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Opinions on Timbrens and Buyers load boosters wanted

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by mpriester, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. mpriester

    mpriester Senior Member
    Messages: 424

    Which do you prefer when comparing the 2 as far as doing their job. Thank You Mike
  2. allseasons87

    allseasons87 Senior Member
    Messages: 813

    I have never used buyers, but we have timbrens in our 2500's, front and back. That truck has a western wideout and a 2 yd v-box on the back. It sits pretty well. The ride does get a little bit rougher, but hey, it's not a Cadillac. Overall I like them a lot.
  3. lawnboy2121

    lawnboy2121 Senior Member
    Messages: 470

    R they going in front or back
  4. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,823

    I had them on a truck for awhile, and it does make it quite a bit rougher. The gap in between the axle and the timbren is not quite enough to prevent it slamming when you go over a bump.

    However, they do the job pretty well and work pretty much as designed. I took them off because of the ride, but will be putting them back on a different truck soon.

    The problem is, if there is enough weight to need them then the truck is overloaded.
  5. lawnboy2121

    lawnboy2121 Senior Member
    Messages: 470

    I have air bags on the back of my 95 .they r adjustable and work great
  6. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    I used to have Timbrens on a few trucks, didn't like the ride. I got rid of them all and will use air bags if needed.
  7. plowzilla

    plowzilla Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    I am with you on this one. Timbrens are rough. I put airbags on the front and back with the adjustable air gauges inside the cab. It was a lot more money but well worth it in my opinion. When I decide to get a new truck, these are definitely coming with me. You need to keep the rubber air springs from cracking over time. I just fluid film mine every now and then.
  8. lawnboy2121

    lawnboy2121 Senior Member
    Messages: 470

    Adjustable and no slamming with the airbags
  9. mpriester

    mpriester Senior Member
    Messages: 424

    both front and back along with an extra leaf in the back
  10. mpriester

    mpriester Senior Member
    Messages: 424

    pretty much any 3/4 or 1 ton pick up with a plow and salter is considered legally over weight, i'm not doing this to over load the truck i just want to help with the load it carries.
  11. mpriester

    mpriester Senior Member
    Messages: 424

    my biggest concern with air bags is if i break a line.
  12. carpenter1075

    carpenter1075 Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    I have the timberiens front and rear on my half ton silverado and yes it is a little rough but its a truck not a road car and I love mine wouldnt trade them for anything in the world
  13. djagusch

    djagusch 2000 Club Member
    from mn
    Messages: 2,107

    I have the buyers version in a 09 and 05 chev 2500hd's. 4 yrs and 3 yrs old, they have held up well.
  14. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    I'm honestly not sure what air bags I've had, but I can tell you that with airbags ride quality goes down, but you can carry more weight.
  15. zlssefi

    zlssefi Senior Member
    Messages: 136

    timbrens are bomb proof, no air bags to blow, lines to break or compressors to go bad.I have them front and back on 4 trucks. Best part is they are life time warrantied. If anything does happen they are replaced free of charge.
  16. tread lightly services

    tread lightly services Member
    Messages: 89

    i have a set on the back of my half ton, i agree they are bomb proof, but you either need to be empty with a 1" plus gap or moderately loaded, no 300 lbs in the back stuff when they are just touching the ride can be rough, loaded with 500 lbs -3500 lbs they are magic!!

    i had 5280 lbs of block in the back of a half ton....truck sat 1" lower in the rear...(dont try this at home)

    lets put it this way skid loader behid a half ton sits level with these, and 3-4 inches lower without them.