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06' 5.4 F-250 Superduty - Which plow model to choose

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by 0011001, Oct 7, 2009.

  1. 0011001

    0011001 Junior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 9

    Hi All

    After perusing this site for 2 years, I have to thank all of you for helping me make an informed choice on my pickup. I did my snow removal last year with a blower :dizzy: made some good cash, and am expanding. Couldn't afford a diesel, but I think my 5.4 shortbox will work for most of my routes. I'm:

    20+ residential clients
    3 commercial lots just under 10,000 sqFT ( not so great for newbs), with wide open spaces (great for newbies!)

    I'm mostly set on a Blizzard with a powerhitch (seem to hear a lot of good things) or Snow way (a friend swears by them and downpressure). Should the weight deter me (fuel consumption, vehicle wear). As I run an interior plantscaping business, I need to be able to take the plow off (and put it back on) without dying to do my other work. Your honest opinion will be appreciated.

    Snow way:
    Contractor Mega blade: Not too happy with straight blades, but has the wing option for residential and commercial versatility

    V-Wing: versatility of a v-blade (transport, thick snow, etc...), and wing extentions

    29 series: regular 8' blade (maybe the extra cost for wings isn't worth it?)

    Power plow: 8' driving width, and a sweet 10' adjustable max length. Speed mount

    8600 Speedwing: read a great post on windrowing here, seems great for what I'd have to deal with here.

    Again, I appreciate all your input. I'm trying to be more decisive, but when dropping this kind of cash....i can be indecisive. For what its worth, my buddy thinks the contractor mega blade is the way to go. I like the power plow. The blizzard dealer also offers storm service.

    Thanks again :waving:
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    What about a Boss v plow with smartlocks? Easy to take on and off.
  3. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    Your 06 could handle just about any plow so your not limited. I have a 8.5ft Fisher Extreme V blade and there are many advantages with a v blade IMO. Your going to do quite a bit of back dragging doing driveways, down pressure sounds like a good accessory to make your route more efficient. I have never seen true down pressure in person but the video's look good,lol. Out of all the plows they offer my choice would be a SnoWay 8.5ft V blade with down pressure. The Blizzards also seem to back drag fairly well, that I've seen first hand. One of the guys we have has a 8ft straight blade, nothing fancy and he gets down to the pavement even in snow thats several,several inches deep, but thats after making a few swipes. My Fisher is terrible at back dragging! It does ok the first 5ft then lifts up packing the snow down even more.
  4. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    For what your route is I would go with the 29 series w/down pressure. you don't have the area to justify to cost of a Vee or extension plow.

    Have you looked at the eight foot 29HD? Basically the standard 29 series with a one piece moldboard that allows wing extensions. I would consider the 29HD with a drivers side 45 degree scoop wing.
  5. 0011001

    0011001 Junior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 9

    Thanks for the input.
    Now my biggest pain is the dealership support.
    How the hell is it possible that snow way has no dealers listed in Toronto?!?
    Its the biggest city in the country.
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    There's a boat load within a half hour of you.

