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Plow question

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by ERGPLOW, Jan 21, 2004.

  1. ERGPLOW

    ERGPLOW Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Hey guys, I'm new here as of today and have a few questions. I currently own a 2002, 1/2 ton Z71 extended cab gmc with a 4.8 litre. The only plowing that I will be doing is my own driveway (which is quite long) & sometimes doing my parents driveway. I was looking at the fisher LD series but after reading up on it noticed that it does not come standard with plow shoes and is lower than the RD series. Is the RD series plow too big for my truck. I was thinking about the 7'-6" version. I have a garage that is also plenty big enough so I could take it on and off as I needed too so the plow wouldn't be on only when I needed to use it. Any help or opinions on different brands would be greatly appreciated.

    Great Site!!!!!!!!!!
     
  2. ratlover

    ratlover PlowSite.com Addict
    from IL
    Messages: 1,325

    plow shoes are only needed for gravel and the like.

    One thing I will cation you on.....if you are just going to do those 2 drives and maybe a friend here or there than a LD will be fine......if you think you may want to get into it some more to make some $$$ on the side then I would rethink things and make sure you get a plow that will be able to work.....just remember that once you start doing it for money your costs and other things you need to consider go up quite a bit(like insurance)

    Oh......I realy like Fisher/western.
     
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2004
  3. ERGPLOW

    ERGPLOW Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    What is the actual reason for the shoes? I currently use my Grandfathers fisher to plow with and he keeps them set down until he gets a hard base only because we both plow the snow onto our lawns and we both have gravel driveways. Is that the purpose of them. I would not have a problem with the height of the LD but I would like the shoes for the above reason. I know that you can buy them separate but I guess I figured by the time I buy those separate, I should put the extra money into the RD plow. I'm sure that I would not be getting into plowing for money given my job hours.
     
  4. Bolts Indus.

    Bolts Indus. PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,176

    I know this will start a lot of replies but here goes. A half ton truck, timbrens or not, is not built for a plow heavier than approx. 550 lbs. Don't let a salesman tell you different. I don't know about other companys but Blizzard makes a 7'6" LT model that comes with shoes ( you will want them for gravel drives ) and I plow commercially with one on a Z71. The heavier series 7'6" is for 3/4 ton trucks, 750 lbs. I lose sales because I won't put the heavier one on 1/2 tons for customers. Don't want them coming back in the spring looking for a new truck.
     
  5. ERGPLOW

    ERGPLOW Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    I would have no problem with the blizzard plow. I just went to there site and browsed around. My only concern is that I have never heard of these plows meaning I'm not sure where there is a dealer near me. I would rather not travel 3 hours to have a plow installed. The fisher light duty series plow weighs in at 510 lbs so that is likely what I will purchase and then just get the shoes extra.
     
  6. Bolts Indus.

    Bolts Indus. PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,176

    What part of the state do you live? Did you look on the Blizzard website for dealers in your area?
     
  7. avalancheplow

    avalancheplow Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    Fisher is good but I would look into a Blizzard or Sno-Way. I went with the sno-way because of the down pressure system. I would take the blizzard over the Fisher, Western.
     
  8. NYplowboy

    NYplowboy Member
    Messages: 35

    ERGPLOW, I am quite sure that BOLTS has been around plowing longer than I have, but I use a Fisher RD 7.5 on a 2000 GMC Z71 ext. cab. I have a warranty on my truck and My GM dealer said it WAS valid with a plow on my truck. Advised me to steer clear of commercial work which I have, I added Timbrens and so far it has worked GREAT. Like BOLTS and other plow specialists will tell you, if you take care of your truck, plow sanely and service it when you should, it will be just fine. By the way...MY GMC just turned over 70,000 miles today, same tranny, same front end, no major problems....good luck!
     
  9. sonjaab

    sonjaab PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    ERG.......Go with a Western Ultra mount 7.6 ft.
    Tough enough for commercial or residental work.
    Quite a few pounds lighter than a Fisher !

    Priced right too...Under $3000 installed in my area !
    Compared to $3800 for a fisher, or $4400 for a Blizzard.

    I got 10 HARD NY winters outta my last Western with few
    problems and sold it to my bud 3 winters ago and he is
    STILL working it ! I had it mounted on 3 different GM 1/2
    ton ex-cabs. That plow out lasted them all..........LOL

    On my 3rd season with the Ultra and not a problem yet !
    .............geo
     
  10. Bolts Indus.

    Bolts Indus. PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,176

    Where do you get the over inflated price of a Blizzard from? What dealer gave this price? I ask because I don't believe it. I would think the price would be in your area around $3700.00 installed, maybe less. I do not think it is fair to the product or the posters reading to state these facts if they cannot be verified. The Blizzard corp. would be interested to know if a dealer is quoating un competive prices. Thank You.
     
  11. sonjaab

    sonjaab PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    BOLT...........This was from a dealer in Syracuse NY in 01.
    To be fair it was the big bad boy plow with the wings.
    I can't remember the model # tho offhand..........
    A Blizzard straight blade was $3500........
    A fisher RD straight blade was $3800..........Fisher V $4200
    Western and Fisher V prices were about the same and
    The Boss was a tad more expensive.
    (from memory)

    Funny tho...In 90 when I bought my 1st Western was $1300
    installed! So in 01 the prices sorta shocked me..........LOL

    I went with the Western straight blade not only because of
    price but 10 HARD NY winters I got out of the other one I
    had. Plus I had plenty of spare goodies just in case !

    Living out here in the sticks...The nearest plow dealer is
    35 miles plus away from me one way....ANY dealer !

    ...........geo
    :drinkup: :drinkup:
     
  12. Bolts Indus.

    Bolts Indus. PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,176

    Yes I suspected you were quoting price for the Blizzard 810 but the poster is talking apples and you quote oranges giving the impression that Blizzard is not competitive with other brands. We are here to help each other and we can only do that with proper facts and up to date info. If the customer makes his choice based on accurate facts that is what we hope for. Sorry for jumping you like that, I know you did not mean any harm. I ask all posters to be fair and accurate in their comments and state when giving an opinion, that it is an opinion. I think you can probably get a Blizzard straight blade still for around $ 3700.00 in your area.

    Thanks: Dave:
     
  13. ERGPLOW

    ERGPLOW Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Sorry I have been away for a few days with the flu. I appreciate all of your input, it will help out alot!!!

    ERG
     
  14. sonjaab

    sonjaab PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    ERG.......here are CURRENT 7.6 ft. straight blade prices in Syracuse NY area.

    All prices are installed plus tax...add $150 bucks for the
    fancy hand held controller!

    Fisher RD $3700
    Western Std. Ultra. $3150......Pro add $250 (In hindsight its worth it !)
    Blizzard $3295

    Man, you don't wanna know the V prices ..... OUCH!
     
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2004
  15. NYplowboy

    NYplowboy Member
    Messages: 35

    SONJAAB, Down here in Chenango county I got the Fisher RD mounted with the "Fishstick" controller plus Timbrens installed for a Total of 3800 even. That was earlier last year Sept.03. Guess it wasn't a bad price
     
  16. sonjaab

    sonjaab PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    NY.....Thats a HECK of a deal ! Around here Fisher is king
    and they CHARGE ya for it too !

    Hey are you anywhere near Binghamton ? A few of us
    are having a meet and greet at Hooter in Vestal Sat.
    Jan 31 about 2 pm or so. Check the networking thread
    for details..................geo

    BTW: Remember the Fishstick/Cab Command controller
    has a SFE-6 glass tube fuse INSIDE the controller !
    Remember to keep one and a phillips head driver with ya !
     
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2004