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Can anyone suggest what kind of truck and plow set up is good for a beginner?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Rodrig26, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. Rodrig26

    Rodrig26 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I am new to the plowing business and I am looking for suggestions on what type of equipment to buy. I am keeping my focus on residential drives and a few small commercial lots. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
     
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Ford F250 with a Boss V plow:)
     
  3. Pushin 2 Please

    Pushin 2 Please PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,572

    Can't go wrong with this combination!
     
  4. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Unless you are a beginner in a really small drive. While a F250 with a Boss vee is a great snow mover, I'd consider a Jeep or short wheel base truck with a 7"6" OR 8 FT straight blade. Snoway's down pressure feature is great for back dragging if you are doing a lot of drives where you have to back drag garage doors.

    As you grow you can add that full size pickup with a Vee to the fleet:D

    Welcome to plowsite:waving:
     
  5. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I agree that a small pickup/jeep is the way to go for a beginner. And get an automatic.
     
  6. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,361

    If you want a 3/4 ton I would suggest a Chevy or GMC 2500HD with an 8' Fisher HD 8' Boss Trip Edge. But if you want a 1/2 ton I would suggest a Toyota Tundra with a 7.5' Fisher SD or a Chevy or GMC 1500 with a 7.5' Fisher HD or a 7.5' Boss Trip Edge.
     
  7. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Anyone can plow with a small jeep in the driveway,you need a big plow truck, makes the overkill much better looking!
     
  8. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Plus you get all the landscape repair work in the springpayup
     
  9. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Definately get an Auto trans. An F-150 with a 71/2" blade is a good truck to start with JMO
    Make sure you have a good plow dealer close by for parts and service.
     
  10. Rodrig26

    Rodrig26 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Thank you all for the advice. I was actually looking at a new F250 with a western v-plow.
     
  11. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I wouldn't buy a new truck for plowing, especially if you are new at it.
     
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2010
  12. Rodrig26

    Rodrig26 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I was thinking new so I wouldn't have any maintenance issues upfront. So used would be my better option? I have been searching up and down for something half-way decent and I have found nothing. If anyone sees any good leads on a decent truck please let me know.
     
  13. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    :cry:..
     
  14. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    Just don't hit any bumps fast cuz it can go off square, and costs $$$ to fix
     
  15. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    There should be a bunch of used trucks around now that snow season is over.
    Check craigslist or ebay
     
  16. the new boss 92

    the new boss 92 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,989

    08 ford f450 king ranch with a boss 9'2 vxt and snow ex 8500!payup:nod:
     
  17. Nick Estes

    Nick Estes Member
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  18. cleansweep007

    cleansweep007 Senior Member
    Messages: 119

    Buy a great running used truck with atleast a 7 1/2 ft plow on there and you will be good. Dealer support is a must when it comes to repairs and such. Good luck with the new business venture !!!!