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how to find a cheap start plow?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by NCC74656, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. NCC74656

    NCC74656 Member
    Messages: 31

    i own a heavily modified 2500 dodge ram 1999 cummins. it has a large grill guard on the front so i assume i will need to do some fab work to get ANY plow mount to fit due to the welded brackets up front.

    I want to get into snow plowing this year but need to do it for under 1K. i have some cables that came with my truck that i think are part of a plow controller but am not sure, pics at the bottom.

    How can i piece together a plow on craigs list? i see so many mounts, blades, hydraulics, controllers, ect. new plows are 8K and that's WAY to much money for me to spend. can anyone help me go about this?

    i live in St. paul MN.

    i thoguht i had a better picture but here in the upper part you can see the "isolation mod" i think thats a plow controller but am not sure.
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 8, 2013
  2. NCC74656

    NCC74656 Member
    Messages: 31

    second question. looking around i have a hard time finding any dodge plows so could i buy a plow from a 83 or somthing and just weld up some 1/2" plate to hold the plow mount to the front frame and then weld a litch pin to the grill guard to hold the top of hte mount? the grill guard is made of 1/2" 2X6 and weighs in at 547Lbs so i think it would be strong enough.

    the truck is lifted by 3.5" so i would need to lower the mount anyway to keep the plow in line with the frame right?
  3. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,392

    That's a new ISO mod. I can't tell by the picture if its a western or fisher tho. That will help in determining what plow you can go with.
  4. Jguck25

    Jguck25 Senior Member
    Messages: 594

    youre going to want to take that guard off for the winter, 547 pounds plus the plow on the front of a 1999 dodge diesel is WAY too much weight for a dodge front end. it looks like it will also get in the way of the light tower too
  5. NCC74656

    NCC74656 Member
    Messages: 31

    im not sure i know enough to peice together a plow with that control mod. im looking to buy some old plow with everything on it adn just weld stuff up to make it fit the truck.
  6. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,392

    Your gunna be into it more money trying to piece something together then trying to buy the right stuff the first time. Your half way there with the ISO mod and wiring you just need the plow, mount and controller. It's not gunna be super expensive maybe 2500 ish. But what ISO is that fisher or western ?
  7. NCC74656

    NCC74656 Member
    Messages: 31

    yea... i found some old plows with everything on craigs list for 650-800. i think im going to go with them to start with. they are off of old bronchos and F-150's

    due to the extensive front end mods to accommodate that grill guard and my recovery winch i will need to do fab welding anyway so im just looking for a cheap starter plow. if it goes well this year then maybe next year ill drop a couple K onto a nice Vplow. im just not keen on spending over 1K when im not sure if i will be doing this more than a year.
  8. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,392

    What kind of plows are they for that cheap.
  9. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,086

    This is what I came up with for a bumper, the pump and lights come and go with the season in about 10min.
    It started out as a Meyer EZ Mount Classic, this type of setup allows for a lot of easy modifing for lifted trucks, etc....in my opinion.

  10. MK97

    MK97 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,057

    Trying to Frankenstein a setup is going to cost more in the long run. Making things work together and not being able to test a whole setup before buying is a gamble. Especially if you are trying to get plow contracts.

    I bought a second truck with plow this year and I paid another $1k in parts/labor to fix all the issues I found to make it reliable after solving the "small issues" it originally had masking the bigger ones. For about $1000 more I could have just bought a nice new setup for my big diesel. Granted I am still saving (barring anymore issues), but trying to go the cheapest route possible will almost always cost more. So make sure you can try any plow you find.
  11. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,086

    100% correct, in my case the plow was on the truck and the plow had no issues., I just built the bumper for my needs.
    To give an idea of possible cost, $300-600 to repair/rebuild a pump, $80-140per Angle cylinder, $250-400 to replace "A" frame or Sector, etc...
    Spend the extra money to get a good used set up that has little to no fixes.
  12. MK97

    MK97 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,057

    Angle cylinder was $185 for me last week, pump shaft seal was $17. Picked it up the other day from the shop since it was puking fluid and not building pressure. That was a $380 bill. Neighbor trying to help install pump last week slipped and broke the tab for the wire completely off the cylinder. Accidents happen, but still sucked.
  13. ozoneburner

    ozoneburner Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    I have the same truck as you and bought my first plow yesterday. Search "dodge snow plow" on Craigslist, most of the plows are off of our 2nd gens and ol bolt right up. I could have bought a working Meyer for 1500 but went with a blizzard for $2100. I would think if you wheel and deal you could find a beater for 1200 or so no problem.
  14. Whiffyspark

    Whiffyspark 2000 Club Member
    from SOMD
    Messages: 2,403

    Your bumper needs to come off in the winter

    You need to do some research. Cobbling something together like your talking about is a horrible idea at best.
  15. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,660

    Or you can ignore the advice of a half dozen professionals you asked input from. I'm sure that'll be the best approach. Cobble together some plow out of spare parts along with that monstrosity of a bumper you'll be fine :thumbsup:
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2013
  16. Sawboy

    Sawboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,700

  17. NCC74656

    NCC74656 Member
    Messages: 31

  18. NCC74656

    NCC74656 Member
    Messages: 31

    i expressly said i did not want to cobble things together, i dont know where you are getting off coming off like you are but i do not appreciate it. in my previous post i linked some plows i found on craigs list, what do you think of them as a choice?

    the bottom line is i need to get into this for under 1K, if its over 1K i will not be getting a plow. that's simply a financial line that i am not able to cross or move.
  19. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,481

    Just forget the whole thing. For what you want to spend, you're going to end up with a piece of **** that breaks down every ten minutes and piss the people off that you're supposed to be plowing for. You're going at this whole thing ass backwards.
  20. NCC74656

    NCC74656 Member
    Messages: 31

    ok... well if i cant get into it for 1K then i wont be getting into it. its just to much money for an initial cost to buy a 3K $ plow. i see dozens of old beaters with plows and have known plenty of people from my auto teachers, grandpa, friends dads that all had a 80's bronco or equivalent with some 20 year old plow they used. that is what i was after.

    im not quite sure why some steel and hydraulics should cost so much but i guess it is what it is. if anyone has any thoughts on how i can make things work for my price range feel free to throw them out but if not then maybe ill happen across something local or just not bother with it at all and put the money to other things.

    thanks for the help.