    Alberta, Calgary, Caytec Equip Ltd.
    http://www.caytec.com #13 3939 54th Ave SE
    zipcode: T2C2L2 403-236-9735
    Alberta, Edmonton, Caytec Equipment, Ltd. 10571 178 Street
    zipcode: T5S 2K4 780-453-7979
    British Columbia, Surrey, Fort Fabrication & Welding Ltd.
    http://www.bctruckbody.com 19439 94 Avenue
    zipcode: V4N 4E6 604-882-2024
    Newfoundland, St. Johns, Paul Murphy Services
    http://www.paulmurphyservices.com 14 Hallet Crescent
    zipcode: A1C 2W2 709-576-6700
    Ontario, Aylmer, Canada Trailers
    sakes@canadatrailers.com 11938 Imperial Road
    zipcode: N5H 2R3 519-765-1717
    Ontario, Ayr, Canadian Towing Equipment 2492 Cedar Creek Road
    zipcode: N0B 1E0 519-622-5522
    Ontario, Barrie, Hitch City 102 Commerce Park Dr.
    zipcode: L4N8W8 705-792-9204
    Ontario, Beaverton, Beaverton Mower & Marine B990 Concession 5 Box 680
    zipcode: L0K 1A0 705-426-9727
    Ontario, Binbrook, O'Neil's Farm Equipment 2461 Hwy 56, Box 340
    zipcode: L8R 1C0 905-572-6714
    Ontario, Bracebridge, Northland Truck Centre
    info@northlandtruck.com 370 Ecclestone Dr.
    zipcode: P1L 1V1 705-645-2201
    Ontario, Brantford, Brant Tractor
    tlynch@branttractor.ca 1324 Colborne St. W RR #4
    zipcode: N3T5L7 519-449-2500
    Ontario, Brockville, Weagant Farm Supplies RR 4, Highway 29
    zipcode: K6V5T4 613-342-0668
    Ontario, Burlington, Al's Lawn 1421 Grahams Lane
    zipcode: L7S 1W4 905-634-2800
    Ontario, Burlington, Riva Truck Accessories 4325 Harvester Rd. #2
    zipcode: L7L 5M4 905-331-9119
    Ontario, Burlington, Del Equipment
    ahuurman@delequipment.com 2177 Plains Rd. East
    zipcode: L7R 3Y3 905-528-1104
    Ontario, Burlington, G.C. Duke Equipment
    zipcode: L7S 1W6 905-637-5216
    Ontario, Collingwood, Coxy's Small Motors & Marine
    jayson_cox@sympatico.ca 9485 Hwy 26E
    zipcode: L9Y 3Z1 705-444-8800
    Ontario, Comber, Kentown Ltd. 8705 County Rd. #46 RR #1
    zipcode: N0P 1J0 519-687-6662
    Ontario, Dunnville, McIntyre Automotive 1472 Hwy 3 East
    zipcode: N1A 2W7 905-701-4664
    Ontario, Emsdale, Do Something Company
    dsc.snowplows@gmail.com 325 Old Government Road
    zipcode: P0A 1J0 705-636-0995
    Ontario, Erin, Stewarts Equipment
    info@stewartsequip.com 9410 Wellington Rd. 124
    zipcode: N0B 1T0 519-833-9616
    Ontario, Gloucester, Leitrim Supply 4747 Bank St.
    zipcode: K1T 3W7 613-822-6635
    Ontario, Guelph, Ontario Snow Plow & Lawn Equipment Sls. 40 Taggart St.
    zipcode: N1H 6L3 519-362-3325
    Ontario, Hamilton, Outdoor Supplies
    rick@outdoorsupplies.ca 25 Arrowsmith Rd.
    zipcode: L8E 2W4 905-578-2411
    Ontario, Innisfil, Richview Lawn Equipment
    dougselders@rle.ca 8392 Young St.
    zipcode: L9S3C3 705-722-8400
    Ontario, Keene, Asphalt Concrete Equipment & Supplies 30 Keene Dr., PO BOX 36
    zipcode: K0L2G0 705-295-6092
    Ontario, Kinston, Pleasant View Equipment Sales
    pleasantview.equipment@bellnet.ca 2308 Princess St.
    zipcode: K7M3G4 613-546-6285
    Ontario, Kitchener, Kitchener Tractor Centre
    jeff@kitchenertractor.com 1876 Huron Rd.
    zipcode: N2G 3W5 519-696-2568
    Ontario, Leamington, Janzen Equipment LTD
