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New to plowing, outfitting my truck

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by silentsnake09, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. silentsnake09

    silentsnake09 Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    Me and my dad own a construction company. We have been in the construction industry for 35 years now and I been working for him 10 years now. I want to get into plowing next season. I just want to start small and see how it goes. I need some info on what to outfit my truck with.

    What I know:
    • Boss 8' V Plow
    • Snow Ex Tailgate Sander
    • Back up warning beep
    • warning light

    Questions:
    • Because of rack I need a low profile light bar. Any suggestions? I got 5" clearance so nothing on the rack hits it.
    • What time of year show I go in to buy the plow?

    If I am missing anything or if anyone has some suggestions on what to get that would be great.

    Here is the rig so far.

    2005 F350 Reading Utility Bed

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  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Your choice of truck and plow are good, because of that everything else will fall into place!
     
  3. CHasselberger

    CHasselberger Member
    Messages: 44

    Get a Whelen Responder LP mini light bar. They are great and Sirennet.com has them in Amber for 220.00$. 17" L x 6 5/16" W x 2 7/8" H is the size of it.
     
  4. silentsnake09

    silentsnake09 Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    thanks, thats what I was looking for.
     
  5. silentsnake09

    silentsnake09 Junior Member
    Messages: 27

  6. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,521

    those lights are junk....dont waste a 160.00 on those
     
  7. silentsnake09

    silentsnake09 Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    make a recommendation then? whats good
     
  8. CHasselberger

    CHasselberger Member
    Messages: 44

    try back-up buddy. they have a thread on here
     
  9. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,521

  10. silentsnake09

    silentsnake09 Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    yeah I am going to wire into my uplifters and use a relay and tap into reverse lamps also. So when I turn uplifter on they will only turn on in reverse.

    I was also looking at these. Getting two of them one for each corner of under bumper

    SoundOff PAR 36 LED 500 Lumen Flood Light
    http://www.sirennet.com/soewla0500dbdf0w.html
     
  11. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,361

    I just have them cheap fog lights from Wal*Mart and they work great. I mounted them on my head ache rack. They are very brite and the light gos back a long ways.
     
  12. MIDTOWNPC

    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,452

    I wouldnt tap into your reverse. There may be times where you need to have the lights on to fix something, hook up a trailer or shine on something and get out of the truck. Its easier to not have them wired into reverse and works better. Might want to run it to a keyed source so you dont forget to turn them off but thats all. Looks good.
     
  13. silentsnake09

    silentsnake09 Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    ok but what about plowing in the dark? I would have to flip the switch each time I go in reverse?
     
  14. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,361

    I have my back up lites on a switch. I just leave them on all the time when I'm plowing in the dark. I have the switch with the red lite so when I never forget to shut them off when I drive down the road.
     
  15. pohouse

    pohouse Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    Heres a wiring diagram that might be helpful in wiring Aux reverse lights. The set up allows for three settings. On, Off and on when in reverse.

    Not my diagram. It was in another post, in the truck equipment repair forum.

    LightingDiagramMedium.jpg
     
  16. dodgesprt00

    dodgesprt00 Member
    Messages: 46

    I highly suggest not putting the reverse lights under your bumper. You will be very disappointed the first time to back into a snow bank. Trust me, I thought it was a good idea my first time too. I would suggest mounting them to your ladder racks, utilizing the channels inside the rear uprights. That should keep them out of the way and provide plenty of light.
     
  17. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,032

    Not if you left it on.

    Buy a plow in October

    if you're doing residentials don't buy a back up alarm.

    Sho me has some nice mini light bars.
     
  18. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,032

    Since you already have the proper truck for it- you should be a mobile repair unit. Then you dont have to deal with contracts.
     
  19. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,245

    Get the soundoffs. I have 2 1400s on my back rack and 2 500s on my salter that come on in reverse through the seven pin. The 500s are plenty bright, but I went a little overkill with the 1400s but they help out alot. Plus they come with a 3 year warranty which is great.
     
  20. randomb0b123

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

    why dont you just get strobes and do your headlights and then get some amber led strobes for your utility body? dosent some company make a strobe kit for cab lights now?