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Old 10-09-2019, 06:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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School me on homeowner plows

Looking for advice from the pros on a good homeowner plow to take care of our 1/2 mile long gravel lane. We live 1/4 mile off of the county road and our neighbor lives about a 1/4 mile down from us at the end. Right now he takes care of the plowing with a Toyota Tundra and I believe a Meyer homeowner plow. He and I help each other with road maintenance, etc...and I want to be able to take care of the lane if he's not around or not able to. I am the manager of a small city so I'm no stranger to plows, trucks, and equipment, but that said, I'm not about to go out and purchase the same type of equipment we use on our public works trucks to plow a 10' wide, 1/2 mile long lane 10 or 15 times a year for an hour at a clip. However, I do want to buy a well made plow that will last many years for the type of use it will see.

My personal truck is a 2012 F250 super cab short bed 4x4, 6.2L gas, 3.73 gears, electric locking rearend, and snow plow prep package. It seems that just about every plow manufacturer makes a homeowner model these days and its hard to get a feel for them just watching videos on Youtube, etc... I have seen a few differences though and I will say that I definitely want a hydraulically operated plow as opposed to a winch or something of that nature. Given the fact that I'll be plowing gravel, a model with available shoes is important as well. As far as ease of getting it on and off, that's not a huge concern because most of the time I will plow the lane, park the plow truck, and take my city-assigned vehicle to work. I know that my neighbor's plow is a PITA to get on and off as I've helped him with it a few times. Looking forward to getting a pro's perspective on the best homeowner plow out there without going over the top.
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Go over the top or you will break everything and it will suck. Commercial grade Western with the features you want will be fine.
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Is this along the lines of a MILF? I obviously didn't read your post.
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is this for snow or gravel maintenance
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is this for snow or gravel maintenance
Snow-we take care of the gravel with a drag.

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Go over the top or you will break everything and it will suck. Commercial grade Western with the features you want will be fine.
I'd like to spend no more than $2500 or so on the whole setup. A fully setup 7'-6" Western is going to cost at least $5000.
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Snow-we take care of the gravel with a drag.



I'd like to spend no more than $2500 or so on the whole setup. A fully setup 7'-6" Western is going to cost at least $5000.
Buy a used one off Craigslist then buy the correct mount and wiring harness for you pickup. Nothing in the 2k range new is gonna be worth a shit.
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Snow-we take care of the gravel with a drag.
Can't help you with snow, I'm not sure we have ever gotten enough snow to actually plow

but, I was going to suggest one of the drag along groomers for the gravel. one that's about 15'-20' long with like 4 blades/sets of tine. I was shocked at how well they handle a driveway compared to floating a box blade or the like from tractor
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Get a used commercial plow, homeowner plows are a joke. I use a can am sxs with a 6’ plow, but have neighbors with commercial plows if it gets to be too much.
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I live on a common use/quarter mile long gravel road with 3 other houses and a farmer that uses our driveway as a right-of-way to his fields. My house is the furthest back off the road.

All I can tell you is that my neighbors LOVE the fact I have a commercial Meyer plow/pump on my 97 Dodge 3/4 ton pickup. In fact, they LOVE mine so much they don't even feel the need to buy one for themselves. Funny thing is, they tend to admire it from afar (aka the warmth of their houses), instead of up close and personal. Funny how that works.
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I'm more of a western/Boss man myself but i'd go 8'6" to 9' if you can. Modern trucks have gotten wider and the extra width helps to keep you from driving over your windrow.
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buy a compact (not sub compact) tractor with a power angle plow.

Plowing snow with a truck destroys it in very short order. the tractor is cheaper than ruining your truck. Everyone who lives out tries the truck thing and ends up with a truck in the weeds and a tractor that lasts their lifetime.

Oh and this is important. it will make your life hard, frustrating, and cold or be a quick easy job. If you stick with the truck.... buy a nice one you can hook up solo and will last.
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not in my parts. blowers are for people with short paved driveways and neighbors 3' away.
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Talk to neighbor.
Buy yourself a key to his plow for when he isn't around.
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not in my parts. blowers are for people with short paved driveways and neighbors 3' away.

I'm talking a blower on a skiddy or tractor, not a walk behind. I hate plowing though my yard to make room for the next storms piles.
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I'm talking a blower on a skiddy or tractor, not a walk behind. I hate plowing though my yard to make room for the next storms piles.
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Buy yourself a key to his plow for when he isn't around.

This seems like the most logical option. Then again, some people have a problem actually talking to their neighbors
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This seems like the most logical option. Then again, some people have a problem actually talking to their neighbors
Yea tossing that guy some cash/beer/fuel/etc seems like a much better idea.
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Where is OP at? Plows have their place, but their functionality soon wears out, when you have no where left to push it.
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Where is OP at? Plows have their place, but their functionality soon wears out, when you have no where left to push it.
He's got a half mile driveway. I'm pretty sure he's got places to push it.
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Yea tossing that guy some cash/beer/fuel/etc seems like a much better idea.

We just moved into my place here in Mo a couple of weeks ago, and we are nearing the end of mowing season, and our new place as 3 acres of grass to mow. I haven't decided on what zero turn to buy yet, and while I was talking to my neighbor, he tells me not to worry about it, and to buy one once the season is over so they are cheaper, and he'll mow my yard until the season is done. I offered him cash and or drinks, but he declined them all and said it was his pleasure. A little talking goes a long way, and sometimes you find out how cool your neighbors really are.
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Avoid the new homeowner plows, a 3/4 ton truck plowing a road will destroy them in a season. Shop around for a deal on a used heavy plow. Anything 8' wide will be heavy enough to not worry about it. Mounts and wiring will take you a Saturday of on and off work to get you up and running

If you're not going to do anything else I'd bet you can find a running and driving plow truck for 2 grand next spring/summer and save the wear and tear on yours
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you don't need plow shoes to plow gravel.. drop the blade and then pick it up with a small tap of the "up" button. I've never used plow shoes and do plenty of gravel roads and driveways

Get a Boss straight blade. they're durable and are simple to work. Not hard to hook up either.
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Buy a loader. Much better than a plow and also useful in the off-season!
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