    janequip@mnsi.net 410 Hwy #77 RR #3
    zipcode: N8H 3V6 519-326-3261
    Ontario, London, Hyde Park Farm Equipment
    jeffwatterton@hpe.ca 2034 Mallard Rd.
    zipcode: N6H 5L8 519-471-1400
    Ontario, Long Sault, Carmikel Canada 5701 Warner Dr.
    zipcode: K1C1P0 613-936-6868
    Ontario, Milton, Halton Turf & Tractors Inc.
    stevemarshall@greentractors.ca 15 Steeles Ave. E
    zipcode: L9T 1X9 905-878-8121
    Ontario, Mississauga, Hitch City
    http://www.snoway.com 7-5170 Dixie Rd.
    zipcode: L4W 1E3 905-625-4664
    Ontario, Mississauga, Landscape Depot
    g.edick@on.aibn.com 7123 Fir Tree Dr.
    zipcode: L5S 1G4 905-677-4382
    Ontario, Oakville, Cliff's Lawn & Garden
    http://www.cliffslawn.com 488 Morden Rd. #2
    zipcode: L6K 3W4 905-844-4304
    Ontario, Oshawa, Jensen Trailer Sales & Service
    brianjensen@bellnet.ca 465 Bloor St. W
    zipcode: L1J5Y5 905-571-2525
    Ontario, Perth, Gemmill's Tirecraft 183 Harper Rd., R.R. #4
    zipcode: K7H 3C6 613-267-2818
    Ontario, Phelpston, McLaren Equipment, LTD 3464 Horseshoe Valley Rd. W
    zipcode: L0L 2K0 705-734-2424
    Ontario, Sarnia, Sarnia Rent-All 392 Front Street N
    zipcode: N7T 5S9 519-336-2300
    Ontario, Scarborough, Hitch City 1545 Warden Ave.
    zipcode: M1R2S9 416-299-4960
    Ontario, Simcoe, Norfolk Tractor Ltd
    trbarker@kwic.com RR#1 #3 Hwy
    zipcode: N3Y 4J9 519-426-1090
    Ontario, St. Catharines, L. St. Amand Enterprises 130 Bunting Road
    zipcode: L2P 3G5 905-682-1132
    Ontario, Stittsville, Stittsville Trailer/Auto Sales
    stittstrailer@aol.com 1834 Stittsville Main St. PO BOX 73
    zipcode: K2S 1A2 613-836-5555
    Ontario, Stoney Creek, Skyway Lawn Equipment
    hburgess@skywaygroup.ca 154 Upper Centennial Parkway
    zipcode: L8J2T7 905-662-2663
    Ontario, Stouffvulle, Hutchinson Farm Supply 14183 Hwy 48
    zipcode: L4A 7X3 905-640-2692
    Ontario, Thornhill, Thornhill Lawn Eq.
    eric_thornhill_lawn@hotmail.com 385 John St. Unit #6
    zipcode: L3T 5W5 905-889-5517
    Ontario, Vankleek, Howes Farm Equipment Inc. 5659 Hwy 34 PO BOX 419
    zipcode: K0B1R0 613-678-5599
    Ontario, Wellesley, GA Machinery
    sales@gamachinery.com 3691 Nafziger Rd. Box 159
    zipcode: N0B 2T0 519-656-3098
    Ontario, Windsor, Vehicle Venture
    brian@vehicleventure.com 1885 Provincial Rd
    zipcode: N8W5V7 519-966-8642
    Ontario, Woodbridge, Riva Truck Accessories 5875 Hwy 7 #11
    zipcode: L4L 1T9 905-851-6082
    Ontario, Woodbridge, Joy Gardening Equipment Ltd. 71 Strada Dr. #10
    zipcode: L4L 5V8 905-851-9236
    Ontario, Woodstock, The Power Garage
    sales@thepowergarage.com 68 Ingersoll Road
    zipcode: N4S 2P9 519-533-1300
    Quebec, Saint Jarome, Morris Multico 140 Bel Air
    zipcode: J7Y 2A5 450-431-1620
    Quebec, Ste. Therese, blue-Pelican 217 Boulevard Rene A Robert
    zipcode: J7E 4L1 450-435-3232
    Saskatchewan, Regina, Del Equipment
    regina@delequipment.com 1265 McDonald St.
    zipcode: S4N 4X5 306-359-1477
    Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, The Rent-It Store, Inc. 633 45th St. E
    zipcode: S7K 0W4 306-652-0101
    Woodstock, Ontario, The Power Garage 68 Ingersoll Road
    zipcode: N4S 2P9 519-533-1300

