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ONE more question regarding plow selection

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by TPS Alberta, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. TPS Alberta

    TPS Alberta Member
    Messages: 44

    So boss, western, and fisher say that i need the 6000lb axle (i only have the 5600lb axle)... meyer, swo-way, blizzard say that their plows will work fine on my truck.

    All these plows weigh approx the same so what is the issue? Why will some say they work and other brands wont? Should I just get a boss anyways? Ive heard not to get ameyer, snoway, or blizzard.
  2. show-n-go

    show-n-go Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    what kind of truck and what size plow are you looking at?
  3. TPS Alberta

    TPS Alberta Member
    Messages: 44

    8-8.5 ft on my '08F350 with 6.4 diesel.

    apparently they account for the weight of 4 passengers each weighing 250 lbs and all these plows weight approx the same so i dont see why some say they will work and others say they wont.
  4. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    one word....liability
  5. TPS Alberta

    TPS Alberta Member
    Messages: 44

    Should I go with a meyer or snoway that say they are fine or go with a boss even though it says its not fine (they all weigh the same pretty much)

    Im also looking to throw on the X-springs. Apparently that is the only thing from factory that raised the gawr to 6000lb from 5600ll
  6. Brian in MO

    Brian in MO Junior Member
    from NE MO
    Messages: 29

    This may not be the politically correct answer but.... I would put what ever plow I wanted on it (within reason). If the weights are close I wouldn't worry about it, like someone else said it is these companies liability that dictate the weights. At one time years ago I had a western 8'6' pro plow on a 93' 3/4 ton ford and the western dealer said they could not install it because of the liability. If I had to do it again I probably would but it was to much for the truck.
  7. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    dealer service and support is more important then brand
  8. TPS Alberta

    TPS Alberta Member
    Messages: 44

    Thanks Brian!

    Hydro, I have definitely heard that on this forum. Problem is, it seems like everyone around here that is selling plows is unreliable!
  9. vamootsman

    vamootsman Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    My Sub Plows with an 03 F250 Crew Short Bed with a Boss 8'2 V, and it hardly sags with the plow up, maybe 2 inches. He runs about 800 lbs of ballast. He was told the same thing but after seeing the setup in action, I wouldn't hesitate to run it at all.
  10. LockedUP

    LockedUP Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    Plow springs are a must on a ford...esp with the diesel.
  11. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    Just upgrade to 6k rated coil springs and put on whatever you'd like.
  12. TPS Alberta

    TPS Alberta Member
    Messages: 44


    I finally found out what I need. For anyone else who has a ford f-350 with an axle not meeting the 6000lb limit, the problem is not your axle...it is the fact that the front GAWR is rated for the weakest component which, in this case, are the stock springs. Replacing with the X-springs (which were given in the snowplow prep package) brings that axle rating up to 6000lbs. Obviously this wont change the legal limit from factory that is on the door, but TECHNICALLY you will be up to spec with the x-springs. You also need the fan clutch.