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Snowdogg vxf 85 Help Leveling plow

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by dap320, Dec 22, 2014.

  1. dap320

    dap320 Junior Member
    from 08221
    Messages: 11

    I have a 2003 f250 short bed crew crab with a 5.4 liter in it. Truck is standard and does not have a lift on it. I recently installed a new snow dogg vxf 85. Install was fairly simple but I ran into a problem with leveling the plow. When the plow is in v position the outside edges of blade is raised off of ground and nose is the only part touching the ground. When I have in scoop position its the exact opposite. Nose is raised off of the ground and outside edges are touching ground. This was with the push bar even with bottom holes of side brackets on truck. I had to lower the push bar two holes to level the plow out for it to sit evenly in the v and scoop position. My question is that now that I had to lower it two holes, the push bar is about two inches below the side brackets. So its still being held by four bolts on each side but is it safe like this or should I have more of the push bar attached to the side brackets. If I raise it a hole then the plow does not sit level in the v and scoop position.

    I called snow dogg and they advised me to raise it one hole even though it wont sit level. They said they I will be using the straight blade mostly and that when Do use the scoop or v it will wear in over time. This does not seem like an acceptable answer especially after I just spent 5k for it.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Turf Z

    Turf Z Senior Member
    Messages: 225

    I have 3 dogg's and all three pushbars are a hole or two below the side brackets. Never had an issue as of yet and we push a lot of snow.

    I'll get some pics tomorrow and maybe you can compare to see what your's looks like? Either way if it's a little off the cutting edge will wear a bit and it'll even out if its off by a bit.
     
  3. dap320

    dap320 Junior Member
    from 08221
    Messages: 11

    Thanks Turf Z. Picture will definitely help. It will be interesting to see if you have one or two holes below the side brackets and how they hold up. As mentioned, Buyers said they thought one hole below bracket was ok but not confident that two holes below would be strong enough.

    Dave
     
  4. Pit Crew

    Pit Crew Senior Member
    Messages: 162

    Just went out to the shop to look at mine. Same plow on a 2014 stock F250. Mine is even with side plates. About 8" off the ground.
     
  5. dap320

    dap320 Junior Member
    from 08221
    Messages: 11

    Turf Z Did you get a chance to look at the pushbars on your trucks? Im interested to see where your holes line up. Ive attached a picture of what mine looks like. Mine is 8-3/4" from ground to pushbar with have push bar lowered two holes.

    IMG_3817.JPG
     
  6. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    I never even thought of doing that. I thought the lowest you could go was even with the bottom of the plates. My plow is uneven as well because of a leveling kit and larger tires, it has worn the edges. I was going to bring my plow to a welder and have them change the A Frame bracket to be more adjustable like the older Fishers (instead of one hole, have 2 or 3 to adjust the A Frame height on the plow)
     
  7. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    Any update on this?
     
  8. dap320

    dap320 Junior Member
    from 08221
    Messages: 11

    No update. Still waiting to here back from turf z. I presently have it as illustrated with the pushbar two holes below bracket. Not sure what to do here and buyers technical service was of no help.
     
  9. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    I'd shoot Smoorman a PM asking about it. He's usually really good about getting back to PM's and answering questions.
     
  10. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    I would see if a Fab Shop could add metal to the mounting plate and reinforce it.

    Then have buyers foot the bill.



    ........
     
  11. Pit Crew

    Pit Crew Senior Member
    Messages: 162

    With it mounted they way it is,how does the blade sit in scoop position? Never mind went back and read again.
     
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2014
  12. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    That is what I'm having done with mine (minus having them foot the bill). I have a friend who is a fabricator and is going to change my A Frame mounts to this Old Fisher style setup in the pic below. He's going to cut off the factory single "hole" and weld on a 3 hole setup so I can adjust it.

    a frame.jpg