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Meyer Drive Pro vs. Western Personal plow

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by Strobesnmore, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. Strobesnmore

    Strobesnmore Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    My 07 Tacoma was totaled during the storm when a free fell in front of me. I will be getting a 2013 Tacoma as a replacement. I've been running the 6'8" Western and overall happy with it. Built a custom deflector for it a couple year back. Not good at back blading as its light. Am considering the Meyer Drive Pro as it seems to be built a bit stronger with more weight and a bit more on the commercial side.

    I plow my office, home, and a few family members but nothing crazy.

    The reading I've done says go with the Meyer but before I scheduled an apt. Thought Id ask.
  2. Kwing1120

    Kwing1120 Member
    Messages: 39

    have you considered snowdogg md series. i have seen them on some small trucks around here. i havent used one but they look well built.
  3. jasonv

    jasonv PlowSite.com Addict
    from kannada
    Messages: 1,122

    Meyer drive pro would be a way better option than the western, but still a toy. I have a meyer from the mid-80's (that I have now modified to fit an Arctic lift frame), and I can tell you were all the weak points on it are. They haven't changed much. I've broken it everywhere that it could possibly be broken. They also jump from 6'8" to 7'6". You need right about half way in between. Also, the 6'8" has only a 1/4" cutting edge, you'll bend that first time you find a curb.

    I went with ARCTIC Standard 7'0". They don't advertise the option for putting the standard on a Tacoma, but they do offer a kit for it. Weight is 485# + truck mount (~50#). My '11 holds it nicely on the factory suspension, even without ballast.

    Now as far as back dragging goes, its a small truck, and you're really limited by the weight supporting capacity of the front end to about 500#. I sure wouldn't go more than that. Back dragging needs HEAVY, or down pressure, and the first option is... really not an option, regardless of what plow you get. The Arctic, being heavier (485#) than the western (250#) or meyer (375#), will do *better*, but still sucks for back dragging. One of my summer projects this year is going to be to rig down pressure to the Arctic. Since the Tacoma gets the LD lift frame and hydraulic pack, it uses a separate lift cylinder on a hose. The modifications needed to make down pressure are fairly easy and really only require a 2-way hydraulic cylinder, a solid shaft in place of the lift chain, a few short hoses, and a 4-way hydraulic valve (electric/solenoid). To add down pressure, you would activate the 4-way valve and simultaneously hit the "lift" circuit, which would then push the hydraulic cylinder DOWN against the solid shaft to the plow.
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2013
  4. Strobesnmore

    Strobesnmore Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    Looked at the snowdogg but looks like the mount hangs way down when the plows off. I sometimes drive on the beach and dont want that to be an issue.
  5. Strobesnmore

    Strobesnmore Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    I also talked to the snowdogg dealer and I really didnt get a warm and fuzzy from him. The Meyers dealer and mfg picked up the phone and answered every question I had without hesitation. To me that goes a long way.
  6. Rick547

    Rick547 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 537

    Snoway has down pressure that will help you with back dragging.

  7. Joe Lombardo

    Joe Lombardo Member
    Messages: 63

    I have a Meyer Drive Pro on my 2011 Wrangler. I have always had Fisher on most of my other plow vehicles. I can honestly say I have been very happy with the Drive Pro. Meyer has come a long way regarding the construction of their plows. It is quick and with the number of driveways I do it has taken the punishment with minimal wear. Just my 2 cents take it for what it's worth.
  8. BigDBoots

    BigDBoots Senior Member
    Messages: 103

    I am rocking an old Meyer TM, on an 06 LJ, and it stinks back dragging, any plow in this size range is going to do a poor job of back dragging. Take a look at Snoway if you have dealer support in your area. Like it has been said, a dealer/service near by can be worth its wait in $
  9. durafish

    durafish PlowSite.com Addict
    from 02919
    Messages: 1,092

    I only have fisher but what about about a pathfinder they are in RI and pretty cheap.
    the owner is always posting on CL for people to bring other brand plows and test them along with his and he claims his is the best. I know the city of Pawtucket uses them and their streets are in awful condition and plows are still going.