I'd like to purchase a full size pick up, with the intention to later put a plow on it.
I am considering many new models, Dodge 1500 / 2500. Ford F 150, F 250. I also briefly looked at the Toyota Tacoma.
I'm doing lots of reading, but would really like some thoughtful advice from experienced individuals on what to look out for.
Do I need to get a 2500 / F-250, Super Duty if I for plowing my home driveway? or will a 1500 / 150 suffice?
What else should I pay attention to when ordering the pick up?
thank you very much for any help.
New f-150Fords no....unless you cab do fab work yourself if your just doing your own stuff and no comercial work with it a 1/2 ton should be fine of your thinking about going comercial then 3/4 or 1 ton all the way
I talked with Dodge recently. They said that a 1500 could support a lighter weight plow fine. But it would void the warranty.
Is there a thread or post around here that links to decent light weight plows?
I don't mind getting a 2500 at all. The trim packages on the 1500 basically put you at the same price point. I feel better knowing that this money goes into construction costs.
Why can you not put a plow on the new F-150's? Just wondering?
I've had a plow on an S-10 before. It held up pretty good.
Here's what I would suggest. If you can afford to get a 250/2500, do it. You never know. One day you might want to plow more then your drive and would feel pretty comfortable having a 2500 over the 1500. I wish I would have done that. It would take 75% of all my concern and worries away when plowing.
Just get a 3/4 ton and you wont be pushing evferything to the max every time you put your plow on .Plus a 1500 rides like a mushmobile if you carry more than 3 or 4 bags of groceries at the same time. But I grew up driving F-350s in the 70s so I prefer a real truck.I never drove one but I cant see how a Tundra holds a plow better than a 1500 GM when you have 2 or 3 inches clearance max under the plow when mounted.It looks like it would bottom out on a bottle cap.
There is no way I'd drive a 3/4 or larger truck as a DD unless I needed to. The new half ton trucks are like Cadillacs. Sure, I couldn't do what I do without a bigger truck, but for what he's talking, why recommend a larger truck just to ride worse and drink more fuel?! He's not looking for a "real" truck. New 1500 GM's hold plows just fine.........especially light weight plows. The question here is what's best for HIM, not what we each prefer for our own personal needs.
And as for the comment about Fords (250's or not) holding their value more than GM's, what planet have you been on the last 20 years? Not trying to be an ass, but that's just simply not true and infact the exact opposite. I have my hands in the wholesale car biz, so trust me, I'm not just playing favorites. The only reason my fleet is now full of used Fords and Dodges is b/c they're cheap. I could care less about brands. Everything needs repair at some point or another.
As for the Tundra, I don't think you could go wrong. The only issue I see in comparison is fuel milage.
Diesel trucks with plows that are too heavy for them, and spreaders loaded too heavy for them too
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