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Weird issue that seems to have solved itself...

Discussion in 'SnowDogg Snow Plows' started by CornerStoneProp, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. CornerStoneProp

    CornerStoneProp Senior Member
    Messages: 222

    I was out today and the V plow was acting up. If I pushed the wing out button on either side, both sides would go out. I had no issue with the wing in so I had to move both wings out and bring one at a time back to angle the plow. I couldn't use the left or right angle as the pump would come on and sound very labored like the valves are not operating. I did a couple driveways this way when all of a sudden it fixed itself.. I don't know if something is wrong or maybe a loose connection. I do need to regrease the connectors since it has been removed 4x. Think it was a weak connection that fixed itself or something more serious. Thanks in advance,

    Chuck
     
  2. poncho62

    poncho62 Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    Ice in the fluid maybe?......
     
  3. CornerStoneProp

    CornerStoneProp Senior Member
    Messages: 222

    but I could move the wings in and out. Moving them out was "tied" to the other wing and both would move. I could move both out to a scoup position and move the other wing back which would angle the plow. It worked but was a PITA until it just started working again for no reason. Nothing changed it just worked and hasn't stoped at all! Just want to know if this is something I need to have looked at or if the connection may have had water in it that worked its way out. Thanks not a bad idea but this plow has less than 2 hours on it total. I don't think that it should act up so fast... It does plow well tho. I look at other driveways not done by myself and the ones I plow look black not white!
     
  4. djagusch

    djagusch 2000 Club Member
    from mn
    Messages: 2,071

    I have the same issue. On occasion left or right won't work. Lights dim when hitting the button. If I hit a wing in or out it starts to work again. Also if I hit the wing out on the right side it sometimes will scoop booth wings. Very weird to say the least. No codes flash on the controller.

    It happened on the first storm, I pulled the cover looking for a loose wire or something grounding itself out. Didn't find anything. So on the second storm same thing happened so I greased up all the connections. We will see if that works. If it doesn't I was going to give Scott a call to see if he had any ideas. Hopefully he will chime in on this.

    It doesn't happen every time which makes it harder to figure out.

    My plow is a 8.5 vx
     
  5. Rhyno6

    Rhyno6 Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    It is a real issue...

    I purchased a Snowdogg VX85 exactly one year ago. I have also been plagued by this issue. I have been dealing with this problem since I got the plow. I believe snowdogg is really truly working on a fix for the problem but as anyone knows when a issue is there and then not, It makes finding a solution very difficult. i would just encourage anyone with these symptoms they are real so stay in contact with your dealer so your issue can be fixed. maybe Smoorman can give an update to a fix.
     
  6. gt350stang

    gt350stang Junior Member
    from 54130
    Messages: 7

    I have the same problem Maybe had 5 hrs on the plow before it started. My dealer said it was a Snowdogg issue and that they were working on it. It started off just pushing the right wing out button would move both wings out, were as the left wing out button worked correctly. And now no matter which wing out button I push, both wings extend out. It is very frustrating.
     
  7. djagusch

    djagusch 2000 Club Member
    from mn
    Messages: 2,071

    I hope Scott chimes in on this. I wonder if it's in the controller, relay, or hydro issue?
     
  8. smoorman

    smoorman Sponsor
    Messages: 446

    I am looking into it. I've been doing little else for the last week. Stay in touch with your dealer and they should have some information shortly.
     
  9. stanger86

    stanger86 Member
    Messages: 40

    Im about ready to purchase a new VX95 and am wondering if they have any fixes for this. Also my dealer here is a dick, so I will not be dealing with him.
     
  10. gt350stang

    gt350stang Junior Member
    from 54130
    Messages: 7

    No it is not. But Scott assures me they are working on it.
     
  11. stanger86

    stanger86 Member
    Messages: 40

    alright looks like im switching to boss. Really to bad, because I would have loved to save 1k but reliability is most important when I dont have a snowdogg dealer!
     
