How to Choose the Right Snow Plow for Your Ford
We are seemingly in the midst of a never-ending winter. For those that live in the northeast, it is compounded by several feet of snow on the ground.
Maybe you’re looking to make getting out of your driveway easier, or maybe you’re a contractor looking to make a few extra bucks and want to get a snow plow?
How do you go about choosing the right one? We talk with BOSS Snowplow‘s Mark Klossner for some advice and tips for getting into the business.
If you’ve never purchased a snow plow for your truck or ATV before, you’re probably a bit confused. The last thing you want to do is make a newbie mistake that can be costly. We asked Mark what a common mistake new plowers make, and how to avoid it.
Carefully research your truck’s capabilities (like FGAWR) before purchasing a plow – and just as importantly, if you’re buying a new truck to do plow work, make sure you do the same before you buy the vehicle. We get a lot of folks that go out and buy a larger truck for plowing, only to find out that because of the particular equipment package they choose, the truck cannot support as large of a plow as they wanted. In particular pay attention with diesel trucks – as the engine’s weight can really affect the truck’s ability to handle plows.
The front axle of your vehicle can only support so much weight, and diesel engines typically are heavier than gasoline engines. According to BOSS’s recommendations for diesel trucks (click here to give it a read), a diesel truck can have nearly 780 pounds more of front curb weight than a gasoline equivalent.
There are even high-powered diesel trucks that BOSS wouldn’t be able to safely recommend attaching a plow to. So it’s important to do your research in advance!
There are two major types of snow plows out there, the traditional straight blade and a V-blade style. Which one should you look at? There can be a big price difference between the two.
V plows are really about versatility. If you plow longer roads, driveways (think rural) or parking lots, the versatility of being able to put the V in any position (straight for winging, V for trailbreaking, and scoop for stacking) makes it worth the extra cost over a straightblade. Contractors use Vees because they can me productive with them for the reasons I mentioned. Anything you can do with a straight blade you can do with Vee and much more.
Straightblades are simpler by design. They have fewer moving parts, are lighterweight and cost less than comparable vees. Their lighterweight is primarily the reason they are favored for half-ton and smaller vehicles – as those vehicles have much less FGAWR then ¾ ton or larger trucks. Straightblades have been around longer than vees, which is why some plowers feel more comfortable with them. However, there’s no question in the commercial plower’s world, vees are taking over.
During Ford’s recent plowing event in Detroit, they used BOSS plows to show off the snowplow prep kit on the 2015 F-150. The plow that they used was their new 7’6” HTX Stainless Steel outfitted with a new SL3 LED Headlight System. It’s a straight-blade plow.
The new F-150 supports a snow plow for residential plowing, but does BOSS recommend that type of truck, or should you use a heavy duty truck or even an ATV?
For residential plowing, half-tons are probably the most commonly used trucks. As fuel economy mandates have been changing over the last 5 or so years, we’ve been working with the truck OEMs to make sure their half-ton models stay certified for snow plow use. We will continue to work with them for any future vehicle design changes as well.
Yes, ATVs and UTVs are other options being used by homeowners – and our products in these categories are fully hydraulic – so the operator can power angle and lift the plow just like our truck plows – with a hand held controller.
Speaking of other manufacturers, the only other half-ton truck on the market that has a snowplow prep kit available is the Chevrolet Silverado. The price of that prep kit varies from $225 to $400 depending on the model. That is more expensive than the $50 prep kit available on the 2015 F-150.
The folks at BOSS have a product selector that makes it easy to find the plows and accessories that will fit your specific vehicle. Click here to load that guide.
Mark also mentions that the product selector can be useful in finding a truck. If you’re looking at a particular truck or model, it will show you if that truck is compatible for plowing.
It seems up-to-date and accurate, but it should be mentioned that at the time of publishing, the 2015 F-150 was not listed on their site. If you have a 2015 F-150 with the prep kit, you want their HTX product if you go with BOSS.
If you’re looking for even more information about snow plowing, there is the BOSS blog that has tips and tricks, buying advice, and more. Yes, it’s written by the folks at BOSS, but there is some valuable information in there, even if you don’t use their plows.
Hopefully summer is just around the corner and we can stop worrying about all of this snow, but in the meantime the plow business might be pretty good.
Plow your way into the forums for even more snowplow advice and tips.