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V plow

Discussion in 'SnowDogg Snow Plows' started by Detroitdan, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    My friend recently became a dealer for SnowDogg, and I've been considering a big V for my next plow. He tells me they are extremely tough, comparable to a Fisher, but I don't know if I can believe him, since he obviously wants to sell plows. Looking them over I saw one or two things I wasn't crazy about. My thing is, I think I am extremely hard on equipment, so I always try to buy or build things with that in mind. That's why my daily driver is a 1 ton. And I have a couple real difficult off-road accounts I plow.
    I think a Fisher Extreme V is probably the best choice I've seen so far, but they are pricey. I don't mind paying for quality, but I don't like paying for name. I guess I'll eventually have to look at Boss, people seem to love them, but for some reason I don't like them. Can't say for sure why, since I've never tried one.
    Anywho, just looking for your thoughts and experiences.
  2. split2ndnova

    split2ndnova Member
    Messages: 47

    I have to say, I was thinking the same thing about a month ago. I got the dogg 8.5 v. After killing myself installing it, I am very impressed with it's toughness and quality. My cousin helped install it. He has 20 years exp and has run every plow under the sun. He liked it so much, he is considering switching next year, depending on how well mine holds up.

    The only issues I have had were mounting and all the factory assembly needed retightening. I had issues being a ****** and rushing through install but don't we all do that at times?

    This plow blows the doors off my western, IMO. Try Eq specialists in va. no tax and 3 day ship. try 3950.00 for a plow equal in durability to anything I've seen. I had some trouble getting mine up and running. Time and drill bits. Mounting can be challenging maybe due to big tires but what a great product. I love the dogg and wont go back. If it goes bad, we see how long that takes but its gotten some work.
  3. G&T LAWN

    G&T LAWN Senior Member
    Messages: 149

    I have also purchased a 9.6 V. I own a 9.2 boss and two 810 blizzard power plows. I would put this up against all of them so far. The hydralics are faster, it comes with locking cyclinders and a snow deflector. My Blizzards are nice but for the price I had to try one. So far so good. We have a 6-12 snow coming tomorrow. That will be a good test. Only problem I've heard is a little controller problem. I hav'nt had that yet. I installed it on a 08 3500 Chevy and it was the easeist mount I have ever put on. Iheard about hooking up problems too. I had no problems. I'm in my shop on concrete though. For aleast $1500 less than a boss or blizzard I would buy another at this time with my experences. I will let you know on Monday after this snow coming. Hope I helped.
  4. LNO-WI

    LNO-WI Junior Member
    from NE WI
    Messages: 9

    Love my VX85, super fast hydros, snow deflector and markers come standard, it is stainless steel so it shouldn't rust much and should survive along time if you take care of it, the price difference was just to much to pass it up, so far I am very impressed and wouldn't think twice about buying another one.
  5. V-Dogg

    V-Dogg Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    I too love my VX85.I ran Boss 9.2's for 20 years (RT1 & RT2) and I like my V-Dogg better. Scrapes better,Back drags better,way faster hyd.,SS,replaceable skin not a whole wing(I have had to replace wings,ouch!!), easy hookup,trip edge(If you have tripped in the v on a Boss it can about send you through the windshield, etc.Cheaper than a Boss by $1500 -$1800 stock not counting locking cylinders and flap,which would add another $400-$500. As far as mounting I didn't't have any problems mounting myself.But I also have a concrete floor in my pole barn and a loader tractor(which helped).I see everyone complain about the jack,I actually love it.Mine slips in the storage and lift spot no problem.And if you have had other plows with a prop or Boss jack that can only be adjusted when plow is on and up you will appreciate the V-Dogg jack.I drop the plow on concrete and more than once had to get the hyd. jack out for the Boss.My V-dogg has been hooking up perfect ,the other day was off just a little,a couple of extra cranks on the jack and in she went.Just my thoughts.
  6. Peterbilt

    Peterbilt Senior Member
    from IA.
    Messages: 745

    My guys love my new EX90. I haven't got to use it yet, but from what I have seen it can flat out move some snow.

