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CraigK
10-18-2011, 05:45 PM
Not sure this is the right forum.

Looking at low cost snowplows for my '87 BII. This would be a personal use application only, not commercial. I live in MD, and the new house has about a 200 yard driveway until where the neighbor plows with a serious machine.

Has anyone got any firsthand experience or knowledge of the Snowbear brand snowplows that fit BII's and Rangers? They are reasonably priced at $1600 for the entire kit, and look small enough (13230-61100 - 82" model) for my BII. Functional? Any insight appreciated. Winter approaches.

CraigK

Defective
10-18-2011, 07:19 PM
I've used one on an older 81 f150 a lot over the past few years. It's worked well for what it is, but you have to be careful with them, they are a little weak. This will be the last year I use this one I think. It's getting bent on the outside 1/3's of the blade from where somebody else was hitting the snowbank to hard and got it started bending. The angling mechanism is also getting bent up and doesn't work proper anymore. It keeps coming out of the channel that holds it in place and allows the plow to dangle around. I just wrap a tow chain around it a bunch of times and leave it in the straight position now. That's another thing, they are manual angle. Not a huge deal, but power angle has added benefits, like the ability to get you unstuck in some situations. A lot of plowing and manual angle do not go together well.

Personally, I would never purchase one of these new. I might consider purchasing a used one if the price was right though. I'd rather spend that kind of money on an older used electric/hydro setup. You're probably going to want to angle the plow for 200' of driveway, so consider that when purchasing.

85_Ranger4x4
10-18-2011, 07:26 PM
Of course everybody's driveway is different, but I wouldn't have a blade I couldn't angle.

I throw it one way for two passes, then spin it around and push backwards for awhile, then I clean it up and throw the opposite way I did the first time. Mine is on the back of a tractor though. :dunno:

CraigK
10-19-2011, 04:21 AM
Thanks for the feedback.

I have been looking for a used snowplow for some time, but I'm not finding anything in my area that is smaller or that fits a Ranger/BII. Even used (Meyer/Fisher etc.) plows to fit F150's are more expensive used than the Snowbear unit new.

I wouldn't mind the manual angle (perhaps one might be able to rig up something electric/hydraulic?), but the weakness you mention seems problematic.

I tried to find an image of the angling setup/example of the Snowbear plows. It's very odd that even on the Snowbear website, the images of the plows mounted on trucks are actually fake, with the plows "Photoshopped" (very poorly) onto the the images of trucks!

CraigK

Captain Ledd
10-19-2011, 05:48 AM
I tried to find an image of the angling setup/example of the Snowbear plows. It's very odd that even on the Snowbear website, the images of the plows mounted on trucks are actually fake, with the plows "Photoshopped" (very poorly) onto the the images of trucks!

CraigK

I was curious about how badly they were chopped and HOLY COW! You really can't mount a few on some trucks even temporarily for a photo shoot? Not having done much research or even any plowing experience, but just from these pics I'd say to remain a bit more patient and find something better.

http://www.snowbear.com/images/stories/contents/snowplow/BB200-on-country-lane.jpg

http://www.snowbear.com/images/stories/contents/personal-snowplow-home.jpg

http://www.snowbear.com/images/stories/contents/trailers/snowplow1.jpg

http://www.snowbear.com/images/stories/contents/snowplow/BB100-on-snowlane.jpg

85_Ranger4x4
10-19-2011, 11:29 AM
I was curious about how badly they were chopped and HOLY COW! You really can't mount a few on some trucks even temporarily for a photo shoot?

They can't even get a pic of a truck in snow. :icon_rofl:

SnowBearLTD
10-20-2011, 10:52 AM
Not sure this is the right forum.

Looking at low cost snowplows for my '87 BII. This would be a personal use application only, not commercial. I live in MD, and the new house has about a 200 yard driveway until where the neighbor plows with a serious machine.

Has anyone got any firsthand experience or knowledge of the Snowbear brand snowplows that fit BII's and Rangers? They are reasonably priced at $1600 for the entire kit, and look small enough (13230-61100 - 82" model) for my BII. Functional? Any insight appreciated. Winter approaches.

CraigK

The SnowBear Snowplow system is a perfect alternative to a hydraulic snowplow. Hydraulic snowplows are usually in the $3000-$6000 price range and are meant for more commercial applications, the hydraulic plows are typically 50% heavier than an 82" SnowBear plow which makes it very difficult for a small truck to gain traction during use because the front end dives when the plow is raised.

The SnowBear plow is very easy to assemble and easy to operate. The SnowBear plow being light weight makes it easier to maneuver with a small vehicle and also easier to mount/dismount from the vehicle. See below for Ranger/B-series fit.

