Winter is fast approaching. We can’t hide from it much longer. With Old Man Winter breathing down our necks, we start looking to upgrade and beef up the plowing fleet. And we can’t deny that times our tough, and the economy isn’t what it once was. So while we wish we could always afford new equipment, that just isn’t always in the budget. Used is sometimes the answer.
I want to throw some advice your way when perusing craigs list, ebay, and your local classifieds. There are a few things to consider when buying used. For snow plows, one of the obvious ones is will this fit my truck? Most plow mounts are vehicle specific. And if the plow didn’t come off of the same make and body style, then you are going to be buying a new mount. Wiring can be the same too. Most plow set ups require a head light adapter harness, this too, varies from vehicle to vehicle.
Now this one might seem obvious, but you would be suprised. Make sure the plow you are looking at comes with the hydraulic pump (assuming it is a power angle plow). I have seen it on more than one occasion. Customer scores a great deal on a plow, only to realize it was missing one of the most expensive parts. Make sure you know what you are looking at when considering buying a used plow.
One of the last things I want to make sure you are aware of when looking for used snow plows is how old is it. The main reason is this. You might find an awesome deal on an older plow that was barely used, but you have a brand new truck. Certain manufacturers do not make plow mounts for the newer vehicles that fit the old style snow plows. When the phased out the plow, they phased out the mounts as well.
Warranty and cost of having it installed are the last factors I want you to consider. Buying a plow from your neighbor could be a risk if something doesn’t go as planned when it is installed. And most people aren’t handy enough to install a plow (and I am sure there are just as many who can). While you are looking through the classifieds, remember this bottom line, how easy is this going to be to get onto my truck? Is the price low enough to warrant used versus new?
In the end, the right option will present itself, wether it be a new or used snow plow. Weigh your option