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4500 or 450

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by MnM, Oct 16, 2007.

  1. MnM

    MnM Senior Member
    Messages: 289

    i would like everyones opinion about what truck to buy. I do irrigation and snow plowing, so a utility body is a must. I have narrowed it down to a chevy 4500 single cab with a 11 ft. utility body 2 wheel or a ford F-450 super cab 9 ft utility dually four wheel. I want the 4500 but not sure if the two wheel can hack it. I just feel like a 4500 will last so much longer then a 450 but am stumped about the 2 wheel drive thing. I live in central NJ and dont see alot of hills or mountains. I would love everyones opinion.
  2. Wicked500R

    Wicked500R Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    Uhhh, how bout' a 4x4 4500 ? They make em' ! Go with a 4x4 at all cost...
  3. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,032

    I thought you could get a 4500 in 4x4 or is it alot of $. With a ton or ton and a half of ballast I'm sure you would be alright in large lots.
  4. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,276

    I plow with either a 4x4 350 pu or a grain body 550, the 550 is also 4x4 but honestly I rarely engage it, It's used much more to safely travel than to push, a v box in the bed full will be plenty of ballast. Even having said that I would not buy a truck without 4 wheel drive. We have 11 trucks and several pieces of equipment on the road every storm, the only one 2wd is an international 4600, 5 yd vbox and a boss 10 ft plow. That gets chains.
  5. MnM

    MnM Senior Member
    Messages: 289

    i was thinking 4500 2 wheel cause I heard the 4x4 kills the fuel mileage. It will be used as a service truck also. I want this truck to last a really long time. that is why I think a true 45oo will last longer than a beefed up 450. Thanks so far and keep em' comin

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,581

    Why not buy the 4500 chev and leave it as a service vehicle only. Unless the box is fibreglass its going to rot out in no time. If you wan't it to last for a long time I wouldn't use it for snow. Use the savings of the 4x2 4500 vs the 4x4 model and puchase a smaller snow plow truck for winter use only.

    Although a 2wd trck will push ok in the flats, you need the weight in the rear for traction. Long story short 4x4 is a valuable option, even if you only have to use it once in a while.