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New to the snow plowing.. what plow?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by flyingdutch16, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. flyingdutch16

    flyingdutch16 Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Hey guys,

    First off im 17 and I've been working all summer mowing lawns and doing some fall clean ups. Finally have enough money to buy a truck and a plow. Just need some help on what kind of plow. I will be buying used since new is just not in my budget. I will be only doing residential driveways. The truck I have not fully desided on what kind of truck, but most likely a Chevy(1500) or Ford (f150) with crew cab(still need to be able to drive my friends around)

    Now for the plow since im fairly new to this i have no idea where to start. All tips and previous experiences would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks guys!
  2. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,817

    What are your closet dealers cause you dont wanna drive 1 hr for snow plow parts
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Part of me wants to say find a used plow truck that already has a plow, but sometimes they can be extremely beat up.

    So, If you can find a used truck and a used plow for no more the $4500, I'd say go that direction. Don't take on any unneeded debt before really establishing your summer work.

    My first truck was an s-10 and did small residentials with a single stage snowblower. The next year I bought a well used 87 F-350 dump with a plow. That truck took a lot of work to keep it on the road, but was cheap, I had no truck payment and served me well for 2 years before I beat it up.

    So, I'd say go as cheap as possible for this purchase and think a little more "newer" down the road.

    Also, you'll save a couple of thousand on a truck if you go with a single cab. As for the friends remark, the single cab makes it easier to make your friends drive, so it will cost you less gas money! Thumbs Up

    Last edited: Nov 21, 2011
  4. maverjohn

    maverjohn Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    I agree with White gardens this is your first year, go cheap and work your way up. Good luck.
  5. snowtech

    snowtech Member
    Messages: 66

    i would make sure you buy a plow that you have a good local dealer to get parts and service. one thing you will find out quick is that plows break, new or old they all need something sometime. save yourself a big pain in the rear by getting a plow that you can get serviced easily. Good luck
  6. flyingdutch16

    flyingdutch16 Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Decided to buy a trailer and use my snowblower this year cheapest way to go, plus i can use the trailer in the summer to mow outside of my neighborhood so you kill two birds with one stone i guess. But appreciate the input guys! Will definitely keep your advises in mind when purchasing a truck this summer
  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Sounds like a good plan!

    If you are in a position to where you are making money and profiting, make sure you squirrel some of that away.

  8. flyingdutch16

    flyingdutch16 Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Will do that, thanks for the advice. Good luck this winter. Still awaiting for the snow to come down here.
  9. Stuffdeer

    Stuffdeer Senior Member
    Messages: 606

    I disagree with starting cheap to an extent.

    An unreliable truck could keep you from bidding commercial accounts because of the reliability issues.
    I plowed with an ATV for 3 years before buying a truck, but when I got a truck I got a presentable and reliable one. Traded it a year later, for a larger truck, then traded that one for a brand new truck a month later.

    Whatever you buy, make sure it is reliable. That's key in this business. Its easy in the summer to miss a few days and catch up because of a broke down truck, but in the winter you need to get these done within hours...no time for breakdown s.