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nite sabre's my only option?

Discussion in 'Meyer / Diamond Products Discussion' started by Moose's Mowing, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. Moose's Mowing

    Moose's Mowing Senior Member
    from SE PA
    Messages: 198

    I am looking at a few used meyer setups. I will be installing on a 2004 Chevy 2500HD. The guy at the local plow shop tells me night sabres are the only options for that truck so whatever set up I find will have to have these or I'll have to replace them. Is this true? One of the set ups I found for sale locally is a decent price but has "ATL Halogen lights" The seller says they're universal for all trucks. I don't see what the big difference is, they're just lights right? I understand I'd need a truck specific wiring adapter harness. THe plow shop guy also gave me a price of $700 ish for the truck mount bracket. Seems a little salty to me....He told me that's an expensive truck to equip for plowing no matter what brand or setup I go with. Is his information accurate or is he blowing smoke? I only ask because this shop is sort of known for being less than honest and I'm not familiar with plows at all. I've done plenty of plowing in high school and college years ago, but never got into the manufactures, styles, options etc. I just drove the truck :help:

    ps, How well will my truck handle plowing? I'm in SE PA and we don't see a ton of snow. I'll only be doing my mowing accounts driveways. No parking lots or commercial, just houses.

    Thanks
     
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2012
  2. Jim@esitrucks

    Jim@esitrucks Inactive
    Messages: 1,124

    On the later model trucks, they dont like the old "cut in style wiring harness" much. As the trucks got newer, the wiring for the lights became lighter gauge, plus manufacturers started using on board computers. Sure, you can cut in a harness on your 04, but may run the risk of the wiring over heating and melting, or the computer freaking out because it senses a draw on the system...then you will have a whole other problem on your hands....thats if the truck does not burn down. The mount, if it is a classic style(tubular lift frame) are 700+ new from meyer.
     
  3. tjctransport

    tjctransport PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

  4. Moose's Mowing

    Moose's Mowing Senior Member
    from SE PA
    Messages: 198

    k thanks for the info. The local shop has complete rebuilt meyers set ups for about 2600. I might be able to save a few hundred going piece meal with the few I found for sale privately, but it's going to be a pain in the ars. 2600 wouldnt be bad if I was SURE I had more customers AND if it snows enough this year. sure is a gamble.......I shoulda married a rich woman:drinkup:

    heres the links to a few of the ones im looking at. trying to get more info from most of them and havent heard back yet:

    http://delaware.craigslist.org/pts/3281230763.html

    http://allentown.craigslist.org/pts/3286106646.html

    http://reading.craigslist.org/pts/3313125316.html

    http://reading.craigslist.org/pts/3259502012.html

    http://reading.craigslist.org/for/3324123100.html
     
  5. tjctransport

    tjctransport PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    those are all light duty plows. i prefer the commercial series plows.
    minimum C-8 for single wheel trucks, minimum C-8.5 for duallys.
    i run the C-8.5 on the singles and the C-9 on the duallys.
    these are heavy plows though, the 8.5 is around 835 lbs.

    here is a weight breakdown
    http://www.meyerplows.info/meyer-plow-weights.html
     
  6. Moose's Mowing

    Moose's Mowing Senior Member
    from SE PA
    Messages: 198

    hmmm...light duty doesnt sound too good. How light duty are these things? I won't be plowing any large lots, or any lots for that matter. I'd be doing just a handful of residential driveways and probably one small self storage facility. I really just want to stick with mowing, but my mowing customers have been asking me all summer about plowing and I'd hate to leave $ on the table. Even worse, I run the risk of losing my mowing clients for next summer to a guy that plows and mows. So it's not like I'm being forced in to plowing, but I'd almost be stupid not to. That being said. I'm on a real tight budget for equipment since I'm fairly new to being in business. I do this on the side from my real job (which i hate).....

    If I'll tear up a light duty plow in one season, it certainly isn't worth buying one. But if you think it'll hold up OK for 2 or 3 years of plowing less than 10 driveways it'd be a winner for me. I' handy enough with my stick welder to put it back together if I pull it apart, but I don't want to spend $ on something that'll end up being junk.
     
  7. tjctransport

    tjctransport PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    if you are only doing 10 or so small driveways the LT (light truck) plows will work for you.
    i have 13 miles of roads i do, and 4 of my "C" series (commercial) plows are over 30 years old, the other 2 are 15 years old.
     
  8. mpriester

    mpriester Senior Member
    Messages: 404

    i have a 05 2500hd with a meyer plow and atl lights. the lights are wired completely seperate from the truck using a 3 way switch and a relay, all i have to do is turn the truck headlights off and flip the switch for the plow lights and its good to go. you will never over heat your truck wiring this way as its completely its own wiring. Smith Bros. website has the wiring diagram on how to do this. Hope this helped.
     
  9. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    You can get a set of the old Myer style " Trucklites" for around $100. Millsupply.com may have them for under $100.
     
  10. Jim@esitrucks

    Jim@esitrucks Inactive
    Messages: 1,124

    There is a difference between the "truck lights and the peterson 505k, although they look basically the same. If you just want to wire them to a switch, we have the peterson lights for 85.00 a set
    http://www.esitrucks.com/
     
  11. Moose's Mowing

    Moose's Mowing Senior Member
    from SE PA
    Messages: 198

    i found a setup that included sabers and all the wiring. so sabers it is