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Plow for Durango 2004 - need advice

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by peter_vii, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. peter_vii

    peter_vii Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Hi guys,

    I have a 1000' gravel driveway, most of it is straight.
    We get lots of snow (Markdale, Ontario). I was
    wondering what would be the best plow for my 2004 Durango 5.8LV8, LTD?

    I've considered

    Blizzard 720LT
    Sno-way 26 series
    Fisher Homesteader
    Western Suburbanite

    From the three above, Blizzard looks the most durable, but I was wondering
    if maybe there are other options for my Durango?

    Is it better to plow or get a tractor with a snowblower?

    One dealer quoted me C$6050 for Blizzard 720LT, is that a good price?
    What are the above plows selling for in C$?

  2. groundbreakers

    groundbreakers Senior Member
    Messages: 828

    get a snoway .. at least you can back drag with the plow .. versus to plowing straight forward ... thinkin about getting one for my 98 dakota next year .... right now i run a snowbear for 4 commercials i have .... its the best but it gives me time to save and pay cash for the upgrade .... i think snoways are about $3500 installed in the states ...
  3. erkoehler

    erkoehler PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,279

    In USD I can pickup a 7.5ft Boss for about 4k w/ tax.

    A buddy of mine picked up a 7.5ft Sno-Way for $4200 w/ tax this season as well.
  4. 04sd

    04sd Senior Member
    from pa
    Messages: 266

    Since you said you get lots of snow... how wide is the driveway? Do you have room to push the snow back to make room for additional snow? If it's a narrow driveway a blower may be better. Would you have any other use for a tractor besides snow? How long are you planning on keeping the Durango? It'll cost money to move the plow to the next truck.
    Just some things to think about.
  5. peter_vii

    peter_vii Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Driveway is 16-18 ft wide, 32 ft entrance. I have plenty of room to move snow,
    acres and acres of fields. I'll be buying a tractor for the farm but for now, I thought
    about putting a plow on Durango to clean the snow from the driveway.

    So I guess my question is: "Is it better to blow or to plow?"
    Blow with 5 ft blower on a tractor or plow with 7.5 ft plow on Durango?

  6. 04sd

    04sd Senior Member
    from pa
    Messages: 266

    I'd prefer to plow, especially on gravel. In most cases it's faster to plow also.
  7. peter_vii

    peter_vii Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Thanks 04sd,

    Do you keep the plow just above the gravel (say 1") or you go right down to gravel?
    If going right down to gravel is the way to go, the sno-way might be more useful with
    its pressure down feature, right?

    What is the deepest snow you've ever plowed? We get 1 ft of snow every other week.

    Thanks for your advice.
  8. canoebuildah

    canoebuildah Senior Member
    Messages: 132

    With all those acres of fields, do you have issues with wind drifting snow? How far off of the driveway to you push the snow? Will you be able to push wide so that you will have room late in the season? Can you push snow away from your house and/or garage? Or will you have to do a lot of back dragging?

    If you are getting a tractor anyway, and you have issues with the above questions, I would go with the snowblower. And if this is just for you and you don't have other customers to plow, the extra time to blow rather than plow shouldn't make that much difference.
  9. 04sd

    04sd Senior Member
    from pa
    Messages: 266

    I've never had much luck with skid shoes on a plow to keep it up. Just drop the plow and go, if the ground isn't frozen you'll likely be plowing stones and snow :)
    I've never had a plow with down pressure, except on a tractor. I only see it as useful for back-dragging.
    I've never had trouble plowing a foot of snow as long as you have a place to put it.

    IMHO, since it sounds like you're going to get a tractor anyway, get a tractor with a plow and if needed you can add a 3 pt blower on the back later.
  10. TravelMug

    TravelMug Junior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 5

    I picked up a 1998 Dodge Ram 2500 with an 8" Curtis Minute Mount and a Curtis Fast Cast 550 sander for $1000. I had to sink 800 into it for repairs (new belt, alternator, battery, brakes, etc...) but so far it has taken care of my driveway nicely. I need to sell the sander though. I have 700 feet I need to plow and I don't need it for that.
  11. Nascar24

    Nascar24 Senior Member
    Messages: 645

    I'd look into the new Meyer home pro or the Curtis Poly, they'd both be good matches for your Dodge