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9'6" v durability

Discussion in 'Fisher Engineering Discussion' started by ddb maine, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. ddb maine

    ddb maine Senior Member
    Messages: 832

    I have nearly no knowledge of fisher. I bought a 550 in december with a 9'mc. The MC is an awesome plow for roads, god its nice, but its not quick enough for th driveways that I have. How would a 9'6" v hold up to a 10,000lb truck beating (not truely, I go easy) on it? I have probably 2 miles total of GRAVEL roadway and 40 driveways of varying lengths.

    Does anyone run a 9'6" v on a 550 on gravel roads and drives. The weight of the mc makes the gravel feel like pavement.
  2. Snow Miser

    Snow Miser Senior Member
    Messages: 104

    I can tell you from my experience that the 9'6" V would do fine on a 550. I have 4 International 4300 trucks with 9'6'' v plows that have been commercial lots for the past 5 years. and they are still in excellent condition. As for a gravel road I wouldn't know. I don't plow gravel.
  3. ddb maine

    ddb maine Senior Member
    Messages: 832

    Excellent, I appreciate the information. Anyone running gravel roads?
  4. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,660

    I've plowed gravel with a vee before. Not too bad if you keep the blade up just a touch. As far as the truck/plow combo it will be fine. I know a few guys running that very setup and they have no complaints at all.
  5. Morrissey snow removal

    Morrissey snow removal PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,798

    that plow will be fine on the 550 we used to run one on a 350 and we never had a problem on unpaved surfaces if they were somewhat flat
  6. ddb maine

    ddb maine Senior Member
    Messages: 832

    The 550 is about 3k lbs heavier than the 350. Mine scales at 10,050.
    Though its good to know others are doing it. I just dont want to crumple the frame. The MC frame is huge compared to the V plows.

    So the V rides a bit rough on gravel? I would imagine the trip wouldn't techincally be any different as the angles aren't any different than a straight blade at full tilt. Am I looking at the incorrectly?
  7. Morrissey snow removal

    Morrissey snow removal PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,798

    i think u will be fine i just talked to a guy today wo has been running them on gm 4500 and 5500 and he said he never has had an issue
  8. Dewey

    Dewey Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    It's all I do..... I have very little Hottop ,,Course I have a Boss Vee : )
  9. ddb maine

    ddb maine Senior Member
    Messages: 832

    Do you have a vxt or a standard V? any issues with the center bushings wearing out?
  10. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

  11. Dewey

    Dewey Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    :eek: LOL Wait a minute.... My first plow was a Diamond and my 2nd is a Boss.... I've been plowing with a Boss 9'-2" for at least 10 years..... I actually have added 10" to each side making it 10'-6" when straight... I replaced the Center pin 4years ago ( It has grease holes that I grease regulary) It gets sanded and painted every year I send it to the dealer more or less every year for complete service. It's been a Great plow. Faster than any Fisher that I've seen I'd get another in a heart beat...
  12. tastebeer

    tastebeer Member
    Messages: 82

    The undercarriage on the MC is more stout than the 9'6" V undercarriage, but both will hook up to the same undercarriage, you should not have any problems with the V if you don't drive like Meatloaf (a bat out of hell). I plow a lot of graveled roads and as someone commented you need to either raise the blade or put shoes on or you will get a 'bulldozer' effect. I do understand Fisher may be working on a larger V for F550/Ram5500 (this may be to counter the new V from Boss).