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how old is to old?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by c.t. lawn care, Mar 23, 2003.

  1. c.t. lawn care

    c.t. lawn care Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    how old is to old for a plow? i just got a sno-way that was made in 97' it works fine except for a dirty valve. how long should/could i get out of this plow?
  2. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    Don't know much about Snoways, but a plow is a permanent investment. At least it has been for me. Sure I went through a few used Meyer ST series plows over the years, but my Meyer C-8 and my Boss look to me that they'll last my lifetime. Surely they'll outlast both trucks usefull life.

    Now you guys up in the snow belt may feel differently about this topic, but you should still see quite a few decades out of a plow.
  3. Jerre Heyer

    Jerre Heyer Senior Member
    Messages: 948

    Plow life

    I think if you are smart and do service on the plow NOW when the season is winding down every year you should see a long life out of any plow.

    This takes into account that you'll have to repair anything that has broken during the year or that looks like it is on it's way out. Regular Preventative Maintenance is necessary with any piece of equipment.

    I have several customers running snoways from the early years of the Orange blade. Still going strong. Repairs as necessary and some new pumps but still pushing snow.

    It's all what you put into it.

    Leave it for the first snow and it's your own bad if it won't work.

  4. Rooster

    Rooster Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 650

    I can't say anything about a snowway, but I had a western built and installed on a 1984 Dodge Snow-Commander 3/4 ton, plow still worked GREAT when I sold the truck with the plow.

  5. SWR11

    SWR11 Junior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 5

    My diamond plow is 2 yrs old and showing alot of wear. I will be replacing it with a new Fisher in September.:D
  6. jkkalbers

    jkkalbers Senior Member
    Messages: 116

    We have 2 arctic plows that are over 20 years old. other than occasional welding they work fine.
  7. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    A two year old Diamond is ready for replacement? What kind of snow do you get?
  8. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    Keep it.Most of our snoways are older,and once you repair all the crappy welds,and brace it up a bit,it will last for a long while with just normal maintenance and repair.
  9. snowflake

    snowflake Member
    Messages: 86

    i got a meyers 8 ft poly hd come with my 91 dodge still in good shape yet. just minor welding and coat of paint looks and works good. i plow the **** out of it ever yr. take care of equipment it will last.
  10. Acorn

    Acorn Senior Member
    Messages: 103

    if your happy with the style (straight or "V" etc)then there is little reaon to worry about old because it's usually cheaper to repair than replace old plows. At the end of the day the snow gets plowed wether it's with a new $4000 plow or an old plow that you had to put a few hundred dollars into every few years
  11. tileman

    tileman Member
    Messages: 55

    How old is to old,I think it comes down to are you willing to work on your plow yourself, or is someone going to to it for you. Even if your plow is brand new it can and will brake down sometime.
    PM is the answer (preventive maintance). If you don't take care of it it will not take care of you. We have one meyers on the 79 that was on the truck when my buddy first got hold of it 15 years ago. It has plow a lot of snow, and yes we have had to do some work on it but this year it plowed rite along with the new ones. And no payments.

  12. sonjaab

    sonjaab PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    I got 10 hard NY winters on a 7 1/2 ft. western. It
    was on 3 new GM trucks. of mine..... Sold it to my
    bud to put on his 94 GM truck 2 winters ago.
    Its still working hard with only minor repairs.....
    I hope my new western ultra works as hard and
    as troublefree !
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2003
  13. jakegypsum

    jakegypsum Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    1980 Western
    1982 Meyer.
    1987 Western

    All still in service and running fine. They have outlived the trucks that they have been mounted on.
    Bottom line, Preventive maint is number one. Plus, just like the above mentioned, you can make them last forever if you don't mind making repairs when needed. Jake.
  14. DLuccia

    DLuccia Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    i have a 76 bronco with a 78 fisher
    a 83 f150 with a 83 fisher plow and just sold a 69 chevy with a un known year plow early 70's
    i have a 99 ranger i wana put a min mount on it but it voids the warantee