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Need Help- What truck to get?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by mponcelet, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. mponcelet

    mponcelet Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    So im just starting out and im looking for a truck with a plow to do some light plowing this season to start out and start with a decent sized 2 man operation next year. Heres my question. So ive been looking around for a while and here are the two trucks/ plows ive come along.

    2001 Chevy 2500 hd 6.0 automatic tranny reg cab
    112,000 miles
    fresh brakes, fluids you name it
    New tires
    It is kinda beat up though. The back right has a dent in it and the rear bumper is rusted out.
    with an 8 1/2 foot Western Uni Mount plow in great condition
    $4,500

    or a
    1990 Ford F 350 7.3 idi non turbo 5 speed manual
    220,000 miles
    alright tires
    great condition tho looks in great shape
    8 foot western uni mount plow
    $3,700 b/o

    Im new to this all so should I go with a newer gas truck or is an older nicer shape diesel truck. Also how does the 5 speed play in? This would also be my daily driver throughout the year.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks
     
  2. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    The Chevy ..................and I'm a Ford guy.
     
  3. Buck331

    Buck331 Member
    Messages: 79

  4. birddseedd

    birddseedd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,516

    do you ever expect to do salting? the 2500 does not have the payload to carry a full load of salt and a plow.
     
  5. mnglocker

    mnglocker Senior Member
    Messages: 923

    Neither. Both have been used as plow trucks. One in excess of ten years, the other in excess of 20. And if they're from MN (The rust belt) they're shot.
     
  6. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    ....but half ton Dodges do?
     
  7. ducaticorse

    ducaticorse PlowSite.com Addict
    from we
    Messages: 1,426

    I was just reading here that all late 80's to some 00 chevy 2500 frames are susceptible to frame cracking in certain locations. The thread I read was regarding duramax trucks, but I don't see why it wouldn't be a possible issue with the gas jobs. I think it did have something to do with the duramax being maxed out in GVWR on that particular chassis though. Either way, worth looking into.

    Also, BS makes a good point as far as salting goes.
     
  8. mponcelet

    mponcelet Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    The Chevy has only had a plow in it for the last two seasons and I figure last year wasn't too rough on it
     
  9. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,245

    Find a nice truck that was never used for plowing and buy that. And then find a slightly used plow on CL and you are good to go. Good Luck.
     
  10. KL&M Snow Div.

    KL&M Snow Div. PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,616

    I'm a Ford guy as well, but I think I would take the Chevy. The non turbo trucks are turds lol
     
  11. Rainer

    Rainer Member
    Messages: 94

    The thread is here: http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=81052 My 02 2500HD gasser came with gussets from the factory. Currently 250K miles on it, still plowing, no cracks. The HD frames were the same as the 1 ton frames.

    Depends on what's considered a 'full load' of salt. That truck with that plow should be able to take at least 1/2 yard, if not more (not sure the weight of the plow). 9200 GVWR I believe.
     
  12. mnglocker

    mnglocker Senior Member
    Messages: 923

    This is the advice you should be taking.
     
  13. mponcelet

    mponcelet Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    Why should I go for a truck that's never plowed. The only reason I would want one with a plow is because they are cheaper.
     
  14. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 638

    Everyone know how most people plow, especially commercial guys. If a truck with a plow has 100k on the clock you can bet it has another 30k in reverse. That said I've had decent luck with used trucks with plows.
     
  15. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,485

    While I understand the logic behind saying a truck that has been plowed with is not a good buy, I would also say that's not always true. Some guys/gals take good care of their equipment because they count on it to be right when it's needed. A good inspection of a used truck as well as maintenance records etc. should tell you more than just basing an opinion on age or if it plowed. A truck with 80-90,000 Mi. on it is going to start requiring expensive repairs, whereas a truck with 150,000 Mi probably will have had many of those repairs done already. There's a reason warranty's only last 3-5 yrs. That's when stuff starts to go wrong. Just a different way to look at things.
     
  16. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    I've bought 2 used trucks. Both older fords (92 and 93) F250 single cab long box. I don't salt or anything, I just plow. They work just fine, although I sub'd a few times this year, and I suggest getting an automatic. I'm by no means an expert, but even at age 19, using that clutch so many times in a day tends to suck lol, and I prefer manuals for almost everything.