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New electrics -vs- older style engine-driven hydraulics

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by sbt1, Sep 8, 2007.

  1. sbt1

    sbt1 Member
    Messages: 59

    Guys, I haven't had a plow in a long time... but back in the day, the engine-driven hydraulics had it all over the electric pump plows. Specifically, Fisher hydraulics -vs- Meyer electrics; the Fisher went up when you hit the toggle and never had to worry about it, unlike the Meyer which constantly drained the trucks batteries.

    Have the mfr's overcome the problems with all-electrics? I don't think anyone makes engine-driven hydraulics anymore... maybe showing my age!!
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I loved the old Fisher hydro,used it with a stick ,so I had the clutch in, foot on gas and shift in reverse all at once.

    I think it all electric now.
  3. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    :dizzy: What are you talking about:dizzy: ...lol

    My "74" sno-commander came from the factory with "engine-driven hydraulics"
    and It was a Meyerxysport

    It was nice well kind of..lol

    Electric over hydraulic is the way of the future.
    Your showing your age there.;)
    I to liked the feeling of actually actuating the valve to make some thing move.
    It is easer to have it "fly-by-wire"
    It makes for a much more relaxing experience Plus they pretty much have the bugs worked out of them.
    I'm running a 9yr old boss and the electric motor is still running......
  4. Flipper

    Flipper PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,180

    I put a belt drive system into a brand new truck last week. Electric clutch pump and solenoid valves.
  5. CNY Plow

    CNY Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 145

    I started in the "day" when electric hydraulics weren't thought of.
    I like the speed of electric hydro - it doesn't slow down when the truck slows down.
    it does take some warming-up in sub-zero weather though.