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What do you use to plow?

  1. The Boss

    22.2%
  2. Fisher

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  3. Blizzard

    9.5%
  4. Western

    6.3%
  5. Meyer

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  6. Curtis

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  7. Diamond

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  8. Snow Way

    6.3%
  9. Other

    17.5%
  10. Tractor

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  11. Skid Steer

    38.1%
  12. Snow Blower / Shovel

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  1. Green Mtn Boy

    Green Mtn Boy New Member

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    With all the talk about winter weather I was wondering how many members plowed their own drive ways and what they used.
    I grew up plowing (my father has a plow business) using Fisher Plows. They were built well and took the abuse. When it came time to purchase a plow for my own truck I looked hard at the Fisher, but by this time they had plenty of competition. I ended up purchasing a Boss plow. It wasn't that I thought the Fisher was not made well because they are....it came down to features for the money. I was a little nervous about straying away from a product I knew well, but sometimes your pleasantly surprised. The Boss is every bit as much a plow as any Fisher I ever used and I haven't had a bit of problems with it since I've owned it ( six years). The only complaint I have is that the plow frame on the truck appears to hang down lower then the Fisher's. I don't go off road that much, so this hasn't been much of a problem. All said and done, I would recommend either of these two brands to anyone.

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  2. lass442

    lass442 New Member

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    We should have a plow, but my husband doesn't trust me with one..( I was prone to road rage for a time there... I'm over it now). We have an 8hp Troy-Bilt, 24" w/ heated handles. He trusts me with THAT!
  3. Zick

    Zick New Member

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    The plow on my Kubota BX2350 works pretty nice.
  4. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    Cough, cough :shut:

    I could learn something here. I've been thinking about a plow for "The Beast" (2005 F250 XLT). It's got a plow package.
  5. lass442

    lass442 New Member

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    Get the plow, Eileen!!!! LOL
  6. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    Trust me, it's on "the list" ;-)
  7. lass442

    lass442 New Member

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    Is it on the list before the gooseneck 3 horse slant load with dressing room, or after?? My QH is gonna be 25 this year, so I know where a plow would be in my my list; especially now with my husband gone for over a week turning other people on! We just got 12"dumped on us and I chopped every inch of ice off our 110' driveway yesterday by hand. I', missin' him and hatin' him at the same time... I'd LOVE a plow right now! (I'd make short work of that 110' feet right now if I could!)
  8. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    I have the slant load, 2 H, slant, Gore, w/10' dressing room (truck & trailer a mega present to myself after my daughter graduated from College)... did it by ourselves.

    1 APHA mare, one pinto/saddlebred rescue mare (avatar, Matisse), and just put our 28 YO gelding, Shogun Jack, down yesterday(there I said it). Crap.

    A plow is something I want to add. Truck can take it, only has 25,000 miles :)
  9. mayhem

    mayhem Minister of Fire

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    I sure hope he works for the electric company...otherwise he owes you alot more than just a plow!

    I use a Fisher myself. I hve no brand loyalty to them, but it was a good deal and there are local dealers unlike many other brands. The best snowplows are the ones with dealers and spare parts nearby.
  10. lass442

    lass442 New Member

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    He does, indeed, work for the electric co! LMAO! He owes me more than a plow anyway! But I'll let him take it out in trade!
  11. lass442

    lass442 New Member

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    OUCH, Eileen.... oh, I'm shedding tears with you. That's hard... I do know.... and I am heartfelt sorry for you having to do that. I'll look for his cloud in the sky. OH... I wish there was more I could say other than I DO know... and it hurts.. an indescribable ache inside....all you can do is cry and be mad because there's nothing else you can do..... for now. CRAP is right.
  12. RocketMan

    RocketMan New Member

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    I have a Western plow on my old Chevy pickup, a Meyers on my classic 75 Bronco, and a loader on my Cub Cadet diesel tractor. Even with this equipment, I still fight trying to keep my 1/2 mile driveway open. It crosses an open field with hills that create huge snow drifts. Then once the snowbanks get built up, there is nowhere to push the snow. Out comes the tractor to move the back the snowbanks. It is a continuous fight all winter long. What I need is a big 3 point snowblower on the tractor, and of course a cab so that I don't freeze.

