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plow on their ranger?

just like it asks. it safe? is it not? anyone done it before?
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ford doesnt recommend it at all.. but there is a few kits out there and it has been done before.. you need a light weight plow...
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SnoWay makes a set up for them. Nice plows from what I've heard, but really only usefull for smaller driveways...
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My friend has an S-10 with a plow. he only uses it for his own driveway and maybe a friend's here and there for what little snow we get. Three winters I think he's had it and the front of the frame is cracked in half.
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You would need a fiberglass plow, but I have heard they aren't that great.
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never buy a used truck tht was used for a plow ........front ends are destroyed
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we used a ranger to plow at work. we have a lot of pavement to. thing went through 8 transmissions before they gave him a SD. i would never do it
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we used a ranger to plow at work. we have a lot of pavement to. thing went through 8 transmissions before they gave him a SD. i would never do it
Now that I think of it, I knew a kid who had a 1988 Ranger with a fisher plow on it and he went thourough a few transsmissions also.
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We have a Ranger up here at school that they have set-up to plow, I've never seen them use it though.
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My friend knew a guy that had one, It was a clear polycarbonate plow and the guy said in his opinion it pushed snow better then his 1/2 ton truck.
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My opinion is if they dont have a plow ready package don't use them, and those light wight snow plows are crap.
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You can buy Rangers new, from the dealerships with a plow, FROM Ford in some parts of the country. I know some citys in Colorado use Rangers to plow their lots... I mean you can put a plow on a ranger, but, then again, do you really want to subject your truck to that sort of abuse? And dont forget, ALL your neighbors, friends and family will want you to plow them out. Even if they pay you, their not gonna be any where around if you break something. Especially if its expensive. If you wanna plow, get a beater, but dont ruin your primary daily driver just to make an extra $1000 or so.
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there is a local guy that has an 01 edge 4wd with a plow, man does that sucker sag...
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I had a plow on a 1991 Ford explorer, and it was the best plow truck I have ever driven, period. Light maneuverable, and more than capable. This wasn't some pansy light plow either, it was a Western Unimount with a 6.5' steel blade. It came off of a 1998 ford explorer, that a buddy of mine bought from the university of MN. Will it be harder on your truck than not having one? Yes. Will it completely destroy it anymore than anyone who uses their truck in severe duty (lifted, big tires, off roading) IMO no.

My Friend Jesse has a plowing company and he has a 1993 Ranger STX that he has a plow on and it has since new. Now it has Well over 200K miles on the original engine, tranny, and most of the front end, save for ball joints. I would have put the western on my 04 ranger that I sold Grant if I didn't come across a cheap explorer when I did. Thats what I bought it for. The biggest problem I had was overheating on the highway, if you didn't have the plow almost scraping the road as you drove it would block airflow into the radiator. But that might have a little to do with a crappy radiator in that truck. The explorer I sold to a neighbor and he still has it and it still sees a lot of plow use in my hometown.

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I am looking for one for my explorer now for next year.

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I've seen a few plows on rangers before but they are small and not very tough. I have plowed professionally for three years now I personally wouldn't want to plow with a ranger. It's just not meant for it, and plowing takes a big tole on a vehicle, alot of stuff breaks.
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i personally would never do it... small frame and weak axles.
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I've seen a few plows on rangers before but they are small and not very tough. I have plowed professionally for three years now I personally wouldn't want to plow with a ranger. It's just not meant for it, and plowing takes a big tole on a vehicle, alot of stuff breaks.
I am telling you, My Friend Jesse Plows for a living in the winter, and has a Fleet of Dodge 3/4 tons and loves his ranger more than his big trucks. It can do stuff that the big trucks can't. He always has one guy following him in the ranger, doing tight spots and sidewalks. Like I said, 200K miles + without a major failure.

I have plowed for him for 5 years til I moved out here and I well I admit the bigger trucks make big parking lots easier, they are a chore on complex driveways that I can whip in and out with a ranger.

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Why not just buy a 4x4 ATV and have one mounted on it? You don't destroy your main ride PLUS you have another year-round toy to play with!!! The best of both worlds.
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It might be ok on a Ranger but I wouldnt put one on mine.
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I have been plowing our parking lot since the early 90's with this wrangler, I don't think there's a better plow vehicle for manuvering. Notings ever broken except the pump and the lower mount.
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i've plowed for 4 years with my 02 fx4 and have had zero problems. I have a couple of commercial accounts along with a few residentials. This year has been great so far!
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atvs are nice but big$$ even usd ones...
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Icon7 2002 Ranger with Snoway Plow

I have a 2002 Ford Ranger XLT 4L Automatic that has a Snoway Series 22 plow with hand held remote control. I live in Massachusetts and we have had 96 inches of snow so far this winter and it is snowing again. I have a 200 foot driveway on a hill. The truck and the plow have worked great. The only problem I have had so far was the plenum/vacuum tube had to be replaced due to excessive cold and the ranger would start, but not stay running. Be aware that if you do run into a problem, triple A will not tow a truck with a plow. I had to call a local body/repair shop to pick it up and do the repair. Tow and repair cost $195. I also bought security type chains for the rear wheels which minimize tearing up driveways and provides more traction on icy driveways. Keep on trucking.

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