Truck needed for pushing snow?

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  1. jonnyz37

    jonnyz37 LawnSite Senior Member
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    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.
     
  2. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
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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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  3. Clippers PLS

    Clippers PLS LawnSite Bronze Member
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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
     
  4. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
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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.
     
  5. newguy123

    newguy123 LawnSite Bronze Member
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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.
     
  6. Jamie James

    Jamie James LawnSite Member
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    Get a used 2500 GMC works great for me. :hammerhead::waving:
     
  7. OneLineAtATime

    OneLineAtATime LawnSite Member
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    4wd Diesel, only way to go... Been pushin snow mountains for 20 years
     
  8. JDGlandscape

    JDGlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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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
     
  9. PenningsLandscaping

    PenningsLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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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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  10. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
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