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Need Plow Brand/Advice for 79 Ford F350 Auto

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by valkyriesride, Sep 23, 2007.

  1. valkyriesride

    valkyriesride Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    New to the site and trying to assist non-computer neighbor who wants to buy a snow plow complete assembly for his 79 Ford F350 automatic. Been looking and reading and can't find any Ford mounting listings prior to 1980. What brand or brands make plow assemblies for his truck? He will be using on small length private roads and private residential driveways in Washington State. Any pointers or references that you might have will be appreciated. We are checking eBay and Craigslist and are finding Western plows and a Hiniker unit, but no references on the mounting assembly to fit his older truck. Is he better off trying to find a used truck and plow rather than to fit a used nice plow unit to his older Ford? Found some references to Meyer through the search here.

    Been enjoying reading and learning from all of the great posts from the experienced plow community.
     
  2. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    The key is that the mounting needs to be specific to his make, model and year of vehicle. If he can get the mounting system to fit his truck, he MIGHT have a better chance of finding a plow to fit it if it doesn't come as a complete unit. The other problem is to make sure the wiring harness is good and will fit his truck.

    The best advice you're going to get is what he probably doesn't want to hear: Unless you know what you're doing around used plows, you'll be WAY better off buying a whole new unit. Any major brand is going to have a plow to fit his truck. Go with a 9'. You might say it doesn't need to be that big or you could save a few hundred with something smaller, but in the long run it will cost you.

    "Retrofitting" or buying piecemeal will wind up costing more than you think you're going to save.
     
  3. valkyriesride

    valkyriesride Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Thanks for your advice

    Thank you for taking the time to write down your thoughts about the plow assembly for the 79 Ford. While it may not be something that people want to hear (buying new and correct parts), it is a sound way to purchase if you can afford to -- then everything works as planned together and there are no surprises about what the costs are. I will pass along your advice to him. A couple of thousand more now perhaps will save a lot of headache during the years ahead. Given that there are many makers and retailers of plow units, for his particular application, are there brands that are good on the value/cost issue?
     
  4. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Any with a banner ad above would be good. More important than brand is features. If he's doing commercial, make sure to get hydraulic lift and angle. Basically, you get more when you pay more - whether in features like V-plow, C-plow or straight blade; or quality like strength of material. You can name any brand and it'll have advocates and detractors. Look around the brand web sites; see what's important to you; get some prices and make a decision.
     
  5. YardMedic

    YardMedic PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    Wouldn't a brand spankin new Fisher 9' X blade & mount look stellar on this old workhorse?!? That said, lots of east coast guys refurbish plows to like-new quality, so I wonder if there are folks on the west coast. Also, there is shipping that might be reasonable even from Mass & Maine, especially getting a killer deal on a used but rehabbed Fisher. Good luck!


    ~Kevin