    Only complaint is that its a bit slower than our boss plows (Hydraulic wise)

  7. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    thanks for all the input. It sounds promising, I was afraid it would go the other way with a lot of complaints. Funny how most say the hydraulics are faster, and Pete says his are slower. Maybe a problem with that unit?
    I could certainly tolerate something with faster hydraulics, my ancient Blizzard is too slow.
  8. gt350stang

    gt350stang Junior Member
    from 54130
    Messages: 7

    I am not happy with mine at all. I was at first but after 1 use I starting having electrical issues. Its been several weeks and no response from snowdogg on a fix. Its to the point I am considering taking it off the truck and replacing it. DO NOT BUY VX85 HAS UNRESOLVED ISSUES! Wish would have know about this before I bought mine.
  9. plowman69

    plowman69 Member
    from amherst
    Messages: 53

    I have a VX85 and VX95 have no problems at all I heard about the small glitch with some V's I think it is a solenoid / cartridge but so far mine is working like a charm and I have to say all plows have small problems none are perfect heard complaints about all brands . If you ever have to deal with Buyers you will see they are quick to respond to a problem and never ignore problems . I started helping a local shop that sells and installs snow dogg as a part time job in between the snow any questions about the plows Scott or one the guys from buyers get right back to you never got that kind of help from the other company's when I was helping with other brand installs
  10. gt350stang

    gt350stang Junior Member
    from 54130
    Messages: 7

    I agree all plows may have issues, however I have the following in my fleet.
    1Boss RT2 - 15 years - Not one problem
    2 Western Pro Plow UNI MOUNTS with old RELAY SYSTEM - Not one problem
    1 Western MVP V-Plow - Not one problem
    2 Fisher X-treme stainless V-Plows - Not one problem.

    These are all established plow companies with reliable plows.

    Plus this issue seems to been know for quite a while now. Check out this thread.
    There is one guy that has had this problem since last year.

    Nobody from Snowdogg has said it was a simple solenoid/cartridge problem. I have been following the Snowdogg discussions and I agree Scott is helpful. But if very frustrating that no ever said anything about the on going problem and that they still do not have a resolution. It takes almost twice as much time to plow because all of the extra actions I have to perform to position the plow. For that reason no one in my company wants to use that plow.

    I will say I do like the construction of the plow. I believe the Snowdogg hooks up and unhooks just as easy as anything else. (A Lot better than my Boss) I like the jack system. I purchased the Snowdogg 1. Price, and 2. The handheld controller (when it worked) is much easier to use vs. the Fisher and Western V-Plows. Its not as clumsy and not nearly as many button combinations.
  11. 33yearsinsnow

    33yearsinsnow Senior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 111

    Petes plow is a EX90 straight blade and they are slower. I have run the EX series plows and believe they are a good plow however remeber this is the first year and Fisher is an established plow.
  12. plowman69

    plowman69 Member
    from amherst
    Messages: 53

    thats just my opinion I love my V's. I have a friend who has a western V brand new and was leaking and the dealer keep blowing him off so we took it apart and found they forgot to put in 2 seals in the housing that is why I said everybody has problems
  13. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Here's some reading for you regarding Boss vs. Fisher/Western.


    I looked at a Snowdogg quickly at the fair. I would like to think I've purchased my chain lift plow, so I didn't pay too close attention. I did notice that the jack/stand deal looked pretty lame. And would be noisy rattling around on the wing.
  14. G&T LAWN

    G&T LAWN Senior Member
    Messages: 149

    Told you guys I would get back to you in reference to the performance of the Snow Dogg Plow. I am thoroughly impressed this plow and how it is able to stack the snow and the heights it goes to.
  15. trmiller

    trmiller Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    we sell buyers, western ,and fisher, for light commercial use there fine but for heavy use you should consider the extreme v by fisher, very heavy duty, quick hydros, awsome lights! we install lots of them for municipal customers and most of them are very hard on equipment!
  16. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    When did you start selling the XV? How many pins have you replaced?
  17. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    If you stop hitting tree's they may last longer lol kidding
  18. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

  19. voltmeister

    voltmeister Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    I love my VX85 even with the hydro problem. Snowdogg is sending the parts to my dealer to fix the problem. I mostly plow gravels and corn fields and the VX85 does a great job. I used to run BOSS, and could not pass up the savings. The Dogg performance is great.....now can it last as long as my BOSS did?