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Old 07-10-2010, 10:55 PM   #1
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Jeep Plowing?

I was just wondering if any of you guys stuck a plow on your Jeep and if you get contracted out by your town? I know mine hires private contractors to do the roads sometimes if its bad out so just wondering how a Jeep would do :]

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I was just wondering if any of you guys stuck a plow on your Jeep and if you get contracted out by your town? I know mine hires private contractors to do the roads sometimes if its bad out so just wondering how a Jeep would do :]
Hi, I was wondering the same thing. I've been talking with people who own them, before I joined this forum and they said that they are great because they are like tanks, and turn on a dime. So that should equate to a great plowing vehicle. I plan to get a plow as well, it's seems like the right thing to do. And I have heard towns do business with private plows. Good luck!

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I see quite a few every winter here in maine, nothing commercial just there own driveways etc, One guy here in town has a old postal jeep with a plow still going strong.
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Yea, a Jeep can be used as a plow and because of it's short-wheel base it does it fantastically. Just remember that using ANY truck as a plow vehicle causes a heck of a lot of wear and tear and can make your TJ plummet in value just by attaching a plow
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I've heard that they do make a great plow vehicle but that the plow over time will wreck the jeep frame. It's only like a 1/4 ton frame. If it were my jeep I would have the frame reinforced before I do any plowing with it.
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Shoot....I thought you guys were talking about plowing a field! We don't have enough of that white stuff down here to even worry about. I do have a buddy that lives in Uniontown, Pa. He has an old Willys outfitted with a plow.....mainly to keep his business's parking lot clear but all his neighbors call on him from time to time. Keeps him in good favor with them...they bring food, gifts, prime hunting opportunities, etc.
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Hmm.. extra money.. I have a 2004 x and now I'm debating on buying a plow and contracting some locals.
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I personally wouldn't do it unless your Jeep is primarily a trail rig...like mentioned above, it will cause your Jeep's value to decrease significantly and worst of all, it causes some pretty serious wear and tear on everything. We've got a late 90's Chevy 3500 dump truck at work that we keep a big Boss V-plow on in the winter...it's got maybe 40,000 miles on it, but that truck drives like it's got 240,000 miles with all the pops, creaks, vibrations and everything else you feel/hear. We really don't use the dump bed to haul a lot...so most of that wear and tear has come from the plow.
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there is a great Jeep forum there. Wranglers can make excellent snowplows for both light duty and commercial. The frames are stronger than you think as long as they aren't rusty/crusty.
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Got a '93 YJ with a plow. Have the snowway that is heavy clear plastic with steel edges. Lighter for the jeep to handle. works fine, but I would not suggest putting a plow on a lifted jeep, too much stress on body mounts and springs, plus the added height puts the plow at a weird relative angle to the ground. Mine is bone stock. 82,000 miles, and not rusty at all...just some scale on frame that comes off to repaint. Works better than the '82 Scrambler we had...YJ's have a little more rust resistance. I put the first set of new stock springs on the front last year. Back are still stock, and will get replaced next year. I have a friend with a TJ with a Meyers plow. He had to put helper air bags in his springs...alot of nose dive on the TJ with the coils. Leaf springs, not as bad. I personally would not put it on a DD. Bought the YJ just to plow and occasionally play with in the summer. Oh, Yeah, you def. want a hardtop and hard doors...ragtop and zip windows suck for the work your doing, along with the cold. Can't see out the windows in the soft top when they fog inside and get road salt on them. You can scrape hard glass. Been using the YJ for 6 years as a plow jeep.
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WHat about getting the clear plastic light weight plows to put on your jeep, they are very light so will put less stress on your vehicle when driving around with it on. Hears the link: Sno-Way International - Snow Plows, snowplows for your vehicle ...
Or one of these: Snow Plow, SnowSport, Truck Snow Plows
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I think the weak link would be the transmission. It would be real hard on it.
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That's what I have on my YJ, as stated above-the Sno-Way...but if you don't get it soon, there won't be a mounting kit for it. They discontinued mounts for YJ's, and I assume, since the TJ is getting up there now, it won't be long till it is out of production also. Not all that bad on tranny, just clutch, if standard. Replaced that 2 seasons ago. All just depends on how hard you are on the equipment. Mine is a 4 cyl 5 speed...not a problem pushing at all. Works like a champ. Again, the plastic plow is a little lighter, but leafs seem to hold up better than coils from what I have encountered. Every TJ I have seen here in the snow belt, seems to be really nose heavy. Most guys here buy the air bag helpers that go into the coils, so, a lifted jeep would not be good to work with that. I had helpers on the front of the YJ, but don't need them with new spring packs.
