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Old 01-26-2014, 01:25 PM
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Snow Plow or no Snow Plow... That is the question

Hey guys maybe someone can help me out here. I have been itching to make some extra money and a few friends have been telling me to put a plow on my rig. I am more worried about all the horror stories of how it messes up the truck. But on the flip side the $90/hr sounds appealing. I also found out that if you are a sub for a company that you do not need commercial liability because you are covered under theirs. Lots of pros and lots of cons... My head is spinning. Can anyone help me out?
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Old 01-26-2014, 01:43 PM
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I've had a plow on my F250 since it was new in 2001 and I commercial plow. 152,000 and going strong. Replaced the ball joints at 105,000 the rest is just normal maintanance. Ask yourself, I make 750.00 to 1000.00 each time it plows, would it be worth it? I've plowed about 12 times since november 28th. Rough guesstimate 5-6 thousand per month.
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Old 01-26-2014, 01:56 PM
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If you are in an area that sees lots of snow every year, then I'd say go for it. Only other thing I'd say is one con I can see up front is the cost of the plow and setup. A friend of mine showed me a couple plows that he sells, and they ranged from $3500 for a SnowDog all the way to $5000 for a Fisher plow, and it was more for the the V-plow and the stainless.
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Old 01-26-2014, 02:18 PM
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Go for it! Make your truck work, I've had plows on all my trucks and as long as your the only one plowing with it then you'll know it wasn't abused. I do a trans flush every year after the plowing seasons over. I'd go with a straight blade plow, less weight and less complicated! I do commercial and have a 9' western on my truck, wider is nicer it keeps my truck farther away from bushes or anything along the curbs. As I said go for it!
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Old 01-26-2014, 03:04 PM
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I almost pulled the trigger on a 8'6" Fisher xtreme V SS but after sleeping on it (the idea of buying it not the actual plow) the $7000 price made me second guess the idea. Then I started looking at Boss super duty 8'6" straight blade for $5200. I plowed years ago with a straight blade plow on someone else's truck that was pretty beat up to begin with. One of my accounts is mostly private roadways and parking lots and the other account would be HOAs and commercial parking lots. I'm just nervous too about dropping big money late in the season but after this winter so far I feel that in the next two months we could have more snow but not sure how much. I guess it's a Catch 22.
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I know you have to plow with something. Me, I wouldn't use my truck for plowing snow unless I absolutely had to. I use my 75HP tractor with bottom trip Meyer plow on a quick attach plate using my loader.

Plowing takes its toll on the truck...are they built to "handle" plowing? Yes...but it's a source of wear and tear no matter what. It just boils down to whether the economic impact is worth it to you.
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I almost pulled the trigger on a 8'6" Fisher xtreme V SS but after sleeping on it (the idea of buying it not the actual plow) the $7000 price made me second guess the idea. Then I started looking at Boss super duty 8'6" straight blade for $5200. I plowed years ago with a straight blade plow on someone else's truck that was pretty beat up to begin with. One of my accounts is mostly private roadways and parking lots and the other account would be HOAs and commercial parking lots. I'm just nervous too about dropping big money late in the season but after this winter so far I feel that in the next two months we could have more snow but not sure how much. I guess it's a Catch 22.
For the price of the v plows and all it's not worth it unless you need it, I swapped my straight blade for a wideout one year and used it once sold it and got another straight blade, simpler is better IMO. I've heard that February is supposed to be the month with the most snow and we've already gotten a decent amount here in SE Pa so you can probably make the plow pay for itself, if not your ahead of the game for next year!
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Sal where are you in sepa? I'm in phoenixville outside of valley forge.
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I have the fisher xtreme v ss and love it. As long as you don't beat on the truck, and always wash it after plowing, you should not have a problem. My dad has had a plow on his 2000 7.3 since new, and his 2008 f450, and no problems with rust.

On his 450 and my 250, we both have the fisher xtreme v ss, his being the 9'6" with wings (about 11' wide). Great plow, never had a problem with any of them.Snow Plow or no Snow Plow... That is the question-imageuploadedbyautoguide1390786920.235739.jpg


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Sal where are you in sepa? I'm in phoenixville outside of valley forge.
Small world I'm from Perkiomenville about 10 minutes from limerick
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