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Old 03-25-2009, 05:03 PM
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i was just wondering if any of you guys think its a bad idea to put a plow on a 4.0 sohc 2005 ranger 4x4. it says not to in the manual but ive seen some with plows on them
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Old 03-25-2009, 06:49 PM
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i was just wondering if any of you guys think its a bad idea to put a plow on a 4.0 sohc 2005 ranger 4x4. it says not to in the manual but ive seen some with plows on them

John, I wouldn't bother...

You don't want to plow with a Ranger.. It will not take the beating..
You hit one curb and it will probably fall apart..

If you want to plow get at least an F250...

What are you planning to plow??? If it's just your driveway invest in a good snowblower.. It will be cheaper in the long run..
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Old 03-25-2009, 10:38 PM
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just a couple of driveways i have a snowblower but im wicked lazy lol i have my driveway and 3-4 others i was just wondering if it was worth it but i dont wanna do it if its gonna kill my truck. i do plow in works f350 but im not allowed to bring it home (even tho i do lol) but its too wide to get in my grandmothers driveway wich is wicked long thats why i was thinkin about one for the ranger if i could get it used and cheap
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just a couple of driveways i have a snowblower but im wicked lazy lol i have my driveway and 3-4 others i was just wondering if it was worth it but i dont wanna do it if its gonna kill my truck. i do plow in works f350 but im not allowed to bring it home (even tho i do lol) but its too wide to get in my grandmothers driveway wich is wicked long thats why i was thinkin about one for the ranger if i could get it used and cheap
What would be good for that would be an older bronco or maybe a Jeep.

Either way it will cost you more than a snow blower and the insurance you would be paying..

ANother option would be to get a Bobcat or maybe a John Deere/Kubota style bucket loader.. Probably more fun anyway..
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Old 03-26-2009, 08:10 AM
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true i think ill just stick with the snowblower and get my lazy a** out there plus now i have the truck bed to transport it around (much better than the trunk of my taurus)
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John...I've got a few customers who have put Homesteaders on their Rangers...one even plows his road with it if the town doesn't get out soon enough to suit him. They are not cheap however...$3000+/-...and they are meant for personal use only.
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im probably not gonna do it because from what i have heard it will put a big beating on the truck ive seen them out there i just didnt know if it was worth the risk. and if the truck really is built strong enough to do it. what shop do u work at that outfits them??
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John...any Fisher Dealer can do the installation. There is very little weight that stays on the truck when you're not carrying the blade. I believe it is somewhere around 80 pounds. When you're carrying the blade...I believe you're carrying less than 500 pounds.
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i knew that anyone could do it but if you did it and were close i would give the business to you but im gonna call metropolitan tom they do all our work trucks and get a price there really good over there and there wicked quick
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Thanks John...but...I don't work at a place that installs them. I am a purveyor of fine new and previously enjoyed motor vehicles!!!
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Old 03-29-2009, 07:34 AM
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ahhh when u said customers i thought u meant that u outfitted them. i priced it out got to prices 3350 for homesteader and 3600 for suberbanite i think im just gonna stick to the snowblower on the fact that my insurance would sky rocket with a plow
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John,

I have a 87 Toyota I use to plow just my driveway. It does a decent job but it does tend to get stuck a bit at times. I had used the 4.0L Ranger to pull out the Toyota a few times. The plow ended up hung up on the bank i was plowing into. The Toyota is a bit to light weight and with a wooden bed it's even lighter. It gets a little fishy in the snow in 2wd (I had to plow 2 friends out this past winter) driving down the road.
I have pushed a fair bit of snow at one time with it but you really have to plow in stages. If you have a pile to move you have to take like a 1/4 blade at a time. I also can't really stack the snow you need to plan on a pile 1.5 blades high and as deep as what you guess you will need. I did run out of room but luckily I live at the end of a road and started pilling it up at the end where the town could move it easier than me.
I have a about a 120' driveway with 4 car wide at top and it takes me about 30-45 minutes to get it to perfection with 6-10 inches on it (and moving cars around).

Hope that helps.

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I have also contimplated an ATV with a plow but was told they pretty much suck A and my Toyota was 100 times better.
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