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Hows an S-10 do plowing??

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by merrimacmill, Dec 30, 2007.

  1. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,822

    Hey, I've been hearing of guys using smaller trucks or even jeeps to plow snow with in driveways. Saying it makes it faster and more efficient. I've been thinking of adding either a s10 or a jeep for doing our driveways, but I just cannot imagine plowing with an s10 or jeep. We have an s10 now, but its 2 wheel drive so it would never do. Right now, besides our own lots, we are doing all residential.

    Do you guys think it would be worth adding something like this?? Opinions on this or how the perform/which one is better?

    Thanks,

    Collin
     
  2. mnormington

    mnormington Senior Member
    Messages: 156

    Well I know for a fact that a Jeep works really well. But, if an S10 will work as well (and I don't have a clue if it will) you will probably get one a lot cheaper than a Jeep.
     
  3. fernalddude

    fernalddude PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,105

    We run 11 rigs 4 are Bronco II's they are the perfect type rig for small hard to reach spots we do 7 hotel's and light comerical props. The full frame on the BII's are perfect for the job. they top out at almost 2 tons loaded but they are built for plowing and sit most of the year. This is a old vid http://media.putfile.com/snow-toys but shows they work and a great added tools for the type work we do and we call in the larger trucks for help if needed or the skids. We are on break in the vid and other trucks are on other props waiting for the next front to come thru.
     
  4. poncho62

    poncho62 Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    I have an old s10 Blazer with an old Meyers 6ft on it............I just use it on my own large driveway.....and a few family/friends.

    I have used it for about 7 years now, no real problems.

    I don't think I would recommend it for commercial use....seems to me, the transfer case is not the strongest out there.........just my feeling.
     
  5. 1sthippy

    1sthippy Member
    Messages: 85

    2wd S10

    Why wouldn't a 4WD S10 or a Jeep work. I did four driveways and my own 750' one with a 2WD S10 P/U. Sure I had to put chains on sometimes with weight in the back but it worked. I would really think about it. Jeep or S10? Good luck and Happy New Year, Hippy
     
  6. Smitty58

    Smitty58 Senior Member
    Messages: 223

    I used to use a CJ7 to plow with, worked great just not as comfortable as my big truck.
    Fernalddude's little Bronco's work great and will push as much as you would want to push.

    btw - nice video Eric

    I'm sure a S10 would be fine and give you the ability to carry some salt as well. I see a bunch of Toyota running around with plows ,so really anything 4 wheel drive will work providing you don't beat it death.
     
  7. Philbilly2

    Philbilly2 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,632

    If it is going to be a drivway rig, you ever thought about at jeep with a drag box?

    The first shop I ever plowed for we had a jeep wrangler with a 6 ft blade and a drag box. Talk about awsome! You could drag the driveway out, spin around in the street and push it up to the curb! You could probley so the same with an S-10.
     
  8. VBigFord20

    VBigFord20 Senior Member
    Messages: 686

    I plowed with a s-10 for a few years. It was a old, beat to **** truck that had 200k on it. The truck did fine in the small lots I did. I actually miss how well it maneuvered compared to my F-150. Jeeps would work great because they are solid axle all around so if you toss in some stiff coils your good to go. I dont think it matters much what you plow with, as long as you know your trucks limits and dont try to push them.
     
  9. leeddog65

    leeddog65 Member
    Messages: 85

    Ive plowed commercially with s-10's for 15 years, they work gr8.....dont let anyone tell u differently
     
  10. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,822

    Sounds interesting. A lot of good input on this one. I've got to say I really like the idea. Its not the easiest thing in the world manuvering a 1 ton P/U around a small drive. I really feel that if we were using small trucks on just our drives things would go much faster and we could take one more drives per truck. (even though we're only running one truck now)

    What do you guys think about the new Canyon for plowing? Boss doesn't list this truck as an option for plowing. But I don't understand why it wouldn't handle the 7 foot boss sport duty.
     
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2007
  11. sechracer

    sechracer Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    My father uses a 95 ext cab S-10 with a 7'6" western, added wings, and the truck works great. Awsome for small areas.
     
  12. kcurt48

    kcurt48 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I run a 92 s10 with a 6ft meyers and and I like using it better for driveways than my partners f350 with a 8ft bed, but I do run with studded snow and muds on my s10. The s10 defenitaly could handle the 7ft plow, but like I said i have a 6ft and it does wonders on driveways
     
  13. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,822

    Sounds like these things are better little snow removal machines than I ever thought. I imagine that it would also do pretty good around the tight spots of our lots.

    I just said the 7 foot since thats the smallest boss makes. It would have to be a Boss. I am just so impressed with mine after owning a fisher for many years.
     
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2007
  14. tinymitymo

    tinymitymo Member
    Messages: 91

    My Dakota works well.....

    Like others have said....

    Work within the limits of your rig...:waving:
     
  15. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill PlowSite.com Addict
    from MA
    Messages: 1,822

    Does anyone know if the new Canyon/Colorado's are uni body or not? I find it weird that no one lists plows for these. So I fuiger they must be uni-body.
     
  16. poncho62

    poncho62 Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    Don't know....But I do know they are about the ugliest truck that Chevy has made in a while........Do they even come in 4 wheel drive?
     
  17. for the money

    a. my second plow truck was a new 84 S10
    used a 2 meter Meyers. think the guy I sold it to, still has it
    limited but usable

    b. the old Bronco 2s have alot of aftermarket beef-up kits and ---if you can find
    one not rusted out --could be a good short wheel base rig

    c. My Full size Bronco ( 3rd one) with a 7.5 Boss poly can handle all but the
    biggest snow loads. If the job looks too punishing--either I pass it up or take
    smaller bites ( we get alot of people that show up mid winter with 2 ft or refrozen
    snow and want to get in to their cottage down an 800 ft 2-track thru the woods;
    "didnt know you got so much snow"????)
    I paid 4600 for this 12 year old truck and put another 1000 to get it ready
    plus rims and Coopers (800 more). The 99 plow came off the 92 Bronco (rust victim)
    and owes me nothing.

    I love my truck and she did 38 drives yesterday and treated me well !!
    Working on a built in coffee heater and relief tube ( what goes in must go out)
    tc
     
  18. Lawn Enforcer

    Lawn Enforcer Senior Member
    Messages: 569

    Merrimacmill, I believe Meyer makes plows or Canyons, they have pictures on there website of Canyons with plows on them.

    I have a '99 Jeep Cherokee, and I want to know if anybody has ever put a 7' BOSS plow on a Cherokee before. They don't seem too heavy. I was thinking of a Western Suburbanite, but they have no warranty for commercial use. I looked on Meyers website and they said the only plows that fit my Cherokee weigh like 450 lbs., the 7' BOSS weighs 350ish lbs. What do ya'll think?
     
  19. tinymitymo

    tinymitymo Member
    Messages: 91



    HAHAHAHA!!!!:jester:


    Let us know how it all works....:D
     
  20. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    They do if it's a standard cab....you can run the 7" Sport Duty on them.