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Was going to try a SnoWay plow....

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by milkie62, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. milkie62

    milkie62 Senior Member
    from Troy,NY
    Messages: 231

    Have a new 2013 Chevy 2500HD.Was going to go with a SnoWay 29R since the dealer was local and have had Fisher and Western and wanted to try something out.Plus my local dealer has had them for well over 20 yrs.
    I tell the dealer I won't buy one until I see one together.They call me and tell me they have one on display on a demo rack to see how it works.Well it worked slick till I took the cover off the electrics and see a Scotchlite connector on one of the wires.I ask what in the He@@ is one of those type of connectors doing on a snowplow especially where all the slop and salt is ? Those connectors are bad enough on a trailer and cause enough problems after awhile..He did not know what to say since he sells trailers and knows what I am talking about. So what is the big deal if SnoWay wants to brag about military type connectors when they have a weak link in their electrics ? Well he also sells Hiniker which I will try I think unless they have similar issues.Oh well there goes a possible new SnoWay owner.
     
  2. ProperLandscape

    ProperLandscape Member
    Messages: 92

    I had one Sno-Way and wouldnt buy another. The downpressure was great for driveways but the wiring and cylinders have durability issues. In three seasons, I replaced just about every wire and multiple cylinders on a 32 contractor (steel mold board). I also had to fab up several new bracks due to slop in the bolt holes. Replacement parts are expensive (lift cylinder $269, wireless control box $329, wireless remote $299). The biggers problem, my local dealer did not stock replacement parts. I had a 2-4 day wait for all parts.
     
  3. milkie62

    milkie62 Senior Member
    from Troy,NY
    Messages: 231

    So what do you tell a customer ? I have to wait for parts ? I thought after 20 yrs SnoWay would have taken care of minor issues like the one I stated.Maybe a waterproof electrical box or something better than a corrosive/oxidizing connection.
     
  4. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    There are no "scotch lock" connectors in the factory harness. What you saw was probably a poorly installed DEALER 4-sight system. Shame you are writing off an entire plow because of one small dealer installed item. If including "scotchlocks" in a kit for tapping into exsisting system you're SOL in the plow department.;)

    They ship the di-electric filled crimp connectors for some accessory applications but you just throw them out and use a proper connector. You'll also not find any plow manufacturer shipping anything else for those applications.
     
  5. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    The 4 sight tie in is easiest done with a low temp. self soldering, adhesive, heat shirk, crimp connector about $1.50@. Connects the three wires in place while you solder, and cover them at the same time. MUCH easier than solder and heat shrink.

    4-Sight is seriously cool, you don't like the dealer install, do it yourself save a little money and do the job YOU like.Thumbs Up
     
  6. milkie62

    milkie62 Senior Member
    from Troy,NY
    Messages: 231

    I realize you would have to use them under the hood to tap into lights but to use one down at the solenoids is unacceptable IMO.They could have used a butt splice at least coated with silicone.
     
  7. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    As I said above, I agree.That splice would not be on a factory unit, that's a dealer thing, I don't like the crimp connectors under any circumstance.
     
  8. milkie62

    milkie62 Senior Member
    from Troy,NY
    Messages: 231

    I must appologize to SnoWay

    After pm' ing back and forth with basher,I found out that the cheaply spliced wiring was a dealer 4 site install,not factory from SnoWay.My thanks to basher for pointing me in the right direction and my appology going out to SnoWay.... :eek::eek::eek:
     
  9. Liberty LLC

    Liberty LLC Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 60

    Amen I was worried I just bought one and was pissed! Thank god it was only 4sight
     
  10. ProperLandscape

    ProperLandscape Member
    Messages: 92

    Basher's sno-way posts have helped me out several times with my plow issues. Like I said, the downpressure and plow performance are good. I've just had durability issues.