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2 wheel drive plow truck

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by sharpeguy, Feb 16, 2016.

  1. sharpeguy

    sharpeguy Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    I have a 2001 Chevy dump body 2 wd I bought last July its been a great truck. I am thinking about turning it into a plow truck with a salter in the bed. My set up would be a boss DXT probably the 8'2" and the VBX 2 yard spreader. I figured with some good tires it should be ok. Please let me know your thoughts and experience. I have a f350 I have been using for the past 5 years but I would like to expand. Thank you!

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  2. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,221

    Run studded tires with an aggressive tread.
    Think aboot a 9.2 instead of the 8.2, the 8.2 won't be wide enough to clear the duals when angled.
     
  3. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,552

    x2 on the wider plow. training wheels run over your windrow on a smaller than 9 foot balde.

    As for the 2wd. Try a search in the upper right of the screen. This has been debated since the birth of plowsite. You can find hours if not days of reading material in numberous threads.

    Weight, good tires, and a driver with a brain are the most important things. It can be done, many of us have done it for years and it works fine. Truck will get stuck every now and then when driver goes into hero mode, but 4wd trucks get stuck in hero mode too! Thumbs Up

    Welcome to the site and good luck with what your choose to do!
     
  4. sharpeguy

    sharpeguy Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Thank you for the advice I didn't consider a wider plow due to the duals!
     
  5. sharpeguy

    sharpeguy Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Thank you! I will have to check out all the other conversations on this. I figured they were on here somewhere but since I'm New I wasn't sure where. Training wheels I love it haha. I will be driving the truck the whole time and the place I will be plowing is pretty much all flat. Im not totally set on boss but there are some good dealers here in utah for them.
     
  6. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,221

    You'll still track over windrows when turning but for straight pushes you should be ok.
    I assume you're staying in the valley and not getting up in the foothills east of town.
     
  7. absolutely

    absolutely Senior Member
    Messages: 237

    We plow with 3, 2 wheel drive trucks. As said 9'2" plow, good tires, weight and a good operator.
     
  8. sharpeguy

    sharpeguy Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Sure they do get run over a bit some times. The property this truck would be servicing is on the east side in Sandy its a strip mall. I would most likely leave it there. The property is flat aside from a few slightly sloped entries into the property.
     
  9. sharpeguy

    sharpeguy Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    That's really good to know, It gives me more confidence in my decision. Do you run your trucks with salters? If so what do you use? if you don't mind me asking
     
  10. absolutely

    absolutely Senior Member
    Messages: 237

    Chevy 3500 with 2yard
    gmc 5500 with 1000 gallon liquid tank - Only 600 gallons when plowing
    gmc 7500 with 6 yard salter - Only 4 ton when plowing

    They all have gotten stuck at some point but they are still effective snow removing trucks
     
  11. doh

    doh Senior Member
    Messages: 252

    Ya 9'+ on the plow width.

    They have been making snow longer than 4x4's.
     
  12. dodgegmc1213

    dodgegmc1213 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,002

    Our f450 is 2wd and plows great when loaded, normally has a 4yd downeaster on it but has a 2yd salt dogg this year and still pushes good with 2 less yards. Like others had mentioned weight, good tires and someone who knows what their doing and the truck will be fine. Also if using treated salt will give you more weight then plain salt
     
  13. jasonv

    jasonv PlowSite.com Addict
    from kannada
    Messages: 1,114

    The double back wheels will hinder traction a bit, but if you have a great big sand spreader back there (sand = good, salt = evil maker of rust), then you'll have enough weight (most of the time) to keep you moving pretty well.

    Studded tires could be a good idea, if they are legal in your area. A set of CHAINS would be excellent backup, and of course, make sure you have a jack big enough to lift the wheel up off the ground for chain installation.
     
  14. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,468

    "The double back wheels"
    drinking early today .:drinkup:

    :laughing:

    Ive never jacked up a truck to put the chains on unless it was stuck already.
    then it may not be a good idea to be jacking up a stuck truck with a loaded salt hopper.

    ps chains can also have restrictions on when they can be used.
     
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2016
  15. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,503

    Dooleys(east coast pronunciation) or Dually's we call them.

    He could put super singles if he chooses or remove the inner or outter tires or do as many suggested with great results and leave the double back wheels.
     
  16. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,552

    No matter how you skin your cat Pat, I still prefer "training wheels"!
     
  17. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,221

    We call then Training wheels too.

    A single in the back would be a good way to go if the training wheels caused a problem.
     
  18. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 7,221

    Every see a semi chain up? They don't use a jack, they roll/drive on the chains, hooked them up, drive a short distance and tighten them up.
     
  19. jasonv

    jasonv PlowSite.com Addict
    from kannada
    Messages: 1,114

    .. and if you can't drive because you're stuck and need chains?
     
  20. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,468

    Just like a engineer,
    get stuck first
    then take precautions.
    IE backpeddel