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Horse Farm Owner Needs Help

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by furstwinhall, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. furstwinhall

    furstwinhall Junior Member
    from vermont
    Messages: 6

    New to the forum... thanks for having me.

    My wife and I own a 40 acre horse farm in Vermont. We have about 2 large lots, another smaller one, and numerous driveways and paths that all need to be plowed all winter. I currently use our 50hp tractor with a plow blade to keep it all clear, but the time it takes with a tractor is beginning to take its toll on me. I am thinking that it is time to invest in a used truck and plow instead. We get A LOT of snow (right at the base of a ski area), and I am wondering if you all have any recommendations as to what might be my best set-up?

    I have looked around a bit and found a '93 f-350 diesel dually dump body with 8' fisher minute mount plow, but I am worried that it may be too wide. Also, the idea of purchasing 6 snow tires sounds interesting too :mad: Would an f-250 or gmc 2500 SRW be a better option? Would a v-plow also be a good idea considering the amount of snow we get? Thanks for any help. BTW, we would also use the truck around the farm in the summer to haul hay, stones, whatever.
  2. linycctitan

    linycctitan Senior Member
    Messages: 588

    If you don't think a dump would help around the farm then look for a srw 1-ton. A v-plow would probably work very well for you, as they are much better and easier on the truck when you cut a path through deep snow. Sounds to me like the Ford dump would work fine, but it's ultimately up to you to decide what will best fit your needs and budget.
  3. coldcoffee

    coldcoffee Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    Welcome, Your going to probably want to start w/ at least a 3/4 ton truck. the size of the truck and front axle rating will determine the maximum size of the plow that you can use. A lot of great plows to choose from, but w/ the snow your used to dealing w/...I would suggest probably looking into a V plow, especially if you will be cutting through big drifts and significant accumulations. I would start by seeing what dealers are in your area. Consider service, price, and overall reputation, hours open, etc. Also try and talk to some local plowers, pic their brains on who and what they recommend as well. You probably have enough dealers in your area, but not all are created equal when considering your buying criteria. good luck!!!
  4. 04sd

    04sd Senior Member
    from pa
    Messages: 266

    Since it sounds like you're looking for an older truck/plow I'd go with whatever 3/4 or 1 ton pickup you can find that's in the best shape for the amount of money you want to spend. Buying a truck with a plow on already is probably your cheapest option.
    An 8' foot plow is normal for 3/4 - 1 ton trucks, range would be 7.5 to 9.
    If you have use for the dump I'd say go for it but it sounds like you'd prefer something smaller. Rear visibility is better with a pickup. If you aren't going to put many miles on it a gas engine would likely be cheaper than a diesel.
    Since you can use your tractor for the rest of this year you may want to wait until spring/summer to buy. You'll get a better deal on a plow truck in the off season and with the current economy there may be some real good deals with people needing money.
  5. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    Get an older Dodge 1 ton with a Cummins. Cummins always starts, and gets you good mpg's. Not to mention lasts forever
  6. furstwinhall

    furstwinhall Junior Member
    from vermont
    Messages: 6

    Thanks for the responses folks :) I spoke with a guy around here though that said to me that he thinks that a tractor is a better option than a truck!? My tractor is a new holland tc45, and I think that it is just too light and too slow to get the job done adequately. Do you guys think that a truck is a better option?
  7. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    Have you considered a blower for the NewHolland?
  8. furstwinhall

    furstwinhall Junior Member
    from vermont
    Messages: 6

    Yes, a blower would be a great addition to the fleet:) I am still concerned though that the blower may be slow, but it would be great for the paths and high drifts. We got about 18" of snow last week, and I spent about 14 hours total plowing and bucketing to get our place cleaned up, so I was hoping that a truck would be considerably faster, no?
  9. skywagon

    skywagon Senior Member
    Messages: 262

    When the going gets tough this is what I use!:D

  10. augerandblade

    augerandblade PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    tymusic:)I had a TC45 NH Tractor with cab hydrostatic tranny and 6 foot blower on the back. Excellent for snowblowing . It was also 4 wheel drive. If its that combination you will have no problem keeping your roads etc cleared. Forget the plow truck use a snowblower on the back of the tractor and send the snow away by "airmailing " it:gunsfiring:
  11. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,228

    Since it is a farm I would go with the dump myself. Not knowing your particulars if you think it is to big then it probably is.

