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is this thing worth it?

Discussion in 'Back-up Buddy - Back-up & Utility Lights - Trucks' started by jerseydrew, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. jerseydrew

    jerseydrew Senior Member
    from jersey
    Messages: 232

    been thinking of getting the back up buddy but it's a little expensive for what it is. is it worth it?
  2. eric02038

    eric02038 Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 247

    I thought the same thing. I looked at a setup on JC Whitney that cost a little less. After reading the reviews i thought it's probably worth spending a little more on the back up buddy as the reviews for the JC Whitney setup were terrible. Haven't used the back up buddy in the snow yet(haven't any any snow), but the setup seems well worth the money, very rugged.
  3. TLK380

    TLK380 Member
    Messages: 65

    I just got two led units. They work really good. I can't wait to use them when plowing. They worth every penny.
  4. asps4u

    asps4u Senior Member
    Messages: 543

    I bought an LED version with the amber strobe in the fall. Finally got to use it in a storm last weekend, and this thing is AWESOME!! IMO definitely worth the money. I've used many cheap set ups and they always break and get destroyed. The backup buddy lights are hinged, so when you hit a snow bank, they just bend out of the way, so you just position them back to where you want. Very heavy duty design. I'm very pleased so far. Thumbs Up
  5. s. donato

    s. donato Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    I bought a LED version with the amber strobe. wow is it built tough!!!

    well made thats for sure.

    this thing is exactly what i am looking for b/c i can switch it to my work van to use for its lights and step during the non-plow season and ut it back on my pickup for winter.

    very nice!!! this should work great for me thanks for the quick shipping too!!!
  6. captadamnj

    captadamnj Senior Member
    Messages: 148

    Have the halogens. Built super tough and super bright, love having the lights back there as a utility light with the built in switch also, extremely handy. Highly recommend.
  7. backupbuddy

    backupbuddy Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    Thanks guys for all the positive feedback I do appreciate it.
  8. vamootsman

    vamootsman Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    Love mine. Great customer service to boot. I backed mine straight into an ice pile really hard and thought I killed it. Took it all apart, dried it all out "coaxed" it back into it's orginal form and it works fine.
    Gary, sorry for not getting back to sooner, but thanks for the extra lights you sent me.
    Customer Service--AAA+++
  9. racingnplowin

    racingnplowin Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    I'm thinking about getting one. How much brighter is the LED version over the 50w halogen? Does the strobe stay on all the time or only when the truck is in reverse?
  10. backupbuddy

    backupbuddy Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    I personally like the LED better - its a whiter, brighter light. There are two switches on the back of the unit. One controls the strobe (with parking lights on) on/off switch. So the strobe is either on or off. The other switch controls the utility lights. The utility lights are on an on/off/on switch. You can set the switch to the left and the utility lights will come on in reverse. If you set it to the right the Utility lights will stay on, and in the middle it shuts off the utility light functions. If you go to the website www.back-upbuddy.com we do have some pictures of the different light outputs (under "Photos" on the left side, just arrow thru the pictures).
  11. racingnplowin

    racingnplowin Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    Thanks for the info. What is the best hitch lock out there that can handle the salt? I'd hate to have someone steal it.
  12. backupbuddy

    backupbuddy Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    A stainless locking pin would probably be your best bet, but I just use a regular one, just keep it greased and get one with a cap.
  13. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,943

    Man I'm glad I bought a BUB!! It came in real handy the last few days. I think I want the new brighter led now.
  14. backupbuddy

    backupbuddy Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    Hey BC Handyman I'm glad you like it and it's came in handy. Thank you and we appreciate your business.
  15. mn-bob

    mn-bob Senior Member
    Messages: 137

    Nice set up .
  16. Lou Braun

    Lou Braun Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    The LED version of this backup light is excellent! Installed one on my pickup truck and got another for the Outback. The pickup truck version with the built-in step is one tough unit.

    If you look up and price out the pieces and parts that go into making one of these systems, you will find that purchasing a fully assembled unit is the way to go. This is definetely a quality unit.

    Now all that is needed is a lot of snow to really see how that critter works when plowing.

    Lou Braun
  17. backupbuddy

    backupbuddy Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    Hi Lou,
    Thank you for your purchases we appreciate it. Did you get any snow from the storm we got on Monday? If so how did it work?
  18. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    anyone have a picture of this thing in use.

    i built my own backup lights out of some rv lights i got for free, but the lights werrent really that good.

    next ill build a light bar to put on my truck, itl have the brightest natural lights i can get both forward and backward. ill be like a light house for parking lots. :D
  19. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    ooooooohhhhhhh.... my old plow lights..... woo hoo :D idea :D
  20. alternative

    alternative PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,164

    Just buy one..trust me- i have 2 of the LED version and you cant build one as good as Gary can..not for the money. Very well built units.