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I just bought a used Snowbear plow and have some questions...

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by miketonon, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. miketonon

    miketonon Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    I'm mounting it on a 2007 Ford Ranger. I just cleaned, mounted and undercoated the mounting brackets today. The previous owner recomended I change all the hardware because of rust, is it really necessary? The plow is 4 years old and was only used to plow the previous owners driveway.

    If I plan on back dragging, should I replace the pins with grade 8 bolts? or pins?

    Do I really need to put the bracket on that holds the plow up when driving? If its really necessary, can't I just rig up an electric lock so I don't have to get out of the truck for every driveway I do?

    Can I rig up an electric "lock" of some sort to hold the plow down for back-dragging?

    Should I mount a rubber flap on top? It doesn't have one.

    Can I take the switch out of the box and mount it in the dash? The box is made to hang on the door window, which I don't want to do and I don't want it just loose in the truck either.

    Does anyone have any experience with this?

    Also, I just plan on plowing my driveway and other suburban small driveways. I'm going to try to get jobs where I can just push the snow to the sides or straight forward. Where with a garage I couldn't just plow straight forward, usually.
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2009
  2. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Try the "Sno-Way" forum first.
    Use new bolts for mounting,
    Don't use the "travel bracket"
    Mount the box to the console in the truck
    You don't need a snow "deflector" for the top of the blade unless you do long pushes.
    The DP has enough power to backdrag by itself.
  3. miketonon

    miketonon Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    I noticed one of the eyelet nuts holding the spring is worn on one side. The hole that the eyelet goes through is a little large and oval shaped, I think I'm going to replace them and put a washer on that side.

    So I don't need to use the "travel bracket" even for traveling miles? Should I carry an extra strap just incase it breaks?

    I want the switch to look like it was factory installed and out of sight a bit, but the switch is very tense, I think it would be easy to spin when I put it.

    If I plow a 40 ft driveway, should I have a snow "deflector"?

    For backdrag, I've heard of people physically pushing the plow down because it wouldn't do the job. I wonder if I could rig up something electrical for that.

    Thanks for the help!

    Also, is that all grade 8 hardware? Should I buy directly from Snowbear?
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2009
  4. kylejohn

    kylejohn Junior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 13

    You cant rig sumthing elec to keep the snowbear down, its just not heavy enough and theres no hydraulics
  5. kylejohn

    kylejohn Junior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 13

    Hey but if you figure sumthing out let me know