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help finding a newer truck/plow

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by cward05, Jan 4, 2006.

  1. cward05

    cward05 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 113

    hi everyone, this is a rather lengthy question but here goes...im looking to buy a new truck and plow setup. i currently have an 83 chevy k10 shortbed with 7'6" fisher...my driveway is forked and both have somewhat steep inclines...the truck is great, but it is manual and is constantly in need of repair. im looking for a newer truck/plow setup so my dad can use it when i'm in college. any suggestions? im looking for an automatic, 4WD, not too expensive, and reliable truck with probably the same size plow b/c it still takes a while to do both drives. is any brand of truck better equipped for residential plowing? i'd probably stick with a fisher because that's all i know lol or are there better, cheaper options? are the new setups harder to fix yourself? would i need to do anything to a newer truck in order to ensure reliability in terms of plowing? when is the best time to buy a truck/plow? i'd probably get one already hooked up since it's cheaper and easier unless otherwise directed. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. thanks.
     
  2. Plowfast9957

    Plowfast9957 Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    If i were you I would get the same thing you have only newer. A 1500 with a 7.5 plow and the plow prep package. I would look for something with a plow already on it just to make it easier. any truck will do (chevy ford dodge). I also prefer fisher but thats your choice. as far as cheaper plows yes they are out there but they are probably not better. I think the fisher boss etc. are all around the same price
     
  3. tvpierce

    tvpierce Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 209

    Your budget is the determining factor here.

    For $30K you could go all brand new (truck & plow).

    For $1K you could get something similar to what you have now.

    I think it's a safe bet to say you're somewhere between those 2 numbers.

    What are you looking to spend?

    jp
     
  4. cward05

    cward05 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 113

    i'm looking to spend up to $9,000-10,000 b/c it is a secondary vehicle...i would like it to be a safe "daily" driver, but also perform well for yard work and plowing. anything with less headaches than what i have now lol. what size engine is good? i have a v8 350 now and it seems to burn quite a bit of gas.
     
  5. cward05

    cward05 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 113

    also...one last thing...is there a specific model year(s) that are especially good for plowing for ford, chevy, or dodge? axles, suspension, anything like that? thanks
     
  6. cward05

    cward05 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 113

    anyone please??
     
  7. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,829

    I have a couple trucks with lower milage
     
  8. cward05

    cward05 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 113

    hey plowman...some trucks hmm...what do you have?
     
  9. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,829

    1997 chevy 1500 short bed loaded very clean 90k 6,500 located in Danbury

    2000 chevy 2500 4x4 with utility body its a work truck 61k miles aprox auto

    Chevy 3500 plow truck 8’ fisher plow automatic p/s a/c mileage just over 100k $7500.

    3500 dually is loaded has just over 100k is a td price is $8900.00

    if you go back to around the first of january in the items for sale i have pics up of these trucks
     
  10. cward05

    cward05 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 113

    hey plowman...the one i'd be interested in would be the 1500...does it come with a plow? any pics of that? there weren't any in the sale post. thanks.
     
  11. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,829

    im gonna call to see if i can get those pics emailed to mre i cant remeber if it has a plow but next door to my friends dealer is full service curtis dealer thats what i put on my truck
     
  12. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,829

    can you give me your email i have a few photos of this truck
     
  13. cward05

    cward05 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 113

  14. cward05

    cward05 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 113

    are there any major problems that arise from a 1500 plowing for each model (chevy, dodge, ford) it is safer to go with a 2500 or f-250 for only my driveway and maybe one other? thanks.
     
  15. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,714

    If your just doing a little plowing like resi's and a few parking lots, a 1/2 ton truck will be fine. Every truck has pluses and minuses. Get what is best for you.:)
     
  16. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,829

    a 1500 is fine i know people who still use jeeps