I am going to be buying a plow and starting a small plow business this winter. I have been watching this site and have been impressed with the knowledge of it's members. So I have a question.
I have narrowed my choices down to Western or Meyers because of local dealers and parts availibility. I have parts accesss for both 24 hrs./day during a storm.
I was wondering what recommendations you guys had. I have a 2000 F250 Superduty Powerstroke 4X4 and have already installed F550 front springs so I'm not worried about the weight of the plow. I was considering a Western 8' Pro Minute Mount or a Meyers C-8 EZ Mount. Which plow do you guys think is better?
I have to agree with Lazer. They are both decent plows, but I too would buy a V plow if I was buying new. Since Meyer does not make a V plow, I would buy a Western V plow, known as the "MPV". As you said, you have been following the posts here, so you know how much better a v plow is overall.
I would still try to sell the fisher v-plow too you, just cause I think plows should be yellow. Then again, dealer support is more important than paint, so go with the western v-plow. If you are a 1 man show, a v-plow is a must. Bigger companies like mine, still find uses for regular blades, and some will (this includes me) will always have some.
The thing I don't like about being big, is you don't have the personel service a one man show can provide. One of my good friend's, who used to plow for me a long time ago (he only plowed for us, another regular job), asked me if I would have a problem with him going at it on his own, I said I don't care just don't under bid me. He never took anyone my accounts, and he has like 25 residential drives, and makes more than enough money to be happy. He makes his money off his personel service, cleans the walks steps, puts the newspaper on the steps, ect.
Western is the way to go in my opinion. We have Meyer and Western dealers in our area and I have used both. We have 3 Western and 1 Meyer. An alternative to the V blade is Wings. They are not as effective as the V blade but they are better than nothing at all.
Dealer support is an absolute must when you are a 1 man show. I know what you are saying with the extra money up front with the mpv from western, but you will be so much more efficient and able to do more accounts to more than make up the difference in the intial cost.
Good luck with your new business and make sure you check out the SIMA site for snow and ice contractors, http://www.sima.org alot of good peaple are available to help you make your snow bussiness very profitable. They also have a training video out that will give you some good direction if this is your first plowing experience.
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