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Am I missing something here? Is your question basically asking if the truck will look pretty with the valance cut or if you have to cut it? If you're using your truck to make money the point is mute.
 
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Am I missing something here? Is your question basically asking if the truck will look pretty with the valance cut or if you have to cut it? If you're using your truck to make money the point is mute.
Yes, you are missing something, I was simply asking which plow receiver allows for the most clearance. I'm not using the truck to make money actually, just personal plowing.
 

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the Boss bumper plastic filler piece covers everything you don't need to actually touch the plow.

I don't know if i would go for a heavier plow. look at the weight of the plow you are considering and figure out your front axle weight rating. I think with the HTS I'm right up to the max. Granted, the truck handles it just fine, but if you put another 300 pounds off the front end, you are just stressing everything that much more. It depends how careful you want to treat your baby. Mine is still "new to me" so I'm pretty careful.

What type of plowing are you doing? I currently do 2 rural driveways. no issues at all with my HTS. right before Christmas I even had to bust through a 4' high drift. worked like a charm.
 

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I was simply asking which plow receiver allows for the most clearance.
hands down the western gives you the most clearance. with the receivers removed you have full clearance as if there is no mount on your truck.

The boss mount hangs down forever to hit on curb stops and rocks and whatever else you drive over.
 

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Thank you all for the feedback, Mikey4v, do you have any pictures of your setup? The midweight is designed for the half ton also and is only 300$ more. Its chain vs piston lift and pivots better for uneven surfaces I'm told.
 

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The midweight is designed for the half ton also and is only 300$ more. Its chain vs piston lift and pivots better for uneven surfaces I'm told.
The midweight is also 130 lbs more than HTS. Not outrageous, but I'm still willing to bet that will push your weight over your FAWR. Did you investigate this at all? It will be close enough that you can get by, but as I said before, I don't want to abuse my "new" truck that much just to plow 2 driveways.

I do sympathize with the swiveling of the blade. There is one spot I always dug in with the corner because the HTS doesn't swivel. Not too bad, now that I am aware of it and can work around it.

I was worried about the direct lift instead of the chain and there is only a slight decrease in the height of my stacking ability. (lets say I could stack 5' high with my old western unimount and now its more like 4'.) Again, not a big deal for me, but something you should be aware of.

Overall I'm happy with my HTS. If it won't meet your needs, I guess I just wonder if your 1500 truck is enough either. Only you can make that decision and you have to live with it, so good luck.
 

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Pipe76 I'm still trying to figure out how add pictures from my phone up here lol.... As far.as the swiveling goes I'm already starting to see uneven wear of my cutting edge so there's just one more reason why I wish I would've went with the midweight, I also split 55 contracts with one other guy kind of alot for a half ton with an hts but I lease it so oh well lol
 

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pix - send pix to your email and save them in your home computer library, or send pix to an image saving site like imgur, then here click "Upload a File", then click browse and find and select ...
 

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coke813, Either of the plows would be fine for me really, I just feel like for a small amount of money more I can get a better plow. I will be only doing my paved 400ft driveway and my fathers 150ft gravel driveway and occasional driveway here and there for friends when they aren't around. I would have loved to get a 2500, and someday will, but in the meantime this truck is my daily driver so gas milage was a factor.
 

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[1st thing I noticed was the temp climbs very quick, will deff have to keep an eye on that.
Yeah, the blade blocks alot of the grille. I noticed when driving around in above freezing conditions that I had problems with engine temp too. You have to angle the blade to make some air flow behind it. When its cold out, its not too bad. The other problem is the ambient air sensor is right inside the grill. You may notice that your heater turns into an air conditioner if you aren't driving fast enough to make the truck realize its January instead of July. I thought about moving the temp sensor up higher after one warm calm day last winter. Now I never did that. I think the wire has enough slack, and with some zip ties I can relocate it at least enough to see if it makes a difference.
 

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I did notice that the temp gauge on the radio spiked up pretty quick, figured that sensor was getting blocked. It was a warmer day when I drove home from the dealer so I imagine with colder weather it should help, and supposed to keep it under 45 with plow on and I was going a little faster than that.
 

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Pipe76 I'm still trying to figure out how add pictures from my phone up here lol.... As far.as the swiveling goes I'm already starting to see uneven wear of my cutting edge so there's just one more reason why I wish I would've went with the midweight, I also split 55 contracts with one other guy kind of alot for a half ton with an hts but I lease it so oh well lol
Mikey4v, I have an '18 double cab and need to pull the trigger soon. I'm leaning towards the mid weight, any reason why I shouldn't go that route? I posted a thread a few days ago looking for input from site members but have had no responses.
 

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Jerkyboy, I had the hts on my 16 half ton it was an ok plow but for what I did I didn’t like it it wasn’t a chain driven plow like the rest of the traditional westerns the removable receivers are smaller than the midweight so if you ever wanted to upgrade to a bigger plow you would have to buy those too. Honestly I don’t know how much you plow but I plow with a guy who only uses the 7’6 pro plow on a half ton we know it’s way to heavy but it handles the weight very well honestly
 

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I stopped in at the local Western/Fisher dealer last weekend to look into the HTS. A couple of the guys who work there said they thought the midweight was a much better setup and quoted me on the Western midweight plows, which weigh 540lbs (steel) and 532 lbs (poly). They said that, technically, the steel unit's additional eight pounds puts me over the FAWR, but the poly doesn't. The steel Western midweight is only $200 more than the HTS. The dealer said they'd put it on my truck but I'd have to sign a release because it's over the FAWR. I want to go with the midweight but want to make sure the front end can handle it...that's my concern.
 
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