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thoughts on a 9' western on a f350

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by jasonz, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. jasonz

    jasonz Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    I currently have an 8' unimount on my f350 diesel, my brother is looking for a plow for his 99 f250. He found a 9' unimount that is a good deal and has the mounts and wiring for his truck. I know the 9' is too heavy for him but I thought if we get a good deal on the 9' I could just use the 9' and he could use my 8'. Is the 9' pushing the limit for my truck.

    Another thought we had was to try and find another 8' or 7'6" without the mounts ( there are a ton of them around here) and either keep the 9' as a back up or for light and fluffy snows, since the 9' has the mount controller and wiring he needs.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. cubicinches

    cubicinches PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,412

    We put 8' 6" on half tons... I'd say a 9' would be ok on an F350
     
  3. clark lawn

    clark lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    from NE ohio
    Messages: 1,233

    i run a 8'6" on my 97 F350 with no problem, i dont think a 9' is that much heavier.
     
  4. jasonz

    jasonz Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    i mean my 8 seems kinda heavy compared to a 7'6" but its more of the weight of pushing that extra foot of snow
     
  5. cubicinches

    cubicinches PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,412

    An 8' weighs 15 lbs. more than a 7'6". An 8'6" weighs 18 lbs. more than an 8'. 9' pros are no longer available, so there's no spec for them from Western anymore, but you can see the pattern... the 9' isn't that much heavier than the 8'6".
     
  6. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,245

    you truck will handle the plow fine. you will love the extra clearing path on lots.
     
  7. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,188

    I run a 9ft on my F-250 and it has ZERO problems with it.
     
  8. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    Pushing wise, you will have absolutely no problem with the proper tires and ballast.

    However, you will be over the FGAWR of the truck. If you do decide to run over with the 9 fter, at least make sure you have the 6k lbs. X code rated plow prep spring on your front axle.
     
  9. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,188

    why do people make such a big deal about 9fters on 3/4 and 1 ton trucks a fisher 8ft weights 717LBS
    a fisher 9ft weights 745LBS Is that 28Lbs really going to make that much difference? I fully agree be ready for the extra snow load pushing wise but that has nothing to do with the truck carrying the weight
     
  10. jasonz

    jasonz Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    well turns out the guy has like 8 plows from 7' all the way up to 10' so my brother probably gonna get an 8'. the guy wants $1950 for it with the mounts controller and wiring. They all looked to be in good shape, hopefully he has the hardware so I don'thave to piece it together.
     
  11. jasonz

    jasonz Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    if the price is right I may even pick up another blade for myself or split it with my brother so we have a back-up
     
  12. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    You are right, pushing ability has nothing to do with carrying the blade. I run a 9' 2" myself, but I am not over the FGAWR of the truck.
     
  13. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    Unless you are pushing driveways there is no way I would use a 8' plow. You will be fine with a 9 and guys run much more then that. There is a guy on here running 8611LP on all his F350. I am running a 810 and 9'2" VXT on my GMC 2500.

    When your finished plowing take the thing off.
     
  14. lawnproslawncar

    lawnproslawncar Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    A ten foot straight blade would be safe for that F-350 and the 9' would be ok for the F-250.
     
  15. jasonz

    jasonz Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    well he picked up an 8' it turned out to be the best deal, needs to be sand blasted and re-painted but the plow itself is solid, works great. The mount and harness were in good shape too, doubt we'll get on before the storm this weekend but at least I have a back-up plow now until we get it on his truck.
     
  16. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439

    I'd have got the 9' and done the swap regardless. Bigger is better. Being used to an 8' plow you'd sh!t if you swapped over to a 9. Not only with the width of a pass you'd make, but the time you save. And as for it handling it, I run an 8611 on my SRW F350.
     
  17. jasonz

    jasonz Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    9' wasnt in as good shape and he wanted more than my brother had budgeted. I wired it up for him last night, he gonna try and get the mount on before it starts snowing today.
     
  18. dieseld

    dieseld Senior Member
    from 90210
    Messages: 628

    Time is money. Your brother should have adjusted his budget to allow for a better ROI.
     
  19. jasonz

    jasonz Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    My brother is 17
     
  20. dieseld

    dieseld Senior Member
    from 90210
    Messages: 628

    Perfect age to start learning about Return On Investment, and engrave Time Is Money into his young brain.payup