    Find yourself a nice older K2500 GMC with a 350 motor is my suggestion.
  12. leon

    leon Senior Member
    Messages: 872

    horse farm

    The Pronovost PXPL-50 snowblower is what you should buy as they are very well built and will handle the snow as they are built for canadian winters.

    the PXPL-50 with the hydraulic scraper blade and hydraulic chute will allow you to clean up quickly and easily with out shoveling and remove snow that is close to buildings and doors and vehicles with out shoveling.

    They have a dealer network in the USA as well.

    Here is the link to the Pronovost web site.

    The web site has a nice video showing the PXPL snow blower at work doing all the different jobs it does.

    When I visited the empire farm day last August I looked at thier equipment line and the PXPL snow blowers and they are built tough for the canadian winters.


    Its a situation where you can buy a good toolmonce and never have to buy another one.
    A rear mounted snow blower will cost you less to own and buy than a plow truck.

  13. augerandblade

    augerandblade PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    :cool:tymusic:nod:I with leon on this one, forget the trucks and ATVs they are just 'toys ' when the going gets tough
  14. Skid Mark

    Skid Mark Member
    from ny
    Messages: 81

    do you have a skid steer? if so try getting a used plow for that they are very versitile machines,but if you want a truck a chevy 2500 with a straight blade would be good i dont think you need a v-plow though. Good Luck!

    Chevy avalanche 1500 w/western midweight poly 7'6''
    bobcat 753 w/steer plow 7'
  15. adksnowo

    adksnowo Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    You have a 40 acre farm & don't have a truck of any kind?! Not even a 1/2 ton you could throw a plow on? Anyhow I use a Kubota w/ a 6' RAD snowblower, works really well & snowblower/tractor will outlast any truck-plow combo. Look for a used 6' 3 pt. blower, they are out there. BTW unless you are just a flatlander hobby farmer you are going to need a pickup truck sooner or later!
  16. leon

    leon Senior Member
    Messages: 872

    Adding to what said earlier I the snowblower will be more effective due to its ability

    get rid of snow simply due to its power and throwng distance and you will be able to

    get in and out of areas where the truck will have trouble especially when visibility is low at

    night or during heavy snows.

    You already own a tractor and buying a snowblower like a Pronovost PXPL-50 will last you

    for a lifetime versus a used truck with a plow.

    Your tractor and snow blower will be easier to maintain as well and unless you you want

    to run the tractor on the road youu will not have to register it and have road insurance

    either. There is less to go wrong with a good diesel tractor as well.

    The pronovost company also sells a line of farm trailers that would be a good fit for you as

    they have models that dump on either side and the end dump and are high floatation as


    The pronovost PXPL blower will drag snow easier due to the scraper blade with little effort

    and work as it will drag snow away to pile it someplace else to get it out of the way and

    then you can blow it away to get rid of it.

    Your using your treactor to haul and spread manure, groom riding paddocks, move

    bedding and hay and mow and what ever else you need to do. adding one more

    attachment will only increase the value of your tractor as it is doing one more job and

    doing it for less work and money as an old truck will eventually need welding,a new gas

    tank, new brakes and many other things that a tactor and snow blower will never need.

    money as the tractor is doing the job
  17. Bajak

    Bajak Senior Member
    Messages: 999

    50 hp tractor is not big enough, you need a bigger one.
    I would invest in a bigger tractor for the farm before throwing money
    at any truck. JMO
  18. Jello1

    Jello1 Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    Also on the subject of the truck option. The 8' plow on a 6 wheel dump or dually pick up is a bit thin when angled. You're outer tires will be in the unplowed snow. I'd say minimum 8.5 foot plow. Preferably 9'.

    In your situation you already got the dozer on the tractor. So you've got a machine for pile moving. I'd say 1/2 ton pickup with 7.5' plow is a-ok.
  19. augerandblade

    augerandblade PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    50 Horsepower is definitely enuf for this application. :nod: And if the tractor is hydrostatic even more than enuf. :nod: I owned a TC45 with snowblower. :nod: Traded it in and now am running a Case Int DX40 hydrostatic. Plenty of power.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:gunsfiring:
  20. smiley39

    smiley39 Junior Member
    Messages: 11