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Old 03-29-2014, 03:19 PM
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Truck needed for pushing snow?

Hey guys....long story short...ok not to short...I lost my job of 25 years. So im joining my son and his lawn care business of 4 years. We are wanting to get into snow removal this winter for a more steady stream of income. We are in the process of getting another truck for the lawn care side anyway....we are considering a 2008 Silverado 1500 V8 2wd. Is this just not going to work when it comes to pushing snow? Do we have to have the 4 wheel drive? And can this be done with either a F150 or the 1500 chevy? Or do we have to get the F250 or 2500 chevy series? This vehicle will be my daily driver, so im trying to not use any more gas than I have to. I appreciate any advice and insight guys.
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Old 03-29-2014, 03:30 PM
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I wouldn't plow with a 2wd, or a 1/2 ton. At least get 4wd, if you were looking at a one ton you could get away with 2wd but not with a truck that light IMHO.
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Old 03-29-2014, 04:15 PM
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I wouldnt want to plow woth 2wd but you can. More of a preference i guess. As for the truck i would ditch the half tons and get atleast a 250/2500
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Old 03-29-2014, 04:31 PM
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I won't even own a 2WD anywhere there's a chance of snow.

I did that with my first truck - it's embarrassing having to ask neighborhood kids to help you push.
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Old 03-29-2014, 05:32 PM
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How many plowable storm events do you guys get in Kentucky? If its half a dozen or less; I would go with a 1/2 ton; 7 1/2 foot plow (if you're doing residentials.)

Commercials; 2500 for smaller commercials; 1 tons and larger for mid-to larger commercials.

No a plow truck is not necessary on residentials; but it is much more preferred and you will be much more efficient.
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Old 03-29-2014, 06:06 PM
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Get a used 2500 GMC works great for me.
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Old 03-29-2014, 06:52 PM
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4wd Diesel, only way to go... Been pushin snow mountains for 20 years
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Old 03-29-2014, 07:04 PM
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i am a huge diesel fan and most of my trucks have been deisel but, if he is looking at half tons and thinks that will be enough truck for him, there is no way he needs a diesel. i would get a 3/4 or 1 ton in his case. or if the trailer is small enough a half ton would be ok if he only does a small amount of plowing small driveways with a small plow
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Old 03-29-2014, 07:06 PM
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You can plow with a 2wd, it's not impossible. But it's a terrible idea, so don't do it.
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Old 03-29-2014, 07:09 PM
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Snow plowing question go here:

http://www.plowsite.com/index.php
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