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2500 or 3500?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by DaySpring Services, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    Im planning on plowing some lots next season. Not huge but big enough. I'll probably do 2-3 lots and keep my driveways. I was originally planning on getting a Dodge Ram 3500 Diesel. I called the dealer up today to get some info, he said a 2500 would be plenty big enough. Im leaning tward a 9'2" Boss Vee, not sure what I want to do for a spreader yet. I figured with the plow, spreader, and salt that a 2500 wouldn't't or barely be big enough? Any input?
     
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2006
  2. NJ Plowman

    NJ Plowman Senior Member
    Messages: 799

    Go with the 3500, it will handle that setup with a little room to spare. You can never go wrong with having a little reserve!

    Good luck... :nod:
     
  3. 04superduty

    04superduty PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,354

    dealers rarely know what they are talking about, they are just trying to sell vehicles off the lot.
    with that said go with a 1 ton and if you plan on getting a big spreader you might what a dually.
     
  4. troy28282

    troy28282 Senior Member
    Messages: 178

    Id go with the 3500. Its a lot cheaper to get it now then to get a 2500 and in a year or so figure out you need a bigger truck.
     
  5. CARDOCTOR

    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    i have a 2500 hemi . carries an 8ft plow tailgate spreader and 3000lbs of salt with no problem. however ill buy a 3500 next. whats the price difference between the 3/4 and 1 ton

    john
     
  6. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,318

    3500. 2500 has a GVWR of what? 10000 lbs max. Plow must be somewhere around 950lbs. Spreader with sand will be at least 2000 lbs. Plus yourself and odds and ends. you've got 3500 lbs. of gear. Say curb weight of truck is 6500 lbs. that puts you right at a GVWR of 10000. No sense running the truck to the max all the time. Go 3500
     
  7. PORTER 05

    PORTER 05 Senior Member
    Messages: 449

    are you a landscaper, ..wat else do you do.....if you only plow, and have the $$$ to spend, id go with ( if youre about the dodges), a ram 3500 reg cab dually, with the cummins diesel...plenty for a 9 + ft plow and a spreader+sand...+if you get the reg cab youll be still ok with the driveways,,,,go with the dually.....sweet ride all decked out!!!!
     
  8. Fordistough

    Fordistough Senior Member
    from USA
    Messages: 394

    Why a Dodge?

    -Thann
     
  9. CARDOCTOR

    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    why not a dodge?ive owned fords for a long time. however their reputaton
    lately is causing a lot of concern . im due for a new truck and wanted a super duty but with tranmission blowing apart 6.0l engines lossing turbos
    and head gaskets. i think dodge is a good choice

    john
     
  10. DBL

    DBL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    my 2500 has a c8 meyer and a meyer 3600 spreader and a ton of salt and the thing doesnt sag but about the 3500 thats nice but are you thinking of the srw or the drw a dually plowing really is NO fun at all but the srw will handle more than the 2500 weight wise but its not much and its the same motor in both and the cummins are undeaftable and thats a fact
     
  11. Fastcar

    Fastcar Member
    from MA
    Messages: 87

    Because they come with a Cummins diesel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  12. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Go SRW defninatly is you are planning on doing any drives at all, I would go 3500, a 2500 will handle it, but a 3500 SRL will handle it better. I don;t like seeing a loaded spreader in a 2500, they tend to overload them even tho a 2500 is generally a 1 ton truck.
     
  13. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    I really dont want a dually. The only time I plan on working the truck is when plow and do firewood. We cut our own wood, about 50 cords a year. I figure the 3500 will stand up to years of work. Im very happy with my 1500, so im going with Dodge again.
     
  14. DBL

    DBL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    are you going to keep the 1500 too
     
  15. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    No the 1500 will be up for sale or traded in
     
  16. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,714

    If you got the spare $$, go with the SRW 3500. I just went to the BOSS site and a 2006 3500 DRW Cummins quad cab has "no applications recommended" The SRW quad shortbox is a different story....:D
     
  17. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    best deal for the 3500 so far is $39200, loaded. Hows this sound?
     
  18. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 27,961

    What's loaded???

    Larait?? Or just SLT? Leather / GPS Navigation?

    I paid $31,500 for a 2500 SLT QC, CTD 4x4 shortbox last September, cloth seats, CD player, automatic Tranny, 610 diesel.

    If it's just an SLT without leather / gps / sunroof the WHOLE deal, I'd say offer 'em $36k - $37k.

    If they say no way, walk away, leave your number if they'd like to deal.

    Another thing to check, do they still have the zero % interest??

    If they do, is that $39,xxx price have rebates included? Or can you have that price and still take the 0% interest?