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Old 11-18-2011, 07:14 PM   #1
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For you guys that plow snow, what a good rule for how much wider the plow should be then the truck it's on?

Also is the touch pad any better then the joy sticks?

I am looking buying a used one and I have never had a plow before.


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Old 11-18-2011, 07:18 PM   #2
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8ft is perfect for a regular pick up.
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Typical plow size is 8'. The Blizzard plow with the wings are the cats ass. Extends to around 10'. I prefer the touch pad controls myself.
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If you are doing parking lots in say an apartment complex & have to do spots in between cars 7'6 " is perfect....if open lots go with 8'.....that extra 6" when working in between cars is a pain in the ass. I have a western pro plow plus 7'6" ....best plow Ive owned....been doing it for 30 years. meyers are junk....fisher & western are pretty good.
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For you guys that plow snow, what a good rule for how much wider the plow should be then the truck it's on?

Also is the touch pad any better then the joy sticks?

I am looking buying a used one and I have never had a plow before.


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It really depends on the truck, a 1/2 ton 7-7.5'. 3/4 ton and bigger can go 8'. 1 ton with dual wheels can go 9'. The weight of the plow is enough that it's a good idea to avoid diesels. Touch pad or stick is really what your comfy with. Buy a Fisher, save yourself the grief of learning which one is best.
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:31 PM   #6
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It really depends on the truck, a 1/2 ton 7-7.5'. 3/4 ton and bigger can go 8'. 1 ton with dual wheels can go 9'. The weight of the plow is enough that it's a good idea to avoid diesels. Touch pad or stick is really what your comfy with. Buy a Fisher, save yourself the grief of learning which one is best.
Why avoid diesels ?
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6" to a foot wider than your tire track is good..I used a 7' Western with my old half ton for many years but when I moved to a dually I upped to a 8'6".
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:34 PM   #8
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The weight. You can get away with it but the truck will pay the price. It's just a lot more weight then it needs. Both Ford and Fisher will tell you not recommended, but sell thousands every year.
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i think hes talking about the weight of the motor.
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Ok it's actually going on a s-10. The wheel width is 68". That will be a little less after I put a taller, skinner tire on it. The plow I am looking at is 78" wide.


I have no problem adding on to the width if I get a deal on it.

I am only going to do my drive way with it, and i have some tight turn arounds, so the narrower the better, I guess?
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Ok it's actually going on a s-10. The wheel width is 68". That will be a little less after I put a taller, skinner tire on it. The plow I am looking at is 78" wide.


I have no problem adding on to the width if I get a deal on it.

I am only going to do my drive way with it, and i have some tight turn arounds, so the narrower the better, I guess?
we have a 98 s-10 with a snowway plow here with a 6.0 poly plow works great....with the down presure it pushes snow great... we do 5'0 sidewalks with it ..great set up
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The wheel width is 68". That will be a little less after I put a taller, skinner tire on it. The plow I am looking at is 78" wide.
The problem with width appears when you turn the truck. A narrow blade and your rear wheels are in the snow at the inside of a turn especially when the blade is angled a lot.
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:44 PM   #13
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Ok it's actually going on a s-10. The wheel width is 68". That will be a little less after I put a taller, skinner tire on it. The plow I am looking at is 78" wide.


I have no problem adding on to the width if I get a deal on it.

I am only going to do my drive way with it, and i have some tight turn arounds, so the narrower the better, I guess?
i had a 6'6 on a reg cab shortbed s10. it was fine but wish it was taller.
up until a few years ago the big three didnt want a plow on diesels. the front gawr was to high. when i worked for ford we had weight boxes on the front testing plow weights.
Even now most trucks require ballast behind the rear axle to meet specs. western has a match app that shows plow size and ballast needed.
we have 2 reg cab duramaxs with 8'6's and put around 300lbs behind the axle
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Old 11-18-2011, 09:04 PM   #14
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i have an 8' fisher minute mount II with a fish stick on my F250 and I love it..
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With that s10 you're probably going to want to stick with a 7' blade at the largest. Otherwise the weight of the blade and the weight of the snow it'll be pushing will really play hell on the truck.

I had a XJ Cherokee with a 7' blade(I believe) and it was awesome. Best truck I've plowed with to date. It wasn't the best for the long, wide-open lots, but for the smaller, tighter stuff, it couldn't be beat. We did a large post office that ran 24 hours, and I was the guy to backdrag individual parking spots as cars/employees came and went. Tight turning radius, rather low seating position, and excellent visibility...I loved it.

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