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Chain Lift (Fisher) or Cylinder Lift (BOSS)

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by 2005Chev, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. 2005Chev

    2005Chev Member
    Messages: 38

    Looking at buying a new v plow and not sure what to get. I have always had fishers on work trucks but most of the time ran equipment (backhoes or loader). So I am trying to decide what I am putting on my personal truck next year. Wanted to know thoughts on which system is better. I know they both have pros and cons but I figured everyone on here could give me some more insight on the topic

    which is better for staking?
    does the boss have better down pressure with the cylinder?
    which plow seems to last better?

    thanks for you input.
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I'll start, Boss V plow.
  3. 2005Chev

    2005Chev Member
    Messages: 38

    Haha thats what I'm leaning towards but never ran one. Seem to see more fishers around then boss.
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    You get good down pressure with the boss v plow.
  5. as81808

    as81808 Junior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 16

    fisher all the way!!
  6. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    Boss does NOT have down pressure!!!!!!

    Boss IS a full trip blade dont like
    boss is direct lift Like
    Boss has springs to angle the blade back Dont Like
    Boss is lighter than fisher Like
  7. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    You must not plow an all you can eat buffet. I just get a couple of fatties to sit on the plow and I have all the dp I need!
  8. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,951

    the chain lets you stack higher
  9. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    Once you try direct lift you won't go back. The Boss has been a great plow. I have the old style and VXT. Unless to trying to throw snow 30' I wouldn't buy the VXT.
  10. Yooper75

    Yooper75 Senior Member
    Messages: 324

    This is tough call I have used Western Pro Plows all my life to move snow and I have had the chance to move snow with some BOSS Power V's. I like the BOSS because they are made here in town but I also like the Western because of the ground clearance with the UltraMount system. They both have pro's and con's it's just what you want on the list of pro's that are going to make the decision for you.
  11. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,951

    I love my western
  12. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    I have both the Western and Boss V plow. I'm pretty sure I can push further over a curb with the Boss then the Western. The mount on the truck is higher with the Western but the A frame sits lower.
  13. Yooper75

    Yooper75 Senior Member
    Messages: 324

    LIke I said there are pro's and con's to each one and that's a big one. I was always slamming the A Frame on my Western of off something.
  14. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    You can get a Boss plow with a tripedge...

    But yeah the boss doesn't have downpressure. You've got float so the blade's weight is your downpressure.

    I have a Boss Super Duty plow and I have also used a 2-year old Western MVP plow extensively, and I prefer the lift system on the Boss.

    Plus the Boss Smarthitch is the fastest and easiest attachment system to work, at least out of the plows I've messed with.
  15. m3klee

    m3klee Member
    Messages: 62

    ive had fishers all my life till the truck i have now has a Boss on it. and i love the Boss. I stack higher than i used to and if your cruising along and hit a pothole u dont get that bounce up in the air and slam down like u do with the fisher and the chain( not that it happens a lot but sometimes it does if you miss a hole). not to mention how much easier the boss smarthitch is compared to the fishers to put on and off the truck. i was unsure about the boss before i got it because i never had one but i am sold on it and will always have a Boss from now on
  16. Bigrd1

    Bigrd1 Senior Member
    Messages: 136

    I say fisher all the way. I've used western boss and fisher and I like the fisher and western the best. 1st off if you ever have a breakdown with a fisher or western you can run the plow up a pile of snow and short-chain it go get it back to the shop. you cant do that with a boss. As far as ground clearance I've never hit anything with my A frame, if your truck and plow are set up right you shouldn't hit anything. The boss frames always seem to be lower to the ground than the western/fisher. As for quick mounting the new fishers take about 35 seconds to hook up with no electronics to mess up. Just my two cents but I'd go with the fisher. Make sure you have good dealer support wherever you are.
  17. Stik208

    Stik208 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,319

  18. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    Great Post, I'm with him but I like a heavier plow for some reason.

    Not necessarily true, I personally have used both and really don't see the huge advantage/difference that everyone preaches about.

    Not in a Vplow, only full moldboard trip. They are a quick attachment unless you have a hydraulic/electrical/switch failure. The Fisher is mechanical and very simple/easy to hook up as well.

    Thats true but its also the trip edge keeping the impact from hurting the truck rather than the plow/truck absorbing that impact. You can get a trip edge straight blade boss and it will do this as well. The stacking comment I'll leave as I think both will stack very well.

    Check them both out in person on trucks, try to mount/dismount yourself, see how the hydraulics work, check out the controller, etc. Then decide for yourself, they are both awesome plows and you won't be disappointed either way.
  19. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    BOSS is The Greatest..............Thumbs Up
  20. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    FISHER is The Cats Meow..........:nod: