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Westen Wideout or Fisher XLS

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by six in a row, Mar 18, 2014.

  1. six in a row

    six in a row Junior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 11

    I am new to the forum here and had a question for all you seasoned guys. I am looking to get a plow for my 08 dodge 5500 for next season. not looking to get into an argument over who's better western or fisher but I am torn between a western wideout and a fisher XLS. I herd some of the horror stories about the wideout when they first came out but haven't heard anything recently. i am leaning more towards the western just for the ease of mounting and also the added ground clearance in the off season. the support for both western and fisher are pretty much the same around here so that is pretty much a wash. thanks in advance for the advice.
     
  2. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,663

    You are pretty much down to which you like better, yellow or red. Remember both plows are made by the same people and a lot of the parts are interchangeable.
     
  3. six in a row

    six in a row Junior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 11

    yeah i understand that douglas dynamics makes both western and fisher. i was leaning towards western. i like red better. haha
     
  4. snowish10

    snowish10 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,080

    Depends, hopefuly olddog will comment on the wideout, But depends what you like better full plow trip for the western or cutting edge trip for the fisher.
     
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Has nothing to do with color.

    What it comes down to is if you want a trip edge or full trip.

    Personally, I love a trip edge, especially the heavier plows. It will break up hard pack way better while you'll be fighting a full trip plow.



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  6. six in a row

    six in a row Junior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 11

    I was thinking the western full trip would be better in this situation because if the wing hits something on the fisher nothing is there to trip from what i understand.
     
  7. 2006Sierra1500

    2006Sierra1500 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,758

    Poly edges, its not an issue. Fisher mounts vs Western and ground clearance...if your low enough to hit the mounts chances are your gonna be bottomed out somewhere else on the truck too.
     
  8. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    That makes no sense. A trip edge won't drop very far, a full trip slams forward and if there is any obstacles around the wings, they're done for.



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  9. six in a row

    six in a row Junior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 11

    yes I can see your point white gardens. guess I'm just not too familiar with the trip edge and not too trusting. please forgive my lack of knowledge.
     
  10. 2006Sierra1500

    2006Sierra1500 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,758

    Also...as we've seen from Pat's wonderful writeup...if you treat your equipment like he does(which honestly isn't well) a Wideout WILL break.
     
  11. six in a row

    six in a row Junior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 11

    not saying I am the greatest in the world but I think my equipment gets treated pretty good. but I think if anything is abused eventually you will find the breaking point no matter how good it is.
     
  12. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    Fisher XLS if I buy one I run western My V plow is trip edge and I not going buy another full trip plow
    I just wish western would offer wideout in trip edge Like the truck side hook ups
     
  13. six in a row

    six in a row Junior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 11

    Decisions decisions. Sounds like this will be alittle bit tougher than I thought. I do love the western mount as well. Can anyone with a trip edge plow tell me what they like/dislike about it compared to a full trip?
     
  14. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    Full trip when it trips you will lose speed and something traction and you know when it trips

    Trip edge it trips so fast you will never notice it
    its noisy when it trips
    Trip edge plow will be heavier then a full trip plow

    I think a trip edge scrapes better then a full trip plow
    I notice this between my BossV and my MVP
    and Notice it with my skid and its trip edge vs western 8.6 pro + plow
    So I think Fisher XLS will scrape better then the wideout but I don't own neither one to know for sure
     
  15. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543

    Go V plow.... It can do more than a wideout plow... Also there has been issues with those plows...I'm buying a trip edge Boss DXT next season to mount on a GMC Denali 1 ton
     
  16. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,663

    I know it when my trip edge trips, every dam time. Hard to miss a 900lb plow jumping a foot in the air. Even going slow you can tell when it trips. Now my trip edge plow doesn't seem to rattle the truck as much as my old full trip plow would when being tripped. But a trip edge can definitely give a more spectacular show when it trips.
     
  17. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,531

    This true. I demand maximum and then some out of my équipement. I will give my $0.02 later when I have time.
     
  18. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543

    Wish you could demo plows like other equipment..
     
  19. six in a row

    six in a row Junior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 11

    I agree on the demo. Wish I could try them both put. I can see why a trip edge would be better than full trip but I am still leaning towards western just for the mount and the added ground clearance in the summer. Don't really want to go v plow just because I have some commercial and residential accounts and I would still have a nice small 8 foot to get in some tight spots.
     
  20. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,531

    that's a funny statement in the grand scheme of things.