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What plow would you recomend?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by born2farm, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

    Ok guys.

    I need to put a plow on my new truck. I will be plowing 10-15 drives per snow and 2 small parking lots. Here is some specs on my truck. 1997 Ford F-150 4x4. it has the 4.6L v8 and a 5 spd transmission. Regular cab short bed. I know it isnt an ideal plow rig but i need to be able and serve my lawn care customers with snow removeal. thanks

    heres a pic of the truck for reference


  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Go with a Sno-Way.
  3. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

    thanks. i was looking at there 26 series. just not sure if i wanna go with a new plow for a used truck
  4. mulcahy mowing

    mulcahy mowing Senior Member
    Messages: 718

    go with a sno-way and be done with it
  5. toby4492

    toby4492 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,513

  6. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    There are some used Sno-ways around. Check your local dealer. He may be getting something in soon as the New Sno-Ways are very nice plows.
  7. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

    thanks guys. it turns out that my local Snoway dealer also is the one i get most of my lawn care equipment from.
  8. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,351

    Blizzard 760LT or a Western MIdweight.
  9. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    Great then you all ready have a relationship with them. that's a plus, a good dealer is more important then the plow make sometimes

    Regular cab short beds make great driveway trucks!
  10. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

    ya i know they make nice drive rigs. just worried about the 5 spd/
  11. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Don't be.

    As long as you don't abuse it excessively, the Mazda built M50D 5-speeds will take a surprising amount of punishment before succumbing to failure.

    And parts are plentiful if you do. At least at this point....
  12. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

    ya i know its built pretty well.

    the biggest thing is the time to shift while say backing into a road then pulling back in and stuff..ill just load her with warning lights and go
  13. nickv13412

    nickv13412 Senior Member
    Messages: 621

    id go with a sno way or a small blizzard
  14. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    Go with the Snoway or a Boss 7.5 steel, since it is lighter than the poly plows
  15. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,794

    I'd say to go with a snoway since your already familiar with the local dealer and toby on here is a very active company rep.
  16. Enzo

    Enzo Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    I would agree with the snoway since you already are familiar with the dealer and they know you. The dealer in my area here has been giving me great prices because I go there all the time to buy my equipment so maybe you will get hooked up with a nice price.
  17. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    I strongly recommend you use the search function on the gray line at the top. Search plowing with a standard transmission etc. It will give you valuable tips on plowing with a manual transmission. It can be done, but you need to know the tricks so you don't fry the clutch. An old timer taught me and it saved me from a fried clutch for 3 years. One guy here fried his the first time out with a new truck last year.
  18. bakerc8

    bakerc8 Senior Member
    Messages: 165

    myer would look nice on that
  19. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    They still make them?
  20. Greybeard

    Greybeard Member
    from MA
    Messages: 35

    Brock - That's a sharp truck. I've plowed for 20+ years with nothing but stick shift trucks, large and small. There are a few rules: don't ride the clutch - get it engaged before you start pushing. Don't bite off more than you can chew - try to plow with the storm, not after. Don't be afraid to use low gear or low range. It's easier on the truck.
    I have to back out onto a real busy road, too. and I know what you mean. I push the shift lever into neutral before I get all the way back, and coast the last few feet. That way, you only have to move it one notch to go forward. Keep an eye on the front end of that F150. Those independent front suspensions aren't as tough as the solid axles. (But they sure ride better.)
    You can get a pretty good education on the various plows from the links at the top of the page. See what each manufacturer says about your particular truck, and you'll have a solid understanding when you choose one. The guys are right about a reliable dealer being more important than the brand name - good ones stay open during the storm and have plenty of parts on hand. Good luck.