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Do you prefer Gas or Diesel plowtruck?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Alaskaforby4, Nov 24, 2011.

  1. Alaskaforby4

    Alaskaforby4 Member
    from Alaska
    Messages: 74

    I have a 95 Chevy 1 ton, 350 Gas with a boss 8'2 V plow. Its "ok". I now have a 02 Ford 1 ton 7.3 that I cant wait to get a plow on, It just seems way more heavy duty. But I wanted to hear some pros and cons you have run into, thanks
     
  2. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,032

    I run a diesel and love it, it's heavier which is better for traction, but you have to be carefull because of the weight on the front axle. Diesel doesn't like the cold, so plug it in from November to April. Diesel is usually more powerful.
     
  3. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I'll take the quiet gas for plowing.
     
  4. Alaskaforby4

    Alaskaforby4 Member
    from Alaska
    Messages: 74

    It is loud i'll give you that.
     
  5. coldcoffee

    coldcoffee Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    I love my diesels when they are functioning well, I sometimes hate them when they are not. I love the advantages that I have with the power they deliver of which I occasionally rely on. I don't like the overall added expense, which seems to sometimes outweigh the benefits. They can be a PIA to diagnose at times, especially w/o codes or basing a repair just off the symptoms. I happen to like the stock sound that they make, but that's just a preference thing. I don't like when guys think it's cool to blow raw fuel out of their modified exhaust, which is a good part of the reason as to why they get such a bad rap, including from congress. I don't like being a Ginny pig, for bad engineering resulting from the pressures of special interest groups & manufacturers who choose not to keep up, or are not held accountable for their flaws. I'm to the point now where I want the old ones that are easy to work on, or I probably won't want anything to do with them in the future. When they go out of warranty, you've got to have deep pockets sometimes to repair them.
     
  6. vinnys

    vinnys Senior Member
    Messages: 112

    I run gas and love it. Which one is better? The one that is paid for!!!!! payup
     
  7. dieseltech

    dieseltech Senior Member
    Messages: 273

    I love my diesels. My truck is my lawn,snow and grocery getter.
     
  8. Alaskaforby4

    Alaskaforby4 Member
    from Alaska
    Messages: 74

    I wonder how fuel economy will be between the two..I buy diesel in bulk for my other equipment so I am able to get it for the same price as gas, which is currently $3.95 here
     
  9. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,032

    Is your other equipment using offroad diesel or regular? DOT won't like it if they see you using offroad diesel so be careful!
    Happy thanksgiving!
     
  10. Plow man Foster

    Plow man Foster PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,153

    For driveways Gas is better due to noise. Nothing worse than waking up to a "loud diesels truck" I'VE BEEN TOLD! Never actually experienced that since im actually the one plowing...
    Also love the extra HP diesels have so on commercial sites we use those.
     
  11. kevlars

    kevlars Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    Diesel for me, too!! In fact, I just bought my second one.

    Much lower gallons per hour while plowing or while working the truck.

    kevlars
     
  12. forbidden

    forbidden Senior Member
    Messages: 392

    You need to like gas so that you can sell me that 7.3L.
     
  13. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,637

    Absolutely love plowing with my diesel. My little F150 takes alot more use of the go peddle compared to the diesel. The F350 doesn't really seem to notice the pile of snow in front of it.

    Our Halloween storm I was pushing an entrance open to another plow truck that would push it into the pile around the corner. Some of the piles I left for him he had alot of trouble moving. He was in a F250 with 5.4. But my F350 does weight over 8000 pounds with out the plow. :blush2:
     
  14. Shoreline

    Shoreline Member
    Messages: 59

    Diesel all the way! Love my 99 7.3 manual transmission workhorse. Looks like I need to update my avatar...
     
  15. Alaskaforby4

    Alaskaforby4 Member
    from Alaska
    Messages: 74

    Manual huh? That would be nice for maintenance, lot easier replacing a clutch than a tranny...does it ever get old clutching all the time tho? And how about wheel hop, is that ever an issue?
     
  16. Plow man Foster

    Plow man Foster PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,153

    Got my baby lettered, Now im set to go! :salute:

    my baby......jpg
     
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2011
  17. Alaskaforby4

    Alaskaforby4 Member
    from Alaska
    Messages: 74

    Nice photoshop
     
  18. herb1001

    herb1001 Senior Member
    Messages: 112

    I paid 2.97 for gas today, I'm liking gas right now.
     
  19. kevlars

    kevlars Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    Hmmm? 8 mpg with my old gasser without towing or plowing, 15 to 17 with my diesel, 8 to 11 while plowing, and more torque than any gasser. Gas would have to be half the price of diesel to make me switch back.

    Not to mention the longevity of a diesel.(Cummins and 7.3 Powerstroke anyway)

    kevlars
     
  20. Plow man Foster

    Plow man Foster PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,153

    Hahaha just 5 mins.....
    i actually have gmc's version of this truck...