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What Plow For Toyota Tacoma?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Chris-R, Oct 3, 2008.

  1. Chris-R

    Chris-R Senior Member
    Messages: 321

    I'm buying a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. It will only be used for plowing some driveways. Mostly, it will be used as a daily driver. Considering the light-duty use, can anyone recommend a snowplow for it? Thanks for your help.
     
  2. red07gsxr

    red07gsxr Senior Member
    from meriden
    Messages: 256

    sno-way makes a nice plow. get the one with down pressue
     
  3. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

  4. Kramer

    Kramer Senior Member
    Messages: 386

    I just had a meyer drive pro put on my 06 access cab.


    There's good and bad---haven't actually plowed with one yet--first impressions though:

    GOOD POINTS:

    lightweight-- don't really need any ballast-- raise the plow and the rear end of the truck comes up about 1/2". I might put 100lbs in but I doubt it.

    lift and angles very fast...not much time to go from left to right or full up position

    larger angle cylinders than a homesteader (1 1/2" I think)

    one lever to engage/dis-engage he plow pins

    one electrical plug

    frame seems heavy duty enough

    lights seem great---low enough they don't stick over the hood--bright as can be!

    has plow shoes

    good warranty

    should scrape OK with the attack angle and steel cutting edge



    BAD POINTS:

    no safety (travel) chains

    overall fit seems a little sloppy

    plow frame rides very close to ground (not a lot of clearance)

    only one chain for lift (I'm used to fishers with the triangle and 2 chains)

    crappy jackstand design--really poor securing pin setup--they put zero effort in this part--its like a toy and frankly embarrassing if I was the engineer who did it.

    the owners manual sucks--- isn't worth the paper its printed on--another embarrassment

    where the lift chain attaches to the a frame--- cheap weldment with a small roll pin. Will need re-weld if it breaks and God forbid its at 3am in a storm. This would have cost nothing to make it better. They cheaped out, its that simple.






    Overall, without any plow time I feel its a good choice. I am a little concerned about the lack of clearance to the ground--one pothole and you're done. But, the dealers close and a great guy, it looks pretty well made overall and I'm looking forward to trying it out.


    No input on snoway.... I wanted a metal plow, and the meyer seemed to be the best choice for the tacoma given that restriction...at least for me. You couldn't pay me to have a homesteader....the whole frame is so light duty I would be scared to death using it.

    Oh, and I know you're gonna ask--- $3500 installed.
     
  5. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Congrats on your new purchase. :drinkup:

    If your used to the Fisher's then thats why your concerned with the lack of a way to hang the plow during transport, but don't be as there's few plows out there that even use one anymore.
     
  6. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,361

    Get a Fisher Homesteder.
     
  7. toby4492

    toby4492 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,513

  8. chcav1218

    chcav1218 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    Snoway all the way
     
  9. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    yeah, im a western guy , and i say snow way...


    think about it like this... My pro western weighs like 800 lbs Approx. and it does an ok job of scraping, as good as anyother.... but at times, especially for back dragging, it leaves snow,

    if that happens with a 800 lb plow, how good a job is a light weight model gonna do? my guess is , not as good. So if it was my choice, snow way with DP is the only way to go on a light weight blade. You combine that with the fact, for a long time, thats all snow way made, and did... im sure they got there act together...

    your qualtiy will always be compaired against your compeditors... you might have a light weight blade, but they dont. you need to preform to there standards, even with your lighter blade

    I would consider the switch myself , but Toby never sent me the info i requested -- HOW many cases of beer do you want, to make an even trade for about 8 or 9 plows?
     
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2008
  10. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Do you like yours?
     
  11. Chris-R

    Chris-R Senior Member
    Messages: 321

    Thanks for the help guys. I guess I will go take a look at the Snow-way, Fisher/Western and I'm also going to check out the Curtis Home-Pro plows since the Curtis factory is only about 30 minutes from my house.
     
  12. toby4492

    toby4492 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,513

    When did you make a request for some info elite? :confused:
     
  13. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    yesterday....lol so how many millers to trade plow for plow?
     
  14. OfCourseYouCan

    OfCourseYouCan Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    Will putting a plow on your Tacoma void your Toyota warranty? I heard that was the case years ago. I also know someone who with one for years with very little trouble.
     
  15. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    id be willing to bet it will
     
  16. red07gsxr

    red07gsxr Senior Member
    from meriden
    Messages: 256

    depends on what goes wrong. if you put a plow on a truck with a plow prep then its under, if you dont have a plow prep and the trans goes, then they can stick it 2 you. its all about how far they want to go with it. i kno my dealer lets alot sly. but if your window regulator goes they have to cover it due regardles to having a plow.
     
  17. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
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  18. warrenpfjr

    warrenpfjr Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    Hey All,
    Im new to this site- I found you guys while researching plow options for my 09 Tacoma. Its looking like my best 2 options are the Snoway 22 series and the Snowdogg MD series (both are under 400 lbs). Im just looking for something to plow my driveway with- about 600-700ft, gravel/stone circular. It gets chilly and time consuming clearing with my Kubota- i would much rather be able to crank the heat and listen to some tunes while staying dry!

    I have heard good things about the Snoway but nothing on the snowdogg. I have found the snowdogg about $600 cheaper and its a Steel skin vs. plastic. Do any of you have experience with the snowdoggs? Or is there something else you might recommend i look at?

    I would appreciate any insight from you pros!