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transporting a snowbear plow

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by SnoRunner, Nov 17, 2004.

  1. SnoRunner

    SnoRunner Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    First I would like to say this is a great site & I have found it very informative. Now I know alot of people are against the snowbear but I think it will work fine for what I need. It is on a '88 4Runner which is my only vehicle & I only do my driveway. What I would like to do is drive the 5 miles to my mom's place & do her yard as well BUT I am wondering if the mounts can handle transporting the plow (other than just backing up).It comes with a hook to take the weight off the winch but Snowbear does NOT recommend highway use. Does anyone drive with theirs on or has anyone made some sort of support to take some weight off the main brackets? Any info is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance, Roger.
  2. Crumm

    Crumm Senior Member
    Messages: 529

    Although it is a bit too much truck for a snowbear I see a Chevy dually driving around town all winter long with his snowbear attached. I always remove my plow when not in use but this guy leaves it on all winter long. I would think if his can stand up to our rough roads all winter long you should be fine driving five miles down the road to your mom's.
  3. bolensdriver

    bolensdriver Senior Member
    Messages: 603

    Jeez. Is his truck wider than the plow? :eek:
  4. Crumm

    Crumm Senior Member
    Messages: 529

    Like I said "Although it is a bit too much truck for a snowbear ".
  5. millratf250

    millratf250 Member
    Messages: 36

    i had snow bear for 10 yrs now i have a 8' fisher now
    i would keep the snow bear at home the one time i plow a Friends drive way i had to come home with the snow bear in the bed of my truck
  6. SnoRunner

    SnoRunner Junior Member
    Messages: 4


    millratf250, did the snowbear break from plowing or just from driving there? Thanks again guys!
  7. millratf250

    millratf250 Member
    Messages: 36

    i was plowing had to go get it welded :rolleyes:
  8. Frozen001

    Frozen001 Senior Member
    from Rome NY
    Messages: 908

    could you be any more vague on what actually happened, not that I really care, but come people would actually like to know what failed and the circumstances that lead to the failure.....
  9. Personal Plow

    Personal Plow Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    I keep my snow bear plow on while i go to plow with a friends fisher plow. I use the hook and have had no problems. If you use the plow for what its intended for its GREAT.
    I think they dont recommend transporting it because some trucks or SUV's the head lights may be covered and if you dont HOOK IT you could break the strap and the plow will drop.

    Good Luck!!
  10. SnoRunner

    SnoRunner Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Thanks everyone

    I think I'll take the chance & drive down to my mothers & do her drive. After all, what's the worst that could happen,lol. I have a welder, so I wont have to take it somewhere to have it fixed,payup.Thanks again for all the input. Roger.
  11. 68 bullitt

    68 bullitt Member
    Messages: 32

    Snowbear clearance etc.

    68 bullitt only in the summer
  12. 68 bullitt

    68 bullitt Member
    Messages: 32

    What do you mean by the hook as a prevention,are you referring to the chain??? sorry can you be more specific?Thank's
  13. MR PLOW

    MR PLOW Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Bear Transport

    I have the older snowbear (10 years old) and travel about 20 miles while doing my route and never had a problem.

  14. schnitz

    schnitz Member
    Messages: 98

    I leave mine on my truck when snow is predicted. Now I've only had it not quite a month, but it does what I need it to very well. It seems to block the turn signal lights a bit in the all the way up position. I just got back home with it on, and it did just fine with the safety hooks on a 20 mile found trip.
  15. ymerejsregor

    ymerejsregor Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    Does everyone who does transport it use the hook and then take the slack off the strap? I did that the first couple times I ran it between home and my office, but then the plow bounces side to side since it pivots in the middle. Now I just raise it until its all the way up and that eliminates the movement while I'm on the road. Do you think this is better, or would you still recommend letting it drop all the way to the hook?
  16. bolensdriver

    bolensdriver Senior Member
    Messages: 603

    The idea for the hook is, when driving long distance, put it on, so in case the winch fails, it'll still be up and not drop to the ground. You arn't supposed to let it take the slack off the strap. :eek:
  17. jbok19

    jbok19 Member
    Messages: 34

    ymerejsregor, I have an '03 Silverado too how does the bear work on your truck? What size plow did you get? Where did you get it at?
  18. SnoRunner

    SnoRunner Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Using the hook

    hello everyone, I have now used my snowbear about 6 or 7 times & it works great for what I need. I drove the 5 miles to my mom's & did her drive twice with no problem.I have tried keeping the strap tight & the hook on but the winch slips on the bumps & eventually the hook is doing the work anyway. It seems to me that the side to side bouncing is better than the stress on the winch,so I now use the hook & raise the plow to just tighten the strap.I'm not sure if this is the best way but it also lets me use my headlights which are blocked when the winch is up all the way. Thanks for everyones input.
  19. PhantomRacer

    PhantomRacer Senior Member
    from boston
    Messages: 128

    You should be able to tighten the clamp on the winch to stop it from working down. I have driven many miles with the plow all the way up with zero drop. I do find I have to tighten the clamp every year.

    Does every SB owner have a strap? My plow uses a chain to raise the plow.

  20. Drottlawn

    Drottlawn Senior Member
    Messages: 364

    I have chain

    Mine also has a chain and have never had a problem with it dropping at all :) .

    I drive over 20 miles at a time and not one time has it dropped over the 4 years I have had it. I do not have the hook that everyone is talking about?? :confused: