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FF279
03-17-2005, 11:07 AM
Are chevy Silverados Good for plowing? Just wondering...thanks...Any pictures would help also.

Thanks, Ryan

bobingardner
03-17-2005, 11:30 AM
I have a K1500 silverado regular cab, long bed, 5.3L engine with plow-prep and it's been great for plowing. I'm using Fisher's 760LD and with 300lbs of ballast I don't even notice the weight of the plow. The steering and ride hardly change when carrying it. According to Fisher's website you can put a bigger plow on but my opinion is that the light duty is perfect for this truck if your only doing residential driveways.

Up North
03-17-2005, 12:05 PM
Ryan,
I have a 2000 Silverado ext. cab with the 5.3L short bed. Plow is the Blizzard 760LT. The truck does a great job of plowing. I haven't added anything up front as far as Timbrens or cranking my torsions up, I intended too but never got around to it. I do use 600lbs ballast in the rear however. But as a whole it's done a tremendous job for my accounts. Don't have a ton of accounts but it still takes me 4-6 hours to complete the route depending on snow amounts. Here's a link to some pics of my rig.

http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=20411

Buck

CamLand
03-17-2005, 12:38 PM
No question chevy silverado are excellent trucks for plowing.I have a 2005 2500HD with the 6.0 and she is a monster at pushing.and very good puller as well I'm running a Fisher 7.6 straight blade and the only problem I ever had was the overheating issue and thats fixed now...

ratlover
03-17-2005, 12:43 PM
See sig. Yes IMO :nod:

Also have a few older chevys in the fleet with the "weak" :rolleyes: IFS and they plow just fine.

OneBadDodge06
03-17-2005, 01:18 PM
they plow so good I got two of em :nod:

Jone43
03-17-2005, 02:05 PM
I have a '03 Silverad 2500 hd and it is the best truck I have pushed with in 12 years. Something about the geometry of the GM's make them a smoother push than all the Fords I have plowed with. I may be biased, but I can sit in that seat for hours and push quite comfortably.

Peopleeater
03-17-2005, 03:03 PM
I had my plow on my 1/2 ton suburban, and it plowed great! I now have the plow on the Z71, and so far I think the suburban plowed a little better cause of the weight in the back. It didn't really seem to need ballast. The Z71 plows good too, but it does need ballast being a pickup and no weight in the back.
I think I finally figured out my charging problems? The Z71 didn't make it on 2 of the 4 plows this season. I missed the early one cause I wasn't going to plow, so I didn't sign on then. Got the Z71 mounted with plow, and needed new battery so i got red top optima. Then alternator did go out (thought was prob. the first time, but mechanic said it was ok. So I hope the new alt. takes care of it. Other than that, I like the truck itself better than the suburban.

1/2 ton is fine, just can't beat it like you could if it was 3/4 or 1 ton. I wouldn't advise beating any of them though.

Hey Ratlover;
Is the 1995 Chevy Silv. Z71 one of those with the "weak" IFS? Just wondering if it is so maybe I can do something to make it a bit stronger?! I am going to put timbrens on it before next year.

Jeff

PS Here is the pic the dealer had on his website.

Jeff

ratlover
03-17-2005, 03:23 PM
I was being a smart ass. IFS isnt as weak as alot of people let on IMO. Timbrens up front help quite a bit. They have some small problems but for the most part IFS does just fine for plowing.

motorider000
03-17-2005, 10:30 PM
I hope so because i just bought a 1992 2500 silverado.

Bad Luck
03-17-2005, 11:43 PM
04 1500 Z71 Ext cab SB. Fisher 7.5 RD. Truck begs for snow. Do a search for Bad luck's install.......see my truck.

Good luck brova... :salute:

sixspeed
03-18-2005, 01:15 PM
Fords and Dodges are great trucks too. Here are some of our observations after using all of the big 3...

The fact that Chevy and GMC's sit lower does seem to have some advantages. From our experience (with Westerns) they scrape a bit better and they seem allow the blade to drop more deeply to follow uneven surfaces.

They seem to have a bit better traction, again maybe because of the lower height.

For mostly on-road use the GM IFS front end is plenty strong in all years and not all that bad because the turning radius seems to be a bit tighter than straight axle trucks.

Unfortunately the torsion bar front end does not carry weight as nicely without sagging like the Ford and Dodge front end but there are lots of cheap fixes out there for that part.

Like somebody said here they're all good when their running right!

Jone43
03-18-2005, 02:00 PM
I have a Western Ulta mount on mine and I noticed the same thing that SixSpeed said. I love the power in the Ford Power Strokes, but for some reason the front end geometery and Western plow set up plow so smooth I dont think I will ever go back to the Ford/Meyers combo that I used for years.

Peopleeater
03-18-2005, 02:48 PM
My suburban has a shorter turn radius than the z71 does. It is very noticeable. The suburban has a straight axle.

Jeff

snow warrior
03-18-2005, 10:11 PM
here is mine :nod:

lawn king
03-19-2005, 07:07 AM
I plowed 7 seasons with a silverado 1996-2002. I had the very first curtis plow that was professionally installed in the northeast! IMO silverado is a great plow truck for an 8 ' straight blade!

FF279
03-19-2005, 02:00 PM
Any one have some interior Pics of NEWER style Chevy Silverados?

flykelley
03-19-2005, 02:26 PM
Any one have some interior Pics of NEWER style Chevy Silverados?FF279
What type of pictures are you looking for? I have a 2001 Chevy 3/4 HD with a base cloth Int. I also work for GM at the Truck Assy Plant here in Pontiac MI. For the last 10 years I report to work at Lear Seating which supplies seat's to GM Truck Assy, but I work for GM. Let me know if I can help you. If you need any info on Seats I can help with that.

Good Luck Mike

FF279
03-19-2005, 04:34 PM
Im looking for some interior pics, so that i can decide where to put my switch panel and plow controls some where ((Note: have not bought truck yet, thats why im asking for pictures.)) Thanks for everbodys help,
RYAN

2004Z71CC
03-19-2005, 05:03 PM
Here are a couple of pics of my 2004 Z71 dash. If you need more let me know and I can go take them tonight. ( quiet saturday night :drinkup: )
I hope these help

FF279
03-19-2005, 05:10 PM
Thanks o4z71..those helped alot...RYAN!

snow warrior
03-19-2005, 11:16 PM
Im looking for some interior pics, so that i can decide where to put my switch panel and plow controls some where ((Note: have not bought truck yet, thats why im asking for pictures.)) Thanks for everbodys help,
RYAN
[QUOTE]
HEY ILL GET SOME PICS OF MY INTERIOR FOR YA WILL POST MON. OR TUES. :drinkup:

Bad Luck
03-21-2005, 12:00 AM
FF279 - Check PM...

FF279
03-21-2005, 11:11 AM
I checked my messages and sent you one back.I'll take you up on that offer for $avings!
Thanks,
Ryan

kylek4903
03-21-2005, 07:09 PM
Hey this is my first time posting here..my friend recquited me!! This place so cool..or yeah I LOVE CHEVYS AND FF279 WANTS ONE!!!!!

tHANKS,
KYLE!

kylek4903
03-22-2005, 11:19 AM
Sorry bout that, dident mean to sound inmature.. I was just on caffine...have a great day :waving:

Q-Team Inc
03-23-2005, 11:54 AM
I have a 01 3500 dump body with sander & 9' blade. I personally would not but another chevy to plow with. The IFS is weak. I will probably go with Ford next time around.

Turfmower
03-23-2005, 02:03 PM
here my 2003 Gmc with D/A
http://members.aol.com/rmundy8987/gmc03.jpg

bull4428
03-27-2005, 07:31 PM
i have a 2004 2500 hd extened cab it is a very good truck. i have had a couple of problems with it but the dealer took good care of me

vipereng2
03-28-2005, 10:42 AM
Are chevy Silverados Good for plowing? Just wondering...thanks...Any pictures would help also.

Thanks, Ryan
when it stops raining and the sun comes out :D

plowing chevys
03-28-2005, 08:28 PM
:) I've got two that are great. and if you check, if you ever need anything most chevy parts are cheper too.

lawnandplow42
03-28-2005, 08:49 PM
Hey this is my first time posting here..my friend recquited me!! This place so cool..or yeah I LOVE CHEVYS AND FF279 WANTS ONE!!!!!

tHANKS,
KYLE!

man, what are you smokin?

lawnandplow42
03-28-2005, 08:50 PM
hey turfmower, very nice rig. How do you like it? (and the plow)

very nice setup

William B.
03-28-2005, 09:13 PM
They better be good, or I bought the wrong truck.

William

karl klein
03-29-2005, 10:05 AM
here is a pic of my 04hd i love it, but the blizzard 810 is a little heavy for it.

gkm
03-29-2005, 03:35 PM
here is mine :nod:
Snow warrior Great looking Truck! I have 2500hd ext cab myself :drinkup:

vipereng2
03-30-2005, 11:03 AM
sweet getting plow this summer sold a 95 ford f 250 :guns: that i used to plow with

vipereng2
03-30-2005, 11:09 AM
:waving: :dizzy: all gone now

CamLand
03-30-2005, 11:47 AM
here is a pic of my 04hd i love it, but the blizzard 810 is a little heavy for it.

Sharp truck Karl,Looks just like mine except I have 2005 same color...

vipereng2
03-30-2005, 12:28 PM
any other pics

karl klein
03-30-2005, 04:07 PM
thanks, is it true that the 2005's have drum brakes in the rear now?

vipereng2
03-30-2005, 06:18 PM
four wheel disk

3D Lawncare
03-31-2005, 10:20 PM
the half ton's have rear drum's now changed for '05

Peopleeater
03-31-2005, 10:39 PM
I jsut noticed Karl's garage (from what I can see) looks just like mine. I can't even shut the door and run out. Too much stuff in the way!

Jeff

gino
08-01-2005, 08:43 PM
No question chevy silverado are excellent trucks for plowing.I have a 2005 2500HD with the 6.0 and she is a monster at pushing.and very good puller as well I'm running a Fisher 7.6 straight blade and the only problem I ever had was the overheating issue and thats fixed now... Please tell me, How did you fix it?? I have the 2005 2500hd and mine gets hot with the plow on it. I have the same 7.6 Fisher on it. How do I get around this??? Please help!
g

lawnmedic
08-02-2005, 11:56 PM
Please tell me, How did you fix it?? I have the 2005 2500hd and mine gets hot with the plow on it. I have the same 7.6 Fisher on it. How do I get around this??? Please help!
g

A lot of trucks came off the assembly line without the heavy duty fan clutch which is part of the plow prep package. Most "car" dealers can't figure out the problem but the "truck" dealers should be knowledgeable on the service bulletin and will replace the clutch free of charge...

COLONEL LANDSCAPING
08-09-2005, 11:43 AM
i have an 02 2500 HD duramax with an 8' Power Blizzard.... i would not have it any other way!

salt shaker
08-10-2005, 11:51 AM
We have 13 of them, but we also have 6 FORDs, not sure which is better, oh yah the one that runs.