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Feeback on new truck and plow setup please

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by hackitdown, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. hackitdown

    hackitdown Member
    Messages: 55

    I am looking for honest feedback on what I am looking to buy. I am hesitating on pulling the trigger on the purchase, this is a big expense for me. I am a landscaper that plows 35 to 40 residential driveways, and one small parking lot. I currently have 2 Chevy 2500HDs with Fisher 8' MM2 plows. We plow about 10 very long winding uphill driveways. We tow open dual axle trailers in the summer.

    I just test drove Fords and Rams, and I think I like the Ram best. So I priced out a Ram Tradesman regular cab, 5.7 gas, 8' bed with a list price of $36K. The dealer can install a 8.5 Extreme V yellow steel plow for $5800, less a $1000 upfitter incentive from Dodge, net is $4800 on the plow.

    My questions are regarding the plow/truck setup. Will the V plow make life easier, and/or make things quicker on the long uphill driveways? Is the truck and plow combination ok, or are there issues I need to know about?

    Any feedback from the pros would be appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,863

    ram 1500? is that tax in?
     
  3. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    You want the 9'6" Xtreme V-2, the new model.
    The V is 3x better than any straight blade.
    And IMO, the Ram is a poor choice. They do not have the beef to hold up plowing with the big V.

    There is no better truck for plowing than a regular cab F250 or F250 Super Duty. And the 6.2 is more powerful and better on gas than the Ram too.
     
  4. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,531

    1st mistake is the Ram...j/k, I'm a Ford guy


    Assuming the truck is 250/2500 or higher, you'll love the vee.
     
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2013
  5. hackitdown

    hackitdown Member
    Messages: 55

    I am looking at the 2500 model. I thought the 8'6" Extreme V would be the correct size. I use 8' straight blades on my Chevy 2500s now. Anyone else have an opinion on 8.6 vs. 9.6?

    It looks like after rebates/discounts the truck ($36K list) and plow would be $36K plus tax and reg.
     
  6. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    build box extensions and turn your plow into a pusher. even better. cant widrow in V mode :)
     
  7. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,531

    Sounds like a good match. I run a Vee 9/6 with wings. Who needs box ext?

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZwSrIbAfTk

    Its a tank
     
  8. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,531

  9. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    are your wings facing forward? do you have a pic of them from teh front?
     
  10. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,531

    Here ya go......

    SS VEE 176.jpg
     
  11. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    Nice. the wings seem to turn forward more than most. works great. reminds me of mine.
     
  12. dcamp824

    dcamp824 Member
    Messages: 78

    Nothing like yours
     
  13. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    actually quite the same. both scoop snow rather than pushing it. Pushing way more than what a straight blade can
     
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2013
  14. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,531

    Nothing like yours

    Back on his thread. Let's us know and share the pics

    IMG_0210.jpg

    IMG_1192.jpg
     
  15. Grassman09

    Grassman09 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,806

    A Blizzard 8611LP with danger wings would be better for that job.

    Nice Ford thou.Thumbs Up
     
  16. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,660

    First bigger isn't always better. You said you plow mainly residential? Go with the 8'6" vee. You'll have a hard time fitting a 9'6" in most drives. If you decide you want more width down the road buy a set a wings. That ram will hold a vee just fine too. Sounds like you're getting a decent price from your dealer too.
     
  17. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,034

    You state nothing more than opinion. "There is no better truck for plowing..." The two trucks have almost identical power ratings in both categories. The 6.2 has 385 HP, and 405 TQ. The 5.7 Hemi has 383 HP and 400 TQ. So the Ford has a whopping 2 more HP, and a big 5 ft/lbs more torque. And please explain this "beef" that you're talking about.
     
  18. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,531

    be honest with you for a half liter More engine I'd like more power I'm a Ford man.
     
  19. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    I do not see how torque and hp are relivent to plowing, in any brand truck. My dodge can push 13k lbs. i do not think any truck can push that much snow. the tires would give out in traction.

    front end loaders cant even push that much due to limited traction.

    seems to me any comperable size truck with the same plow would plow pretty much exactly teh same.

    although my truck does have wider tires than others.
     
  20. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,531

    now we're talking I would love to have danger wings on my old WO