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Is it possible ???

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by thelandscaper27, Jan 8, 2002.

  1. thelandscaper27

    thelandscaper27 Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Hi everyone.
    I am new to this site. Joined today. 1 good question.

    Is it Possible to snow plow with a Chevy 1/2 Pick up 2wd??

    Please let me know. Thank you.
     
  2. stslawncare

    stslawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 142

    to answer ur question, yes it is possible, depends on ur job sites. i highly suggest u do a search!
     
  3. 75

    75 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,382

    Landscaper27 - I don't where you're located or how much snow you generally get, but I would be inclined to stay way from using a 1/2 ton 2wd to plow snow - that's coming from someone who DOES plow with a 2wd, but it's an older 1-ton dually.

    Weight makes the difference: I don't know what the GVW is on the 1/2 ton, but I'm betting mine's a good ton heavier at least - I'm around 8,000# plus - but I still have to remember to stay within my limits: Flat, open lots are what the 2wd truck does well. Driveways it's not so good on.
     
  4. DaveK

    DaveK Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    I would agree with 75. And "flat" is the keyword.
     
  5. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    Aside from the lightest of the light series plows available, the front end just wont survive. And I refer to the snow wolf type plows from the big box stores.
    Dino
     
  6. DYNA PLOW

    DYNA PLOW Senior Member
    Messages: 295

    you will find yourself becoming very frustrated in any amount of snow you try to push. and then there's what dino said.
    dan
     
  7. BOSS Adam

    BOSS Adam Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    welcome landscaper27 hope you enjoy the site :D
     
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2002
  8. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 823

    boy you sure didnt waste any time wracking up posts. 10 already and its your first day:D . i plowed with a chevy 1500, and the front end sagged, but i cant see how you could plow with a 2 wd. i dont think youd get enough traction.
     
  9. thelandscaper27

    thelandscaper27 Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    My location is OH (Trumbull County)

    I would do parking lots if possible. And of course use a light plow.
     
  10. thelandscaper27

    thelandscaper27 Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    I would like to buy another truck for plowing this summer.
    Being a 4x4. Any years of trucks that would be good for 5,000.00?
     
  11. DaveK

    DaveK Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    Well, I do have 4wd, and use it when needed. But I do a lot of plowing in 2wd (mostly flat areas). You just have to use your power wisely. Starting out by spinning the tires does no good in 2wd or 4wd.

    It can be done with 2wd, but I prefer to have 4wd because you never know when you may need it.
     
  12. 75

    75 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,382

    The main reason I'm using a 2wd for plowing right now is: I already had the truck.

    In the flat lots, momentum works to your advantage, typically I drop the blade on the way into the lot for the first pass and try to have the truck moving before I drop the blade on subsequent passes. Being a 1-ton, there's enough weight to do some pushin'. I also have a hefty winch on the back which has come in handy a couple times. So 2wd works OK for me - in the right application.

    Having said that, my current "nutcase" project is a heavy duty 4x4 frame for the 'ol truck............................. but I'll still have it in 2 wheel for a lot of what I'll be doing. 4x4 will just make it that much better.
     
  13. ceaman

    ceaman Senior Member
    Messages: 372

    I hate it when they say it isnt possible.....maybe not reccomended but..... Anything is possible!!!
     
  14. Irrigation

    Irrigation Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    With weight you can get along even if it is just 1000 lbs. You'll need to stay with the smallest plow possible and won't be able to pile much. We can push our Meyer 7.5's with 2WD, but for the Boss 8' 2" we need to use 4WD especially when in the scoop position. Stick with a light, steel, straight blade.
     
  15. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Besides staying with flat lots, you should put about 500 pounds of weight in the bed and use studded tires. Get a winch or come-along for emergencies. Just take it slow and easy.

    You will get stuck pushing on inclines.
     
  16. BATTLIN_BLAZES

    BATTLIN_BLAZES Member
    Messages: 82

    welcome aboard 27, knowing where your from my suggestion would be no,,,but it is not impossible...pretty sure you wont be happy with the end result though good luck with whatever you decide....
     
  17. Rider1340

    Rider1340 Member
    Messages: 47

    With chains on the rear , no problem, in fact , you should have an advantage on a 4 wheel. I did that years ago.
     
  18. DaveK

    DaveK Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    Check your local laws first. In Michigan, chains and studs are not legal. Studs can only be used by rural postmen.