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chevy suburban for plowing??

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by maverjohn, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. maverjohn

    maverjohn Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    does anyone know, would a chevy suburban make a good plow truck?
    98-01 2500 with 5.7 up to 7.4 I'd put my boss v up front, all pro and con welcome
  2. Pushin 2 Please

    Pushin 2 Please PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,559

    YES. Before I got my 4 door pick-up, thats what I wanted. I could use it as a plow truck and than more of a family cruiser in the off season. I plowed with an older 1988 Sub back in the day and loved it.

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,286

    No different than a truck with a topper
  4. outlaw66

    outlaw66 Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    better than a truck with a topper!! you have heat blowing on rear windows! but fin d a 7.4, imo
  5. Pushin 2 Please

    Pushin 2 Please PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,559

    .............Thumbs Up
    Both are also great points!
  6. RMHSR

    RMHSR Member
    Messages: 49

    Love plowing with mine. During plow season seems like I don't get to see the wife and kids too often so this way they can all come with me. I even have my wife operating it as a second plow sometimes. The drawbacks I have with it is that it needs more ballast weight. I have six hundred pounds of bag salt in the back and that uses up all of the cargo space. I really could use some more weight but I don't want anything higher than the seat. I have an 8' Western. I am sure it would handle a V. If you don't use the third row seat that would give more options for ballast. I don't have that option.
  7. Zigracer

    Zigracer Member
    Messages: 34

    I started with an 89 Bronco and it worked fine. Suburban should do even better.
  8. tds8268

    tds8268 Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    Plowed commercially throughout the 80's and 90's always with 3/4 & 1 ton PU's before getting out of it in 02. Hung my 8' Diamond on my 99 1/2 ton Suburban last week and plowed 12 hrs this past week and the truck performed much better than I thought it would. The snow wasn't much, 2 to 3 inches kinda slushy ,but the truck did fine. The plow is a true Diamond from 91 and built like a tank, heavy too. I added trimbrens and had the T-bars turned up 3.5 turns, about 3/4 of an inch in ride height. Truck really doesn't sag any more than my 3/4 tons did with the plow raised. The job I was doing is a very large (120+ stores) Outlet Center near me with some big open areas. I'm sure a 3/4 ton would work even better than my 1/2 ton.

    I'm trying to find out from someone who's in the know if the frames (ONLY the frame, noting else) are any stronger, thicker, whatever, on the 3/4 ton vs the 1/2 ton.
  9. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Plowing with a 96 Tahoe this year - 4 door. I love it. One very minor problem is the shovel gets warm in the back seat. Snow sticks to it for a minute....