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I wonder how the D35c axles hold up to the abuse? Seems like that'd be putting a lot of extra stress on it when they're known to not handle stress all that well (especially with lockers and/or larger tires).
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That's what I have on my YJ, as stated above-the Sno-Way...but if you don't get it soon, there won't be a mounting kit for it. They discontinued mounts for YJ's, and I assume, since the TJ is getting up there now, it won't be long till it is out of production also. Not all that bad on tranny, just clutch, if standard. Replaced that 2 seasons ago. All just depends on how hard you are on the equipment. Mine is a 4 cyl 5 speed...not a problem pushing at all. Works like a champ. Again, the plastic plow is a little lighter, but leafs seem to hold up better than coils from what I have encountered. Every TJ I have seen here in the snow belt, seems to be really nose heavy. Most guys here buy the air bag helpers that go into the coils, so, a lifted jeep would not be good to work with that. I had helpers on the front of the YJ, but don't need them with new spring packs.
when will they be discontinuing it?
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That I couldn't tell you...but I've checked with a dealer that I got my plow a few years back from, and he said it won't take long. Anything over 5 or 6 years old is when they get itchy to put stuff out of production. Check with a Sno-Way dealer and they can assist you in what you need and what is available. I am totally happy with the system. It doesn't rust and need painted because it is a heavy half inch plastic blade with steel cage around it with replaceable cutting edge. I would buy another. Next time, however, I will get the "down force" unit that applies down pressure to scrape the drive way, instead of the gravity weight of the plow, like most systems.
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I just got a sno-way yesterday (used) and installed the wiring today on my
'02 TJ. This will be my first time plowing with a jeep but have owned several plow trucks in the past. Plowing driveways with a big truck is a real pain. The tighter the drive and the bigger the truck the harder it gets, so I'm looking forward to using the small jeep. Some of my thoughts on the topic are: 1-Yes it's very hard on the vehicle! I chose to plow my own drive with mine because here in western NY they use tons of salt in the winter and anything you drive in the winter is doomed anyway, so F*** it. 2-It won't make you any real money unless you get big company contracts and don't have other work in the winter (which means big parking lots that don't suit a jeep anyway). Plus the hours suck, you're at the mercy of nature . . . if it snows Chistmas eve guess what you get to do the next day! This is my take on it from about five years experience.
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Where did you find one used? At the dealer.
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Just kept looking on craigslist every so often. Found one locally.
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I never used my TJ to plow but I did have a full size GMC Jimmy with a Myers power angle plow. The front end needed to be beefed up, had to add a second battery for night time operation. After a few years the transfur case had to be rebuilt. I wouldn't do it to the TJ.
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Yeah, i'm completely confused, i'm thinking i'm not going to do it now. I'll talk to my mechanic, he too owns a jeep wrangler that is lifted (his lift he said was 3.5"), i'm at 4". But he also did say the bottom of my jeep is impressive for the year, super clean and not rusted at all. I keep hearing about rubberizing, I live in a heavily salted snow area, and my jeep is left out doors. Is this a bad situation getting worse or is my jeep just going to be the warrior I think it is....
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My personal opinion is if your jeep is a daily driver, and lifted, then you don't want to put a plow on it. My YJ is bone stock, the plow works fine on a stocker. I basically only use it to plow. I would not put one on my daily TJ or my good YJ...this jeep is just mainly to plow, and that is it. I own 2 yj's and a tj...I bought this yj just for plowing. If you are set on plowing with a jeep, get another one just to do it.
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My 3/4 ton Dodge truck was a plow truck and it has a done some minor damage to the frame and it has wore out the front end, steering, and suspension. Just sayin.
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My old man and I used a 88 1/2 ton GMC truck to plow with for close to 15 years and it was his daily driver and then mine when he upgraded. Never broke a thing, no issues with the front end or the frame.

Only put the plow on when we needed to plow and never park with the plow up in the air and you won't have to many worries with the suspension

It all depends on how you plow, if you are slamming into snow banks at 40 mph, then more then likely you will do some damage. It also make's a huge difference if you are plowing out a 15 foot driveway or a 1/2 mile drive way.

