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Western Standard Snow Plow

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by highmark923, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. highmark923

    highmark923 Member
    Messages: 54

    Need some advice as I'm pretty new to this all thought I have been reading this site for some time. I have found a used 7.5 Western Standard plow in good condition, little to no rush and fully functional. The plow includes installation, electric wiring, controller, truck and plow side components. They gave me a price of 3k for the plow and installation.

    My question is even though I've read good things about the standard plow; is 3k to much to pay for a plow that is a bit dated. I also plan on using this plow for residential only on my 2000 Z-71 ext cab short box. Any info. is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!

    Jay
     
  2. MarkEagleUSA

    MarkEagleUSA Senior Member
    Messages: 321

    Are any of those items new or is everything used?

    I have a 5 or 6 yr old Standard and it did just fine this past winter. It's essentially the same as a Pro from what I can tell, except the Pro has 4 trip springs while the Standard has 2.
     
  3. highmark923

    highmark923 Member
    Messages: 54

    Hi Mark, thanks for the information.

    The truck side will be all brand new. As far as the pump and blade those are used. However it's very clean with little to no rust. You can tell it was stored inside. I plan on changing the oil first thing and this place says they fully test before letting you leave the lot.
     
  4. x.system

    x.system Senior Member
    Messages: 368

    Unimount or Ultramount?

    Thats to much if its a uni, you could add a few hundred and get a brand new snowdogg MD with warranty. Here's one for $60 more, add in shipping and install it yourself. They are not that difficult to install and if you plan to plow you should know all the aspects of your plow anyway.

    http://www.equipmentspecialistsinc.com/ecom-prodshow/MD75.html
     
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2011
  5. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    If that is dealer installed is is a fair price.
     
  6. highmark923

    highmark923 Member
    Messages: 54

    It's an Ultamount setup. Thanks for the link!
     
  7. highmark923

    highmark923 Member
    Messages: 54

    Thanks basher. It is a dealer with a great reputation.
     
  8. Jim@esitrucks

    Jim@esitrucks Inactive
    Messages: 1,124

    Sounds like a decent deal, the serial number will have the date in it, that will give you some idea on its age. Which lights are on it? The old square with sealed beam or the new style?
     
  9. highmark923

    highmark923 Member
    Messages: 54

    Hi Jim - The square old school lights.

    I'll have to check the serial number. Thanks!
     
  10. MarkEagleUSA

    MarkEagleUSA Senior Member
    Messages: 321

    I agree if it's a professional installation by someone who knows the product.

    Really? Can you tell me (us) how to decipher the date? I'd like to check mine to see its real age.
     
  11. Jim@esitrucks

    Jim@esitrucks Inactive
    Messages: 1,124

    first 2 numbers on the left should be the year....i.e 02
     
  12. highmark923

    highmark923 Member
    Messages: 54

    It would appear that the plow I just bought was from 04.

    I actually picked up my truck yesterday after they finished the install. They did a great job, threw in a handheld controller for free and an oil change on the pump. However, the truck sags pretty bad in the front. I did crank the torsion bars and that did help some but I think I'm now in need of Timberens.
     
  13. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    What are you using for Ballast??
     
  14. highmark923

    highmark923 Member
    Messages: 54

    Good call. Nothing currently except 8 rolls of sod left behind from a project. What do you use for ballast? Are timberens worth the investment?
     
  15. DIRISHMAN

    DIRISHMAN PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,256

    ballast is what ever you can use in the back end of the truck bed you want stone sand salt or Tube sand which you can pick up just about anywhere,Home depot,Menards local hardware store buildind supply outtfit ect. the ballast willl create weight in the back of bed to cause springs to tension up and resistence thus creating resistence in front prompting lift to prevent front end sag.

    Torsion bars help but firestone airbags or the timberins will be a good thing to help out also

    To answer your question as far as how much ballast, I use about 700lbs of tube sand in my
    F250 or you can go to westerns.fishers quick match and in the end it will show howmuch ballast each plow requires and then use you own judgement or trial and error.

    Guys with Vbox spreader dont useally use or need ballast due to the fact the have salt as ballast????? Hope this help a little bit Dirishman :drinkup:
     
  16. x.system

    x.system Senior Member
    Messages: 368

    I have a 02 z71, extended cab, short box, 7.5 pro and I was running about 560# of ballast until I added a back blade. All I run is leveling keys not cranked at all.
     
  17. highmark923

    highmark923 Member
    Messages: 54

    Dirishman thanks for the info on where to get some weight. I'll check out the western site to get an idea; however I don't think they list the plow I have in the quickmatch system. But I could be wrong as I didn't see it before.

    Where did you get your leveling keys which are just torsion keys right? Did you go with a 2 or 3 inch key?
     
  18. DIRISHMAN

    DIRISHMAN PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,256

    Ok I am sorry I forgot to tell you they will not have the plow you have exactly just use the chart for reffrence to find out ballast just look for roughly same size /type of plow meaning straight or vee. hope that will bee of some help DirishmanThumbs Up
     
  19. x.system

    x.system Senior Member
    Messages: 368

    I think I got them off ebay, I went with leveling keys, not lift keys so I would imagine they are around 2 inch. I had planned to add a add a leaf to the rear then level it with the new keys but didn't need to so I just installed them with no crank and took it in for realignment.

    just use between 500 and 600 pounds and you will be fine with that plow.
     
  20. highmark923

    highmark923 Member
    Messages: 54

    Thanks, really appreciate the information and help! :drinkup: