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Whats a good snow plow for Commercial and residential use?


Do I need to beef up the front end?


Any other things I should do for lotsa plowing?
 

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i have always run western pro plows 8.6 with real good luck.my new truck i am trying a new boss 8.2 power-v with high recomendations we will see how it go's
 

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Take a look at a HINIKER


It does not use a lift piston , it uses a piston with some type of linkage. IIRC it will push or pull on the piston so you can apply down pressure hydraulically for scraping down a driveway or a parking lot.





The "C" plow allows you to flip the plow over for easy back-blading





I alsmost bought one, but decided a snowblower was easier on my wallet and truck.





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Truck will handle a plow with ease. A few things will make it easier though.


First is turn your torsion bars up some if not done allready, this will help in the sag you get when lifting the plow up. I also added timbrens in the front(replaces oem stops), they helped out lots.


Put some weight in the box if your not running a salter(1000lbs or so) as this will help out with the rear tires getting traction and take out some of the front end sag. Depending on snow and accumulation i run in 2wd alot with a skid of salt in the rear.(30bagsx88lbs=2600lbs).


Defiinetely skins with some good bite help, i've found that the bfg a/t's work awesome. The skinner the tire the better grip you will get than a wide tire that will float on top of the snow and get you no traction.


As far as plows i run a 8ft poly Artic plow with removable wings(box plow idea). Plow weighs 962lbs one of the heavier out there. Basically your plow selection should be partionally determined by how close your dealer is for service and support. You do not want to be driving a long way for a part you need when its still snowing and you need to keep plowing. Meyers, Artic, Western, Boss seem to make quality equipment from my experience. As far as the Hiniker, neat idea but from what i;ve read and heard stay as far away as possible. I wouldn't put anything smaller than a 9ft on a dually as if you go smaller then the outer wheels will be running in your windrow and loosing traction. It will be even worse when you angle the plow. Your probably allready used to having to watch out for your dually flares, but they seem to stick out more when plowing for some reason(lol), becareful.



I've been plowing for 11years now(no expert by any means) and the dmax is by far the best plow truck i have ever used, yes even better than a solid front axled truck.


I see you have an 01 and an 03. Make sure your NSBU switch on the side of the tranny is upgraded on the 01 to the tan coloured one. I've gone threw the factory black one(01 switch) upgraded to the tan coloured one and that still went on me. I now carry a spare with me just incase. Learnt my lesson last year when the tan one went on me when i still had 12hours to go. Had to plow the remainder 12 hours in 3rd gear only as it was sunday and couldnt get a new switch. Needless to say the tranny temps were way up there, definetely won't do that this year with the Suncoast under her.
Hope this helps and let the white gold start falling anytime. Later Jeremy





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heartbeatcanada, Where did you pick up the timbrens? I heard a lot of good things about them. I mentioned it to the Western dealer and he looked at me like I had two heads.
 

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for build and ease on use i choose the boss. all i own right now is meyer and fisher. but ill never buy anything but boss. There mount system is the easiest to use over all of the others and i have seen alot of plows a friend of mine sells and installs. he has done more boss plows this season already than meyer all last year. best part is when your done plowing you drop everything in less than a minute and you can be plowing again in lees than a minute. no lift frame hanging on your ride all winter. cost is comparable across the board. if your interested grady let me know and ill get ya a quote.
 

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I got my timbrens from a local truck accesories store. I phoned Timbren direct and they wouldn't sell to me, but gave me the number of a distributor close by. Go to timbren.com and either call them or there might be a list of distributors on there page??? I run the timbrens in the rear as well for the salt in the back + truck pulls. Truck hardly squats at all with 2600lbs, but when empty shes a little rough. Rears are a 15min install, fronts were a bunt 2hrs, don't know if it was me or what, but a couple tools got tossed around that day.
The fronts didn't change the ride one bit. Definetly worth the coin. Later Jeremy
 

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Good price on Timbrens


Definitely a good investment on an IFS plow truck.


I'm plowing with a Fisher 8'6" V. Depending on the areas you're plowing, a V plow helps out tremendously. I've been using it for two years with no problems whatsoever. I don't think I'll use a straight blade again. All in all, the D-Max/Allison is a great plow truck combination.
 

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Go V. JMO Blizzards look kinda interesting though but I havent played with one.


I also wouldnt buy a V with a full trip.


Timbrens were easy install. 2 hours? I didnt even take off my front tires.


A CC dualy is going to be a PITA in tight places. Even a dualy with a 9' blade will be a PITA in alot of residentail.


Get some balast for the back and a blinky light of some sort.
 

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Ok!....Thanks for the help.....


Now the next delima.





Do I go with the Fisher V plow 8'6"? Or just the regular HD 8'6"?


The truck I am putting it on is a GMC 3500 Dually Reg Cab.


Oh yea I got a blinky light!


Gonna wait and see if I need the timbrens.
 

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When I was looking for a plow there were the people that had a v plow and the people that wished they had one,or so it seemed.Now that I have one would never go to a straight blade unless money was a issue, as they are approx 800.00 more for the v.
 

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I'm a programmer for Boss....so I'm a bit biased. :)


I can tell you that we are experiencing HUGE growth every year and rapidly taking away the market from Fisher/Western (which are owned by the same company). We are constantly trying to make our product better while coming up with new products. We just got a patent on a slick tailgate spreader that will be out next year.


If anyone has any techinal questions about our plow I'd be more than happy to answer them.
 

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So when is Boss going to come out with a trip edge for thier V blades? Or have they already?


I think 8'6" is on the limit side of a dualy.


Check out http://www.snowplowing-contractors.com/forums/index.php its a fairly new site but has a bunch of good guys on it.


Once you go V you wont go back. JMO


Timbrens are cheap and easy to install. I would install em but thats JMO
 

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The trip V is in the works, but I think most of the new development is working on a Boss plow for smaller trucks.....the Jeeps, Toyotas etc
 

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I like how fast the Boss is but I dont like how fast it can stop you when it dont trip
No idea on time frame of a trip edge? The fact that it was a full trip was the reason I didnt even look at a Boss for my Chevy. Still undecided about when the fleet gets added to, we will see what fisher/western has to offer as well as Boss then.


Hopefully I will get used to the Fishstick.....I dont know if I will like switching between modes or not, havent played with it enough. I did like the Boss handheld thoguh....I guess we will see what i like once I get accustom to the fisher.


Why dont you guys work on the plows for the real trucks, it cant be that hard to make a plow to live behind a jeep
Snow shovel and some ducttape and you guys should be done with your design. J/K
 

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LOL....yeah, I'll tell the guys about the new shovel/ducktape design. :) No, I couldn't even guess a timeframe for you. I'm not really in the loop when it comes to the new stuff....but I know the AutoCad / ProE guys are busy all day designing stuff....so hopefully in the next season or two.
 

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Has anyone found the light wires for roof mounted lights?
 

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"Has anyone found the light wires for roof mounted lights?"


when I installed my roof marker lights I remember seeing the wire harness for the roof mounted lights up in the roof liner. My truck has the plow prep package with the switch (button) on the dash.


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pull down the headliner and it will be there, most guys run it out of the 3rd brake light instaed of drilling into the roof.


I have the upfitter thingy printed out that details it but I cant remember the site....maybe someone can point you in the right direction for the uppfitter guid on the net.
 
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