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New truck, need plow.......

Discussion in 'Ram Trucks' started by Tim T., Aug 28, 2003.

  1. Tim T.

    Tim T. Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    I just got a new reg. cab 4x4 Dodge 3500 heavy duty dually with the low gears, auto trans & HO diesel. Here in Colorado we've had some really heavy snows, and in the past I've been up to 4 days out on our 300ft gravel drive(thank God it's flat!)with the shovel and snow-thrower. I would like very much to make use of my new truck and all it's power, but don't know the first thing about plowing with a truck.....I'm old school, shovel or thrower....LOL! I would have to plow straight out and back up...is a "V" the best way to go? Should I load the bed with sand bags first(payload on the Dodge 3500 bed is 5,000LBS)? What about used or new? We don't get rocked by heavy snow very often, but when it hits, it's 4-5FT and wet. All suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. easthavenplower

    easthavenplower Senior Member
    Messages: 282

    if your only doing your driveway i wouldnt woory about adding weight you have 4 wheel drive however it would help 2nd most people want astronomical prices for used plows if your only doing your driveway maybe neibors family buy a meyers md2 if your planning on making money buy a fisherplow


    where i live meyers cost installed 3000
    fisher cost 3600
     
  3. meyer22288

    meyer22288 Senior Member
    Messages: 999

    Well if you are only doing your driveway than go for a lighter snowplow such as sno-way. Go for a 9ft snowplow on a dually. Fisher and western would be a great option too.:cool:
     
  4. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,154

    Tim, because you have a HD truck,id suggest you buy a fairly heavy duty plow,so you dont tear it up. I suggest either a Western,Fisher or Boss .Snow way makes light plows that are fairly tough,and the meyer C series is a rugged plow although im not a fan of the hydros.If your only plowing your drive a V plow isnt needed. My suggestion is to plow with the storm,when you get those 4-5 ft storms,plow it every 6",and push it as far back as possible,sometimes this means pushing pretty hard into the windrow with the truck.Id mark every obsticle and obstruction in the fall too,so you dont hit it when plowing.Its easy to forget where a curb is when its all covered and white.
     
  5. Mike 97 SS

    Mike 97 SS Banned
    from U.S.A.
    Messages: 1,106

    Hey, good luck with your new truck and welcome to PlowSite! I'd love to see a picture of your new truck, I love how the regular cab duallys look. I also agree that a Western or Fisher would be a nice plow to go on your truck. What snowplow dealers do you close by to where you live? Its always a good idea to live close to the nambrand snowplow dealer you plan on going with. If you have anyway of posting pictures of the new truck, please do. We all love to see pictures of trucks here, especially brand new ones. :drinkup: Mike
     
  6. Tim T.

    Tim T. Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    Thanks for all the suggestions! I'm checking on dealers right now, but it looks like Meyers & Fisher are the two most likely to be had. I don't have any obstacles on the drive edges except for monster pines, so I don't think markin' them will be necessary(altho, now that I think of it, the dogs have already done it....LOL!) Yea, I'm very proud of my new "RHINO"......I'll try to post pics ASAP....Thanks!
     
  7. Mike 97 SS

    Mike 97 SS Banned
    from U.S.A.
    Messages: 1,106

    If Meyer and Fisher are your nearest dealers, Id go with the Fisher for sure. I think because it is a dually, a 9' plow would be the way to go. Im not sure 8.5' would be big enough and 8' would definitely be too small. Mike
     
  8. snowjoker

    snowjoker Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    Ya go for the 9 footer for the dually, once you try the plow you may be hooked like the rest of us:eek: and haft go out and see what kinda fun you can have. I would suggest any one of the big three Western, Boss , Fisher , just remember dealer support is the most important thing not the plow brand. ya never know when something will not go the way it is supposed to. Good luck and keep us posted on what ya decide to go with
     
  9. Tim T.

    Tim T. Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    Who, historically, has given the best customer support that ya'll are aware of? I'll pay more if I know I won't have support issues......Thanks!
     
  10. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    I'd take a Fisher over the Meyers.9 ft blade minimum on a dually.
     
  11. Tim T.

    Tim T. Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    Outstanding...thanks!
     
  12. meyer22288

    meyer22288 Senior Member
    Messages: 999

    Go take a look at both Fisher and Meyer. See which one you like better. than look at the price of both plows and find the better deal. I think Meyer is lighter than Fisher So you may want the lighter plow to reduce wair and tair on the truck:)
     
  13. jpl

    jpl Member
    from ct.
    Messages: 39

    Go with a Blizzard
     
  14. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    A Blizzard would be another good option.That truck has enough balls to push it alright.How bout an 8611 on the front of it ?
     
  15. Tim T.

    Tim T. Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    After much hemin' and hawin', & despite the price, I'm trying to find a good 8.5 ft V-plow since you never know when the poo-doo is gonna hit the fan, and I know my "rhino" can push it...LOL!
     
  16. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    An 8.5 ft V would be too small for that truck.You'll want a 9.5 ft for the dually.

    You truck is big,heavy,and powerful.I'd do a search on V-blades as there have been a few problems with cracks and creases with the Fisher and Western V-blades behind the bigger trucks.A Boss,or even a Blizzard may be a better choice if you need a V-blade to hold up.
     
  17. Tim T.

    Tim T. Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    9.5ft? OK....we'll start the Net-checks on the types out there.......cracks, huh? Any other issues with the V's?
     
  18. CARDOCTOR

    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    tim

    big truck=big hd plow

    once your neighbors find out theyll all want to be your freind




    cardoctor
     
  19. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    Most of the V's are pretty good.Boss has the fastest hydros,and are very trouble free.The Western and Fisher's are a little slower,and tend to bend,crease or crack under certain conditions,but not on all of them.The Bizzard is new on the block,and slowly proving itself to be the plow of the future.

    Do a search here on Plowsite,you'll be reading for a while. :D
     
  20. Tim T.

    Tim T. Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    I get used enough as it is....I don't need any more of those 'friends'....LOL(J/Kiddin')! As to the search, I've already started on PlowSite.....IMPRESSIVE!