As for the images, we realise that our website is lacking proper images.. We are striving to improve this. It's trying to get the weather to co-operate when getting ready to do a photoshoot. Here is our most recent image of the 82" SnowBear Snowplow on my particular vehicle.

http://www.snowbear.com/images/stories/contents/snowplow/82-snowplow-snowbear-web.jpg

The SnowBear Snowplow will fit the following:

Ford Ranger

1983-2011 - 2wd and 4x4


Mazda B-series

1986-1993 - 4x4
1994-1997 - 2wd and 4x4

*Note: Some applications may require the removal of the bumper skirt

I hope I've answered some of your questions..


SnowBear LTD.
Trailers, Snowplows and ATV plows
Proudly made in Canada

alexpmcmurphy
10-20-2011, 11:55 AM
i dont know about their plows but its cool that they would join up just to answer some questions

85_Ranger4x4
10-20-2011, 07:56 PM
i dont know about their plows but its cool that they would join up just to answer some questions

+1, very cool. :icon_thumby:

Captain Ledd
10-20-2011, 09:05 PM
i dont know about their plows but its cool that they would join up just to answer some questions

And not only that, but quickly too. I'm thinking I underestimated them. It shows they really care about their product and reputation.

I gotta ask though, how new is this company? I'm just still scratching my head at these pictures. They're in Canada, but can't get a day with snow? Seriously guys, those things are killing you. Get some real pics up ASASP. Even pictures without snow to show the mounting/function or at least something.

:icon_thumby:

colby450xc
10-21-2011, 12:33 AM
The SnowBear Snowplow system is a perfect alternative to a hydraulic snowplow. Hydraulic snowplows are usually in the $3000-$6000 price range and are meant for more commercial applications, the hydraulic plows are typically 50% heavier than an 82" SnowBear plow which makes it very difficult for a small truck to gain traction during use because the front end dives when the plow is raised.

The SnowBear plow is very easy to assemble and easy to operate. The SnowBear plow being light weight makes it easier to maneuver with a small vehicle and also easier to mount/dismount from the vehicle. See below for Ranger/B-series fit.

As for the images, we realise that our website is lacking proper images.. We are striving to improve this. It's trying to get the weather to co-operate when getting ready to do a photoshoot. Here is our most recent image of the 82" SnowBear Snowplow on my particular vehicle.

http://www.snowbear.com/images/stories/contents/snowplow/82-snowplow-snowbear-web.jpg

The SnowBear Snowplow will fit the following:

Ford Ranger

1983-2011 - 2wd and 4x4


Mazda B-series

1986-1993 - 4x4
1994-1997 - 2wd and 4x4

*Note: Some applications may require the removal of the bumper skirt

I hope I've answered some of your questions..


SnowBear LTD.
Trailers, Snowplows and ATV plows
Proudly made in Canada

Ship me a plow and I will mount it, and show pictures of it being used......Free of charge!:yahoo:

CraigK
10-21-2011, 04:48 AM
SnowBearLTD Guy

1. Thank you for your for your rapid response.
2. It's OK to use your name.
3. Woud it possible to post a few top view pix of the plow with the attachment mechanism? Especially of the plow in the three different angle positions? (Images don't need to be fancy.) I've never plowed or purchased a plow before, but seeing the angling capability is likely a go/no go purchase issue for many buyers.
4. Are the plows actually made in Guelph? (just curious)
5. How long has SnowBear been offering these plows?

Forum: Although Canada has lots of snow, it's not a year round thing. Especially in Guelph, Ontario. (Mom lives there and I visit every summer.)

CraigK

85_Ranger4x4
10-21-2011, 09:33 AM
Forum: Although Canada has lots of snow, it's not a year round thing. Especially in Guelph, Ontario. (Mom lives there and I visit every summer.)

CraigK

We don't get snow year-round in Iowa either, but I have a bunch of pics of my blade on my tractor in varying amounts of snow.

alexpmcmurphy
10-21-2011, 01:47 PM
dont know when it happened but when you click on Personal Snowplows from their website this is the first thing i see

http://www.snowbear.com/images/stories/contents/snowplowmainpage.jpg


nice :D

SnowBearLTD
10-21-2011, 02:51 PM
SnowBearLTD Guy

1. Thank you for your for your rapid response.
2. It's OK to use your name.
3. Woud it possible to post a few top view pix of the plow with the attachment mechanism? Especially of the plow in the three different angle positions? (Images don't need to be fancy.) I've never plowed or purchased a plow before, but seeing the angling capability is likely a go/no go purchase issue for many buyers.
4. Are the plows actually made in Guelph? (just curious)
5. How long has SnowBear been offering these plows?

