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Newbie vehicle question

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by viperakron, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. viperakron

    viperakron Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    I'm retired and looking to make a little beer money in the winter. Looking to do a few residential driveways here in Northern Ohio.
    I thinking a later model (97- 05) Jeep Wrangler would work for me, I'll leave the big jobs to the 1 ton PUs.
    Whats the best package of engine, trans, chassis and year?

    Price range $6K to $14K

    I'd like to use this vehicle for daily transportation too, so need to have some creature comforts.

    Am I better off to buy a Jeep without a plow or get someone's package? I'm thinking the mech condition of the Jeep would be better if it wasn't plowed.

    What will I have to spend to outfit a Jeep without a plow?

    Anything else obvious to you guys I'm not thinking of?
     
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    All depends on what kind of beer you like,that will determine what type of truck you need.
     
  3. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,551

    TJ (97-05) I prefer the manual trany. The plow people list the 4 cyl as the preferd engine, I'v used only 6 cyl for plowing driveways for 24 years
     
  4. albhb3

    albhb3 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,508

    Have you read a damn thing on here:popcorn:
     
  5. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,551

    I've read plenty on here
     
  6. albhb3

    albhb3 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,508

    not you, im talking about our friend beer money:salute:
     
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2010
  7. viperakron

    viperakron Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Are you suggesting some other thread buried in the search? Then No I thought I'd as a simple question in the newbie section. If you have a link I'd love to see it.
     
  8. albhb3

    albhb3 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,508

    no just the common knowledge section
     
  9. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Jump into the jeep section and there will be a lot of your answers .
     
  10. viperakron

    viperakron Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Who is this Alababi, the welcome wagon?
     
  11. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    Small World...I plow for beer money too...Wife Loves Coors light...:drinkup:
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2010
  12. albhb3

    albhb3 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,508

    ohh god.. time to put on the chit boots:nod:
     
  13. bhmjwp

    bhmjwp Senior Member
    from kcmo
    Messages: 309

    If your looking yo make beer money-a good snow blower and shovel will be your best Friend. And I'm being serious. Buy the time you invest in a Jeep and plow, pay for the insurance and repairs, you would need 25+ drives.

    And please don't let me believe you would risk your retirement with out commercial insurance-I'm working too hard to build mine!
     
  14. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    He'll just test drive one and take pics for you.
     
  15. plowatnight

    plowatnight Senior Member
    from Mn
    Messages: 305

    This is much more amusing than reality TV and less expensive than poker
     
  16. njsnowremoval

    njsnowremoval Senior Member
    Messages: 303

    imo Your better off with a on plowed one and add the plow when you buy, also you need to think about susspention because those jeeps wont really handle a plow with out some work. just my 2¢ :laughing:
     
  17. ShorePower

    ShorePower Senior Member
    Messages: 116

    Click on above vendor links. You can find a plow for any jeep. Cost is still gonna be around 4,500 installed. Takes alot of driveways to pay that back. Used jeep w/ plow might be the better option. Most people remove at least the moldboard of the plow when not in use. So in my opinion, the suspension getting wrecked is really not an issue as long as you don't drive around all winter w/ a plow hanging from the front end.
     
  18. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    You should be able to find a very nice Jeep and plow with-in your budget.

    I would look for TJ with-out a plow then choose a plow based on dealer support. For example the Snoway 22 series is a great choice for a Jeep doing driveways, The down pressure is a great feature, BUT NOT if the nearest dealer is 300 miles away and you are not capable of doing your own repairs. Plus if you buy new it can make warranty a hassle.

    you'll need to install the highest amp hour battery the tray will hold and to be extra prepared install an high output alternator. The plow you choose will decide the necessity of suspension enhancements but regardless of plow brand you should carry some ballast. A set of good winter tires can be the best snow removal equipment you spend money on. Talk to your insurance man and develop a contract, you don't want to plow with out either, slip and fall suits are common. The contract should clearly define areas of responsibility, service requirements, price and terms of payment.

    The search feature on the right center of the forum's menu bar is your friend:nod: search under any of the terms I used you don't understand and you will find much to read.:waving: