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Need advice on a plow

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by 03dodgeram1500, Aug 2, 2015.

  1. 03dodgeram1500

    03dodgeram1500 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    I have a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4.7L 4x4 with an 8 foot bed. I'd like to get a plow that can clear residential streets. It's not for a business, the city I live in is broke and the side streets don't get cleared so I'd like to be able to help out my friends and neighbors. It doesn't have to be the best plow, but I don't mind paying for things that make it convenient to use and maintain. I've never had a plow so any advice is appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,530

    Omg, this will be deleted or edited til deleted.

    So you want to buy a plow, plow city streets with half ton for free? I mean you want to pay the insurance company for the proper insurance, pay the gas man for gas, pay the mechanic to repair your truck and hope you don't hurt someone, is that what ur saying?

    Buy a Boss/Toro.
     
  3. 03dodgeram1500

    03dodgeram1500 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Yeah, that's exactly what I'm saying.

    I don't care about getting paid for plowing.

    I don't care about paying for insurance.

    I don't care about paying for gas.

    I don't care about paying for repairs.

    Yeah, I hope I won't hurt someone.

    Does that satisfy you, or do you want some other **** to be snarky about?

    I especially don't care what you think, unless you're going to give me solid advice.
     
  4. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    You'll be one of those guys that "does favors", end up breaking something, probably owned by the city or another individual, and not have insurance. PLEASE, don't do your town of "friends" any favors, because it's going to cost someone for sure.
     
  5. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,971

    Why are you paying for a plow, insurance, and maintenance to get no profit in return?
     
  6. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,530

    Carry on then.
     
  7. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Consider a Snoway 26 series, designed for trucks like your 1500 Dodge it is heavy enough to do the job but light enough not to destroy your truck.
     
  8. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,971

    Edit......
     
  9. 03dodgeram1500

    03dodgeram1500 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Basher - Thanks for the serious reply.

    Dieselss - I don't care about profit, rather just have a road my friends and neighbors can drive on.

    Harleyjeff - Please, tell me more about myself since you seem to know so much
     
  10. TJS

    TJS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    I will tell you about my experience when I did this a while back when I was first starting. I did this for a private road I lived on. This was over 10 years ago. I had a 79 blazer with a plow I had just cobbled together and put on. I was going to do driveways and such, just starting out. Anyway, the town I lived in did not plow private roads. It was about ¼ mile long but wider that a normal street. I did this for 2 seasons and only a few neighbors thanked me and not one person did any sort of contribution. I blew the TH350 trans the first storm of the 3rd season. Took the trans out myself and had it rebuilt. During that time we had a big storm and my truck was still down. There were neighbors knocking on my door wondering where I was and when I am going to get someone to clear the road as a backup. I never plowed the road again. I do bid you good luck in your endeavor.
    T.J.
     
  11. red07gsxr

    red07gsxr Senior Member
    from meriden
    Messages: 256

    It is illegal for you to drop your blade on city streets, unless you are a paid city contractor
     
  12. 03dodgeram1500

    03dodgeram1500 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    I get it, you're all a bunch of know-it-alls who have been there and done that. But unless you're answering the specific question I have posed, please kindly refrain from chipping in your two cents. I really don't care about your experience 10 years ago or what you think I'm going to do, you don't know a thing about me or my situation other than what kind of truck I have. So use the knowledge you do have to answer the question, or just pretend that instead of a public road I'm going to plow a 5 mile private driveway, because in the scheme of things when you're pushing the snow out of the way the snow doesn't care what the technical designation of the road is.
     
  13. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,530

    Just checking in again.

    Buy Toro.
     
  14. 03dodgeram1500

    03dodgeram1500 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Thanks. Boss/Toro and Snoway. I'll check them out.
     
  15. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Where you live, around here DOT smiles and waves, you are even covered by the good Samaritan act while doing it.
     
  16. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,530

    Around here they just smile as they plow ur drive in
     
  17. Rick547

    Rick547 Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 535

    Snoway make a nice plow. I had a 26 series on a Ford F150 for years. It was a well made unit and no problems other than routine maintenance.
     
  18. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,984

    What brand plow dealers are close to you? If the roads are long, yur gonna want about 600lbs behind the axle in the bed, and throw a set of timbrens in the front end.
     
  19. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,659

    This reminds me of a bird thread
     
  20. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,659

    Almost forgot, buy a snowdogg, that ought to save you a few bucks since you wont be getting paid for any of the plowing you're going to do