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Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by sqvick, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. sqvick

    sqvick LawnSite Member
    Messages: 78

    im currently running a chevy 1500 4x4 i am wanting to get into snow removal and to buy a dump trailer. i have found a 2004 chevy 3500 dually reg cab long bed. i was wondering what ur thoughts are? it is a duramax lly automatic! is a dually good for plowing? pros cons THX!!!! :usflag:
  2. ZTR_Diesel

    ZTR_Diesel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 371

    The question here is: Is a dually good for plowing?

    Well - yes it is - and No it's not, at the same time.

    You'll have much more ground contact area which may, in fact, give you a little better gumption (assuming you have fitted 6 of the correct tires to the truck) as you push snow.

    But No - it's also going to make driving to the plow sites much more of an adventure, for the same reason - ground contact area. Ever notice that true "northerners" use tall, narrow tires on thier 4wds in the winter? That's because they know that wide tires increase contact area and tend to "float" on the snow, causing drift, leading to a neat sense of lack of control. to avoid this, a tire design that "cuts" through the snow works out much better.

    So if you do consider it, make sure you spec the right tires (and they will be expensive so be forewarned. Then practice driving in the snow quite a bit as it's going to handle quite a bit differently than your 1500 will.

    Aside from that - sounds like a nice truck. Have a Pre-Purchase inspection done on it.
  3. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
    Messages: 2,331

    first of all what will you be plowing? residential drives or lots?
  4. sqvick

    sqvick LawnSite Member
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  5. JBNC

    JBNC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 200

    that dually is going to be a hell of a lot more difficult to maneuver. i've never plowed as we don't get much snow but i if i did i would think a 2500 Regular cab short bed Duramax would be the ticket.
  6. jimmyjack

    jimmyjack LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 264

    that would be nice .......to bad they dont make that truck:hammerhead:
  7. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
    Messages: 2,331

    ive done residential driveways with our 1 ton chevy dump. we put 235/85/r16 bfg all terrains in the back and about 2.25 tons of #57 in the dump up against the tailgate with a homemade bulkhead.

    the truck pushes a blizzard 810 power plow and will do alot of work. when my bro used to sub with that truck he would get sent out to a lot by himself b/c he could do the work of 3 p/u with straight blades.

    anyways, ive seen a guy around here that uses a crew cab long bed dually duramax to plow resis.

    anything can be done, and if your looking for something to work well enough in many situations, it wont work great in any one situation.
  8. jwsland

    jwsland LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    Anything can be done, just might be a little tricky manuevering around.

    Do you really need a dually? I could have gotten one last month for a little less than what I ended up buying. I didn't think I really needed one. Single rear wheels can tow quite a bit and buying tires isn't fun. But I will say a 4door, long bed, diesel powered dually is a moderen art master piece.
  9. JBNC

    JBNC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 200

    anythings possible :rolleyes:


    but yeah, thanks for correcting me
  10. ZTR_Diesel

    ZTR_Diesel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 371

    Actually, in other countries, Ford (and maybe GM, I'm not familiar with it so I cannot say) offers the F250 in a regular cab-short and long box form with a 4-cylinder B3.9L Cummins diesel. Just looked again and it looks like the long-box is all now (oops). It's a neat package, would probably make a nice truck here too...but we American's have to have a V8, in Ford's opinion.

    Here it is (can you read Portugese?)

    http://www.ford.com.br/showroom.asp (look under the "performance" tab to see the engine.

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