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best type of truck to plow?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by dirtrd, Nov 24, 2012.

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  1. dirtrd

    dirtrd Junior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 4

    I'm new to plowing this year, have run a small landscape biz for about 10 yrs now, finally deciding to plow this winter, I have a few driveways to start a couple 200-300ft gravel drives and hope to add more residential accts before snowfall.. I'm debating on getting a plow for my 06 F350 srw diesel which has never plowed, or getting a heavier duty 350 or 3500 dually with a flatbed. I've had this endless debate on having one do-all hd pickup truck or going to the dually which would also be better for towing equip. stone. etc.. I'm always overloaded with the current F350, its a nice truck but need a more dedicated work truck with a higher gvw and payload capacity, and have a smaller 1/2ton truck for daily driver. Anyway would flatbed be ok for traction with out sander? Have to put some kind of weight back there.. I have a dump trailer so payload not as big a deal as gvw and plowing. It'd be a shame to beat up my current F350 if I'm just going to sell it for something hduty in the near future. Thanks for any tips gotta decide soon snow on its way!
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Boss v plow on the F350. Don't believe anything those Fisher guys say!
  3. dirtrd

    dirtrd Junior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 4

    Thanks - what would you say is the main difference between boss and fisher? Those are the two brands I've been looking at anyway. Keep the F350? Not gonna kill the resale value?
  4. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,306

    Sounds like a 4x4 stake dump would fit your needs well. If all I was doing were driveways, I would get a Jeep.
  5. dirtrd

    dirtrd Junior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 4

    Thanks, I'm looking at a gmc 3500 flatbed 010? duramax, just gotta figure out the weight in the back without a sander.
  6. Green Grass

    Green Grass PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,577

    Stick with the current truck to keep cost down. It will not effect the resale of the truck. My preference would be a Boss over the Fisher but you need to figure out which dealer can better service you.
  7. CashinH&P

    CashinH&P Senior Member
    Messages: 448

    Where in nh are you? Im from Nh too, we have a lot more fisher dealers around the Manchester area then any other brand, and alot of people can work on fishers. I personaly have a 7.5 fisher and do 90% residentials with my 1500, your f350 will hold the plow great.
  8. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    I have fisher and boss

    get a fisher

    Trip edge instead of full blade trip and and in the V plow, fisher has NO RETURN SPRING for the wings like Boss THAT KEEP BRAKING IN THE SAME PLACE. can you say BAD DESIGN or MANUFACTURING and BOSS dont give a **** to fix it why should they they sell more springs that way. I replace 2 a year. I have NEVER had to replace any fisher spring

    Boss uses 6 hoses on there Vplow 3 different fittings KIS ... my ass
    Fisher V plow 5 hoses, you can carry 1 hose for a spare. Gota carry 3 hoses for the Boss

    Truck side mount Boss has this BIG ASS chunk of steel hanging down, out weighs the fisher by 80 Lb

    then there is the hooking up the plow Boss takes me 3 or 4 times longer to hook up as the fisher.

    Plus if you EVER get the plow stuck on the wrong side of a stump or stone wall in the raised position you can NOT take the plow off the truck. you will have to UNBOLT the plow plow frame from the truck or rip the plow over whatever it is hung on.

    Then the controller if you dont get the touch pad it A HUGE BOX with a BIG stick. I mount the fisher controller on the gear shift, May hand is already there

    Not going to say boss suck but there design and usability has much to be desired
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2012
  9. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    :laughing: Who get's their plow stuck on the other side of a stump or stone wall in the up position??

    I like my old Boss, I've broken 1 set of return springs in 14 years.

    I would not hesitate to try a Fisher Trip Edge V though.
  10. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    See ,don't believe these Fisher guys.
  11. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    F350 dually are made to work I would go with western 9.6 Vplow
    I have both boss V and Western V I rather run the western Reason is I have more controll of the western then the boss
    I ran the boss for 8 yrs and western 4 yrs Western is a better plow hands down
  12. dirtrd

    dirtrd Junior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 4

    Thanks for the tips guys! Leaning toward fisher.. got a dealer nearby, and I keep hearing about the trip edge being better for gravel drives. Cashin in I'm in Cheshire county outside of Keene, hilly area. Yea I'm sure my F350 will be fine but I'm just thinking about next season towing stone and equip... Itd be nice to just have a dedicated work truck and then a daily driver smaller truck.
  13. Spool it up

    Spool it up Senior Member
    Messages: 912

    ditto's w/6.0 liter
  14. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,660

    F350 & a Fisher SS 8'6" vee. Done deal. Don't believe what these boss guys say....LOL
  15. SharpBlades

    SharpBlades Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    Another vote for fisher. Trip edge definately beats out full trip for gravel. Don't believe those boss guys. Lol

    But in all reality, choose the brand with the best and closest dealer. I know around here, some of the better dealers have service techs at the shop 24 hours during snow events
  16. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,218

    X2 on the Jeep for just driveways.
  17. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,978

    whatever you choose make a gravel guard for them...will save a lot of aggravation
  18. junker1

    junker1 Junior Member
    from maine
    Messages: 20

    whats a gravel gaurd??
  19. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516


    watch the videos, small square links.

    course this is mainly used for lots. both scoop and v plow designs are useless for drives, but get some lots and a scoop plow will blow any v blade ever.

    frankly i like my custom build even better than the DD extendable wings
  20. getherdone1987

    getherdone1987 Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    get a 6sp manual dodge 3500 with a fisher plow you will love it
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