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western suburbanite

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by g-landscaping, Dec 27, 2007.

  1. g-landscaping

    g-landscaping Member
    Messages: 77

    what do u guy think of the western suburbanite and you think it would be a good plow on my 2003 ford explorer sport trac
     
  2. CJPlow

    CJPlow Member
    Messages: 54

    mmmmmm... check out sno-way im not too pleased with my suburbanite.
     
  3. PA-plow-at-home

    PA-plow-at-home Member
    Messages: 59

    Here is a pic (that I found somewhere on the web) of an Explorer Sport Trac with a Western Suburbanite plow.

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  4. PA-plow-at-home

    PA-plow-at-home Member
    Messages: 59

    CJPlow,
    Tell us what you don't like about your Suburbanite plow. Others on this website have said that they have used Suburbanites (and its twin, the Homesteader) successfully; some people have said they use it to supplement their commercial plowing businesses for small residential lots, etc.
     
  5. xl1200c

    xl1200c Junior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 17

    I plow 17 Residential drives and my store parking lot with a suburbanite on a 99 blazer. This is a great little plow.
     
  6. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    depends what ur putting it on but its a solid plow. and western stands behind there plows well. fisher has its twin the homesteader. thou if i was gonna put a little plow on again it would be a snoway with down pressure
     
  7. mikeeg

    mikeeg Member
    Messages: 41

    Suburbinite on 04 Ranger

    I have and 04 Ford xlt Ranger which I have had for three winters and it is great.I plow 600' of driveway and a 40 car parking lot at my building with no problems at all.The plow has a lock position on it which will give you some real bite or you can put it in float and it will glide on the surface.This plow is what it is for a small truck it works but you want to get the job done as soon as possible so you are dealing with snow not ice.I will try to post a pic wish me luck.Can't find my pic s sorry!!
     
  8. mikeeg

    mikeeg Member
    Messages: 41

    Suburbanite Western

    I think I found the pics,another try. Sorry not working.
     
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2007
  9. CJPlow

    CJPlow Member
    Messages: 54

    Well to start with i am having a severe problem with back dragging. It keeps rolling over the snow. The rubberband trip springs broke a weld on the frame of the blade and i am on my 2nd trip-spring bar which is now bent after this last snowfall. Im still waiting on western to ok the warranty which has taken 3 weeks, it took that long to get in my bar so it wouldnt cause any damage that i paid out of pocket for. The plow works awesone in light 2-3" snow. I know with this setup its not "Heavy Duty" and i plow accordingly. I tripped the blade forward not even going 1 mph and the damn thing bent AGAIN, and i stopped my jeep the second i saw the balde start to move forward so it was not at full tilt. Im just not pleased with westerns scrape lock design. How many times have you ever seen a plow lift up on you when plowing forward???
     
  10. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,351

    Not to be a dick or anything. But it says right on the plow "FOR HOMEOWNER/PERSONAL USE ONLY" The top bar bending is a common problem with these plows. It should be a solid bar, but its tubing to keep the weight down.

    One of my partners has a 7'4" on his explorer and the first storm out this year he ended plowing like 12 acres with it. Because all the other trucks showed up with just thier spreaders, because it was going to be a salt only event, that turned to 4". Its not a bad plow, you just have to remember its not a western heavyweight. So don't try to plow with it like it is. Curbs don't get along with it real well. But its the best scrapping plow westerns makes.
     
  11. CJPlow

    CJPlow Member
    Messages: 54

    I understand that it is a personal plow and i plow like a grandma with it. Even if i was doing my own driveway and it tripped once and bent am i mis-using it? It should be designed to trip and not break or bend. I am sure everyone who owns this plow will agree the trip design is poor. After this one i am getting a solid bar made and taking off one of the rubber bands. This plow would be ideal if you have a freshly paved and blacktopped drive and no curb. I just think western could have spent more time designing the trip system on it. I know they wanted to keep weight down but is another 50lbs going to kill the use of the plow? Its not like they have never made a plow that is too heavy for a suspension. I beefed up my suspension assuming it was going to need it, as it turns out i dont.
     
  12. blueline38

    blueline38 Senior Member
    Messages: 436

    I agree the trip bar should have been designed better. I bent the bar on mine fairly quickly but it has not bent any more and has tripped several times since. It should be a solid bar and needs to be attached to the plow better. i agree that a little extra weight would be a good trade off for some added strength and even a little extra height, 6", couldn't add that much weight. with that said i have plowed when the snow was over a foot high and it worked great. I was very impressed. I can also stack higher then i would have thought.
     
  13. g-landscaping

    g-landscaping Member
    Messages: 77

    so is the suburbanite worth it or what???? and does anyone have any pics of their suburbanite
     
  14. topdj

    topdj Senior Member
    Messages: 396

    this is exactly why I bought the Hiniker 700 homeowner plow
    full sized hyd system, real 3/8" x 6" cutting egde and a real heavy frame 450lb without the shoes.

    I almost got one of those western/fisher homeowner plows but actually went to look at them first, I got to see one that was there to be repaired " bent" and I lost interest.

    I then looked at the Snoways which are nice but I could not budget the 3900ish
    the Western Midweight was also nice but 3800-3900 too. my best bang for the buck
    was the Hiniker. Im sure the Curtis Home pro or Boss sport duty would have been good too.
     
  15. blueline38

    blueline38 Senior Member
    Messages: 436

    welll only that one bar has bent. i've never heard of a hiniker until now. however the hiniker is still 200lbs more than the suburbanite. depends on what you want and what your doing. i wanted as little weight as possible and for me it works. i plow an area thats about 6000 square feet and it works great. i'm not afraid to drive around with it on either cause it is no more weight than large man sitting on the front bumper........... wesport
     
  16. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    you havent met my couzins those r large men. 300 is a good sized but not huge i dont know what that had to do with this thread but if i was gonna spend 3 grand on a little plow it would have down pressure
     
  17. CJPlow

    CJPlow Member
    Messages: 54

    In my opinion i dont think the western was worth the problems i am having. Look at other options.

    On a side note today i flipped the blade around and did some small quick runs at my work and it seem to perform a lot better. Right now being new years eve and the damn snow coming down looks like i will be going out so i will have a good idea on how good it will actually do by morning. I also took off one of the rubber bands which does seem to help but we will see. If i can i will post some pics for all to see.
     
  18. MYTWOSONS

    MYTWOSONS Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    I had a Suburbanite on my 1998 Jeep Wrangler. It worked fine for the most part just plowing my driveway, but the "rubber band" trip springs didn't impress me much. Also the hollow tube that the rubber bands connect too bent while plowing my driveway at low speeds. Never had a Sno-Way, but will steer clear of plastic plows in the future.
     
  19. MYTWOSONS

    MYTWOSONS Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    I had the same problem with my 7'6" Suburbanite on my 1998 Wrangler. The trip spring bar bent easily so rather than screw around with replacing it with another hollow tube I put a solid CRS bar through it, and fab'ed it accordingly. No more issues.
     
  20. g-landscaping

    g-landscaping Member
    Messages: 77

    so is it worth the investment or what.... and pictures are wanted