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Question About Douglas Dynamics (Fisher, SnowEx, Western, Henderson, etc.)

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by derajfast, Jan 6, 2016.

  1. derajfast

    derajfast Junior Member
    Messages: 9


    My apologies if this is not the right place to post, but I am curious to see if there is any general consensus on Douglas Dynamics' products (including the new Henderson stuff that they recently added). I've been told by a few folks/dealers than they're the gold-standard of snow plows and most users are very very loyal to their products.

    I wanted to check here for some unbiased opinions and to hear anyone's thoughts. Are there other products of equal or greater quality/value?

    Thanks for the help!

  2. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,402

    Well we don't really have much of a choice. The only thing that isn't dd is.. Boss, Meyer, and buyers.
  3. derajfast

    derajfast Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    Interesting. So there really aren't many competitors?

    Overall do you find their products are solid though, or are they lacking due to so little competition?
  4. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,743

    Have you been around plows long?
  5. derajfast

    derajfast Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    Brand new, and just kicking the tires (errr I mean plows) at the moment.
  6. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,162

    All plows have their own ups and downs, :laughing:, what one person thinks is an important feature some other may think is useless. I like my Fisher, I liked my Meyer. I don't like the Boss we have but that is just because it is old and worn out.

    Also coming here for an unbiased opinion really isn't going happen. Most of us are loyal to our brand. Soon you will learn which plows are easy on transmissions and which plows can wipe your butt for you since they are so great. So just remember it is all about what you like.
  7. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,743

    Went over your head. They are good. However, a brand that they bought, didn't do so good after the takeover. I'm sure there was issues the public might not have been aware of.
  8. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,743

    I thought they were picked by the color they came in?
  9. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,433

    It's no different than RAM\Ford\Chebby.

    Or Cat\Deere\Komatsu.

    Or..................well, you get the idea.
  10. derajfast

    derajfast Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    Thanks for the info; very helpful! Totally understand that it comes down to personal preference, but I guess I'm looking to see if, despite some personal preferences, there is a degree of "respect" and/or admiration of their products. Sort of in the same way the people will pay a little more for Bounty Paper Towels because it's generally considered a quality product, rather than Comcast because there's no other alternative.
  11. derajfast

    derajfast Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    Henderson? I'm curious to know what happened.
  12. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,743

    No not them.
    It is really all personal preference. But you can't go wrong with them, or the other big name brands.
  13. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,433

    Overall, it really has more to do with dealer support than brand name, at least for me.

    Everything breaks sooner or later, so if your dealer supports you, that is more important. Yes, there are things that make a difference--faster hydraulics, more user friendly controller, better lighting, easier hookup--but they all do the same thing, move snow.
  14. derajfast

    derajfast Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    Forgive me if this is a foolish question, but do most dealers operate exclusively with a particular brand, or do they tend to carry a couple different makes from various manufacturers? If the latter, then wouldn't a decision then come back to product as a "good" dealer who theoretically service all manufacturers equally.
  15. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 6,752

    In the dark ages in the '70's I used a Fisher, the '80's Meyer and Western, then back to Meyer and now Boss (and a Meyer).

    Fishers trip edge was good for wet/heavy snow but if you hit an obstacle taller than the edge you'd bend a steering wheel.

    Meyer and Western full trip allowed the plow to ride over taller obstacles but tripped more with wet/heavy snow unless you added springs and ran them a little tighter.

    90's Vintage Meyer was a EZ Classic Mount, Poly Blade and work the same as the previous one. This was also my 1st plow with a electric pump.

    Boss with it's direct lift, dual trip and mount is really working for me and glad I waited for a DXT. I didn't like the Full Trip on the Flat Tops and VXT and was considering a Western or Fisher again.

    OP everyone has their own expectations and needs. Do you're homework, understand how the plow works and if possible talk or even ride along with people in your area. They're working in the same conditions as you'll be and using the same dealers as you'll be.
  16. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,658

    For *****sake you guys really derailed this thread. To the OP, fwiw I'm a big fan of Fisher and their products. They've served me well for the 20 years I've been plowing. Boss is a quality product as well if you want to look outside of the DD family of plows. It all comes down to what you really prefer. Most places aren't open at 3am so dealer support is moot. You stock extra parts and accessories and hope you don't break down. Do the proper maintenance on your equipment and it will last. Good luck