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Is that a blade up front or are you just glad to see me.
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I don't know how much snow you get down there but I wouldn't put a plow on anything less than a 2500 for the snow we get here. Actually a blower is better for the amount of snow we get.
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I don't know how much snow you get down there but I wouldn't put a plow
on anything less than a 2500 for the snow we get here. Actually a blower
is better for the amount of snow we get.
I'm in the snowbelt in Northern Michigan but I use the truck to plow my
own driveway only. Prior to the Ram ST 1500 I was using a 2005 Chevy Colorado
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I'm in the snowbelt in Northern Michigan but I use the truck to plow my
own driveway only. Prior to the Ram ST 1500 I was using a 2005 Chevy Colorado
to plow. The Ram is much nicer!

for sure it would be. I plow as a side job. We have a 03 2500 Cummins powered, but we're out there 12- 24 hrs depending on how much fell. We also have a Case backhoe and a 80-90hp White tractor with a blower. Plowing that long is hard on the truck, even if you're easy on it like we are. A 1500 wouldn't last too long for front end parts for us.
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Nice snow plow & Ram

in Florida you don't need a snow plow, maybe a rock plow or cROCK plow
LOL in Florida you need a plow just to keep crocs & gators from munching on your plastic bumpers


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Hey Steve,

Your setup looks great, but you never actually said how it worked out this winter (unless I missed it).

I just got a new Laramie, and have similar plans. I'm replacing a '98 Ram 1500 QC, and I have a 7'-6" Standard Duty Boss on that. I didn't really NEED a plow, but it just seemed like a way to turn a big hassle job into more of a game. After having one for about 7 years, NOW I DO feel like I need it, and can't imagine not having one.

Contrary to the common advice from guys that do commercial plowing, I found my '98 1500 to be a real trooper plowing. Like you, I just do personal stuff, but it's amazing what that thing can get through after a big storm. I usually put some ballast weight in the back end, but other than that never did anything special to support it. Ie no helpers, timbrens, anything.

The problem I'm seeing is that the bottom of the metal part of the bumper on the 2011 is a good 3" or so below that of the '98. If I just imagined the same undercarriage piece (at least size-wize) under the new one, it would hang really low. I'd also need to use some kind of pavers or something to drive up on to get to the right mount/dismount height. I wouldn't be opposed to adding Timbrens or somthing like that, but I don't want to try any kind of lift. Heard about too many problems doing that.

I like the idea of a lighter unit or sport-duty just because they'd be easier on the truck driving it around. I know that in the Boss case, the sport-duty is within a couple hundred of the standard in price. On the good side, it weighs about 200 lbs less. Problem is that from what I can tell, the pushbar and whatever that goes on the truck looks the same as the standard duty one, and the connect height looks the same as well.

On yours, do you have any of these issues? That is, is the undercarriage framework hanging low, or did you have to do anything special to get the front high enough to connect?

Also, I'm curious. I've gotten different reports about how well the lighter units do at back-dragging. I don't have to do a ton of that, but I do some, just pulling away from the garage. How does your Western do at that kind of stuff.

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Hey Herc,

The Western HTS (1/2 ton plow) did a great job plowing my driveway this winter. It
weighs 450 lbs, so the truck can carry it just fine. I was very impressed with the
effectiveness of back-dragging.

I did feel the need to add 280 lbs of ballast at the back of the truck to raise the front
end a little bit. I did not want to put a lift kit on the front.

Western recommends notching the bumper, but my installer chose not to do that and
I'm glad. It's a bit low in the front, so I do have to drive onto 1/2 inch boards to
take the plow off, and it was necessary to remove the shoe from the stand to give
me enough clearance to use the stand.

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Hey Steve,

Thanks for the quick reply, but now I've got a couple more questions.

A couple of posts ago, you said:

"The only notching my installer did was in the black plastic below the
bumper. Nice and neat looking when the plow is off."

From what I can see in documents on Western's web site, that's what they're talking about by "notching the bumper". I'm confused now that you're saying they didn't notch it, and I'm wondering what I'm missing.

Also, I watched the product video for the HTS on the Western site. Sure looks impressive on that. I loved the way that they showed that the receiver pieces could easily be detached from the truck also. Can you do that on yours?
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