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How much is your time worth? If your handy and do all your repairs, go for it. This way WHEN it breaks, you know how to fix it! You may need an impact gun, however I don' know of any that need any welding to install anymore. That seems like a lot to install. Plus you get to dictate where you want to mount your controls, light switches etc. I've seen some "prof" installs that just hunked on the switches to the brand new dashboard...eekkksss!!! Nobody touches my truck!
Thats a tough one 1st do you have plow accounts set up, 2nd how many or how much will you make plowing, we plow around 15 to 22 storms a year and are very big one up here in Maine. Biggest question will you make you money back plus your time plowing if yes go for it.
Try to get plowing contract set up (stay with residential) unless your prepared to sand like we do. They are less headaches involved, make up some flyers asap and hand them out to some local areas and put on flyer something like if you want us to plow for you please call us as soon as possible to schedule you in and last plow job is free, or something in that line.
either way gents we have the 7'6" western already the quick detatch, that has motor cylinders lights and all. Its like 950 for the brackets and wiring installed, syzer and i are handy we weld are good with electronics but our time is VERY limited... One good snow and we get our money back GUARENTEED!! My good friend here gets 100$$ an hour for pushing. My bro and i are just trying to decide if maybe we should put those funds somewhere else right now or go ahead and get the plow. I would hate to let it go till next year cause bet your bottom we'll get snow if we do and ill be sitting watching everyone else stuff there pockets =)..
If you get the right mounting brackets for your truck, it should bolt right up. Get the right wiring harness and it should be easy also. That seems very high to install it to me. I had the brackets and wiring harness taken off my old 1985 F250 and new brackets and wiring harness installed on my 1997 F250 HD for $600. I think you could find a better price, if you shop around.
Retail cost of plow frame should be about $410.00 and Joy stick about 150.00 and the wiring harness and solenoid about $150.00 they would charge about $300.00 dollars to install. The above were prices we got to have a Western plow unimount (Our plow pump and lights) put on and set up. The cost of a new Western Pro plow was $2575.00 out the door installed. I can't find the written quote but I feel certain the numbers are real close for parts and labor.