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straight plow VS V plow ???

Discussion in 'SnowDogg Snow Plows' started by 440dmax, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. 440dmax

    440dmax Junior Member
    from montana
    Messages: 14

    Last year I plowed with a EX 7.5 staight plow with wings. Some guys I plow with told me I needed to get a V plow becuse they worked SOOOO much better. So I purchsed a VX95. I plowed for the first time this year the snow was wet and I deffinatly have to figure out the touch pad a little bettor but I didnt see a huge diffrence. My contracts are small sub developments that are less than a mile long and some business lots that are mid size. I was hoping for some tips from V plow guys. I hope I'm missing some thing so I didn't waist extra money on the V plow. I have been very very happy with the snow dogg plows. The tech support has been extremly helpfull. But I could use some help Thanks guys
     
  2. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,879

    V plow won't really help on plowing roads, maybe to bust drifts and stacking in culdesacs. The V's shine in holding and stacking snow.
     
  3. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    Scoop and adjust the wings a bit. It doesn't always have to be straight either, on roads i usually angle the leading wing forward a little and keep the trailing wing nearly straight. It makes for a wider pass and prevents trailoff.
     
  4. 440dmax

    440dmax Junior Member
    from montana
    Messages: 14

    thanks guys

    So are you guys windrowing with the plow straight then Ving forward to pick up the trailers? I was thinking About putting wings on also but not sure if the coast is worth it. If the wings are Ved back how fare off the ground are your cutting edges mine are really close to the ground? Like 4 inches. I drive a 2500 dodge with a 5.7 and it really pulls the frount end down along way i was woundering if that was the proublem with the cutting edge being close to the ground.
     
  5. Earthscapes

    Earthscapes Senior Member
    from WNY
    Messages: 577

    A straight blade with wings is MORE productive than a V plow without wings. Honestly you would of been better off with VX85 with wings.
    I have wings on everything, except I had to remove them from the 9'2"V because it was so wide and unsafe (for everyone) on the roads.
     
  6. 440dmax

    440dmax Junior Member
    from montana
    Messages: 14

    Thanks

    :mad:Thanks
     
  7. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    The reason having wings will ALWAYS be more productive is because they are angled forward. This prevents trailoff and contains the snow better on the blade.

    At this point, your best option would be to grab some wings for your current plow, I believe they are under $500 still, and go with it that way. Then you'll have possibly the most productive plow out there, 11'3" wide, and ability to V and Scoop.
     
  8. 440dmax

    440dmax Junior Member
    from montana
    Messages: 14

    wings

    500 would be nice the last time I checked they were 700 to get them to me here in MT I would like to try some. 11.3 would be crazy Not sure if the old HEMI can carry all that wieght with out so help up frount.
     
  9. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    Just add spacers. The wings aren't going to add a ton of weight and your truck will push it fine. PM Jim @ esi for a price. I coulda sworn last I checked they were under $500 or maybe it was 600. It was last season
     
  10. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    Wings on a 9.2 V plow is safer then wings on a 8.5 straight plow With Vplow you fold it back in V mode Wont stick out as fas as the straight plow with wings
    I have both well I have western 9.6MVP withwings and 8.5 with wings and at home the 8.5 wont fit in my building 10' doors but the MPV will
     
  11. 440dmax

    440dmax Junior Member
    from montana
    Messages: 14

    wings

    I will check thanks
     
  12. 440dmax

    440dmax Junior Member
    from montana
    Messages: 14

    Straight Plow V.S. V-plow

    One thing I'm concerned about is the hiegth of the outside edges when the plow is in the back position I only have about 3-4 inches off the ground. Is that normal? One nice thing about the V is my truck doesn't over heat as much when I'm running down the highway. Having the straight plow with wings I had to watch my temp gauge more. Does anyone with gas trucks run 2 batterys I have had my Check Gauges light come on and notice my AMP gauge is on the zero mark. I didn't know if I should try to find a heavy duty altenator or put a second battery in the truck?
     
  13. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    Yes the edges will hang low, you can angle the forward a little it get more clearance if necessary. A small lift (spacer, bigger coils) will help keep it off the ground as well.

    As for the battery, my 04 Ram 2500 HEMI did the same thing. I upgraded the battery, replaced the altenator and belt, but it would still do it. The computer controlls the voltage regulator of the altenator and I suspect that its not quick enough to rebound/add voltage/amperage when the plow is moved and draws down the power. I checked and re-checked everything on that truck and it would always do it. Thankfully it never died on me so I just went with it.

    My 99 on the other hand, doesn't care either way. I can run the plow constantly and it never dips the gauge at all. And this is a bigger plow with more moving parts/draw of power.
     
  14. 440dmax

    440dmax Junior Member
    from montana
    Messages: 14

    straight plow VS V plow

    Thanks for the input that helps alot. Have you had any snow this year yet? We had a bad year for us last year.
     
  15. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    I use to run 2 batterys had to on older plows cable style they pulled alot amps but My new western plows dont pull very many amps 1 battery handles it One thing I do I get in a lot I'll turn off my head lights Just run flasher lights Kinda saves on the Altenator and battery
     
  16. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    Just got 2"s yesterday but its already melted. Nothing plowable. I'm hoping with the tracks of these recent storms that we'll have a nice winter full of storms. We can only hope!