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Snow Ex 8' or Western 8'

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by racingmt, Mar 14, 2016.

  1. racingmt

    racingmt Member
    Messages: 33

    I have a new Chevy 2500 HD and am in the market for one of two plows. Either a Snow Ex 8' HD for $4400 installed or a Western pro plus 8' for $4800 installed. I had a blizzard on my old truck and loved it but I have not yet seen the new Snow Ex plows. Looking for feedback/thoughts on which plow to get. Thanks
  2. tjctransport

    tjctransport PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    i have an 8.5 western pro plus on my 02, just got it last july.

    less than 2 minutes to put on and take off.
    all the other trucks are getting converted to the pro plus.
  3. racingmt

    racingmt Member
    Messages: 33

    Thanks for the info
  4. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,577

    I would go with the Western. Around this time, it gets a little quiet here. Try posting in new to industry or commercial section, may get a better response.
  5. racingmt

    racingmt Member
    Messages: 33

    Great, thanks for the suggestion
  6. tjctransport

    tjctransport PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    when looking at snow plows, a very important thing to look at is dealer support.
    are they close to you if you need repairs?
    are they open during storms?
    do they have a good reputation?
    do they have good stock?
    i have always had Meyer plows on all my vehicles since i started plowing in 1973.
    everything i owned was picked up used, and cheap, except for the E-47 i bought new for my 88.
    but i also never had any problems with anything because i always stayed on top of maintenance.
    when i was looking to replace the plow on the 02 i went to the local meyer dealer.
    i got a bad vibe from them. it almost seemed like they did not want to bother with only one plow, because they do a large municipal business.
    so i went the opposite direction and talked to the western dealer. 17 miles away instead of 25 the meyer dealer was, and they answered every one of my questions, plus took me into the shop and showed my an install they were doing, and showed me how to mount and unmount the plow. the meyer dealer did not offer to do that either.
    then the big boss told me to wait for the new delivery of plows that would be coming in in three months time, it would save me over $400 on shipping costs.
    that sold me rite there.
    plus they stay open during storms in case customers need parts.
  7. ponyboy

    ponyboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,104

    I say western only because they are proven
    I don't like buying new products I like to wait 3 years before buying
  8. racingmt

    racingmt Member
    Messages: 33

    All good info,thankyou
  9. racingmt

    racingmt Member
    Messages: 33

    Does anyone have a review of the Snow ex HD straight blades? Not much around on here about it, even in the Snow ex products forum....
  10. boutch

    boutch Member
    Messages: 68

    Hi Racingmt. The new Snowex is the old Blizzard in gray. Only difference I can see is the pump has move from the A frame to the head gear. If there is anything new on it, it would be sheared from Western/Fisher.
  11. racingmt

    racingmt Member
    Messages: 33

    The moldboard is different, different hookup/lift piston arraignment.... loved the blizzard and its similar... just hoping to hear from someone who has used one...
  12. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,041

    snowex look cheap and thin metal. I always thought the old school blizzards were boat anchor heavy
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2016
  13. Hysert

    Hysert PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,676

    Why not save a few more bucks and get something productive? 8.5V or a expanding plow??? The truck can handle it... straight blades are relics! Time is money
  14. racingmt

    racingmt Member
    Messages: 33

    Honestly I thought about it but pretty much all of my plowing is local town streets for my town, in that respect I don't really need a V or expandable plow. But they are a good option
  15. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,912

    Straights are relics? :eek:
    Granted I like running Vees and they sure do make some things easier but in initial cost and upkeep running side by side in typical lots straight blades do just fine. Hoses and custom cutting edges all cost more with Vees
  16. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    Yes, they are relics. I can't imagine using one unless it's 10' wide at least!
  17. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    BTW...there is new Indiana Jones movie coming out, and he is on the hunt for a 8' straight blade.
  18. chachi1984

    chachi1984 Senior Member
    Messages: 416

    straight blades are almost useless in bigger applications.
    I would either save up money and get a expanding plow or get wings on a pro plus