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Conventional or Uni-Mount????

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by linckeil, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,272

    Over the last few months I have been looking for a clean truck to replace my 1986 F250HD with a Western conventional mount. I was after a truck that has never had a plow on it and was going to swap my conventional setup from my ’86 onto whatever new truck I ended up with. But I came across a very clean 1996 F350 with a Western Uni-Mount that I couldn’t pass up. The original cutting edge is still 90%. The plow was used very infrequently.

    Here’s my dilemma –

    I love the conventional setup on my ’86. It’s never let me down and when a problem arises, it’s always a very simple fix. I know the unit very well. Plus the conventional mount seems like a much more sturdy setup to me (maybe its just my imagination?)

    The Uni-Mount setup on the ’96 I just picked up works just fine, but I know nothing about these units or their reliability. I do like the fact that the head gear comes off with the plow, but that’s not a major consideration of mine.

    So should I run the Uni-Mount, or swap it out for the tried and true conventional mount? Reliability and ease of fixing problems are my 2 major considerations.

    What do you guys think?
  2. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    You can not buy a conventional mount for the 96 and the 86 mount will not fit it.

    The uni-mount is a good snow mover. IMO the uni-mount scrapes better then either the conventional or the ultra mount.
    the swap over is a little more complicated then just the black iron, lights and controls would have to swap also.

    i would leave things just as they are.
  3. Crash935

    Crash935 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    I'm with Basher, leave it as is.

    Download the mechanics guide and give it a look, its not that much different than the conventional and once you learn it you wont have a problem.
  4. Western1

    Western1 Senior Member
    from MI.
    Messages: 752

    Ditto the unimount maybe a little more complicated but still a very reliable plow!
  5. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,272

    thanks for the input. I'm aware of the frame differences but i love to weld and fabricate so that doesn't scare me. the wiring swap would be easy for me too.

    but i think i'll give the unimount a shot. what are some spare parts i should always have on hand specific to this unit?
  6. Schwinn68

    Schwinn68 Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    The spares I have are hoses and a solenoid.
  7. Western1

    Western1 Senior Member
    from MI.
    Messages: 752

    Ditto on the hoses and a spare solenoid. Maybe a relay for the lights also.:cool: