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Snow Bear and Lights

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by ck76239, Nov 8, 2004.

  1. ck76239

    ck76239 Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Hi Guys, I'm just about ready to purchase a Snow Bear plow, and I have a few questions for some of you Snow Bear Owners.... I've read a lot of posts about the snow bear, and it seems to me that 50% of praise the Snow bear for what it is, and 50% flame the snow bear for being cheap and not so rugged, which I'm not too worried about, because the amount of plowing I will do is very little...

    Well, I've decided to purchase the snowbear because I want to save myself a lot of time snowblowing my driveway and my in-laws driveway... I do not have extra time in my day to go around making money plowing other people's driveways... Like I said, I only wish to plow mine and my inlaws... and the snow bear seems like a good solution, and it's not going to cost me a whole lot :)

    Anyway, I see the Snowbear has an "off-road" light kit as an option... Does that mean that when the blade is fully up, it does not block the headlights of my truck (99 Chevy S-10 4X4), or Do I need to get another light arrangment for the truck??? I need to drive on the highway for about 5 miles to get to my inlaws...

    Also Did anyone get the remote control for rasing the blade... If you dont get it as an option, how do you control the blade... With a Switch in the cab???

    Thanks for the help!

  2. Plowbie

    Plowbie Member
    Messages: 74

    The optional lights would mount to the back of the blade and go up and down with the plow allowing you to drive and still light the road. The lights on your vehicle would most likely get blocked once the plow is up. Personally I think their light kit look a little weak for $110 and I think they label it 'off-road' because they dont look street legal. If it were me I'd probably pick up just a set of lights somewhere and fabricate the brackets to get them on the plow. But if you just want it done and over with they would probably be the way to go.

    All the snowbears come with the wired remote as standard. You can either run it through your window as needed or bring it through your firewall permanently which I think would be the way to go. I'd like to see a picture of the controller if anyone who just got one can post a pic of it.
  3. Plowbie

    Plowbie Member
    Messages: 74

    By the way, what kind of vehicle are you going to put it on?
    Good luck. Post pics.
  4. ck76239

    ck76239 Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Thanks, Its a 99 S-10 4x4, 4.3L v-6 with 5 speed manual transmission...

    I was originally going to buy a Fisher Homesteader, but I think that it's way more plow than I'll ever need or want...

  5. Plowbie

    Plowbie Member
    Messages: 74

    You could always do something like this instead for lights:


    I bet the blinkers hook up easy enough and it would be street legal.
    Just leaves the brackets to hold them to the plow to figure out.
  6. If that's the truck you're putting it on, I'd still go with the Homesteader. True, it may be a bit more than you think you're gonna need, but how do you know that your needs won't change. Plus, I'm sure it's built better so you know it'll last.
  7. catskill

    catskill Junior Member
    Messages: 26


    had one on a dodge ramcharger and the stock oem lights worked fine ,i don't believe you will have a problem.
  8. millratf250

    millratf250 Member
    Messages: 36

    go with the fisher i had a Snow Bear for 10yrs
  9. corkireland

    corkireland Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    I usually don't reply to these type.. but if you have the finanical needs to go with the homesteader. I thinkyou'll apprecieate it a little more and it will give you a lot more flexibillity such as angling your plow for pushing on the fly. Also the lock down feature for scrape lock. since most driveways are backdrag, I've seen even the heavist blades have a trouble with that. Plus consider that you woudlnt' have to worry abou the install, or worrry about the light or controller. Your not paying so much for the plow as you are convenience. Plus consider this, no matter how much you say you are only doing two driveways, unless your very anti sociel, almost always you pick up more around your house to help out during those big storms. BUT. my only stipulation is if you have the money. If not then enjoy the snowbear I'm sure it will do a fine job.
  10. jeepplow

    jeepplow Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    I purchased a snowbear for my Jeep Wrangler a year ago. I was concerned about the lights as well. The headlights on the Jeep are fairly high compared to small trucks and I have no problem when transporting - my lights are above the plow.

    Keep in mind that the snowbear has a travel bracket which removes the weight of the plow from the winch for safely during transporting. This bracket forces the plow to be in the maximum raised position.

