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How long are your plows solenoids lasting?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by JDiepstra, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    Just wondering, how long are your solenoids working, and on what kind of plow? Just picked up a couple today after mine seemed to be giving up.
  2. WMHLC

    WMHLC Senior Member
    Messages: 248

    I have a boss plow that has 8 seasons and still has the orginal. Another boss plow would go thru one every years. I really think it has alot to due with the plow install. 8611 with 4 seasons and still going strong.
  3. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    Both of my trucks are still running everything as it was when it was installed, except the oil. I change that every year.
  4. APLC

    APLC Senior Member
    Messages: 206

    it all depends, if you are going through them then there might be a underline problem, also if the plow is in heavy use at a lot with tons of back dragging or a complex with a lot of spots then you are more likely to burn one up faster. remember everytime the plows moves the thing gets work Plus they are normally under 20 bucks. I like the new western solenoid its more round like the old motor ones and are supposed to last longer then the tall ones.
  5. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Depends on the operator of the plow
  6. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    And the quality of the solenoid itself too.

    Three words....Trombetta Bear Contactor. ;)
  7. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    And I thought it was the Chinese guy making it.
  8. lilweeds

    lilweeds PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,178

    B&B hit it right. Those solenoids last forever.
  9. Mark Witcher

    Mark Witcher Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    I have never had one go bad in 18 years of plowing. Knock on wood.
  10. Moonlighter

    Moonlighter Senior Member
    Messages: 643

    On my 8' Western I used to go through a couple a year with the joystick controller, I guess I used to hold it in position to long. Since I switched over to the hand held controller last year I have not had to replace it.
  11. theguynextdoor

    theguynextdoor Senior Member
    Messages: 308

    How do you know which one to get for a unimount Western and where do you get them?
  12. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    Thanks guys. The one on the plow in sig lasted 2.25 seasons. Guess I'm not a good plower.
  13. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    I sold a 10 year old Boss with the original solenoids last year.
  14. ondirtymax

    ondirtymax Member
    Messages: 70

    My blade is at least 10yrs old, all original solenoids
  15. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Here's the one your after Trombetta Probably the last one you'll ever need to buy.
  16. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    B&B, will that one work in Boss or Blizzard, or just a Unimount Western?
  17. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    It'll work on any 12 volt plow on the planet.
  18. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    Thanks, I'm getting 2. Your the man. :salute: