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Dan
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7/27/2002
06:54:32

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Can anyone recomend a snow plow for the QC 4x4, 4.8? (Just for homeowner use)



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7/27/2002
17:14:10

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I've been looking for one also. The one I came across was made by SnowBear. This is a good plow because it weighs less than a commercial plow. I haven't bought one yet because they cost about $900, but the only drawback is that it is not side-to-side adjustable (angle) from within the vehicle, just up and down. On the plus side, it is attached and removed from the vehicle in a matter of minutes.

Check out the webiste... Snow Bear


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7/28/2002
21:23:39

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Thank you eallen, I'll give it a look.



tony
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2/24/2003
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has anyone fallowed up with this plow??



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2/25/2003
18:21:07

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Doesn't look very rugged. You'd be better off buying an old beater truck with a REAL plow for about the same money and you wouldn't be beating on your good ride.
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2/26/2003
07:04:51

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Besides, the dak suspension is way too soft for a plow. Why do you think there isn't one available from mopar like the rams have?

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2/26/2003
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Sno-Way makes a Lexan plow. The Predator LT series that is made for lighter suspensions. My dad has one of their heavier plows, the Predator HT and it is an awesome plow. Very light for the size. The entire assembly including the lights stays hooked to the plow and you only have to attach 3 pins and your ready to go. Go to www.snoway.com to check them out. They cost a little more, but are well worth it.

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2/27/2003
11:07:32

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You should be looking for the Heaviest plow you can put on your truck. Light weight plows are worthless in heavy snows.
Check out Myers or Northman



Chase
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2/27/2003
15:12:05

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If you really need a plow on you truck, sell the dak and get a diesel. You would ruin you dak buy putting a plow on it. They are not made for plowing. Plus having a big diesel with a plow on it would kick a$$. Just a thought. Oh, to save even more money go the cheep way and buy a snow blower.



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3/01/2003
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There are plows suitable for the Dakota. They make 5 foot plows if your interested in that. As far as the Ram's go, you can get a plow prep package unless you get a 2500 or 3500. It is not available on the 1500. Too bad they (Dodge) don't make the Sno Commander anymore.



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3/01/2003
09:02:42

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All of the places in town I called told me they wouldn't touch a V8 Dakota because of the weight on the front end, plus for the 3000 they wanted I could buy an old beater.



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3/02/2003
11:15:44

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I wouldn't consider a 5' plow, when swept area is less than the width of your truck you are just begging to get stuck. Dakotas have stronger front end weight rating than the 1500s; while Dodge recomends against adding a plow, Fisher says it is OK, at least for my 4.7 v-8 regular cab. Options for me were 7' or 7 1/2' widths in regular or light duty weights. Light duty carry over the road better, don't clean up down to the surface as well but also don't dig into unfrozen gravel drives as badly. Doing my 700' driveay and several other good sized drives in the neighborhood I blew the welds out of a light duty plow after about 12 years. Running a steel cutting edge will blow out the welds on a light duty quicker. For the last 3 winters I've run the 7 1/2' regular duty on my Dak. Plows very well but a lot of weight on the front end when plow is lifted. Fisher recomends 900 lbs of weight in back of bed, would probably help some, I don't bother. No problems yet, time will tell if I should have gone with the light duty model; I'd recomend it if you're carrying the plow over the road much. I know people with smaller driveways who don't mind the plows you have to get out of the cab to reposition, but that can get old fast. Dakotas plow extremely well with Goodrich T/A 235 75 R 15's. Good luck with whatever you choose, and see what Fisher recomends for RCs and QCs.



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5/25/2003
18:07:48

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If you are still looking for a good plow western, the best plows in out there has come out with a new model for home owners like yourself it is called the suburbanite.unlike every other non- commercial type plow it angles, raises, and lowers with an in cab control, and the whole mount hooks up to the truck in less than 2 minutes. I plow commercially and I have a few residential accounts and been using western products for the past 15 years and no other plow comes close.If you are still considering buying one check out their web site at www.westernplows.com



Kowalski
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5/26/2003
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What makes the western better than Fisher , Diamond, or Myers ? Do you have any firsthand knowledge of plows on Daks ?



