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Should I buy a Snow Bear Plow?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by mercer_me, Sep 27, 2008.

  1. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,358

    I have a 2000 Ford Ranger with the 3.0 V6 and I was in lowes to day and I saw they had
    88" Snow Bear plows for $1399. And didn't know if they were a good plow or not so if anyone has any sugestions let me know.
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Go with a Sno-Way plow.
  3. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439

    I wouldn't waste my $$$$$$
  4. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    anybody these days must think they can plow snow , with any thing..... if your going to go with a snow bear, just save some money and buy a sheet of ply wood and strap it to your truck

    get a snow way , for sure
  5. Lifted4x4Astro

    Lifted4x4Astro Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    Since the 3 previous guys have a biased opinion, I will give you info based on using one just outside Oswego, NY since 1999! I used one to plow my own driveway with an AWD Astro van for all those years and the plow worked awesome for a cheap homeowner plow. I only paid $995 for it in October 1999.

    First thing I must ask is what are you planning on plowing? If you are doing just your driveway and it is a pretty straight push, the Snowbear will work great. The only issue I ever had was that you had to get out to angle the plow. My driveway is really straight forward to plow so I didn't angle it very often. We get an average of almost 200" of snow a year and I never had a problem plowing except when I was trying to push the pile too high and got hung up.

    Here are pics from a small storm that dumped around 80" of snow or so in 4 days...
    My Snowbear has been modified to work with my Astro's full hydraulic system...hydraulic up AND down.

    1st day...



  6. Lifted4x4Astro

    Lifted4x4Astro Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    2nd day...


    3rd day...


  7. Lifted4x4Astro

    Lifted4x4Astro Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    4th day...



    With these pics posted, you can see for a VERY CHEAP plow option, you can't go wrong! If you do have more money to spend, then a full hydraulic power angle plow would suit you better.
  8. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,034

    Now that's an Astro van! The Snowbear will be a good plow if you take it easy and only have your driveway to do.
  9. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    crazy van , looks fun

    no i still wouldnt buy a snow bear, for the kinda money your talking , you can find a used professinal plow , with full hydros for your truck.... not have to modify or mess around getting out to angle....

    your fare better to get the proper plow , even if it is used
  10. maccrazy2

    maccrazy2 Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    I have a snowbear I got last winter on my 98 gmc 1500 and for a residential driveway it works fantastic. It ofcourse is not a commercial duty unit and is not advertised as one. If you will be doing limited plowing at home it is hard to beat for the price. I looked all over for a used commercial plow first and did not find anything worth buying anywhere near the price of the snowbear. For me it was a toss up between a large snowblower or a small plow. I am so glad I got the plow. I can do my whole driveway in 5 minutes VS around 1 hour with a blower. I will say it is a tough little unit for the price. I got the largest blade model hoping the extra weight might help it back drag a little better. The snow here is not very wet and heavy like it was back east so it works quite well for that too.
    I will say if you get a plow you will find "friends" you never knew you had. I did get hit up by several people to plow for them when I got it. I turned down all of them but my parents (non paying job of course) because of the liability and insurance issues I have learned about on here when doing research on what plow to get. If you only want to do your own drive they are hard to beat. If you plan on making some money on the side get a larger truck and a commercial unit. Chris.
  11. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    the guy with the van is my new hero thats awesome. anyway i had to snowbears both awesome plows. If you have never used one you can not judge it in the least bit. They work dang good for what they are.
  12. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,817

    your so limted go with a meyers classic mount 6.5 or 7.0
  13. das fisch

    das fisch Junior Member
    from maine
    Messages: 25

    i looked around for a while for a plow for my colorado, and because of the truck choices were limited. found a snowbear for $500 that had been used maybe twice. for my drive and parents it works great. have had NO issues. yes i would have loved to get into full hydro and whatnot, but couldn't afford and also would not do much more pushing than this with this truck. had been reading opinions here for a while and saw all the anit-snowbear, but for the price could not turn it down. ordered mounts for mine, they were late shipping (backordered) so for the inconvenience i received skid shoes and a light kit.
    keep in mind it's not a commercial unit and you'll be all set.

    if you can find a used unit i have a set of mounting plates i'll sell ya at half price, i'm down in southern maine.
  14. snowfighter75

    snowfighter75 Senior Member
    Messages: 124

    Goin into my third winter with my snow bear and I plow 7 drive ways all winter with it. It payed for itself. Had it on my S10 4x4 the fist winter and now its on my dakota 4x4. I never had any real big troubles for the hell I put it through. Just a set of shoes replaced. So take it from there! I think you'll be pleased for the price! As for the bashers they probly never owned one so what right do they have to put it down. I hope this helps and good luck!
  15. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,264

    Coming from a Fisher MM1 7'6" Plow on a 94 F150, my snowbear is great. My truck barely knows its there (no squat when raised which means longer Ball joint life along with the other suspension pieces). I plow all winter last winter with mine and the only problem I had was I bent a bracket trying to push ice/hard packed snow back with the blade raised. It was about a week after a snowstorm and some cold temps and I was running out of space for the snow. The new bracket was $46 and I was back in business.

    Also- I could've bought a used Fisher not knowing how it was used or cared for, or purchased a new one for $4000, but I paid $1199 for this on my Lowe's Card making $100 payments a month. Kinda eased the shock of the purchase as well.



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    Last edited: Oct 16, 2008
  16. F150dash

    F150dash Member
    Messages: 98

    All these guys that bash a snowbear I am guessing have never used one. As long as you use the plow in the manner that it was made for they are great. If you don't have $4000 to put into a plow then why not a snowbear. I do 10 drives with mine and it works great, only issue I have had is a strap breaking and that is cause I pull it up tight most times. It has already paid for itself. Yes I would like a plow that angles from in the truck but I would rather put the money into my construction business, as snow is just not predictable around here, so unless you are a commerical guy you aren't going to make much money here. Just don't let the bashers talk you out of it. It is worth the money.


  17. PhantomRacer

    PhantomRacer Senior Member
    from boston
    Messages: 128

    Last edited: Dec 16, 2008
  18. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,817

    hey if gonna do your driveway its good
  19. topdj

    topdj Senior Member
    Messages: 396

    I had a snowbear for 6 years I liked it, but I did not like getting out to angle! :)
    now I have a had a full angle plow its hard to turn back, plus Snowbears just don't weight enough 250 ish.
    even what I have now doesn't at 450ish . I kinda think Snow way is on to something with those down pressure plows at least in the light truck and SUV category.
  20. sugarhillctd

    sugarhillctd Junior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 3

    Have you thought at all about a rear (receiver mounted) plow?

    Used a self built version of the "Driveway Superplow" for the last two years.

    All the front plow users- 99+% of the posters here- might poo-poo a rear mount, mostly citing visibility- but can you really see all of a front plow? No. But having used both (a 9' Fisher MM2 then an 8' rear mount) I can tell you that the rear mount is way easier on the truck. And which end of your truck already has lots of weight on it? Front. Which end do most plowers add weight to? The rear. So why not add plow weight there?

    Just my experience- others may have way different opinions.