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Is this a good truck for plowing?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by CAsLawnCare, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. CAsLawnCare

    CAsLawnCare Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    I'm getting ready for my first plowing season this winter. I've been looking for a new truck because I just have a ranger right now, and I know it's not going to handle a plow. I think I'm going to buy this F-150. http://www.patmillikenford.com/used_vehicle_details.htm?vehicleId=0b466ca54046381e0145c41403f2d25e&bhcp=1

    It's a 2006 Ford F-150 Lariat.
    Would this be a good truck to plow in?
    Also, How much is the average cost to buy a plow, and all the set up required?
    How much did u pay for your plow?

    Thanks a lot,
    Chris
     
  2. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    That is a nice truck but I would be looking for a 3/4 ton truck if you are in this for the long haul.

    A new straight blade plow will be around $4500.
     
  3. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    Nice truck but for $20,000 you could find a 3/4 ton and have something that will last alot longer plowing snow...
     
  4. Up North

    Up North Senior Member
    Messages: 921

    I plow with a 2000 1/2 ton Chev and haven't had any problems. But even since 2000 all manufacturers have lightened their trucks. Even though I haven't had any issues, unless I was using a 2001 or older 1/2 ton I don't know that I'd want to put a plow on it. Depends on how much you are going to plow I guess, a few driveways would be okay. 35+ accounts and I think you'd be better off with a 3/4 ton. Just my opinion based on my experience.

    Buck
     
  5. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    That is a nice looking truck. but like everyone else has said. get a 4/3 ton for long haul. if you are gonna plow commercially you are better off with a 3/4 ton. much better and you will get more life out of it and it will handle a bigger plow. And for my setup. I bought my truck 2003 Ford F-250 Superduty 5.4 v8 Leather sport package with 120k on it with a little body damage on rear passenger side for $8400 with a 8ft fisher minute mount 2 snow plow. But for a brand new setup at a dealer you are looking around $4-5k price range installed.
     
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2008
  6. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    No, commercially a Crew Cab needs a 8'6" blade. Your F-150 is probably rated for a 7'6" and you could put a larger blade on it depending on the make, but not without damage. 1/2 ton Reg cab short beds make great driveway machines but other then that go with a 3/4 ton if you're serious about doing this as a business. :nod: