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Best plow truck for commercial and residential plowing?h

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Wolverinesfan1, Feb 19, 2016.

  1. Wolverinesfan1

    Wolverinesfan1 Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    Hi guys. Just wanted some experienced sound advice. I'm currently using a 14' Silverado half-ton with snow plow prep with 7Ft 2015 boss. Has heavy duty front ranchero shocks and nice set up for plowing. It actually plowed really well in a lot of bad storms this year in Northern Michigan, even with wet heavy snow (Didn't go sideways much at all) . I know I need to go to a 3/4 ton with plow package having 20 accounts now and some being commercial. My truck is just too damn nice and on smaller side for plowing those many accounts. What is the best year make and model to plow with and why? What truck has the best transmission ever made for plowing you think? I want to run an 8' Vboss or 7'6 boss vplow with back blade. I loved using a back blade with an older set up I had. Please let me know what you guys think. I appreciate the feedback

    Jeff Nothelfer owner /operator

    MowsquitoTech
     
  2. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,660

    It comes down to opinion and personal preference more than anything else. If you're a chevy guy buy another chevy and roll on with it. Each truck manufacturer has its good and bad and its only a matter of time till something breaks. As far as the plow goes, Boss is a solid make. Do you have a dealer near you? Like trucks at some point you'll need parts and having a dealer close by is necessary in my opinion. You dont want to be driving an hour to get a cylinder, wiring harness, etc in a storm. I know that might be a bit of a vague reply but like I said, a lot of it is personal preference. Good luck and Go Blue
     
  3. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,554

    Full size Ford Bronco or Chevy Blazer, perhaps even the Power Wagon equivalent

    Full size truck short wheelbase and the power to push
     
  4. FredG

    FredG 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,251

    You got a 14 GM 1/2 ton beefed up some. If its working for you why change. I agree with a 3/4 or 1 ton. If your looking for a new truck the GM HD duramax allison are a good combo. Real good resale.
     
  5. framer1901

    framer1901 Senior Member
    Messages: 813

    Pick the flavor of truck you prefer. Make it a one ton with a diesel, long bed (better yet is a flat bed) regular cab. Put good tires on it. Put your favorite brand out front either in a Vee or expandable, 9' though. Hang something expandable out back, 14-16'.

    I spent 12hrs in our truck like that (I usually drive a loader) and give me a few more nights in it and I'll give anyone a run for their money - you can flat out get work done in that.

    IMO, the diesel gives you more than enough power so that you don't abuse the truck, same thing with the one ton, added spring in the back.
     
  6. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,614

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    Last edited: Feb 19, 2016
  7. NThill93

    NThill93 Member
    Messages: 96

    go drive all 3 brands of HD trucks and pick what you like best
    find all the plow dealers by you and find the best service/price
     
  8. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,920

    Subscribed...........and running oot for some :drinkup: to wash down my :popcorn:
     
  9. triplestrokes

    triplestrokes Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    Personally i run an 01 F350 regular cab with an 8' flatbed. Buyers vbox, 210 snow ex for parking garages and a Wideout. Works great for me.
     
  10. Wolverinesfan1

    Wolverinesfan1 Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    Thanks man! Sounds like solid advice to me. We do have an awesome boss dealer in the city. I live in Traverse City so we have a lot of people actually for being so far north : ) . A guy who works on transmissions I just spoke to said " the guys who change their tranny fluid every year I will hardly ever see, those who don't I see more frequently. He said it really does make a huge difference getting you tranny fluid changed each year.
     
  11. Wolverinesfan1

    Wolverinesfan1 Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    Right on. Ya I think regular cab and taking off tailgate and just sliding in a 2x4 so stuff doesn't slide out is best for visibility and regular cab for more room to maneuver.
     
  12. Wolverinesfan1

    Wolverinesfan1 Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    I appreciate that. Well it's beefed up because of the factory snow plow prep package. But even with larger engine option and ranchero heavy duty springs and shocks, it only allows for an 7"ft plow on it cuz truck is just overall smaller. That's too much back and forth and not enough pesos for the time haha. Thanks for the advice fellas!
     
  13. Western1

    Western1 Senior Member
    from MI.
    Messages: 679

    One of the greatest all around plow vehicles has to be the old K5 Blazers and Jimmys! I used to plow with them!
     
  14. john r

    john r Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 239

    Start with a 1 ton then go from there. Takes a lickin and keeps on tickin
     
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2016
  15. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    Super Duty.
     
  16. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,062

    Why a diesel, exactly?
     
  17. Pushin 2 Please

    Pushin 2 Please PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,577

    The best plow trucks ever. I miss my 1979 K5 and 1990 Blazers with Chevys 350 in them. I also pushed with a few old full size Broncos with 302 and 351.

    You asked what is the best, these are.
     
  18. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    Foolishness to say a 38 year old truck is the best for commercial plowing.

    Go buy a leftover 2016 Super Duty in September. Ford will be absolutely giving them away because of the rollout of the "all aluminum" 2017. You will then have the best plow truck. And the gas engine is all you will need to plow. If you will tow over 8k pounds, then consider a diesel.
     
  19. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,554

    http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?p=2118513#post2118513


    http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=166464

    Don't have these problems with a 38-58 year old truck
     
  20. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,554

    http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?p=2118513#post2118513


    http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=166464

    Don't have these problems with a 18-38-58 year old truck