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VX85 Problem

Discussion in 'SnowDogg Snow Plows' started by gtree, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. gtree

    gtree Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    History: I blew the driver's side angle hose on the second snowfall; was backing up slowly and clipped an outbudding retaining wall timber along a drive. The hose blew in the center, where I find it was pinched up underneath the bumper. Replaced the hose with a much better one (rubber, not fabric). Plowed another 6 hours, no problem. Next day resumed plowing (temperature went from 25 to 0 overnight.) Everything moved very slow initially, then not at all. Finally gave up and grabbed my spare plow, a straight blade western.
    While fixing it the next day, found a bushing on the pass. side angle 1 1/2 turns loose, the o ring on the tank blown, and a valve mushroomed.
    Dealer said I hit something too hard. I asked about relief valves, but didn't receive an answer on why they wouldn't work. He admitted that the angle hoses are too long to begin with.
    Since replacing the tank and valve, the plow eventually stops working after about 12 hours of plowing. I have cleaned a non-metallic substance from the screen inside the tank 3 times (a 2 hour fix).
    I brought the dr. side ram to the dealer today to see if it is the cause of the fluid contamination and the screen plugging up.
    My questions: Anyone have this happen to them? Wouldn't a properly working relief valve not cause a blow out from a "hit"? I contend the overly long hose pinched and didn't allow the releif valve to work. I also contend the loose bushing allowed debris and water in the system, causing problems the next cold morning.
    I have spent over $500 on parts an labor on a 1 year old plow, and am seriously considering dumping it and going for something more durable.

    JUST IN:
    My dealer just informed me of a bulletin related to bad packing in the lift cylinder of the VX85. After all of my efforts, the problem seems to be snowdogg's again. Last year the hydraulic issue, and now this. Have contacted snowdogg with my concerns. I am really regretting buying this plow.
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2011
  2. djagusch

    djagusch 2000 Club Member
    from mn
    Messages: 2,068

    Fyi, The oring on the tank could be from overfilling. The lift cly packing is something I ran into also. For the ram fitting coming loose it has happened to me also. I check them after a storm for tightness, I think they bang loose from ice chunks or stacking as it does not happen often. I ran a extra hose over the reg hoses to help reduce rubbing againist metal etc ( I also did this with unimounts).

    For the last month mine has worked fine. Its a good plow after all the bugs are worked out.
  3. npi9181

    npi9181 Member
    Messages: 32

    if this plow is 1 year old it should have cost you nothing it is under warranty We just got parts in to fix the blow off issue only happened to 1 plow we sold but Buyers is taking care of it don't get discouraged I have a vx on my truck and love it any new product will sometimes have bugs. I have had more Red and Yellow plows in for repairs this year many very new and they are not perfect either the red ones are having leaking and blow off problems also from what I see
  4. gtree

    gtree Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    djagusch; thanks for the idea regarding the hose cover. I'll be taking care of that this morning, and adding the fitting check to my list of post-plowing chores.
    My big concern over the 2" lift ram fix is that the symptoms occurred 3 days after my purchase anniversary date, sooooo.... we'll see.
  5. djagusch

    djagusch 2000 Club Member
    from mn
    Messages: 2,068

    It has 2yr warranty on the plow and buyers seems to be good on covering stuff.
  6. gtree

    gtree Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    Just got a call from my dealer. He and I both thought the warranty was for one year. Sometimes it's good to be wrong. My dealer instructed me to hand in receipt copies for the work done regarding the 2" lift problem, and that he would get the warranty process going.
  7. X-Dogg

    X-Dogg Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    I'm feeling your pain! Although our dealer is good about doing the warranty work we are concerned about long term reliability.