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Reason why I am choosing Fisher

Discussion in 'Fisher Engineering Discussion' started by mgf250, Dec 30, 2007.

  1. mgf250

    mgf250 Member
    Messages: 38

    Fisher Speedcast is the only plow that I have ever used. It was on an 83 Chevy Custom Deluxe 3/4 ton. I bent it, broke it, welded it and it still works. But I have a newer Ford F250 now and want to put a new snow plow on it. So far I have looked at all of the major brands and held an open mind to a few. I was even willing to trade the trip edge for a full trip.

    Fisher offers everything that the other manufacturers offer, V Plow, Power Wing, Poly, Stainless Steel, Joy Stick, Trip Edge etc.

    Simply, Fisher is the only company that stuck with a simple plow mount! The Minute Mount is mechanical and can be easily fixed if something happens. All of the other major brands utilize a motorized mechanism to attach the plow to the truck. I worry about electrical gizmos not working properly, especially during a storm!

    Anyone have comments?

    Has anyone purchased and used an XLS on a 3/4 ton pickup truck? I was a bit concerned about the 1000 lb weight but there are many that are happy with their same weight Blizzards. Yes, I would have chosen Blizzard power wing with the full trip but I don't really like the electronic mounting.

    The Xtreme V in stainless is next. Does anyone have any problem plowing dirt driveways with the Xtreme V? The dealer mentioned that the trip edge chatters? Wouldn't shoes help this? I know the best time to plow dirt is when it is ice. I had the same issue with the Speedcast plow and learned to just raise the plow a tad.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,351

    Well I would also look at western (fisher's sister company) They used all the same pumps, wiring and controllers. Along with having a full mechinical mount.

    Father fred has the new xls on his service truck.

    The xls compared to the full trip western wideout, its about 100lbs heavier. The western wideout trips just like the blizzard 810 but without the electric mounting. I have the western wideout and love it. I also own and love fisher plows too. But I really like the full trip vs the trip edge better on expandable wing plows.

    Also a 10' plow is a lot of plow to push with a 5.4 V8. Just a warning.
  3. Maybe I'm missing some detail you're referring to, but my DIamond/Meyer setup uses a mechanical mount. I've never seen a plow which uses a motor to attach to the truck.
  4. mgf250

    mgf250 Member
    Messages: 38


    Possibly the Diamond dealer was a poor salesman?
    Speaking of which, Boss and Blizzard had the best Sales People and literature! The Fisher salesman didn't know what he was talking about nor had a cut sheet. I just happen to know Fisher products.

    The Blizzard cut sheet came with a DVD.

    Both Boss and Blizzard utilize an electrical control of some kind to attach the plow to the truck. Boss calls theirs a Smart Hitch and Blizzard calls theirs a Power Hitch.

    As for the Western, I understand your point about the truck motor size. I checked out the site and played with the plow match to vehicle program, the WideOut plow doesn't show as an option for 3/4 ton trucks, even with the heavier suspension. The video shows a full size truck with the WideOut plow attached but it may be on a 3500 series Chevy. The Blizzard cut sheet shows the 810 on a Dodge Ram 2500 series but it may have a V10 or Diesel installed?
  5. mnormington

    mnormington Senior Member
    Messages: 156

    The Snoway I have has a simple mount, two pins on each side. Purely mechanical.

    Good luck I hope your new plow works out well for you!
  6. BoulderBronco

    BoulderBronco Senior Member
    Messages: 233

    I plow an all dirt parking lot with my 8.5' Xtreme V. It doesn't act any differently than plowing dirt with a straight plow. I'm sure shoes would help but as long as you don't rest the whole weight of the blade on the ground it works just fine. I am very happy with my XV except that the snow blows over the top a bit to much.
  7. Flake Chaser

    Flake Chaser Member
    from CT
    Messages: 66

    Isn't that the whole idea of plowing. Putting ALL the weight on the ground. I don't know anyone who uses shoes on their plows. I'm thinking of selling mine for anchors for small boats:D. I"ve had a MM for about 10 yrs now and the most I've replaced is the cutting edge. I'm now knocking on wood. I did notice the other day a hole has worn through on the bottom in the center and same spot on top under snow foil. Oh well not bad for all the years of service. My next plow may be a Curtis or Fisher SS X blade
  8. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,351

    I am just saying it will push it but will definitely be under powered. V10 and diesel power is really needed to push a blizzard 810, western wideout, Fisher XLS.

    My wideout is mounted to a diesel F-250 with out the plow prep package and the truck handles it just fine.

    Again the wideout is lighter in weight then the XLS.

    If your concerned about the weight, just put a set of timberns under the front end and you will be fine.
  9. tkrepairs

    tkrepairs Senior Member
    from maine
    Messages: 186

    all of the weight of the plow will be on the ground, i think he was trying to get to the fact that all of the weight wont be on the blade edge causing it to scrape harder.

    i love my fisher. the mounts are RUGGED. i like the thickness of the steel and pins. its just built to handle a beating and keep on going. i also like the mechanical mounting. however there are still electrical parts that can fail. whether its the ones you connect for your fisher, or the ones for other plows that use electric jacks and mounting techniques. its just that when a plow requires electrical functions to perform in order to mount the plow to the truck, if they fail you can't bring the plow to a dealer very easily. at least with the mechanical mount you can hook up to the plow, strap it up and get it fixed. anyway im not the foremost expert on any plow, thats my opinion. love that fisher. wesport
  10. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    i know my fisher takes a beating. i check the truck frame as much as the plow frame. figure they both have a equal chance of breaking. lol.
    only think im annoyed with is the cutting edge. brand new this year and it is wearing FAST.
  11. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

    Welcome to the Fisher Club
  12. gordyo

    gordyo Senior Member
    Messages: 527

    You should look at purchasing a set of xtendors for your Fisher plow. I have been using Winter Equipment's product called Plowguard Jr's on my 10' Henke loader plow since 2001 and the one year that I just replaced the cutting edge without putting the Plowguard Jr's on, the cutting edge was worn down in two storms. Needless to say, I ordered a new cutting edge and a new set of Jr's for it. That was three years ago. Two years ago I purchased xtendors for all my Fishers. They are fantastic! If you look at this link of a shot of the loader you can see the Jr's on the bottom corners of the plow.


    Last edited: Jan 1, 2008
  13. hikeradk

    hikeradk Senior Member
    Messages: 109


    I have a Fisher MVP and I lost a curb guard on one side. Do I have to install the extendors as a pair to get even wear? I'm trying to think if I should just start over and save the one curb guard if I ever need it again.
  14. merrimacmill

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

    Boss plows has a "powered mount" but you don't need to use it. I've put my plow on and taken it off without using the hydraulics just because I wanted to see what its like. Its STILL better than the fisher MM1. I've never owned a mm2 so i can't comment on that.