  7. 0011001

    0011001 Junior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 9

    I'm not trying to be a pain, but almost none of those are within 45 min.
    I called and got prices from Thornhill and Mississauga, but it seems odd that I have to go to another city to buy a plow. Then again, a bit more research on my end revealed this was the case for most plow manufacturers.

    Leaning toward the Snow way 29 HD ($6100 installed and storm service), but the contractor for an extra %10 is singing a siren song.

    What does anyone think of the unimounts by western. I need this plow to come off relatively easy (for a plow).
  8. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Dealer support is good, but if you breakdown in the middle of a lot it won't mean a thing. That's way you need to know the in's and out of your plow.
  9. ultimate plow

    ultimate plow PlowSite.com Addict
    from N. IL
    Messages: 1,770

    Uni mount is old school. Reliable as hell but old school. The ultramount set up is literally 20 seconds to hookup or unhook. Its simple. And almost imposible to see the truck mount in the offseason. I think you would be more than happy with a 8,6 western.
  10. 0011001

    0011001 Junior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 9

    Hi Grandview.
    What do you mean about ins and outs? I'm a manual freak (like to learn stuff), but are some plow brands better for certain job types than others.

    Ultimate, my main concern with western is that a few guys who use them have told me about issues backdragging, which I have a lot of (one commercial account is a townhome lot). But the ultramount seems sweet now that I've looked at it.

    Do add on wings really help out that much? Looks like it to me.
    I got a good price on an (new) old model Blizzard power plow. The light from the mount stay on all year.
    The additional 10' reach would seem to...kick ass.
  11. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    It's good you know the manual .If your going with a straight blade a lot of guys make a back scrapping blade for the plow that hooks behind the cutting edge.
  12. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    The contractor mega is as easy a mounting system as there is. Maybe the best thing about the mega series. Once you learn how, (its simple) it's so easy a caveman could do it.
  13. CMU07

    CMU07 Member
    Messages: 68

    Completely off topic subject, but thought I would say to basher, your receptionist/secretary is a very pleasant woman. Quite helpful as well. If shippings not too bad I'll be sending you a few dollars. HAHA
  14. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    Kim does a good job:nod: I'll pass the compliment on.
  15. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Now you did it.we need a picture!
  16. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    The Sno-Way will work good for you and if you can read a manual you will be ok.
    Easy to work on just carry a few extra parts and have a good winter.
  17. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    i agree with grandview, get a boss, they are the best plows out there. the second best would be western, and then meyer and so on. but you dont want a blizard that has a hitch attachment, becasue you will have no downward preasure
  18. Turkey

    Turkey Member
    Messages: 77

    I have a Boss Vee, works great going forward but is terrible for back dragging. I haven't figured out why Boss hasn't come out with down pressure yet, all the hydraulic circuitry is there for the smart hitch and with a few more components down pressure would be possible. If you're doing that many residentials, down pressure on the Sno-Way would be the sell for me. Sno-Way is local for me, see more and more of them every year. Sno-Way is no lesser plow than any other brand. Just like any other equipment if you take care of it you'll be just fine.

    Fuel consumption on the truck, my 5.4 is pretty consistant at 2gals/hr plowing. Beyond that, the heavier the plow the quicker you'll replace ball joints on the front.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2009
  19. 0011001

    0011001 Junior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 9

    I like easy to work on.....
    And the lighter, the better as far as I'm concerned.
    Can anyone shed light on the Blizzard hitch post above.
    This noob doesn't get it.

    I'm off to 2 suppliers tomorrow as long as my schedule cooperates, and will post my experience (if anyone cares? I dunno, I figure if someone helps me make this decision, the least I can do is tell them what I decided)

  20. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    Explain further please, curious minds want to know??