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Old 08-12-2005, 04:01   #1 (permalink)
fredbarga246@hotmail.com
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Snowplowing

Anyone plow snow with an Ranger pickup? Am thinking of buying one
to plow a small condo complex with narrow streets and drives.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Fred
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Old 08-12-2005, 04:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Snowplowing

On Fri, 12 Aug 2005 06:08:40 -0400, fredbarga246 rearranged some electrons
to form:

> Anyone plow snow with an Ranger pickup? Am thinking of buying one
> to plow a small condo complex with narrow streets and drives.
> Any thoughts would be appreciated.
> Fred


I doubt a Ranger would be up to the challenge of snowplowing.

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Old 08-12-2005, 04:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Snowplowing

check out the front suspension. the newer Rangers have torsion bars. mid 90s
still had coil springs. You see alot of small (tacoma?) toyota pickups with
plows - all years. but no rangers. go to a toyota dealer and look at the
suspension on the front.
<fredbarga246@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> Anyone plow snow with an Ranger pickup? Am thinking of buying one
> to plow a small condo complex with narrow streets and drives.
> Any thoughts would be appreciated.
> Fred



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Old 08-12-2005, 08:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Snowplowing

I live in Maine, and I plowed all last winter with my 2000 Ranger.
3.0 litre, 4 x 4, 5-speed manual. I'm using a Fisher Homesteader 7'4" plow
and 70# of ballast in the bed.
My driveway is about 300' long, with a large parking area at the end about
80' x 80'
I had no trouble at all as long as I didn't let it get deeper than about 4"
Next season I plan to crank up the torsion bars a bit for some extra support
up front.

I don't think I'd plow commercially with it. It's a light-weight plow.

<fredbarga246@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> Anyone plow snow with an Ranger pickup? Am thinking of buying one
> to plow a small condo complex with narrow streets and drives.
> Any thoughts would be appreciated.
> Fred



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Old 08-12-2005, 18:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Snowplowing

did you do anything about the front shocks when you put the plow on? like
heavier ones? also, when the plow comes off do you return the torsion bars
to their original position or leave them cranked? thanks
"gw" <no.spam@here.com> wrote in message
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>I live in Maine, and I plowed all last winter with my 2000 Ranger.
> 3.0 litre, 4 x 4, 5-speed manual. I'm using a Fisher Homesteader 7'4" plow
> and 70# of ballast in the bed.
> My driveway is about 300' long, with a large parking area at the end about
> 80' x 80'
> I had no trouble at all as long as I didn't let it get deeper than about
> 4"
> Next season I plan to crank up the torsion bars a bit for some extra
> support
> up front.
>
> I don't think I'd plow commercially with it. It's a light-weight plow.
>
> <fredbarga246@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:1123841319.1202ca3d0bdef73ea2f2bdcda9a5d828@teranews...
>> Anyone plow snow with an Ranger pickup? Am thinking of buying one
>> to plow a small condo complex with narrow streets and drives.
>> Any thoughts would be appreciated.
>> Fred

>
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Old 08-12-2005, 20:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Snowplowing


A Ranger would probably be up to the challenge in Miami or Ft.
Lauderdale.

In Buffalo, the snow drifts might be a little more challenging.

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Old 08-12-2005, 20:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Snowplowing

If you mount the Ranger sideways, on the front end of a big truck, it will
plow snow very nicely.
Ron

<fredbarga246@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> Anyone plow snow with an Ranger pickup? Am thinking of buying one
> to plow a small condo complex with narrow streets and drives.
> Any thoughts would be appreciated.
> Fred



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Old 08-12-2005, 22:01   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Snowplowing

....now that was funny.

Spdloader


"R&B" <Tovars52@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
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> If you mount the Ranger sideways, on the front end of a big truck, it will
> plow snow very nicely.
> Ron
>
> <fredbarga246@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:1123841319.1202ca3d0bdef73ea2f2bdcda9a5d828@teranews...
>> Anyone plow snow with an Ranger pickup? Am thinking of buying one
>> to plow a small condo complex with narrow streets and drives.
>> Any thoughts would be appreciated.
>> Fred

>
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Old 08-13-2005, 00:01   #9 (permalink)
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Re: Snowplowing


"David M" <NOSPAM@nospam.com> wrote in message
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> On Fri, 12 Aug 2005 06:08:40 -0400, fredbarga246 rearranged some electrons
> to form:
>
>> Anyone plow snow with an Ranger pickup? Am thinking of buying one
>> to plow a small condo complex with narrow streets and drives.
>> Any thoughts would be appreciated.
>> Fred

>
> I doubt a Ranger would be up to the challenge of snowplowing.
>


As hard as it may be to comprehend, you can plow snow with a riding lawn
mower.

I would not do it, BUT, You could have a plow mounted on your Ranger and
could very effectively plow snow with it, but it will not hold up to the
abuse as long as a full sized 3/4 ton pickup truck would.

I personally would not drive a Ranger. I drive a F-450 4x4.
I plow my 2000 foot long driveway and 15000 square foot parking area with a
4500 pound 32 horsepower tractor.

These nay-sayers are not speaking from experience...


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Old 08-13-2005, 00:01   #10 (permalink)
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Re: Snowplowing

SHOCKS do not help your load carry capacity! they simply dampen the up and
down movement of your springs...


"Mark Schofield" <mark.schofield@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
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> did you do anything about the front shocks when you put the plow on? like
> heavier ones? also, when the plow comes off do you return the torsion bars
> to their original position or leave them cranked? thanks
> "gw" <no.spam@here.com> wrote in message
> news:DqidnR5YgMHkPWHfRVn-oQ@adelphia.com...
>>I live in Maine, and I plowed all last winter with my 2000 Ranger.
>> 3.0 litre, 4 x 4, 5-speed manual. I'm using a Fisher Homesteader 7'4"
>> plow
>> and 70# of ballast in the bed.
>> My driveway is about 300' long, with a large parking area at the end
>> about
>> 80' x 80'
>> I had no trouble at all as long as I didn't let it get deeper than about
>> 4"
>> Next season I plan to crank up the torsion bars a bit for some extra
>> support
>> up front.
>>
>> I don't think I'd plow commercially with it. It's a light-weight plow.
>>
>> <fredbarga246@hotmail.com> wrote in message
>> news:1123841319.1202ca3d0bdef73ea2f2bdcda9a5d828@teranews...
>>> Anyone plow snow with an Ranger pickup? Am thinking of buying one
>>> to plow a small condo complex with narrow streets and drives.
>>> Any thoughts would be appreciated.
>>> Fred

>>
>>

>
>



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