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Best plow for light commercial?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by BamBamm5144, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. BamBamm5144

    BamBamm5144 Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    Hey Pros.

    I am wondering what you all think is the best plow for a Chevy 2500 HD that will be doing light commercial and residential. By light commercial I mean smaller parking lots and small strip malls and the rest driveways of course.

    Some of the bozos at these plow dealers keep trying to talk me into bigger plows than I think I will need.

    I'm sure none of you remember me posting earlier, but I own an exterior remodeling business in the summer and it has gotten to the point that enough customers ask me about plowing in the winter that I figured I would take the leap into doing it myself instead of doing it for other bosses.

    Please let me know what you think. One guy was talking about a Meyer 8.5. Necessary?
     
  2. ff610

    ff610 Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    I started with 7'6" blades, then quickly added wings to all of them. After several years of this I jumped up to 8' plows, and now with the exception of 1 older plow I run 8'2" Boss VXT's or larger. Even with the few residential drives and banks I do 8' plows are plenty small, but it sure is nice to have the larger plows for the small commercial. I think once you get a little bigger plow you'll be happy you did. Good luck!
     
  3. grf_1000

    grf_1000 Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    that like asking if you think a chevy is better then a ford. or ski-doo or artic cat :)
    i'll give you my 2 cents. with your truck,i'd go with a 8;2" boss v. v's are the best of both worlds :)
    let the slamming beging lol
     
  4. SServices

    SServices Senior Member
    Messages: 163

    One of the few advantages of having the Meyer classic mount, I have both 7 1/2 and 8.
     
  5. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,550

    How wide is your truck?
    When the plow is angled will a 7 1/2 plow push the snow past the tires or are you going to drive over the snow?

    What happens when you go around curve when plowing? Ever gone around a corner and had the back wheels ride over the curve?
     
  6. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    I'm not sure why you are worried about having too big of a plow when you are plowing parking lots..... the only thing I would be concerned with is being too overweight, which can be solved with ballast. Bigger is better unless there are areas the plow just won't fit into.
     
  7. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    Honestly, I would go with a commercial weight plow and forget about it. I know they are more expensive, but they are also built better. If you go with a lightweight plow, and then expand your business, you will have to upgrade your plow in a year or two. Bite the bullet now, and you will be able to use the same plow for 10 or more years. Buy a cheap built plow now, and you will have to replace in 3 to 5 years, which just costs more in the end.
     
  8. second income

    second income Member
    Messages: 82

    Western or Boss 8' conventional, only because if it will be your only plow for awhile you want reliability and utility. Both are extremely well made. On small commercial jobs, you do a lot of detail work,ie between parked cars, around light stanchions etc. Driveways the same. If you work as an hourly sub at least in the Jersey area, you only make more if you have a significantly larger plow on your pick up like a 9' or better then doing driveways would become very problematic. Bottom line, get a good quality plow from a local dealer where parts availability won,t be a problem. Stay away from the yellow ones.
     
  9. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    Get a Power Plow, that way you can go from 8 ft. to 10 ft. and never worry about this problem.