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Discussion in 'Western Plows Discussion' started by Rgory, Feb 14, 2011.

  1. Rgory

    Rgory Member
    Messages: 64

    Hey guys,

    Thinking of swapping the 8' pro w/wings for a wide-out. Have read a lot of things going both ways with the unit but I am curious if anyone has any real world experience to add or any do's and don'ts?

    I am on the southside of Chicago, Oak Lawn to be exact, and would love to see a unit that has been in service first hand and get feedback. If anyone is on the southside and would want to meet up let me know.

  2. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,174

    u can look at my P.O.S. wideout
  3. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,174

  4. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    Have you ever considered you got a lemon? I havent seen anywhere that someone has had the problems you've had. In fact, I've watched for the things that have happened to you, afraid it may happen to me. Thankfully none of it has.

    I have 3 seasons on our wideout, and have had 0 problems. It gets used for everything from little driveways, to windrowing at 20+ mph on 20+ acre commercial sites. Great plow imo.
  5. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,174

    LOL, to tell to truth western should hire me to be their test dummy...i love the plow now it's just things that need to the watched for

    1st year all 6 ribs gave and fold in the cutting edge that pushed back 2 to 3 inches

    2nd year the blade rocked back and pulled the face of the mounting out forward

    3rd year, cracks around the slide box on the moldboard, cracked pivot bolt, the mount where the chain attaches to the a-frame tearing about 3in of its weld, the A-frame slapping the lift ram breaking the 90 elbow off on the last storm,

    i love this plow, i really do..i never had a motor or a hydro problem, i still have one headlight that doesn't have tape holding it together, and for as much abuse i give this thing.....never had a problem with the wings

    no bull, i would buy another one....this things moves some snow

  6. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    LOL, nice paint job.
  7. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,246

    Now that is what a well worked plow looks like. I have my xls and all I can say is that it is a great plow and moves a lot of snow. I hope fisher would make an 8611xls as I would buy it next. If not I am getting another xls.
  8. Dlongerman

    Dlongerman Senior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 299

    stick with the Pro-Plus unless u need the 8 ft as much as u need the 9ft scoop... if you HAVE to take the wings off and on alot the wide-out is a time saver.... But if you can plow in the 9ft scoop (aka 8ft pro-plow w/ wings) all the time or just take it of 2-3 times a storm then the pro-plow is a better blade.

    less to go wrong if it does...
  9. Rgory

    Rgory Member
    Messages: 64

    I appreciate everyone's input. Dont know which way to go yet. Having the versatility to go between 8' and 9' scoop at the flip of aswitch sounds preety appealing though.
  10. mikegooseman

    mikegooseman Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    wide out

    We have had a busy winter..... and I put the wide out on some real test, I think they are great versatile blade ! the only thing I don't like is that the poly blocks on the wings wear out like crazy ... I would give this a rating of 9 out of 10...wesport I plow some retail and industrial with some wide open areas, it performed great, good luck . :drinkup:
  11. lfaulstick

    lfaulstick Senior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 137

    Has anyone used the wide out on dirt roads? i plow alot of dirt driveways/roads was wondering if any stones would get pinched in the slide box where the wings come out?
  12. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,246

    Ido a couple of gravel side lots for overflow purposes and no stones have gotten stuck in the slide box or the trip edge on my xls.
  13. CoastalSnow&Ice

    CoastalSnow&Ice Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    love my plow had it 3 years now
  14. wideout

    wideout Senior Member
    from iowa
    Messages: 727

    roblems after two years at all and i use mine for large commercial lots and small drives. The backside of the slide box is open anuthing that gets in them comes out the back of it