What would be the best residential driveway setup?

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  1. AB Lawn Care

    AB Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 585

    I got thinking.What type of truck or jeep..whatever would be the best for doing residential driveways????I am thinking most likely a 3/4 ton with 7-8 foot plow and a rear plow setup.That way you just back in the drive way drive out.Or is there a better setup???What do you think is the best setup for that kind of work?????
     
  2. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith LawnSite Senior Member
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    This was addressed in the past. I think it was last year, and at the old forum URL. I think it was a toss up between a Jeep CJ, and a full size Blazer or Bronco.

    ~Chuck
     
  3. OBRYANMAINT

    OBRYANMAINT LawnSite Senior Member
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    my vote goes with full size blazer w/ front and rear plow
    it will have the weight and capacity to plow all kinds and depths of snow and still be more maneauverable than a regular pickup

    you know a shortbed would'nt be so bad either
     
  4. cat320

    cat320 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Everyone is right a smaller wheel base truck would be better than a long for driveways unless they are all long and all you have to do is push straight ahead.
     
  5. JCurtis

    JCurtis LawnSite Senior Member
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    I agree, Unless a residential drive is long and straight, a short wheel base vehicle is better. I have used short bed pickups,and full size Blazers and Full size trucks.

    If its a circular drive, the shorter the Wheel base the better.
     
  6. GeoffDiamond

    GeoffDiamond LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 1,651

    I plow drives with 3/4 or 1 ton picks up. Now most of the drives i plow are large, most 250 feet plus. For my condo projects with small drives, skid steers are the way to go.

    Geoff
     
  7. diggerman

    diggerman LawnSite Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 702

    I did this for my snow shovelers with a junk blazer but if the truck had a decent running gear it would be great. What I did is took off the rusted out body and put a better pickup cab on the frame and built a flat bed on the back. The pickup cab bolted right on and the wheel base is about eight inches shorter.You could mount a rear blade to the frame and be able to see real well,put on some wheel fenders on, some side boxes and a weight right behind the cab,put a plow on front if you wanted.Then dress it up so as not to be mistaken for a scab and go to work.It seems that full size blazers are fairly cheap in an 80's vintage.
     
  8. JCurtis

    JCurtis LawnSite Senior Member
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    Digger,

    Interesting concept, Why didn't I think of that!

    Got any pics, You can email me. I have an idea , just wanna see what yours looks like.

    JC
     
  9. AB Lawn Care

    AB Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 585

    I too would be interested in looking at any pictures,if you have any!One of my clients owns a auto dissmantling yard and I would have no problem finding a cab or anything of that nature!
     
  10. diggerman

    diggerman LawnSite Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 702

    Ill try and get some pics.
     

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