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Western Products Unveils New DEFENDER™ Compact Snowplow

Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by Michael J. Donovan, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. Michael J. Donovan

    Michael J. Donovan Head Moderator, Online Communities Staff Member
    Messages: 1,286

    Western Products Unveils New DEFENDER™ Compact Snowplow
    Steel plow brings pro-level performance to the consumer market
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    • The WESTERN® DEFENDER™ is a compact plow designed specifically for mid-size pickup trucks and SUVs.
    • With a reinforced, high-strength steel blade, it’s durable and powerful.
    • A simple mechanical attaching system provides quick and easy hook-up.
    MILWAUKEE (March 15, 2017) – Western Products, manufacturer of WESTERN® snow removal and ice control equipment, introduces the new WESTERN DEFENDER™ compact snowplow. The DEFENDER is designed specifically to fit mid-size pickups and SUVs.

    It features a high-strength, low-weight, alloy-steel blade, which is stronger and lighter than conventional steel. Six vertical ribs reinforce the blade, deliver exceptional torsional strength and eliminate blade twisting. A full-trip moldboard helps protect the plow and truck when encountering hidden obstacles.

    “We wanted to give consumers a true WESTERN experience by providing a strong, effective plow, and that’s what the DEFENDER is,” said Doug Clark, Product Manager for Western Products. “Just because you’re plowing your own property doesn’t mean you can’t do it like a pro.”

    New to all WESTERN plows in 2017—including the DEFENDER compact plow—are brighter, dual-bulb NIGHTHAWK™ halogen headlamps. Their longer beam pattern improves visibility, and the improved mounting system absorbs shock and vibration better.

    The DEFENDER snowplow is packed with other features, including:

    • 5" hardened-steel cutting edge, providing long-lasting performance and a clean scrape
    • Scrape Lock, which provides the scraping performance of a larger plow without the extra weight
    • Choice between CabCommand hand-held or joystick controls
    Information on the DEFENDER compact plow will be available on the WESTERN website in May 2017.

    About Western Products

    Western Products is proud to be a part of Douglas Dynamics, North America’s premier manufacturer and upfitter of commercial vehicle attachments and equipment, and home to the most trusted brands in the industry. For more than 65 years, the Company has been innovating products that not only enable people to perform their jobs more efficiently and effectively, but also enable businesses to increase profitability. For additional information on WESTERN products, visit our website or find your nearest WESTERN products dealer.
  2. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,522

    And it's on a Toyo.........
  3. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,562

    How is this different than a Suburbanite?
  4. Michael J. Donovan

    Michael J. Donovan Head Moderator, Online Communities Staff Member
    Messages: 1,286

    you would have to check with Western on any questions you have...I'm just posting it for them Thumbs Up
  5. Boomer123

    Boomer123 Senior Member
    Messages: 371

    I thought this is why they invented the HTS series
  6. Newdude

    Newdude Senior Member
    Messages: 889

    Looks like a 7/8 scale HTS. Nice. Be interesting to see if Ultramount 2 makes it, or if they carried over the Suburbanite style mounts.

    From looking at what I can see, obviously the lighting (Suburbanite still uses Gen 1 Ultramount style lights). The Defender has actual trip springs instead of those giant rubber band springs on the Suburbanite (You can see two studs top center of the moldboard). The moldboard construction looks more like the HTS and I would bet has welded vertical ribs where the Suburbanite has the moldboard bolted to the vertical ribs. Hydraulics are enclosed as well on the tower.

    I would gander at the Defender being lighter. HTS is exactly that, a 1/2 ton truck plow. At 412lbs, its a bit more than a midsize truck can handle. Suburbanite for example currently comes in at 250lbs for the 6ft 8in, and 270lbs for the 7ft 4in. I'd bet the Defender runs similar sizes, and maybe a tad more weight.
  7. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,013

    western must have read the comments in the postings from the other day, it now describes the lights as having dual halogen bulbs to increase lighting..... i would assume that means 4 dual beam bulbs instead of 2
  8. nealybird

    nealybird Senior Member
    Messages: 750

    It looks like these will be the Western version of the Snowex LT, which does use a 'Personal Plow' style mount kit, not an Ultramount style mount.

    And yes, we noticed a few years ago that the Blizzard/Snowex LT was quite a bit more plow than a Suburbanite, so we'd already been leaning that way for most customers. I imagine the Suburbanite might be phased out and replaced by the Defender.

    So - then the next question would be if this hooks up just like the Snowex, with the switches on the headgear and stuff, or not. Since the Suburbanites had the stands that you remove and throw in the back of your truck.
  9. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,395

    Et probably be a game changer for guys ewezing UTVs.
  10. timboy

    timboy Member
    from Ny
    Messages: 69

    It appeared to use the same mounts as a suburbanite,I didn't notice the jack stand method.
    I saw one today,it uses the same mount as a suburbanite or homesteader,I didn't notice what the jackleg set up was but I suspect it to be HTS like.
  11. ggb6259

    ggb6259 Senior Member
    from SW MI
    Messages: 215

    I priced one locally and was given $4300 mounted. He said Western includes the mounting which I've never heard before. Pricey when you look at the SnowEx for same $ and better mount. IMHO