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$900 t0 take a plow off and put it on another?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by MickiRig1, Mar 25, 2004.

  1. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    My brother in-law had a Meyer's plow taken off a Chevy 2500 and put on a GMC 2500. The shop charged him $900 for the job. They did not even paint anything. Used all the old connectors and wires.
    Nothing new but the truck side mounting bolts.
    You guys think this was too high a price or what?
    The bro-inlaws helpless, he never asked for help from me, we could have done it easy.
  2. Johnny V

    Johnny V Member
    Messages: 69

    I am a handy guy and really never pay anyone for anything. $900 seems insanely high for that kind of work but maybe it is just me.

    Even at $40 an hour that is almos 23 hours of work. I have not put my plow on yet (newbie here) but I doubt putting on on will take me 1/2 that in my garage on the floor.....
  3. Flipper

    Flipper PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,180

    Not that high IMO. Usually shops charge a bit more to remove a used plow. Often bolts have to be cut off. I would say $400 to remove. Installation of a new plow is usually around $300, but this was not a new plow, so it probably did not go on as easy. They would have had to use new connectors, but why a new harness, so that saved you money.

    Was this a normal garage or did they specialize in plows. A specialist would likely have been cheaper. Instead he was paying for labor rates which around here are over $60 per hour.

    Overall I think maybe he paid $100 or so to high. Lesson learned, shop around.
  4. JMR

    JMR Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    I own an automotive repair shop. At the beginning of this season we removed 3 Meyer plows from a lawn service customer's vehicles(all GM trucks) and reinstalled the on 3 different vehicles. To remove it takes 1 tech 1.25 hours with air tools including removal of wiring etc. That is being extra careful not to damage the vehicle and return everything to its OE state. To install it takes one tech 3-4 hours, includes drilling necessary holes, running wire and properly supporting, mounting controller, etc. We don't mount plows for a living, so a shop that does nothing but plow equipment should be faster than my techs. Our shop rate is $70.00 per hour plus supplies(bolts, fluid, etc). It sounds to me that you paid about $500 to much for the job, thats JMO. I feel the going rate for remove and reinstall should be $400-500. for your average plow.
  5. lawnmedic

    lawnmedic Senior Member
    Messages: 703

    What year truck? I priced a bolt kit from a local meyers dealer for my 89 2500, 120.00 Some of the bolts were custom to that application and I could not obtain them anywhere else including Fastenal(sp) Plus I always bag and store any bolts removed from the truck as to not have to go to dealer to replace when removing the plow...Chuck
  6. Turfmower

    Turfmower Senior Member
    Messages: 376

    Can you point me to that $40 labor place most shops have posted rated 60 to 95 per hour here
  7. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Speed wise I would not even bother with air tools taking it off. Just flame wrench the bolts and replace with new. Those bolts are like head bolts, grade 8 and they get stretched, better to replace them.
    Both trucks were near the same year mid 90's. The shop that did the job installs used and new plows all the time. This is one of shops that makes a killing on guys that are not bright enough to have extra parts. I asked prices on replacement parts one time: $18 springs, $25 hoses, $10 trip spring eye bolts, $10 quick connectors, $8 QT for Myer fluid. But if you need it that bad I guess you just have to pay the ransom.
  8. Robhollar

    Robhollar Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    It took me about 4 hours to remove and install my plow onto my truck. Now that ive done it im sure it would go much faster the next time i have to do it. Do you have any idea how long it took them to do the swap???
  9. Big Nate's Plowing

    Big Nate's Plowing PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    it took me an hour to install my meyers on the jeep, then 20 minutes to take off, then 5 hours to install on the durango with a custom bracket

    your friend got hosed
  10. Dwan

    Dwan Senior Member
    Messages: 879

    Here we wouldn't remove the old frame. it is cheeper to just buy a new truck frame and install it.
    Pl0w frame uasualy around $250 and install $300 including wireing
  11. butler L&S

    butler L&S Member
    Messages: 89

    I had my Boss V transfered from a 97 F250 to a 02 F350 and it set me back $670. I took the mount and wiring off the 97 myself.

    Boss RT3 Mount $410
    Headlight adapters $35
    6 wire connectors $3.60
    Misc shop Supplies $6
    Tax $16.16

    Labor $300

    They gave me $100 for the old mount.
  12. SnowMatt13

    SnowMatt13 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,559

    I had a 7.5 western uni-mount taken off a 99 K2500 and installed on a 00. mount and all wiring fit new truck. Cost to me was $300. Now I had the same uni-mount taken off the 2000 and installed on a '01 2500HD, which needed a new mount and wiring, basically a new truck 1/2. Cost was $850.00.
  13. 66Construction

    66Construction Senior Member
    Messages: 315

    That might have been a little high. A brand new plow in boxes on a pallet assembled and installed is 500, removal is easy with a torch, maybe 600 would have been fair...300 off and 300 on. If you have a shop to work in it's a simple thing to do. I just took a plow off my 02 and put it on a 96, that took all of 2 hours and the cost of a new isolation module and the 3 harnesses that go with it. Once you understand how your plow works it's a very simple thing to work on. In the end I would pay the higher price if I knew the mechanic and I knew I was going to get a high quality job done, the plow gone through and a nice neat proper install. A shoty plow install will drive you up the wall and copst you money in the long run, pay the money up front and sleep better at night.
  14. Gadget

    Gadget Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    I'd say he was hosed pretty bad - about two hours off (nice careful job) and 3-1/2 - 4 on- $75.00/hr - $450.00 plus $65-75 for bolt kit - But hey lot's of Stealers er Dealers I mean out there ready to take your money - just mho
  15. Tony Bonventre

    Tony Bonventre Sponsor
    Messages: 89

    A little High, But not to Bad
  16. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,951

    the most the dealers charge here are 55.00 to 65.00 and the put new wiring or what not in they say its 4hrs max