  12. gt350stang

    gt350stang Junior Member
    from 54130
    Messages: 7

    Sorry to hear about the whole dealer issue, (By the way my local Snowdogg dealer/installer was great to deal with) I wish I could recommend a Snowdogg V to you. But if you are like me, you cant afford to buy a new plow, only to have to wait for a fix.

    Let me just say though, control issue aside, it is a great plow. Lots of features, ie. deflectors, included in a good price. There a lot of features i actually like vs other plows. (hooking and unhooking, simplicity of controller use, storage jack ect)

    Scott seems to be very helpful and says the are working on it. I believe him and hope something is figured out soon.

    If you don't need a plow immediately, i would hang on and see how this plays out.
     
  13. djagusch

    djagusch 2000 Club Member
    from mn
    Messages: 2,071

    This better get fixed pretty quick. Instead of working correctly most of the time now it is always messed up. I just did 6+ inches of heavy wet snow and got 2 more days coming of the same stuff. Messing around with a controller to angle your plow is BS. I thought this stuff was tested last season. Obviously not enough though. The plow works well though when it actually worked correctly.
     
  14. CornerStoneProp

    CornerStoneProp Senior Member
    Messages: 222

    Mine has not had the issue since the other day. I think that I had some ice in the connector and that melted and have not had any issues with it since. I also have to removed it yet because I really don't drive the truck that much. We will see as time goes on if this will be a real problem or just a PITA for awhile!
     
  15. stanger86

    stanger86 Member
    Messages: 40

    How many other people are having this problem? Only a handfull? Im still contemplating on getting a Snowdogg because of the price and the trip edge. It seems that no matter what brand you go to now they all have some sort of problem.
     
  16. gt350stang

    gt350stang Junior Member
    from 54130
    Messages: 7

    I have some questions.

    1. Do all Snowdogg V plows have this problem?
    2. If not what is the difference between the ones that work good and those that don't?

    I have taken my plow on and off several times and this problem with mine has not changed or gone away intermittently.

    If Snowdogg would like to do "research" on mine, I would be more than willing to let them have it.
     
  17. djagusch

    djagusch 2000 Club Member
    from mn
    Messages: 2,071

    This is what I'll say about buying one. The price is great (I had mine shipped for $3950 to my door), the company buyers in well established and makes good products, and they will back their product. So it would be a good choice, but be prepared possibly to have this issue.

    It will eventually get fixed but who knows when. Another thread says it's in the cartridges/solenoids. If it is in the valves to re engineer and set up the machine work could take months to get the parts to the end users. If it's in the electronics it could be a quick fix or months also.

    My guess is something is overheating in the controller or relay box, eventually goes out completely, just a guess though.
     
  18. stanger86

    stanger86 Member
    Messages: 40

    Where did you get yours shipped from? Thats a great price!! Also, does this issue render the plow useless? or just kind of a pain in the ass because you have to adjust each wing seperately?
     
  19. djagusch

    djagusch 2000 Club Member
    from mn
    Messages: 2,071

    Equipment Specialists. I offered to send a cashier's check instead of using a credit card for 3% off as credit card fees are typically greater than 3% over the phone. It saves both parties money that way.

    The plow just did the huge storm in MN. 3 day storm, 1st day 7" snow, next had 5 hr rain with 3" snow on top, and finally 3 more inches. It worked but took longer messing around with the controller. So right now I'm used to it not working right and got quicker doing it that way but still no where close to the time if it worked right.
     
  20. stanger86

    stanger86 Member
    Messages: 40

    Alright, well today Im buying my plow, its either the Snowdogg VX95 or the Boss VXT 9.2, Should I go ahead with the Snowdogg? The Boss is 1300.00 more and I like the features of the snowdogg way better i.e. Trip edge, S.S. mullboard, standard snow deflector, Chainlift for stackability, not having to fork out extra money for Smartlocks, oh and Price.