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Plowing Mid-life Crisis

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by stranded, Apr 11, 2016.

  1. stranded

    stranded Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Ok.. I'm at a crossroads. I need help. I only plow my driveway and maybe my neighbors, nothing commercial/for profit.

    Here's the scoop - I live on the outskirts of Denver and every year, we get 3-4 big dumps. My driveway is about 600' from house to road, and there's a decent sloped section in the middle. It's asphalt/blacktop for all but 30' of it, and that's stamped concrete. It's all downhill from the house.

    For the last 7 years, I've been using a 44" snowblower on the front of a John Deere 155c lawn tractor. That works great until the snow gets heavy/wet in spring, then it's a nightmare. As long as you keep up with it, it's fine, but it's a rough go if you don't/can't. This last go around, my wife had to sit on the back of the thing, just to get more traction, even with the tire chains. That was an absolute mess that kinda pushed me over the edge to upgrade.

    In addition to the 155c with snowblower, I have a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 QuadCab Sport pickup. However, if I put a blade on the front of it, I can't fit it in the garage, and there's no way that the wife is going to allow me to leave it outside. It'd probably be good enough, but I really need something I can store inside.

    Here's what I was thinking (in no particular order):

    1. Buy a bigger tractor. More torque/hydraulics/etc., and keep going with a dedicated plow machine. I don't really need anything bigger than a 155c for any other purpose than snowblowing.
    2. Get a large Airens walkbehind that I use for the really heavy/wet stuff, then use the 44" for light powder snows.
    3. Sell pickup truck. (I don't really use it at all other than crappy days). Buy a used Jeep Wrangler. Put plow on Jeep for winter snows. Then, I have a runaround Jeep for summer. Keep 155c and snowblower as-is. Jeep Wrangler can fit in garage, even with plow on. Can store plow on side of house in the summer.
    Any other advice/ideas? Thoughts?

    Thanks for your time!!
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,739

    Why can't you put a plow on the pick up? Kinda didn't understand that part.
  3. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,390

    It does not fit in the garage and his balls are his wife's purse.....:)

    Buy the plow and leave it outside
  4. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,416

    Jeeps are a blast.
  5. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,511

    I agree on the Jeep
  6. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,390

    Jeep and mountains....:)
  7. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 6,733

    Large 2 stage blower for big storms, less oot of pocket cash, and easy to store.
  8. stranded

    stranded Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    What you have is kind of what I was thinking if I go the Jeep route - an early-mid 00's Wrangler. Not knowing too much about what makes a "good" plow Jeep, do you have any models that you'd either recommend or recommend I stay away from?

  9. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,511

  10. Randall Ave

    Randall Ave PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,404

    Lets think about this for a sec. Snow blower, your out in the elements. Your cold and wet. In the Jeep, your warm, coffee by your side, the radio on. Get the Jeep, get a standard transmission. Fun to drive in the summer. xysport
  11. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,337

    sell the deer, buy a nice compact with a cab, front mount blower....for the lawn get a zero turn

    or ill sell you my current beater with plow when my new beater is ready!
  12. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,390

    You need to go up high in the mountains with a 6 pack of old Chub. Set back off the road, in the distances behind the old growth trees, you'll find snow in the shadow of the great Bolder.

    There look for the Mountain King. His name is David, and is Goliath is snow enemy.

    If you dont find him, crack open a Chub, he will find you.

    If you finish the 6th one, go down the street, walk into any bar and ask for Buff, he'll help you out.

    You can't miss him, he'll have a Hero by his side.
  13. info4tim

    info4tim Senior Member
    Messages: 230

    Omg 1000x yes on jeep! Have an 00 TJ with 31 Duratracs n 3+" lift. A monster in 2' o snow! N I plow commercially with it. Good luck with whatever you choose
  14. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 6,733

    Ha Ha Ha......snort..... Funny guy eh you hoser.

    Stranded you said you're ootside of Denver are you east, west, north or south, what's your elevation, type of terrain and are you in a high wind area. This info would help to give you suggestions as to what type of setup you should look for.

    A budget would also be helpful too.
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2016
  15. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 7,908

  16. Mr.Markus

    Mr.Markus PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,106

    It doesn't matter op...you'll be dead by next year anyways cause you just posted that you used your wife as a counterweight....
  17. stranded

    stranded Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    I'm in SE Denver (Franktown/Elizabeth) at about 6200 feet. It's windy, but not too crazy (we have a ton of trees, so it doesn't drift like it does out on the plains). As for elevation change, there's maybe 50' of elevation change between the top and the bottom of the drive.

    As for budget, I was thinking about $10-15k for the Jeep plus the plow. Reasonable?
  18. stranded

    stranded Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Under no circumstances will she ever see this post :)

    Thanks for all the great feedback - I've been busy going through the Jeep board and cross referencing it to what's available on Denver's Craigslist. Still trying to find the sweet spot for what I'm looking for, but I'm pretty set on the Jeep idea.
  19. info4tim

    info4tim Senior Member
    Messages: 230

    2002-06 TJ 4.0L auto low-ish miles n NO rust with hardtop will do you just fine. Turn on a dime in dways!
  20. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 6,733

    Ok I'm somewhat familiar with the area and your close to the Palmer Divide if I remember correctly.
    For those big snows you just need to "plow with the storm" and don't it accumulate much more than 10-12" otherwise it can be a challenge depending on moisture content.
    I'd go with a 7' straight blade which will would work just fine.
    I'm partial to Boss plows, they have a HTX line which is for lighter vehicles http://www.bossplow.com/htx-plows which you can get with a steel blade or with a Ploy skin. since rust isn't a huge issue out here I'd go with the steel and save a few dollars.

    As far as the Jeep goes there's a few on C-list that don't look to bad with in your budget with less than 100k

    Auto vs Manual is personnel preference and can be debated just like what brand of plow.