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Need a straight answer for a F150 FX4

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Rommel, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. Rommel

    Rommel Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Deciding on a plow is one of the most difficult things I have done.

    This is my truck:
    2005, FORD, F150 FX4. The vehicle has a 4x4 drive train, SuperCrew body style, 5.5 Box foot box, 5.4L V8 engine type, 3750 minimum FGAWR, 3850 minimum RGAWR, 7200 minimum GVWR, and H13 headlamp type.

    The Use
    I will plow three rental driveways, my own driveway 600' x 12' and my office building 50' x 300'.

    I went to a local dealer and they recomended either the Boss Standard Duty 7'6" or the Fisher HT 7'6" and instal the Timbrens if needed based on how the truck sits.

    The issue is even though they are reputable I checked various plow manufacturers websites and they don't recomend these plows. the recomendations are

    Fisher 7'4" Homesteader
    Boss 7' Sport Duty Poly
    Western 7'4" Surbanite
    Sno-way 7'6" 29 Series

    I know the issue of a Big Plow on a Small Truck = Big Repair Bills and I don't want that. I would like to but the dealer recomendation on but why is the manufacturer saying something contrary? I am worried the dealer just wants to sell something and is not looking out for my or my trucks best interests.

    Also, should I do anything else to the front end besides timberens to avoid future repair bills?
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Go with the Snoway. They work good back dragging with the down pressure. The Boss's down pressure is a little lite to use.
  3. ducatirider944

    ducatirider944 Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 469

    Otherwise known as gravity. You will be fine with any 7'-6" straight blade. Who has good service in your area is probably more important than brand. I used to have a Hiniker and it was a very good plow, but the dealer here sucked a$$. How can you be in a town of 200k people and not have a hydraulic line (they are the same on almost all of their plows) or a cutting edge for an 8' blade in the middle of winter? The F-150 probably has the most stout front end of any of the 1/2 tons. You won't have a problem with a 7'-6". JMO
  4. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    I would just go with standard Fisher 7'6". I'm not familiar with the ones you listed below. I think the Homesteader plow is only like 14" high. I thought the Homesteader was for like compact trucks like Toyota's and Ford Explorer's. They make a leveling kit for the front end of F150's. Maybe look at a set of air bags for the front springs. If it helps, I've seen new F150's with both Boss and Fisher's (7'6") all over the place where I live. I've only seen that Homesteader plow on a Ford Explorer. I dont know how old your truck is but the second you put a plow on a F150 it voids any and all warranty. Hope this helps, I know what your going through. P.S. like Grandview said, the Sno-Way would be a great choice too because their down pressure seems to be great when back dragging.
  5. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

  6. Brucester1

    Brucester1 Senior Member
    Messages: 361

    add timbrens! they r worth it.
  7. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    You forgot to put NOW at the end. What a pleasant and courteous attitude from another new person. Woohoo!!

    Your dealer is likely suggesting what will work in all practicality, based on his personal experience with these trucks. Product availability & profit margin might be factors here. The manufacturing is recommending what will not exceed manufacturers axle weight ratings, FMVSS, etc. The SuperDuperMegaCrewCab is working against you here. It really eats into the front axle available payload.

    Timbrens do NOT magically eliminate repair bills. Timbrens do NOT take weight off lower ball joints, tires, or reduce stress on tie rod ends and the rest of the steering system. Timbrens DO take some of the vehicle weight off the springs, and transfer it directly from the frame to the lower control arm. They would be a wise addition to this truck.

    Leveling kits do NOT increase the weight carrying capacity of the front end, or even just the springs. They DO increase the static ride height of your truck. That ride height increase will result in an increased ride height with the plow on. But the overall spring rate of the frontend has not been changed. That is what products such as Timbrens, air bags, air shocks, etc do,

    You may find you need/want both a leveling kit and Timbren type of product.

    As for plow recommendation, I would suggest looking for a SnoWay. I have not used one personally, but based on my reading here it sounds like a very good unit for your circumstances.

    Good luck, and happy plowing.
  8. CGBear

    CGBear Junior Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 29

    I wouldn't get a 7 foot plow for your truck. I believe your truck is about 7 feet wide so when you turn the blade you won't be clearing enough snow. I agree with DucatiRider....the dealer with the best inventory/service is what I'd go with. For me, it's a Meyer dealer.
  9. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    There's your answer.....now just pick which one will look better on your truck.
  10. plowtime1

    plowtime1 Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    I'd go with the Fisher 7'-6"(SD=standard duty), we have a Ford 150 as well; 7700lbs package though.
    Snow-way would be my choice as well out of the four you mention.
  11. Freedom Dave

    Freedom Dave Member
    Messages: 37

    I have 6 trucks, and 2 of them are F150"s, one has a poly pro 7'6" western and works amazing and the other I was recommended by the dealership and western to get a midweight, now a good idea for back dragging, good for pushing but very light for pulling snow even with a back drag edge