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Advice to new and old plowers

Discussion in 'Fisher Engineering Discussion' started by BigDave12768, Dec 22, 2008.

  1. BigDave12768

    BigDave12768 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,446

    I bought a used Xblade about 2 weeks ago. Plow was perfect when I picked it up. I couldnt wait to see how it plowed. About 3 hours into a 30 hour storm the lift pistion wont go up. So I get out of truck to take a look. The piston is hanging down. The pin that holds the lift cylender is gone. Cotter pin must have broke or something. Well up until about 2 weeks ago I would have been on phone call around at 7pm looking for a place that is open. which is no where in MA. Or hoping a buddy might have one at there shop. well not this time. I bought a Fisher emergency kit. I even filled toolbox with tools. So 5 minutes later I was good to go. These emergency kits are a must have. I bought the pricey Fisher one for $130. It came with a hat that i proudly wore for 5 minutes while fixing my plow. But you can find aftermarkets cheaper online for about $60. It payed for itself first storm.
  2. antanddom

    antanddom Member
    Messages: 53

    plow problems

    R and D exhaust in Billerica is open 24 hours durning a storm if this helps
  3. BigDave12768

    BigDave12768 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,446

    Yeah it does a bit. But I do sub work at 65/hr mostly and plow through storm. So Quincy to Billerica is at least a 3 hour trip during a storm. Box paid for itself already. But thanks for info
  4. antanddom

    antanddom Member
    Messages: 53

    your very welcome
  5. harddock

    harddock Member
    from mass
    Messages: 67

    NAPA usually has plow parts, But stuff never breaks when stores are open. Some spare stuff & tools is a MUST!
  6. YardMedic

    YardMedic PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    Also had great luck with Napa, albeit during normal business hours. It meant the difference between an hour lost and $1200 out for a storm. I find they have a great selection of various things to help. Fisher stuff was predominant at ours
  7. svt2205

    svt2205 Member
    Messages: 58

    What sort of "stuff" is in the emergency tool box? I don't have all that many choices for parts sources in my part of NH.
  8. bad93blaster

    bad93blaster Member
    Messages: 70

    how well is his service and stock collectoin?

    i use south chelmsford auto werx mostly
  9. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    You were never a Boy Scout!
    I Always have spare cotter pins, a full selection of hand tools, and some misc pieces I can MacGuyver into a temporary repair to get me home, or through the route.

    2 I couldn't fix on the road- Lost fluid and couldn't raise plow- drove into a bank to lift the blade and carry chained it home to fix- flat tire in 2 feet of snow during blizzard at 1 AM- truck tire ratchet shattered in the cold- drove home on flat to fix. Now carry 3/4 breaker bar and cheater pipe instead of factory tools.

    Even when I lost the tranny last week I was able to drive home!
  10. BigDave12768

    BigDave12768 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,446