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Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Brant'sLawnCare, Feb 12, 2010.

  1. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,756

    How long do you guys keep your plows before you replace them? I am thinking about replacing mine next year, because it is 9 years old, and I've had it now for about 2 winters. I bought it used. It has seen a lot of use here in WI the last few years. I just don't know how to judge when something is going to become unreliable. It has been great as long as I have owned it. Sound like I should keep it for another year? Or is that a pretty risky decision?
  2. micklock

    micklock Senior Member
    Messages: 118

    I started plowing in 1986 and I'm on my fourth plow. Every time I've replaced my plow it came with a new truck. But my newest plow I put on this year is on my jeep that I bought new in 2000.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2010
  3. Pushin 2 Please

    Pushin 2 Please PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,582

    On my GMC I had the Western put on when the truck was purchased new in 2000. This past spring I put a new mold board and "A" frame on it along with a new motor. Other than that its still orginal! IMO that was a better option than replacing everything. Cheaper as well! It sounds like a lot but if you add up new lights, pump, springs, shock, hardware, and the steel tower it saved me in the long run!
  4. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,796

    The unimount on my 98 is 15yr old. Came on a 95 Chevy 3/4ton when it was new. I'm not sure what all has been replaced on it, but it still works good for me. It's going to need some freshening up after this winter to make it tight again but I don't see why it won't last another 5 or 10yrs without problems.
  5. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    If it works keep plowing with it.
  6. snobgone

    snobgone Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 122

    Plows will last a long time if they are maintained regularly. Check for stress cracks regularly so they dont become a problem and cause damage beyond repair. Every few years we blast and paint them, change all the pins including on the A frame and hydraulic lines. We have had some Fishers since 94 and they are still plowing (as back up trucks) and the blades are fine.
  7. TJS

    TJS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,440

    My Diamond is a 1979. I refurbed it once when I did the conversion to the Fisher MM1 set up. I got it used in 1992 for $200.00.
  8. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    Everything on a plow is replaceable- you could basically use it as long as you want.
  9. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 28,362

    My plow dealer knows my plows are always for sale.

    Whenever he gets a guy in that's hot for a nice used plow, he sells one of mine.

    Every year or every other it costs me under $1,000 for a brand new plow.

    I look at it as an insurance. I always have new equipment, under warranty and it's not going to break down.
  10. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    I just replace the wear parts on mine, and use them till they die. New pins, and paint every couple years, and forget about it.
  11. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,756

    I think I'm gonna keep it then. Probably get a new plow for my truck, and put this one on a different truck if I buy one. If it works good, then I think it would be stupid to replace it.
  12. deicepro

    deicepro PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,124