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5/26/2003
16:03:31

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where are you located? i am a snoebear dealer in wis. GREAT product, for personal use.



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5/27/2003
20:14:29

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In regards to the question of what makes western better than fisher, diamond, myers, etc.In my 15 years of commercial plowing I have plowed with several trucks and several different plows and I'll let you in on secret there are only 4 main plow manufactures, we'll start off with douglas dynamics ( western and fisher plows ).Western is the better of them simply because of the issue on weight the fisher plow is fine only problem is it is too heavy and when you hit something like a sewer cap, the only thing that folds is the cutting edge as to westerns entire moldboard, and I have seen some guys break the weld on the bottom of the power pack and come close to going through the windsheild from hitting something that sticks up slightly higher than the cutting edge.Now as for myer and diamond plows which are brothers of a different family the myers plows that I have plowed with were terrible. The pwer pack runs only on hydralic fluid as western and fisher run on atf, and any body in this business will tell you how much easier it is to find a store open at 3:00 a.m that sells trans fluid rather than hydralic. Also I work for a municipality that is sold on myer plows, they love them as for the mechanics that service them it's another story, every summer all of the fleet has to go in and every year the trucks come back with no power pack on the front reason being they have to send them out to be rebuilt, yes every year.One final thing about them try attaching one of these to your truck alone and then try attaching a western ultra mount, if you don't see my point by then theres something wrong.As for the diamond snowplow, add all the problems of myers plus they tried to beat out the competition of fisher so they used the same design I talked about before with the cutting edge being the only thing that trips when you hit an obstacle.



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7/24/2003
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Hi, I actually use a Snowbear plow on my Samurai. It works fantastic for homeowner use. A lot of the comments about ruggedness or a Dakota not handling might be more related to commercial or parking lot type use.For driveways, etc. standard suspensions and the Snowbear work just fine. For heavy(I should say REAL heavy) snows you just have to go out during it rather than afterward, or if you can't then take smaller cuts with the plow. It's adjustable side to side, but not from the cab, you have to pull a lever. On the other hand you are inside more than with a snowblower, and it costs about one-third to one-fourth as much as a "regular" plow. Think of the use as being between an ATV mounted plow and a commercial plow.



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7/25/2003
10:49:39

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One thing to keep in mind is service and parts availability. When things go wrong and they will, parts breaking is a part of plowing its nice to be able to get parts fast. I have used both fisher and western plows in the past and liked them both. If i were buying today i would buy fisher because where i live there are fisher dealers all over the place and mabye 5 western dealers in the whole state.



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8/30/2003
20:01:02

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Hello, I was searching the net for a plow for my 96 Dakota and found this site. I am getting rid of my old 1977 Dodge M880, (military version of the W200) that I used to plow with. Its costing me a fortune to keep it on the road with insurance and etc. I recently bought this 96 dakota extended cab with a 318, it runs great, The local garage I go to for the more time consuming projects had a dakota like mine for years they plowed with. they bought after market torsion bars from mopar performance and with the meyers plow they plowed for at least 6 years with no problems. They plowed their lot and maybe about 6 driveways. I see no reason a dakota couldn't plow snow, with a sane driver that is. I know plenty of people I wouldn't let plow with it. They would try to see how long until they break something.



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8/31/2003
01:57:43

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The manual for my '03 Dakota, 4.7 L V8, RC, 4X4 states that snow plows SHOULD NOT be put on any Dakota.



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8/31/2003
08:28:39

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I've already pointed that out; and explained why Fisher says they have a plow for your truck, and I've been running one for years with no problems. Still on original ball joints and all other front suspension parts. My Dodge dealer even said he wouldn't notice the plow if I had problems - bottom line, the weight rating is there. In the end the choice is yours.



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