bolts that holds the tow hooks was stuck and had to bring to shop to have it heated up a bit and got the bolts removed and then installed the pushframe.
     
  8. chtucker

    chtucker Senior Member
    Messages: 618

    8 hours total for putting used meyer AND replacing front truck springs on my superduty. Air is good, big drill/bits and a friend.
     
  9. NoStockBikes!!

    NoStockBikes!! Senior Member
    Messages: 215

    About a week in 1 hour increments... :D All in all it prolly took me 10 hours of dinking around, but that's including the dinking around, scratching my head and staring at stuff. I am pretty certain I could do it in about half the time if I was gonna do it again. Having your tools organized (not me) would be a big time saver.
     
  10. iski3d

    iski3d Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    I just installed a new fisher on a super duty, dont let anyone kid you, its at least a full days work for two mechanical guys! no kiddin.
     
  11. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    suddenly 300.00 for a quality install doesnt sound so bad.
    Dino
     
  12. Ohiosnow

    Ohiosnow Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 415

    $300.00 quality install

    Maybe $300.00 but quality install :eek: . But I wouldn't let 1 out of 10 install a plow for me. :nono: I've repaired more than I can count for piss poor workmanship.

    I moved 8 BOSS (last yr.) solenoids that were installed professionally. The way they installed them they could & some did ground out if just bumped a little. I could go on & on & on as over the years that I've fixed problems on Meyer,Western & BOSS from all different Dealers that have jerks installing who don't have any common sence. And yes that's a very broad statement but it's the truth. :eek:
     
  13. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    Thats why you find a good dealer that will do a nice job. When you get the truck back, go over the install, and if you have any problem areas, have those addressed.
    If nothing else, at least have the dealer assemble the plowand head frame, that will save hours in itself.
    Dino
     
  14. Ohiosnow

    Ohiosnow Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 415

    Dino

    Find a good Dealer ???? That's the problem I don't think any of them are, as installs goes :( . When you pay kids $30.00 for each install, that's what you get :eek: $30.00 workmanship. I'll do my own installs & fix all my buds as they always find there way to me.;)

    I don't think it's my job to teach their labors how to do it right :rolleyes: as they are the pros.
     
  15. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    I have a very good installer near me, so I guess I am lucky. I also have a dealer I woulnt let put a plow on a garden tractor. So I understand your point. I have done my own, and have had plows installed, its just with time at a premium, its easier to have it installed.
    That being said this doesnt help Mike, he bought mail order and has to do the install.
    I think blade set up will take the longest, with the wiring a close second.
    Dino
     
  16. Ohiosnow

    Ohiosnow Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 415

    It sounds like he can turn a wrench so it shouldn't be to bad for him.:)

    Mike: Make it easy on yourself & READ ALL DIRECTIONS first ;) I know most of us hate reading directions but they did have some good suggestions ;) on how to install. Have fun it's not that hard to do,:waving:
     
  17. mike9497

    mike9497 Senior Member
    Messages: 466

    well guys with my engine winch on the roof of my garage that helped a great deal picking the plow blade up.the western directions sucked so i winged most of it by taking pictures of one that was installed on a friends truck.the mounts for the truck frame were a pita.not much room under the hood for wiring to.but i started today at 12 when it came off the truck.the plow was done in 2 hours and the wiring and mounts for the truck took about 3 hours with help from my father.he is an electrician.he wires up manufacturing equipment giant circut boards that run stanley metal fab and a bunch of other things.15 hours a day for about 20 years now.the directions even stumped him so he winged it also.if we weren`t B SING i think we could of gotton it done much faster.but western needs to do something about those directions.
     
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2002
  18. wxmn6

    wxmn6 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,037

    Mike, I can't believe that you had a tough luck not only with the freight company, but with the Western instruction booklet. But it sounds like you went through it. Good luck with your new plow. :)
     
  19. Brian Simmons

    Brian Simmons PlowSite.com - Sponsor
    Messages: 196

    I have installed quite a few plows and different brands and on average the ford f-250 should take about 6-8 hours to complete the install.

    simmons156
     
  20. Roger Dodger

    Roger Dodger Senior Member
    from nw Pa.
    Messages: 240

    My truck dealer's "plow mechanic" waffled back & forth with a salesman when I went there to have one installed. After 50 minutes of irritative waiting and inconclusiveness, listening to them discuss what could and couldn't be done, I told them "this is getting painfull for me, waiting to get a solid price and install time... looks like it's not meant to be here!" and I drove to a plow specialty dealer. The svc. mgr. spent much time with me explaining the product, how it would be installed, and even introduced me to the install mechanic so he & I could discuss any further specifics. Not once did they balk at my preferences. They both assured me of a quality install with no cobbing or boogering of things. Turns out they lived up to their word. Everything was in order and I was even given a loaner vehicle to drive for the installation day. So yes, there are mechanics and dealers around that have earned a good reputation for their sincere and quality efforts.