    Of course, we are under a Winter Storm Warning for another 8 to 10 inches of snow, followed by 30 mph winds. Just got done digging out of the last 12 inch dumper. At least the house is warm!
  13. Hogwildz

    Hogwildz Minister of Fire

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    Have you tried putting up one of those plastic snow fences? See then along roads between the corn fields here.
  14. RocketMan

    RocketMan New Member

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    Yeah, I have more than thought about them. But it seems every year, winter kind of catches me by surprise! I would need about 800 feet of fence and T-Posts, and the yearly install/removal ritual. It's what I get for listening to my honey say, "Wouldn't it be neat if we put the house way back here!". At least I don't have to deal with the dust from the gravel road...
  15. mainemac

    mainemac Member

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    I have no plow no snowblower
    I have a few shovels only at this point and my 2 kids get out and help me
    I have been craving a snowblower but I am lucky as my driveway is short and south facing so each year I put it off "maybe next year"
    After tomorrows Noreaster it may be 'next year'
    Stay warm and safe everyone

    Tom
  16. North of 60

    North of 60 Minister of Fire

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    You left out ATVs. The Polaris has the Glacier plow system witch is very handy for our light dry snow. I now run it articulated @ 35deg with a side shield at the top leading edge. It is good for recreational use for the homeowner. I have to haul my own water so I need to keep my driveway and turn around clear. I dont need to get my truck and trailer stuck at -40 with 6000lbs of ice blocking my driveway. :shut: Beats shoveling.
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  17. seige101

    seige101 Minister of Fire

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    North of 60, we think alike!

    I have a polaris sportsman 700 twin with the glacier plow also, love it! Plow my driveway and the 2 neighbors driveways for a couple bucks. No problems handling the heavy wet stuff either.
  18. Kenny1

    Kenny1 Feeling the Heat

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    IMHO, plows are great if you don't get much snow, and/or have lots of space to put the stuff. Otherwise, a blower makes much more sense (either a walk behind or get a 3PH mounted one for your tractor).

    Cheers

    Kenny
  19. North of 60

    North of 60 Minister of Fire

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    OK Kenny, does a snow blower digest the snow and make it disappear? Im thinking it probably ends up in your neighbors yard. :lol:
    CHEERS N of 60
  20. North of 60

    North of 60 Minister of Fire

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    I will always end up with a couple of bottles of something this time of year from our neighbor's, as I will do there driveway's also after a large dump of snow. 80 to a 100 yards is the average length out here in the country. I sure do love the quick attach they have for this plow.
  21. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    North of 60 is right . . . you left out plowing with an ATV. I've got a Moose Country Plow for my Honda Foreman that I've been using on my driveway for the past eight or nine years. Not so speedy or as powerful as a pick-up, but it gets the job done.
  22. Kenny1

    Kenny1 Feeling the Heat

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    In a way it does ;-)

    I believe that what a blower does do is distribute the snow over a larger area.

    When plowing, the snow gets pushed to one side. After a couple of snowfalls, you have some large banks (usually frozen banks around here) that the plow cannot push. So, with any more snow accumulation, the driveway keeps getting narrower and narrower.

    Two ways to eliminate the above problem - get a stronger plow/vehicle, or have enough space to push an entire winters worth of snow to. Last winter saw a lot of snow in this area, and some plowing contractors stopped servicing many customers (no place to push the snow to). YMMV.

    Putting the plow on an ATV is really cool, but I can't help to notice that around here, everyone who does that also has a blower to clean out the heavy stuff.

    BTW, my snow does not end up in the neighbors yard - maybe if I had one of these:

    http://www.v8snowblowers.com/




    Cheers

    Kenny
  23. North of 60

    North of 60 Minister of Fire

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    A neat link Kenny.
  24. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    I use a Snapper snow blower.

    A plow on a riding mower is still a bit of work and I'm convinced it puts extra wear and tear, especially on smaller rider mowers. It also rips up the lawn and gravel driveways unless they are frozen solid.

    I also have a Deere 2520 with a FEL and BH. If the snowblower doesn't start, or we have a blizzard, you're not keeping me off the road.
  25. woodmeister

    woodmeister New Member

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    f-250 w/ western plow and suzuki quad w/warn plow it's warmer in the truck but more fun on the quad ,800' driveway with 19% grade sure can get interesting.
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