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New plow for new truck

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by slplow, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. slplow

    slplow PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 594

    I have a new 2014 ram 2500 with the 6.4 hemi. I have a mix of small comm/res that we are doing. I was thinking OF getting a 9ft straight blade or a 8.5V. What do you think would be more productive .
  2. Jguck25

    Jguck25 Senior Member
    Messages: 591

    I would go with a 9.5 v.. but if I had to choose between those it would be the V plow. Had a 8.2 boss v and hated the size.
  3. leigh

    leigh PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,968

    If your biggest concern is productivity, consider xls.If you only have a couple hours of work and don't plan on maxing out your route,get whatever is cheaper,good local dealer support etc.
  4. gtmustang00

    gtmustang00 Senior Member
    from Berlin
    Messages: 745

    I like the bigger blades myself. My personal truck I run either a XLS or 9x blade. The xls is pretty much always in 10ft.
  5. cat10

    cat10 Senior Member
    Messages: 214

    i would deff think about the xls if i was you. i do driveways and commercial lots and i always have my xls in 10 foot mode and i fly through my driveways makes it so much easier
  6. JustJeff

    JustJeff PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,940

    A V or expandable wing plow is ALWAYS more productive than a normal straight blade. You do realize that a V plow can act as a straight blade as well, right?
  7. slplow

    slplow PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 594

    I should hope so as I have been plowing for 30 yrs and own a 9.5 extreme v on my dump truck.
    as for the wing plows, the truck I traded in had a blizzard 810 on it. Ya it was productive when it worked. I also did not like spending $400. every yr for cutting edges. The xls is out, just like the fisher hd's the cutting edge pivot points were out to fast on those plows and the attack angle goes from 65 degree's to 60.
    It has been said for many yrs here that a v is more productive and yes a 8.5 v better than a 8ft straight blade. But will the 8.5 v finish a lot faster than a 9ft straight blade? I do you's the scoop function on my fisher but not that much .I also have notice the v's do not windrow as good as straight plows do.
  8. procuts0103

    procuts0103 Senior Member
    Messages: 787

    V V V.... tuck the wings back and head to the next lot 65 MPH. 9.5 with wings. You got 11 feet. Plus the v in scoop can stack snow much higher than a xls. I have 4 xtreme v plows and I will never ever go to a xls or straight blade.

    To each is own but I belive the v is more productive over the xls. I'm not a fan of rubber edges. my 2 cents.....
  9. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,171

    V plow every time..
  10. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    V, if those are your only two options.
  11. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,743

    When it worked? Who's problem was that? The plows fault or your maintenance schedule?
    A V more productive then a straight? You serious Clark, your really asking that?
  12. slplow

    slplow PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 594

    The blizzard 810 had a lot of heavy wear parts the made plow go up/down. That wore out . The motor on the blizzard never gave me trouble.
    I am very good to my plows when it comes to maintaining them.
  13. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,743

    Hummmmm interesting, never had issues with mine or the ones I maintained
  14. steveb75

    steveb75 Junior Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 12

    I have a 9' western pro plus with wings. Next truck will definately be an expandable blade. Although with the wings productivity is awesome on large jobs, I feel its too much blade on smaller lots or driveways. Restaurant drive thrus suck too.
  15. slplow

    slplow PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 594

    You have a blizzard 810? Then you know how all the linkage wears out. every 3 to 4 yrs I had to rebuild the linkage of my blizzard 810 so I could lift the plow up over 8'' . That plow made me want a chain lift. I'm glad I bought in 07 my fisher v. Like i said I maintain my plows and I learned that from my father who had 2 texaco stations. He ran a meyers plow on his 1964 jeep j200 for 25 yrs with out truck or the dreaded meyers braking down. His meyers was a belt drive and he greased all the pivot points
  16. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,743

    Yea every few years I had the lift hitches rebuilt. And as far as edges, I always left the skies on.
    I just chalked it up to general wear and tear.
  17. lilweeds

    lilweeds PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,178

    Wow, mines five years old and lifts like the day it was new. 810's can't be beat.
  18. fms

    fms Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 209

    Had a 5.7 Hemi with a 9'2" Boss V that worked very well.
    I agree with the comments in regard to service. Go with the known brand that has good service/parts in your area.
  19. leigh

    leigh PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,968

    Going into my 8th year with my 810 and my 10' fisher mc.Minor problems with both, motors etc, very productive. No complaints