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  1. martyman

    martyman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 220

    I have been using a Jeep with a four cylinder with a five speed to do 40 residential and I have done alright but next year my brother-in-law suggested that I get a diesel and do some commercial also. I'm not crazy about commercial and I'm not sure about buying used trucks that have probabily been used for plowing before. I would like to know what kind of truck that is reliable that is smaller than a 3/4 ton.

    Marty and thanks..
  2. GeoffDiamond

    GeoffDiamond LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,651

    The trouble is it is hard to find a good plow truck that is smaller than a 3/4 ton. There isn't much of a difference in size between a 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton truck. The 3/4 ton will be a better plow truck.

    We use F 250 HD's or F 350 regular cabs to plow or residential drives.

  3. cat320

    cat320 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 823

    I use a 3/4 ton chevy which is fine for big drive ways but for smallet a blazer would be better.
  4. plowking35

    plowking35 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S.E. CT
    Messages: 1,687

    With the last storm we got 18" of heavy wet snow, and I needed every ounce of my 15000# K-3500 with the v plow to get through. Even tho it was murder to manuever at times, I never regretted having my big truck.
  5. slplow

    slplow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 354

    I use a 96 dodge 1500 extra-cab with 7.5 boss plow and 7.5 daniels pull plow. It turns on a dime but I wish it was a reg cab to get in the tight spots better.I also use my 1 ton drw in some drives .

    [Edited by slplow on 03-11-2001 at 07:16 PM]
  6. Alan

    Alan Member
    Messages: 1,185

    I'm going to cry when our two old style S-10s head for the boneyard. Occasionally they are a bit light if the snow is running to being "packy", but in general I think they just might make the ideal residential plow truck. I'm leaning towards getting more commercial work next season, so one S may go down the road to be replaced by a 3/4 or 1 ton with a vee plow, but that is more a reflection on needing the vee rather than on the shortcomings of the S as a plow truck. We just came off the third largest snowfall on record up here and lost (tranny calved) our K2500/9'1" vee and spreader box right at the start of the storm. Handicapped us but did not stop us, the S trucks had to work hard but did the job.

    PINEISLAND1 LawnSite Member
    from WEST MI
    Messages: 201

    We run some 1/2 ton fords with short box and reg cab, makes for a sweet driveway truck.

    Really popular around here are the late 80's Dodge shortbox 1/2 tons with front and rear plows.

    I would like to set up a 1/2 ton Ford shortbox with a 7.5 Boss V and a rear blade. Nice tight turning radius and the V would be a real timesaver.
  8. martyman

    martyman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 220

    Thanks guys I was told not to use 1/2 ton because it is not tough enough, but I use a Jeep with a 4 cylinder here in Canada and it has worked alright. I took my time in picking this Jeep and I made a mistake I won't do it again. I Know that I won't buy a $40 000 diesel f250..
  9. bdemir

    bdemir LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 610

    Jeeps are supposed to be good for residentails. What was the mistake with the jeep?

  10. martyman

    martyman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 220

    The mistake was not looking for a six cylinder and not looking for one that was in better shape... Marty

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