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Need Help Finding Best Plow For Home Owner

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by rashuno, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. rashuno

    rashuno Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    Hi everyone.
    Just purchased a home and the driveway is a bit long (approx 150ft). Living in Connecticut we get some good snow some years. I have a 2004 Dodge Dakota and looking for the best bang for my buck, but also something that will last. I will only be doing my driveway. Hoping I could get some feedback from some of the pro's who know what plow works will with this midsize truck and what would be easy for a beginner...

    -Bolt on application
    -easy to store/use
    etc.. ..

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    thanks,
     
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Sno-way.,Boss ,Fisher anyone will do.
     
  3. perrysee

    perrysee Senior Member
    Messages: 121

    snowsport is a easy to use and is a bolt on ,no electrical or hydraulics to wear out .can either use on front or rear of of truck . i have one for my 95 dakota pick up ,works great as long as you push first snow way back. also doesnt wreck the lawn . just a thought for you to think about.
     
  4. Boomer123

    Boomer123 Senior Member
    Messages: 339

    With this season we have had you should be able to find a ton on Craigslist at good prices.
     
  5. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,361

    A 7.5' Fisher SD would be a good match for your truck.
     
  6. rashuno

    rashuno Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    No hydraulic or electrical? How does the plow move then??? Sounds interesting. I will check it out. Thanks for the reply
     
  7. rashuno

    rashuno Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    Thanks. I will check this one out as well. I appreciate the input.
     
  8. rashuno

    rashuno Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    So I decided not to look at the snowsport. I wanted something that has hydralic power etc. So I am going to look at the 7.5' Fisher SD like mercer_me suggested. I'll let you know what they quote me to have it installed.. thanks for the info!

    also was looking at the meyer home plow. anyone have any info on this? Is it worth it. looks liek it mounts with a front hitch? would it last?

    thanks
     
  9. 2006Sierra1500

    2006Sierra1500 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,758

    Personally I wouldn't buy it considering its a Meyer, as most will tell you, but yes the Fisher would be a more expensive, but longer lasting option. The Fisher also has power angle and headlights unlike the Snowsport.
     
  10. randomb0b123

    randomb0b123 PlowSite.com Addict
    from america
    Messages: 1,278

    sierra is right meyers are junk. theyre more like truck mounted scrap metal than plows. the fisher sounds like a good option hopefully that works out for you
     
  11. seekay

    seekay Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 40

    I bought a used Snowbear off Craiglist this past year for $350, then had to get the custom mount for my vehicle (4x4 Tracker) for $250.

    It worked fine plowing up to a foot at one time (light snow) on my 200-foot drive and 1/4 mile private road.

    It doesn't sound like you have all that much to plow. A lot of people on here will urge you to spend 3 or 4 grand on an admittedly nice plow, but do you really need to? If you get something cheaper and baby it, it'll be fine.
     
  12. LEVE

    LEVE Member
    Messages: 79

    I'll echo that! Don't sell these homeowner blades short... they'll do the job you want them to do. After all you did say you're not going to plow commercially. Do you really need all the bells and whistles of the more expensive plows, like back-dragging and piling?

    IMHO, you're doing yourself a disservice by not looking at the SnowSport. I put a SnowSport on a '76 Dodge PowerWagon, then I installed it on my 4WD Ranger. It's been in use four years now. I plow three times the length of your driveway (up and down hills and flat areas) and a huge parking area. In those four years I've had zero problems.

    SnowSport Video

    Yes, the SnowSport has no hydraulics; it's meant that way to keep thing simple for the homeowner. It plows snow just fine without the hydraulics, you don't need hydraulics to plow snow. You need the hydraulics to shift the blade left or right, up and down. The Snowsport relies on you shifting the blade right or left manually. There's only two up/down positions for the blade, transport and plow. Now that's simple, and I like simple. There's less to go wrong with simple.

    To raise and lower the blade I installed a simple electric winch for cheap. It does the job just fine. Like many homeowner plows, the SnowSport will do what you want without straining the budget. It's easily installed and removed for Summer. It won't stress out the frame of your vehicle.

    I highly recommend one.
     
  13. SD40T2

    SD40T2 Member
    Messages: 47

    paid a grand for my Curtis Sno Pro poly (called Home Pro now) 6 years ago and it has been trouble free other than 1 solinoid. I also plow with a 04 Dakota and if you can find a cheap brand name plow I would go with that instead, I think you will be more happy in the long run. BTW a neighbor of mine has a Snowsport plow on his dakota and in my opinion it takes him twice as long to do his driveway as it should and the plow is not heavy enough and rides up in heavier snow. Good deals are out there just got to look around. GOOD LUCK!
     
  14. show-n-go

    show-n-go Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    The real question is, what is your budget for this project? That will answer your own question more than likely
     
  15. gmcdan

    gmcdan Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    There was a almost brand new 7 ft snow sport for sale on craigslist for 200 dollars best offer , i would jump on it but dont need it.
     
  16. Snow Defense Man

    Snow Defense Man Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    I would consider the ADI Snow Defense Plow or the Hiniker 700. Both go up and down from inside the truck, user friendly, and made in the USA. Both are low maintenane plows.
     
  17. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    6'8" Snoway, simplest trouble free wiring, wireless controls, easy to mount, down pressure for back dragging, durable, protected hydraulics.

    Regardless of the manufacturer you might consider timbrens for the front end and should use a counter weight.
     
  18. dc240nt

    dc240nt Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    If you're not at least considering the hiniker C-Plow, then you may very well be passing up the very best residential plow available. It leaves driveways clean! Simple as that.
     
  19. Tahoe99

    Tahoe99 Member
    from NY
    Messages: 76

    I am in Rockland, just on the other side of TappanZee, and we get sometimes same snow as you, and it's bad:) I have just 100ft driveway, but it opens up to about 50ft wide. I am using my 2006 Explorer with Fisher Homesteader. It's fully hydraulic, weighs very little, just 250 lbs, and I got off ebay for 1100. Works just fine with me. I got it from a guy in VT.
     
  20. rashuno

    rashuno Junior Member
    Messages: 11