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is a 1500 really not enough truck just for residential plowing?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by jerseydrew, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. jerseydrew

    jerseydrew Senior Member
    from jersey
    Messages: 232

    i just can't justify getting the HD between the initial cost and the terrible gas mileage. also i see so many 1500s with plows it baffles me that they would be so terrible.

    any input?
     
  2. andcon83

    andcon83 Senior Member
    Messages: 388

    Depends om how much plowing you plan on doing. 15-20 residentials, you should be fine. I did it with a half ton when I first started, but it was a 1986, so it was a little tougher than the new ones.
     
  3. josh9410

    josh9410 Member
    Messages: 33

    If your just plowing residentials i wouldnt hesitate putting a plow on it, it will handle a 7.6 no problem...if your worried about it put a set of timbrens on it
     
  4. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    1500 short bed with a 7 1/2 foot blade will be fine. Put 4-500 lbs in the bed and a crank on the t-bars and it will be unstoppable.
     
  5. ahoron

    ahoron Senior Member
    from here
    Messages: 422

    I plow a shopping mall with a 1/2 ton
     
  6. bru z71

    bru z71 Senior Member
    Messages: 121

    i sub for a guy i have a 1500 7.6 fisher i do just fine i do gym parking lots
     
  7. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Go 8 foot on it.
     
  8. snobgone

    snobgone Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 122

    It will plow just fine with an 8 or less. Great for tight lots or resi.
     
  9. cameo89

    cameo89 Senior Member
    Messages: 669

    I have been plowing large lots for six or so yrs with a 1500, large school parking lots, 5/3rd banks, Rite Aids, family dollars and a few private roads, I have a 7'6'' Boss poly with wings=9'5'' and just bought a large salter which will put me at apx. 700+lbs in the front and 800+lbs in the rear (salt & spreader), needless to say that my 1/2 ton is doing the job of a 3/4 ton, but it does okay for me.wesport
     
  10. tmltrans

    tmltrans Member
    Messages: 44

    If I were doing just residential I would prefer a 1500 w/ 7 1/2' or a lighter 8', to my extended cab 2500HD.
    Turning radius is much better, just easier to maneuver. Follow recommendations for counterweight and you'd be good to go.