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eight foot blade

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by tree33, Jan 4, 2005.

  1. tree33

    tree33 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    is a eight foot blade too big for a Chevy 3500 reg cab single rear wheels and 8 foot bed ? everyone around here uses seven and a half footer and says a eight footer is too large
  2. bolensdriver

    bolensdriver Senior Member
    Messages: 603

    I know many people who use 9 feet on the 3500. Half tons use the 7 1/2 foot. Your truck is a one ton, it can use a 8 or 9.
  3. Bolts Indus.

    Bolts Indus. PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,176

    Even a Blizzard 810. 7.5 is too small for a 1 ton.
  4. cja1987

    cja1987 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,407

    No, not too big, thats what 3500's are made for!
  5. steve in Pa.

    steve in Pa. Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 86

    I just put a 8'6" v plow on my f250. the 8' footer will be fine on that truck.
  6. gcsupraman

    gcsupraman Senior Member
    Messages: 110

    I have a 1989 Chevy 3500 reg cab SRW with an 8 foot plow on it.

    Go 8 foot definately
  7. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    An 8 footer will be just wonderbar....! I run a 9'2" V plow on my K3500, but I need the extra width for the duals. The truck would easily push a bigger blade than that.
  8. NJ Plowman

    NJ Plowman Senior Member
    Messages: 799

    I run a few 87 GMC K2500 3/4 ton's with Western 8 foot PRO Plows without any problems. We also run a few 7.5 PRO Plows on the same type of truck and I don't notice any difference between the two when it comes to maintenance or drive-ability. The 7.5's a re a little easier to maneuver but the 8's move more snow! :nod:
  9. TLS

    TLS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,425

    Depending on your tire/wheel combination, a 7.5 footer may not even clear your front axle track width. It didn't on my old truck when I had a cheapie Meyer ST-90 on it.

    I wouldn't go too much bigger than that though. 9' is large when you need to plow through a couple feet of snow.
  10. mister_snowplow

    mister_snowplow Senior Member
    Messages: 173

    I have an 8' Fisher straighblade on my 2500 3/4 ton truck and it handles it fine. Go with the 8' or 8'6" blade, your truck is made for it.
  11. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    agreed- your truck is fully capable of an 8', which is what should be on a single rear wheel full size truck. If your doing lots where your not manuvering alot (basically in big open spaces not driveways) you could easily go 8'6"-9' but that big gets dicy in driveways (most dways are only 8'6" wide).
  12. demetrios007

    demetrios007 Member
    Messages: 79

    A 7.5 is fine for any truck, but a 3/4 ton or higher can handle bigger. ITS ONLY 6" more, like 3" on each side, I forget which plow is which when I look at them unless I have a tape measure on me. The 8' is better if its a wide truck, if your doing commercial lots, you probably wont clear the front tires if your wondrowing AND turning kinda tight, your gonna trail off into your own snow. I have a 7.5 and 8 and the 8 is much better for my superduty on commercial lots, the 7.5 is better on driveways and such, If I had to use only one, it would be the 8 hands down, dont even have to extend plow to either side to drive, leave her straight and go.......

    DERBYDON Member
    Messages: 39

    Bank Drive-throughs

    If you contract any banks with a drive through, you will need at least one truck with a 7 1/2 to barely clear the ATM and drive through lanes. Lanes are always covered, but a blowing snow can drift right into the middle of the lane. Food for thought!
  14. ScottyB.

    ScottyB. Member
    Messages: 55


    8'2" is as small as I'd want.
  15. midview31

    midview31 Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    I just bought a 8' western poly pro ultra-mount for a GMC 1500 ext. cab. after reading this forum I called the installers (mounting this Friday) and ask about dropping to 7.5 ft.. The guy said no problem with this set up as long as I ballast behind the rear axle w/500 lbs. Probably won't need torsion adj or timbren buffers. nose should only drop 1.5".
  16. jsheedy75

    jsheedy75 Member
    from CT
    Messages: 98

    i only have a 7.5 on an f250. way too small. i am upping it to a 9
  17. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,817

    8ft is perfect for res and comm i wouldn't go much bigger if your doing both
  18. KatWalk

    KatWalk Member
    Messages: 83

    Ballast and Grease, Grease, Grease

    A little weight in the rear will do wonders and just grease the hell out of the front end. I typically grease every 1000 miles and and oil every 3000 miles. During the plow season..I grease once every time the plow hits the truck and oil every 2000 miles. My 2 cents.
  19. Runner

    Runner Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    8" is a great and common width. The only exception I can see would be the point about tight areas like drive throughs. I have a 7-6, but I use wings. This gives me an excellent width - even for transporting during a storm.