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Chevy Silverado~~Are they good for plowing

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by FF279, Mar 17, 2005.

  1. FF279

    FF279 Banned
    Messages: 58

    Are chevy Silverados Good for plowing? Just wondering...thanks...Any pictures would help also.

    Thanks, Ryan
     
  2. bobingardner

    bobingardner Senior Member
    Messages: 136

    I have a K1500 silverado regular cab, long bed, 5.3L engine with plow-prep and it's been great for plowing. I'm using Fisher's 760LD and with 300lbs of ballast I don't even notice the weight of the plow. The steering and ride hardly change when carrying it. According to Fisher's website you can put a bigger plow on but my opinion is that the light duty is perfect for this truck if your only doing residential driveways.
     
  3. Up North

    Up North Senior Member
    Messages: 921

    Ryan,
    I have a 2000 Silverado ext. cab with the 5.3L short bed. Plow is the Blizzard 760LT. The truck does a great job of plowing. I haven't added anything up front as far as Timbrens or cranking my torsions up, I intended too but never got around to it. I do use 600lbs ballast in the rear however. But as a whole it's done a tremendous job for my accounts. Don't have a ton of accounts but it still takes me 4-6 hours to complete the route depending on snow amounts. Here's a link to some pics of my rig.

    http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=20411

    Buck
     
  4. CamLand

    CamLand Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    No question chevy silverado are excellent trucks for plowing.I have a 2005 2500HD with the 6.0 and she is a monster at pushing.and very good puller as well I'm running a Fisher 7.6 straight blade and the only problem I ever had was the overheating issue and thats fixed now...
     
  5. ratlover

    ratlover PlowSite.com Addict
    from IL
    Messages: 1,325

    See sig. Yes IMO :nod:

    Also have a few older chevys in the fleet with the "weak" :rolleyes: IFS and they plow just fine.
     
  6. OneBadDodge06

    OneBadDodge06 Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 731

    they plow so good I got two of em :nod:
     
  7. Jone43

    Jone43 Member
    Messages: 30

    I have a '03 Silverad 2500 hd and it is the best truck I have pushed with in 12 years. Something about the geometry of the GM's make them a smoother push than all the Fords I have plowed with. I may be biased, but I can sit in that seat for hours and push quite comfortably.
     
  8. Peopleeater

    Peopleeater Senior Member
    Messages: 249

    1500's

    I had my plow on my 1/2 ton suburban, and it plowed great! I now have the plow on the Z71, and so far I think the suburban plowed a little better cause of the weight in the back. It didn't really seem to need ballast. The Z71 plows good too, but it does need ballast being a pickup and no weight in the back.
    I think I finally figured out my charging problems? The Z71 didn't make it on 2 of the 4 plows this season. I missed the early one cause I wasn't going to plow, so I didn't sign on then. Got the Z71 mounted with plow, and needed new battery so i got red top optima. Then alternator did go out (thought was prob. the first time, but mechanic said it was ok. So I hope the new alt. takes care of it. Other than that, I like the truck itself better than the suburban.

    1/2 ton is fine, just can't beat it like you could if it was 3/4 or 1 ton. I wouldn't advise beating any of them though.

    Hey Ratlover;
    Is the 1995 Chevy Silv. Z71 one of those with the "weak" IFS? Just wondering if it is so maybe I can do something to make it a bit stronger?! I am going to put timbrens on it before next year.

    Jeff

    PS Here is the pic the dealer had on his website.

    Jeff

    1GCEK19K7SE157251-a.jpg
     
  9. ratlover

    ratlover PlowSite.com Addict
    from IL
    Messages: 1,325

    I was being a smart ass. IFS isnt as weak as alot of people let on IMO. Timbrens up front help quite a bit. They have some small problems but for the most part IFS does just fine for plowing.
     
  10. motorider000

    motorider000 Senior Member
    Messages: 110

    I hope so because i just bought a 1992 2500 silverado.
     
  11. Bad Luck

    Bad Luck Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    04 1500 Z71 Ext cab SB. Fisher 7.5 RD. Truck begs for snow. Do a search for Bad luck's install.......see my truck.

    Good luck brova... :salute:
     
  12. sixspeed

    sixspeed Senior Member
    Messages: 306

    Silverado for plowing

    Fords and Dodges are great trucks too. Here are some of our observations after using all of the big 3...

    The fact that Chevy and GMC's sit lower does seem to have some advantages. From our experience (with Westerns) they scrape a bit better and they seem allow the blade to drop more deeply to follow uneven surfaces.

    They seem to have a bit better traction, again maybe because of the lower height.

    For mostly on-road use the GM IFS front end is plenty strong in all years and not all that bad because the turning radius seems to be a bit tighter than straight axle trucks.

    Unfortunately the torsion bar front end does not carry weight as nicely without sagging like the Ford and Dodge front end but there are lots of cheap fixes out there for that part.

    Like somebody said here they're all good when their running right!
     
  13. Jone43

    Jone43 Member
    Messages: 30

    I have a Western Ulta mount on mine and I noticed the same thing that SixSpeed said. I love the power in the Ford Power Strokes, but for some reason the front end geometery and Western plow set up plow so smooth I dont think I will ever go back to the Ford/Meyers combo that I used for years.
     
  14. Peopleeater

    Peopleeater Senior Member
    Messages: 249

    My suburban has a shorter turn radius than the z71 does. It is very noticeable. The suburban has a straight axle.

    Jeff
     
  15. snow warrior

    snow warrior Member
    Messages: 61

    here is mine :nod:

    service truck 4.jpg
     
  16. lawn king

    lawn king PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,070

    chevys

    I plowed 7 seasons with a silverado 1996-2002. I had the very first curtis plow that was professionally installed in the northeast! IMO silverado is a great plow truck for an 8 ' straight blade!
     
  17. FF279

    FF279 Banned
    Messages: 58

    Any one have some interior Pics of NEWER style Chevy Silverados?
     
  18. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,124

    FF279
    What type of pictures are you looking for? I have a 2001 Chevy 3/4 HD with a base cloth Int. I also work for GM at the Truck Assy Plant here in Pontiac MI. For the last 10 years I report to work at Lear Seating which supplies seat's to GM Truck Assy, but I work for GM. Let me know if I can help you. If you need any info on Seats I can help with that.

    Good Luck Mike
     
  19. FF279

    FF279 Banned
    Messages: 58

    Im looking for some interior pics, so that i can decide where to put my switch panel and plow controls some where ((Note: have not bought truck yet, thats why im asking for pictures.)) Thanks for everbodys help,
    RYAN
     
  20. 2004Z71CC

    2004Z71CC Member
    Messages: 65

    2004 Silverado Dash

    Here are a couple of pics of my 2004 Z71 dash. If you need more let me know and I can go take them tonight. ( quiet saturday night :drinkup: )
    I hope these help

    Dash001.JPG

    Dash002.JPG

    Dash003.JPG