But I do agree that to avoid all concern the best bet would be to find a YJ with a plow for little or nothing due to not being road worthy anymore and then its no longer a issue.
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I have an 04 Wrangler X and bought a Western poly blade last fall and used it twice last year. I put on a 12"x12" trans cooler and put on a 9 blade fan from a Ford Explorer. I Installed a temp guage for the trans. Just plowing mine and in-laws and maybe a few other driveways for extra cash but nothing big.
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A Jeep is not a vehicle to plow anything except residential driveways. The short wheel base makes it easy to maneuver. If you want to plow commercially you need at least a 3/4 tom and preferably a one ton pick up. This being said I plow about a dozen drives with my 2005 X. Not for hire just for my friends. I get a gas card or two and some restaurant gift cards. As not to tear the front end up you don't want to take a running start and hit a pile of packed snow. Common sense.I have air shocks on the front and I have 240# of sand in the rear for traction.
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I bought a brand new Snowbear plow over the summer for $400. It uses an electric winch to lift and lower and has a lever you pull to manually angle the plow. All I need yet are the vehicle specific mounts that cost around $300 and I'm set. I'm only gonna be using it on my driveway which is roughly 20'x150' long plus the area in front of the garage which is maybe another 50'x50' area. I won't keep it on while driving though just to avoid any extra wear and tear on the front suspension. Pull 2 pins and unplug the elctrical connector and it's off.
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I bought a used 03 tj with a Meyer drive pro plow but it didn't snow at all in Cincinnati last winter, so zero experience using it. Definitely has to have the air lift load leveling airbags in the front springs. Got it from a dealer with a warranty, only 12000 miles. It had the valve body, torque converter, bushings, seals, etc. replaced under warranty. The transmission issues were expected. So far no other probs with the Jeep, which I use as a daily driver. Dealer says the original owner only used it to plow his car washes and traded it in and paid cash for a new JK. It was in remarkable condition, the top and doors appeared to have never been taken off, interior was like new, blah, blah. Took the plow mount off this summer and hit the trails, will probably set it back up for the winter, but it only snows 6 times a year here on average. Thinking about getting a business license and dealing with the beaurocrats, but definitely sticking with residential driveways.

Maybe someday we'll live in the snow belt again.
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'02 TJ. This will be my first time plowing with a jeep but have owned several plow trucks in the past. Plowing driveways with a big truck is a real pain. The tighter the drive and the bigger the truck the harder it gets, so I'm looking forward to using the small jeep. Some of my thoughts on the topic are: 1-Yes it's very hard on the vehicle! I chose to plow my own drive with mine because here in western NY they use tons of salt in the winter and anything you drive in the winter is doomed anyway, so F*** it. 2-It won't make you any real money unless you get big company contracts and don't have other work in the winter (which means big parking lots that don't suit a jeep anyway). Plus the hours suck, you're at the mercy of nature . . . if it snows Chistmas eve guess what you get to do the next day! This is my take on it from about five years experience.
You have it all wrong. Plow is a winter sport. The most fun I ever has was plowing the worst storm in 50 years.
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i am a fisher plow dealer and i have done snow dogg installs and i have worked on western and snow way plows. the fisher homesteader is what is recommend for the tj and it is a great plow. we would not sell one for the first 2 years till we put one on a jeep liberty that we plowed the shop and house out with. we beat the snot out of it to see any thing wrong or weak. we pushed snow at 35 mph and went from pavement to dirt and just kept going weather or not the trip blade came back up and we never had to fix any thin on it. we sold it used 2 years ago and it still plows when it snows, it was put on a tj fyi, and the liberty just hit 100,000 with now drive train workor any thing just tires and oil. the snow doggs tend to be a little on the heavy side for the tj. i wouldn't want one on mine i did just put an old one on a jk but the front end rating is higher on those jeeps. find a nice light plow if you want one. the fisher homesteader and the western Suburbanite are the same exact plow and the 7'4" only weighs 280 lbs but fisher is the only plow manufacture in the industry that crash tests plows and trucks and they will not pass the recommend front gross axle rating. if it to heavy for the truck they will recommend you to not put it on the truck. you can try. here is the link to the program to see what fits what truck Fisher Engineering - eMatch - Vehicle Info its funny the boss cant have any thing bigger than a 7'6" plow on a 08 2500 chevy crew cab with the duramax and 8' bed.

its a little long went on a tangent if you have any question in particular let me know i will try and get answers for you

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