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What to look for when buying a used plow

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by polvoson, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. polvoson

    polvoson Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    Hey guys
    I am looking at a few used plows and would like to ask for some advice as to what to look out for?
    What are the advantages and disadvantages of a trip edge vs a trip blade, wear points loose parts?


  2. ATV Plow King

    ATV Plow King Senior Member
    Messages: 166

    I myself like the full trip b/c then if you it something taller then the edge your still good.

    check out the pump and cylinders and make sure theres no fluid leaking out.
    Make sure the springs arent rusted through.
    Make sure the frame for the truck and the plow A frame arent bent.
    make sure all the parts are there...Nuts/bolts,wires,controller.ect.

    Other then that your solid.
  3. Chrisxl64

    Chrisxl64 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 574

    Maintence records. Or at a minimum a knowledgebale owner and signs of maintence, such as parts of different ages, and levels of wear.
  4. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    Mounting system! Many of the manufacturers have been changing mounting systems and have ceased to support the older systems for the newer trucks. the wrong plow could be incredibly expensive to install or even not possible with out custom fab or major modification. These changes are not limited to black iron there could be electrical issues as well.
  5. albhb3

    albhb3 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,523

    I would say by just looking for unnormal wear {for the age of the plow} Lots of rust cracks condition of wires. You will be able to tell if it looks abused.
  6. polvoson

    polvoson Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    Thanks for all the tips!

    I found a 12' plow. The Mog can take it but is it too big? I think unless I was doing really large open areas 12 feet is just too huge? Am I correct in this?

  7. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    12' would be a big blade to run around town with.