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My Snowbear and I

Discussion in 'Storm Pictures' started by citywide, Dec 15, 2013.

  1. citywide

    citywide Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    First storm of the season - not bad

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  2. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,868

    keep that bear plowing, just go easy on them....they ain't grizzlies ;)
     
  3. graycenphil

    graycenphil Member
    Messages: 82

    You sure got that driveway nice and clean. I just plowed the same storm here in Connecticut with my new Snowbear. Overall I am pretty happy.

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    Last edited: Dec 15, 2013
  4. citywide

    citywide Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    Takes a little getting use too. I tend to hold the out button down too Long so slows down the process having to wait for the winch to pull the slack back in

    I shoveled the sides near the house and push the snow into the middle of the drive way and used a snowblower in front of the garage because back dragging wasn't going to happen with the amount of snow that was there

    Overall very happy.
     
  5. graycenphil

    graycenphil Member
    Messages: 82

    I found having to slowly winch the plow down, instead of just dropping it, kind of annoying. But that isn't really a complaint. It does the job as advertised, and the price is fair.
     
  6. forkicks

    forkicks Member
    Messages: 39

    Yes I would have to agree the Snow Bear does just as advertised and if treated with common sense than it holds up very well. It has served me well for a number of years. Has pushed all types of snow. The main reason for purchasing this in the first place was to keep this truck as lite as possible and for the very lite foot print on gravel, dirt, and lawns. A bit of a pain getting in and out to do the angling but the benefits far out weigh the little bit of effort. But next year I might up grade to the Yukon plow. It's just as lite and hooks up to the same mount but has hydraulic angling. Here's a shot of it at one of my tighter driveways that I do. Also just added the back blade this year and that has proven so far to be a good tool to have in the tool box.

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  7. citywide

    citywide Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    Very interesting I had never heard of Yukon plow but now you got me thinking upgrade too.
     
  8. forkicks

    forkicks Member
    Messages: 39

    No I have not heard too much about them either but for the money it seems like it is hard to beat. And they post it right on the web site that it mounts right up to the Snow Bear mount. Most likely they took the designs from Snow Bear when they went out or were in the process of going out and updated their design. I had sent them a email and they confirmed that indeed it was a upgrade to the Snow Bear plow. Free shipping is a nice plus also.
     
  9. citywide

    citywide Junior Member
    Messages: 27


    I see they sell the hydraulic angle arms as an accessory I wonder if I can buy them and just retrofit them to my snowbear. Would be a lot less than Having to buy the whole plow
     
  10. forkicks

    forkicks Member
    Messages: 39

    Well you probably could but by the time you bought the pump fabricated a bracket and some mounts for the cylinders you would be better off just buying the whole set up. The pivot on the snow bear I do not think would work smoothly with hydraulic cylinders attached. The frame really was not designed for them. I thought about doing something like that too but it just looked like it would be to much of a headache. But it would be nice holding onto the Snow Bear as a back up should something go wrong since all you have to do is slip it into the mount.
     
  11. SnowFakers

    SnowFakers Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 942

    How many driveways are you guys using these snowbears for? They don't look bad for the money
     
  12. citywide

    citywide Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    I do 2 driveways and a small parking lot behind my house where I park as well as my street as the city overlooks us as we are a small dead end street
     
  13. forkicks

    forkicks Member
    Messages: 39

    Anywhere from a half dozen to a dozen. But if there's a issue with my other truck than I could do the whole route with the Snow Bear. Just have to have common sense. And on the flip side I have done the whole route with my dually crew cab when the Gmc was tied up. Again common sense and a lite touch on the controls as to not dig up too much gravel. Anything is possible you just need to understand the limitations of the equipment. The Snow Bear has really surprised me and has held up well. Best 800.00 I ever spent 5 years ago.
     
  14. J.onathan

    J.onathan Junior Member
    Messages: 25


    Hi Forkicks. Might be bringing up an old topic/plow you may have retired. If you're still using this on a sierra do you have any pictures of how the brackets are mounted to the truck? Im having a hard time finding which brackets are the right ones, every place that sells them seems to be a little different.

    Thanks.tymusic
     
  15. forkicks

    forkicks Member
    Messages: 39

    Hi J.onathan, Yes the Snow Bear as much as I hated to see it go was retired when I sold my GMC. Upgraded it to a 3/4 ton due to more of a work load that was required of it during all seasons. The brackets might still be available but you will have to do alot of research and possible cross reference with even another style plow. There were a few types that used that similar mount. But you could just go the easy route and mount a 2" receiver on the front and than use the universal mount that they are using these day's. That is a much simpler way to go. The benefit in the off season is having the hitch for other use's, such as a hitch mounted winch or even a hitch to back trailers into tight spots. Snow bear has the universal mount for the receiver and so does the Yukon snow plow. The hitch would come from any trailer place on line. Hope that helps.
     
  16. J.onathan

    J.onathan Junior Member
    Messages: 25


    Thanks for the reply. I've Ben scouring the Web to find these brackets. Found them verious places for $300 + shipping from the US (I'M IN Canada) looks like I'll be getting something fab'd up
     
  17. forkicks

    forkicks Member
    Messages: 39

  18. forkicks

    forkicks Member
    Messages: 39

    right side bracket.jpg

    Snow Bear mount break down.jpg Hi J.onathan, here are a couple of photo's of the mounting brackets that fit my truck. But I believe 07 is different. But it may help give you a idea. The 1 photo shows the r/s bracket that goes to the frame. The other bracket is of the universal hitch mount ( red ) and also the original bracket. On the original bracket there were 3 pieces. The cross member ( white ) and the 2 side mounting frame brackets ( purple ) Than what the complete set together looks like ( Yellow )

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  19. forkicks

    forkicks Member
    Messages: 39

    Snow Bear plow parts resize.jpg This is another shot with out all the lines . sorry this is the best shot that I could find of the brackets. Hope it helps a little.

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  20. J.onathan

    J.onathan Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    Thanks for the pics. Seems like every company that can sell me the mounts have slightly different mounts. But all seem to work.

    I'm getting a buddy to fab up some mounts for me in lieu of ordering mounts from a manufacturer. Saving me next to $300