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new plow advice- ground clearance?

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by Dave Klimack, May 8, 2015.

  1. Dave Klimack

    Dave Klimack Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Hi everyone,
    I'm new to this site but have been plowing my own driveway for 25 years. This is the year that the 1973 Dodge with 7 1/2' Meyer plow goes out to pasture and is replaced with new equipment. I've already settled on a 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 with a snow plow prep package.

    This truck will be my primary transportation in addition to plowing and off-road firewood duties. So I need a quality plow that goes off and on easily and doesn't compromise my front ground clearance any more than necessary. I live near the Denver, CO area and have access to most major manufacturers.

    I've been reviewing the Meyer drive pro series info due to my long satisfactory exposure to Meyer equipment. Not sure about the ground clearance. I've also viewed the Western HTS video and it seems like the UltraMount system is a viable option for minimizing clearance issues. But I'm open to persuasion on other makes.

    So, 1. Quality 2. Ease of mount/dismount 3. Ground clearance

    Please share your thoughts!
    Dave
     
  2. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,556

  3. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,556

    There it is..
    didn't see it before.
    This available option includes the following features:

    Power feed to accommodate a backup and roof emergency light
    A dependable 170-amp alternator for cold-weather starts
    Forward lamp wiring harness and a provision for a cab roof-mounted lamp or beacon for added visibility
    Under body transfercase shield to help protect the transfercase from debris
    A high-capacity air cleaner and an auxiliary transmission oil cooler
    Heavy Duty front springs

    Requires 4WD Regular Cab models.


    As for ground clearance they are all around the same height give or take 3-4" .
    Short of going over elephant-hill the mount shouldn't pose any real hindrance while driving down a trail/dirt road 99% of the time.
     
  4. MXZ1983

    MXZ1983 Senior Member
    Messages: 213

    We have had a lot of western plows in the past and have had very good luck with them.
    The ground clearance is awesome with the removable cups on rhe ultramount system. I use the truck for farming when not plowing and have yet to hit a ditch with the cups off. My father runs boss plows and loves them but he does bottom that front mount a lot.
     
  5. Dave Klimack

    Dave Klimack Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    I won't be doing any off-road stuff come plowing season but I have to be concerned with rocks, cut off stumps, etc when moving firewood. I'm replacing two older trucks with one new one so I have to maximize its utility. I don't have much in the way of existing trails. I have to go where the cut trees hit the ground.
     
  6. MXZ1983

    MXZ1983 Senior Member
    Messages: 213


    Then for the ground clearance alone I vote for the western ultramount.
     
  7. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,973

    Ultramount......
     
  8. Dave Klimack

    Dave Klimack Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    I take it then that Western ultramount is in a league of its own when it comes to ground clearance?
     
  9. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,973

    Yea. Have you not seen the mount when the plow isn't on?
     
  10. MXZ1983

    MXZ1983 Senior Member
    Messages: 213

  11. Dave Klimack

    Dave Klimack Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    I've seen the company video and the clearance impressed me. Does it work that well in the real world?
     
  12. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,973

    No. Not at all. It's all done with mirrors and lightning.
     
  13. MXZ1983

    MXZ1983 Senior Member
    Messages: 213

    It's exactly as the video shows. I actually moved mine this morning and removed the cups again. Simple. Easy
     
  14. Dave Klimack

    Dave Klimack Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Any reliability issues with Western?
     
  15. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,973

    Loaded question.
     
  16. MXZ1983

    MXZ1983 Senior Member
    Messages: 213

  17. Dave Klimack

    Dave Klimack Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    I'm not interested in mirrors, lightning, loaded or unloaded questions. Asking whether a product performs as advertised in the opinion of "real world" users is a legitimate question.
     
  18. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,531

    Western is the number one world wide period
     
  19. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,973

    Really? You really think THATS a legitimate question?
     
  20. Dave Klimack

    Dave Klimack Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Thanks to those of you that really want to help.