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please recommend a plow for me the newbie :)

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by hiii98, Oct 21, 2009.

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  1. hiii98

    hiii98 Member
    Messages: 63

    I am a total newbie in regards to plowing. I want to plow residential driveways and most likely also small parking lots. I have a 2002 Chevy Avalanche 2500 series truck. I want to buy a new plow for my truck but of course want to spend as little money as possible. Having never plowed before this may be a total waste of my money so i really want to spend as little as possible but still get a commercial grade plow that you guys would recommend.

    Any advice on what the cheapest, yet decent, and commercial grade plow is for my truck? (i can do the footwork of looking up the matching systems for mounts and plow types...which is 7'6 straight blade)

    I'll be monitoring this thread all day and look forward to your expert opinions :)wesport
     
  2. Russtrtrt

    Russtrtrt Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Western has by far been our most reliable brand. That being said a commercial grade plow is not going to fit your vehicle and we don't use any mid-weight plows. Most important to me is service. Find a dealer that wants to work with you and will be there when you need them.
     
  3. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    For that truck, get an 8' or 8.6". 7'6" is too small. Basically, you'll get what you pay for. Rather than focus on brand, I'd recommend focusing on features. A straight-blade, hydraulic-over-electric will be the "best" bet. If you really want to go cheap, you could get a "manual angle" plow (SnowSport or Snow Bear) or go the other way for a V-plow, C-plow or expanding plow with hydraulic wings.

    For your specific truck, look into a Fisher Homesteader.

    (edit) After checking eMatch on the Fisher site, it says your truck will only take a 7.6'. I still say that's too small for the truck, so it must be the existing weight on the front end that is the limiting factor. I think I'd recommend getting a different truck for plowing - you're not going to be happy with the 7.6'.
     
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2009
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Better to go work with someone else. You said it, you might not even like plowing.
     
  5. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Right now Snowdogg seems to be the budget choice, but if you want to go 8 or 8'6" you may need to go Snoway 29 or 32 series.
     
  6. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Save money and don't get into snow plowing.
     
  7. hiii98

    hiii98 Member
    Messages: 63

    negative comments

    save money and dont get into plowing!?! why dont you save money and quit plowing? You have to take a risk to get reward. So why not offset risk by spending as little as possible but still buying a new plow capable of doing commercial plowing? Seems to make sense to me. Also i have zero accounts right now, next year if this goes well i'll buy top of the line if i need to.

    Annnnyhow sounds like Snowdogg is a budget plow that will get the job done... any others? My brother works for installing theboss plows and said one will cost be 3700 to 4300 not including install...thats not bad...

    Please tell me more about putting on a 8ft plow. All the websites recommend putting on a 7'6 plow for my 2500 chev avalanche. It sounds like a 8footer will work as well, my brother is recommending against that but he is only a mechanic and not a plower. Whats your advice on size and brand?

    Thanks again guys for helping me make a good choice... i have have a few more days to make it.
     
  8. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    I originally recommended the 8', but withdrew the recommendation after checking applicability.

    Keep this in mind - You get what you pay for in a new plow. Consider that a well-maintained commercial-grade plow will last 25-30 years or longer with replacing cutting edges and an occasional hose. So, that $3700 plow is costing about $100 a year. Putting out $1500 for something that you plan to replace after one year is foolish. Either plan to plow long-term or stay out of the business.
     
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2009
  9. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    I think Snoway is the only one with a fit in eight foot. you can check by using the manufacturers fit guides located in the banners at the top of the page.
     
  10. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,028

    If you go to Snowdogg's website and use their "plow match" feature, they're saying you can put an MD 75 on there. That's a medium duty 7 1/2 foot plow. I'm guessing that's because of the front axle weight rating of only 4500 lbs., and the weight of the 8.1 litre engine you've got in it. That being said, you can buy that plow from equipment specialists here on this site for 2720.00 uninstalled, and add another 300-400 for install, unless you're able to have your brother install it for you. That's a pretty good darned price for a brand new plow with a warranty. And that's also a pretty good size for a driveway rig. I see nothing wrong with going that way. You'll hear a lot of smack talker, 'big timers" on here, but if I were you, I'm jump on that snowdogg, both for the price, and for the quality feedback they're getting on this site.
     
  11. hiii98

    hiii98 Member
    Messages: 63

    thanks man! thats exacltly what i was looking to hear. I know i'm new to this and expected some flack from the experts. Where on the site would i go to find a "equptment specialist"? Or should i just look around locally for a dealer?
     
  12. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,028

    Look at the top of this page. There are 14 sponsors and other links to manufacturers there. Equipment Specialists is in the top row, second from the left. If you compare their prices on any plows to other distributors you'll see that they're more than fairly priced. Just click on their icon, and you'll be able to find the snowdogg products as well as their prices. There are a lot of people on this site who have used them, and I hear nothing but good things about them.
     
  13. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    my two cents, you need to be carefull what the manufactures say about your truck too, actually go out and check the frame against a one ton or 3/4 ton diesel frame, and see if they are the same, they should be, if you have the 8.1liter, sometimes the manufactures only see models, not specs when it comes to vehicles, case in point, the 1500hd, has all the same components as a 2500 series truck, but i had a argument with my local hitch supplier concerning this, he told me the 1500hd was just a 1500 with heavier suspension, well after getting underneath both trucks, and measuring things up, he bought me a coffee and donut (serves him right)
     
  14. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,028

    'Ya, I was really surprised to see that they're saying a 3/4 ton truck only has a front GAWR of 4500 lbs! That just doesn't seem right to me.
     
  15. Kenyou

    Kenyou Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    What ever plow you choose, make sure you have a dealer near by that can and will help you with a problem. Doesn't make sense to drive a 100 miles or what ever for parts.

    If your brother works for Boss, chech him out for a deal if there is a dealer in your area.

    Good Luck
     
  16. hiii98

    hiii98 Member
    Messages: 63

    more questions

    how do i find out the exact gwar for my vehicle? 2500 seems more heavy duty.. also i dont quite understand wings...will they help make the plow larger?
     
  17. hiii98

    hiii98 Member
    Messages: 63

    EX75 9 4 Full 1/2" x 6" 745 lbs.* Std. Cast
    EX80 9 4 Full 1/2" x 6" 765 lbs.* Std. Cast

    boy i'd like to get one of these
     
  18. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,028

    Check the door jamb of your truck, there should be a sticker there telling you what your GVWR, and both GAWR's are. Those two plows that you posted will most likely put you over the front GAWR, but they calculate those assuming there are six passengers in your truck which is what usually puts you over your rating. I'm guessing you could easily get away with the 8 footer, but that's just me. They do weigh a lot more (almost twice) than the MD75. I really think that for driveways and economics you'd be more than amply equipped with the MD.
     
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2009
  19. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    I think we should quit researching people's situation when they're asking questions to formulate responses as specific as possible for them. Just ask "What do you want to hear?", then cut and paste their response to make it ours. No wonder some guys get irritated after answering the same question for the hundredth time. Reminds me of the guy who, years ago, wanted to put a "real plow" on a unibody Jeep Cherokee who said - "Don't tell me it can't be done, just tell me how to do it".
     
  20. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,028

    I know what you're saying Mick, but sometimes a guy just feels like trying to help someone who's new to the industry regardless of if they take your advice or not. A lot of them do.
     
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