Forum: Although Canada has lots of snow, it's not a year round thing. Especially in Guelph, Ontario. (Mom lives there and I visit every summer.)

CraigK

Yes, the plows are actually made in Guelph Ontario. SnowBear has been manufacturing Snowplows for almost 20 years. We stand behind our product and are always open to feedback from our customers.

Here you can watch our plow being assembled
http://youtu.be/gKG1Nn2Mttg (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKG1Nn2Mttg)

Here you can watch one of our customers showing how the plow is angled
http://youtu.be/ig5TAihg8js

Here you can see what SnowBear is all about
http://youtu.be/Ll_q1HVsYWg

My name is Brad and I am the Product Development Specialist

Happy Plowing!

Ctryby26
10-21-2011, 05:56 PM
I know you are trying to be light weight on your plows, But do you get very many complaints about bending of any sort? I know people with plows on there trucks tend to think they instantly have a tank and can push anything.

SnowBearLTD
10-21-2011, 07:21 PM
Typically when a case of bent components come through its due to misuse or forcing the plow to do a job it isn't designed for. If the plow is used properly it will give you many years of trouble free use. Check out some of the user submitted videos on youtube to see just how well the SnowBear snowplows perform.

But as far as receiving many complaints of bent plows, the answer is no it is VERY rare.

Ctryby26
10-21-2011, 07:30 PM
What about having a 6" lift in your truck? Will it still operate correctly?

85_Ranger4x4
10-21-2011, 08:17 PM
I know you are trying to be light weight on your plows, But do you get very many complaints about bending of any sort? I know people with plows on there trucks tend to think they instantly have a tank and can push anything.

I know a story of a guy that was hiring out to push snow for the city and forgot where a railroad crossing was...

SnowBearLTD
10-21-2011, 08:33 PM
If the frame is lifted 6" then it would affect the stock plow mount height. This would affect the attack angle of the snowplow.. in order for a snowplow to opperate efficiently, it needs to be able to roll the snow forward rather then pushing the snow straight on. The more forward the plow is angled, the harder it is on the vehicle.

Hope that helps.

CraigK
10-22-2011, 05:19 AM
LOT'S of video clips on YouTube showing these plows in action. (Duh! - I didn't look there before.) Switching angles looks easy, and the plow looks light enough for my aging BII. I don't need a commercial grade plow for clearing my driveway, and this SnowBear looks like it will do the job more than adequately.

Thanks Brad/SnowBear for your responses.

CraigK

SnowBearLTD
10-22-2011, 12:02 PM
Glad I could help :)

happy plowing!

gribly
10-22-2011, 06:12 PM
I use a small 4x4 fourwheeler. It's a 2002 Suzuki King Quad - with a factory front locker and 3-range gearbox along with the 5-speed tranny, and we have a manual plow on it. Whole thing used was less money than a plow setup, and it's a hoot to plow with. People say it's too light for what I do, but I just make multiple passes and make good use of the rev limiter when it's really deep - and this will do the worst Maine storms. But, as you all know, I am a nutcase and enjoy a good challenge, and I have wicked fun plowing our 3 driveways with it.

SnowBearLTD
10-24-2011, 10:20 AM
I use a small 4x4 fourwheeler. It's a 2002 Suzuki King Quad - with a factory front locker and 3-range gearbox along with the 5-speed tranny, and we have a manual plow on it. Whole thing used was less money than a plow setup, and it's a hoot to plow with. People say it's too light for what I do, but I just make multiple passes and make good use of the rev limiter when it's really deep - and this will do the worst Maine storms. But, as you all know, I am a nutcase and enjoy a good challenge, and I have wicked fun plowing our 3 driveways with it.

SnowBear also offers ATV plows in both 48"x19" and 60"x19" blades. These ATV plows are universal for any ATV in 72" length from hitch to nose. The plow is attached at the rear hitch location and the framework runs front to back. This distributes the weight of the snow to the hitch rather than the center of the frame. This ATV plow comes with the bracket for winch lift or a manual lift add-on can be purchased separately.

They are a lot of fun! I've used it on our ATV here shown below. Much more fun than snowblowers for sure!

http://www.snowbear.com/images/stories/contents/snowplow/atv-snowplow-pushing-snow.jpg

http://www.snowbear.com/images/stories/contents/snowplow/atv_snowplow_lifestyle_web.jpg

http://www.snowbear.com/images/stories/contents/atv-step1.jpg

a31ford
01-06-2014, 12:18 PM
I know the post is old, but it IS a snowbear plow.... AND it's on a ranger....

http://i1244.photobucket.com/albums/gg561/a31ford/P1060001_zps45bc4798.jpg

http://i1244.photobucket.com/albums/gg561/a31ford/P1060004_zpsa7291186.jpg