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backup truck question

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by raylesk, Jan 1, 2007.

  1. raylesk

    raylesk Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    I need a backup and was looking at Bronco II, s-10 blazer and jeep cherokee. Anyone have any comments on which might be the strongest for driveway use?
    Thanks
    Ray
     
  2. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    Well, I bleed Chevy Orange, but in this instance I'd have to recommend the Jeep. Very stout drivelines, motors last almost forever, plus they are a dime a dozen and easy to maintain. The little Blazer would be okay, but the ones I had got stuck way too easy even without a plow, the little mini-IFS seemed to have poor traction on the littler trucks. I know plenty of people have used the Bronco II with success, but it's a Ford so I arbitrarily hate it. Little more expensive to repair and harder to find parts for. You can find a 90s parts Cherokee for dirt cheap everywhere you look.
    The Jeep is readily available used with the I6 4.0 motor, which is all the power you can use. The Bronco had a couple of doggy small V6s, and the Blazer either had a doggy 4, a doggy V6 or the big 4.3 V6 after 1988 which had lots of power but likes fuel too much.
    I'm looking to build a Wrangler or a CJ for a fun driver in the summer and a capable little backup plow in winter.
     
  3. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    x2 again. jeeps take a beatin. and that solid front axle is great.
     
  4. Jpocket

    Jpocket Senior Member
    Messages: 302

    BLAZER all day long. Hands down. same as a c-10 pickup or 1500
     
  5. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    He said s-10 blazer. If it were a full size blazer I would agree.
     
  6. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    Another vote for a Jeep here. You just can't kill them.:waving:
     
  7. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    I can kill anything with wheels.
     
  8. green frog

    green frog Senior Member
    Messages: 246

    Green Frog Snowplowing

    I have been using a 2000 cherokee sport for 4 years now. It works really well, I average about 20 residential accounts and help with commercials. I use a western lsx plow 7'2".
     
  9. fernalddude

    fernalddude PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,105

    My Vote....

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  10. fernalddude

    fernalddude PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,105

    But I get 2 votes...xysport

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  11. poncho62

    poncho62 Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    OK for driveways, but that is about it.....

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  12. WALKERS

    WALKERS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,138

    My vote would be a JEEP too. wesport
     
  13. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    I knew there was a pair of Bronco IIs floating around somewhere, remembered seeing them here last year. Nicely set up but man those plows look short. With the wings it looks like the one on the right would hold a lot of snow, but wouldn't take long to roll it up and over.

    On the s-blazer: why do those old Meyers lean back like that? Looks like it wants to drive under the snow.
     
  14. fernalddude

    fernalddude PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,105

    Well got four of the BII's but 2 have the wings and one is just a 2 meter and one a 7.5. So we attack the storm like bees plus we have 6 full size pickup's. We use a mix of rigs to control the snow plus we pre-treat everything up to 2 inches so we burn alot of the snow off before we even drop the blades The most we have have done is 18 inches and just took some time but never the roll over. Remember we do tight places so we dont have the long runs. This is a pic of a full size 7.5 so the pic is misleading

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    Last edited: Jan 2, 2007
  15. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    Ok, they are hard to kill!
     
  16. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    S-Trucks are hard to kill if you have a solid, relatively rust-free one. Thats the only way I lost my '86, it became a total Fred Flintstone mobile.... literally... not just a little hole I mean just the tranny tunnel left....

    My preference would be a 4.3/auto combo with a big cooler, or the 5 speed with any motor.
     
  17. raylesk

    raylesk Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    Thanks for all the replies. After reading everyones opinions--I'm convinced that any of the three will do the job so whatever I can get the best deal on is the right choice. But since I "bleed ford blue" I'm leaning towards the Bronco II :)
     
  18. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    When you find one make sure that the tailgate heater works.