    I don't have the wireless remote. I snaked the wires into the interior through the floor mounted 4x4 lever access. I threw away the big bulky switch box which is designed to be inserted in the window frame - my Jeep is a soft top. I just installed the switch in the lower dash using the switch body as a bulkhead connector. I was happy with the final product.

    Finally, I used my snow bear last year for the same purpose - my and my out-laws drives only. It worked great for me. Even better than my F-350 Western 7.5 which did more digging and was harder to maneuver in my drive.

    If I was doing any more, I would want to bigger set up with L/R controls but the snow bear was fine for me.
  11. bertisg

    bertisg Junior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 6

    Question for Millrat?

    If you have had a snow bear for 10 yrs, why do you suggest the fisher? Didn't the snow bear work well for you? I am also in the process on deciding to go snow bear or the fisher homestead.
  12. wawuce

    wawuce Member
    Messages: 32

    travel bracket

    :confused: you said that the snowbear has a travel bracket? what does it look like and do you have a picture of it?
  13. millratf250

    millratf250 Member
    Messages: 36

    just put a 8' fisher on my new f-250
    my old snow bear worked ok but i was all way working on it
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2004
  14. catskill

    catskill Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    travel bracket

    all the bracket consists of is two hooks on a small piece of roundstock,one hook is on each end.
  15. Personal Plow

    Personal Plow Junior Member
    Messages: 14


  16. Personal Plow

    Personal Plow Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    Its going to be located by the vent window. I got use to plowing with the window down for so many years its hard to break the habit. It will not work well with the window down.

  17. MR PLOW

    MR PLOW Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Snowbear lights and remote

    I have the snowbear lights for the last 5 years.
    They bolt to the main A frame of the plow but I had to weld them in place after a year of use.

    I had the old type switch also feed through the fire wall and mounted in the dash of my 1990 trooper.

    With my new Dodge Durango truck I got the wireless remote becauce I did not want to hack up my dash and it works ok.

    click here for photo

    john@mr-plow. com
  18. PhantomRacer

    PhantomRacer Senior Member
    from boston
    Messages: 128

    The plow will most likely block your headlights and turn signals on the truck

    The offroad light kit has no turn signals, which is why it is 'offroad'. They do work well when plowing. I have taken them 'onroad' and work well enough. Since I work 3 miles from home it is not a huge deal. Far better than it did before without the light kit. The mounting bars are well made. worth the price.

    I was thinking of getting a real light kit. But had no way of attaching it to the plow easily.

    If you take the plow 'onroad' make sure you use the travel bracket.

    I did not like the way the remote fit on the window channel...so I made a small homemade bracket out of some extra metal straping (maybe 20" long) and bend it into the window weatherstrip channel. here is a pic : Snowbear remote mount

    I also added a relay to the light kit so it comes on with the parking lights. The way it comes is wired on all the time. Relays are cheap and easy Relay for light kit

    Here are all of my pics of my truck truck+snowbear plow

  19. wagonman76

    wagonman76 Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    One could get a pair of universal amber marker lights/turn signals for less than $10 each and mount them to the light brackets, then just splice into the turn signal wires to make them work.

    The lights Im getting for my plow are just 55W halogen driving lights that I found on clearance for dirt cheap (under $8 a set). Ill aim one clear set as low beams, and one clear set as high beams. Ill use one amber set as fog lights, and use the other amber set as marker lights/turn signals, wired through relays and power resistors. Itll be a nice low profile lightbar, for less than half the price of a set of plow lights.
  20. fergus7

    fergus7 Junior Member
    Messages: 15


    I installed a snow bear plow on my neighbors F 150 Ford he plows a long driveway with it seems to work well this is the 3 rd year for it when the drifts get to deep he has a guy come in with a blower on a 784 IH tractor. He did get the guide skid shoes for it and if I remember correctly the plow came from Walmart on sale for 999.99 canadian and that included the mounts for the truck. it slips on and off very quickly and does angle manually I thought it was cheaply built and flimsy but it works for him. I am gearing up a homemade plow on my S 10 well the mounts are homemade the plow is an old fisher snocaster that was on a jeep slowly I am getting used parts.