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Plowing with 1/2 ton trucks

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by JaysLawns, Dec 23, 2007.

  1. JaysLawns

    JaysLawns Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    Hey guys i am new to plowing and have a chance to pick up a few commercial properties that are smaller parking lots. Now my question is I have an 02 Chevy Silverado 1500 with the 5.3L Vortec extended cab and is a 1/2 ton. Can it handle a 7.5 boss or western blade? Will it be reliable for a couple years until I can get a 3/4 or 1 ton? Thanks to all that reply.

    JJ
     
  2. DJ Contracting

    DJ Contracting PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,392

    Yes they can but look at my equipment.
     
  3. sechracer

    sechracer Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    It will work just fine. Just remember to do your routine maitnance and upkeep. Also try to use the truck, not beat the snot out of it.
     
  4. JaysLawns

    JaysLawns Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    Does your guy's truck front end really sag in the front or do you put some weight in the bed? Did you guys upgrade any suspension to the truck? Thanks.

    JJ
     
  5. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    Timbrens and 500# ballast weight behind the rear axle, and your trucks a tank.

    98 F-150 4x4 w/timbrens
    Meyer ST 7.5
     
  6. DJ Contracting

    DJ Contracting PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,392

    Yeah what he said.
     
  7. streetfrog

    streetfrog Senior Member
    Messages: 337

    You can always "tweak" the torsion bar a lil bit if need be. Just dont go more than 1 inch raise on nose. If you go more than that you will wearout the frontend parts prematurely when not loaded with a plow.
     
  8. JaysLawns

    JaysLawns Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    What are timbrens and ballast? Where can you buy them at? Thanks.

    JJ
     
  9. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    Check this place out for the timbrens.
    http://www.truckspring.com/timbren_285.html
    Ballast is just weight. What you want to use is up to you. I use 8-60 pound tubesands that I purchased for 2.79 each @ the home depot. I use a 2x8 piece of pressure treated wood wedged between the sides of my truck bed, to keep the tubesand that I have wrapped in a tarp from moving..it works excellent, I just leave it there all season. The most important thing is to make sure the weight is behind the rear axle...not right above it. The reason for this is because when you have a 700# plow hanging 2 feet off the front of your truck, you wan't your rear axle to kinda serve like a pivot point achieving this by putting weight as far back as possible.

    98 f-150 4x4 w/timbrens
    Meyer ST 7.5
     
  10. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609



    i climb under the truck more often to check the frame for damage because its a half ton. also plan on doing at least some front end work and probably brakes come spring.
    thats the difference.