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Plowing with a GMC 5500 anyone???

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by ServiceOnSite, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. ServiceOnSite

    ServiceOnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 935

    I did some looking around and havent found anyone on here that has one ( or i just couldnt find ) they use for plowing.
    Im going to be making the switch from my GMC 2500hd diesel to a GMC 5500 4x4 diesel.
    I was just looking for some input on what you guys liked or hated about plowing in them. Anything you had to mod or recommend modding on these truck thats a must. I figure in the bigger scheme of things i over work the piss out of my 3/4 ton was too much and this thing would take the abuse alot better.
    The truck im going to be picking up is a 2006 5500 4x4 crew cab with a flat bed on it. All the gauges, tuner, exhaust, and wheels have been upgraded.
    The flatbed will be coming off before spring time, and a dump body will be going on. I will also be in the market for a stock bumper as i know a boss plow wont fit on around this.

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  2. pinepointe

    pinepointe Senior Member
    Messages: 102

    Man I love the truck, it is a beast. I have never plowed with a 5500 but I have spent many long days in a single cab international single axel dump, which is about the same size chassis. Your 5500 is just a little longer. I will tell you for big lots were you don't have to worry about a lot of tight space backing they are great. I figure your rig has the big auto tranny which would be better than the manual for plowing. You need a knee replacement after a big storm in that 9 speed. Good luck make sure to keep us posted as you get it ready to do battle.
     
  3. GMC Driver

    GMC Driver Senior Member
    Messages: 710

    We used one in the fleet here for about 6 years, and you won't find a truck that is more capable IMHO. It worked really well for us plowing and spreading salt. It limited us in the summer months, so we bought 2 other dedicated dumps for our landscape work (older and larger) and now use a tractor to do the plowing the 5500 did.

    I always enjoyed plowing with it - had an 8611 on ours, and it was a beast to plow with. I'm sure you'll have the same experience.
     
  4. jhall22guitar

    jhall22guitar PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,044

    A company I used to plow for had one, the guy who drove it loved it. He just wished the markers were a little higher so he could see it when it was down and angled. I guess he couldn't see the passenger side edge of the plow if it was angled back towards the truck.
     
  5. ServiceOnSite

    ServiceOnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 935

    So nothing negative or bad to say about plowing with it??? I was hoping for a little more feed back. Its always my luck when i try something a little different that everyone comes out of the wood work with something after the fact.
     
  6. maxwell1027

    maxwell1027 Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    5500

    I have plowed with a lot of different trucks and a 5500 has a lot of power. But at the end of a long day you will be more tired after driving a bigger truck...they don't ride as good or handle as good as a smaller truck. Your turning radius is not as good as a smaller truck but it will work great in larger lots. it's a little harder to find those curbs and gutters because your vision is kinda limited....also watch out for those little cars that pull directly behind you because you can't see them as well as you can in a smaller truck. One more thing...if you would happen to get stuck...better call for the Big Hook! Just my two cents worth.
     
  7. ohiogreenworks

    ohiogreenworks Senior Member
    Messages: 381

    I have been plowing with our 4500 last 3 years. I love it and actually don't like trying to plow with a regular truck after being in the 4500. Excellent turning radius and visibility. I fit ours in all kind of parking lots. It has a single cab, 12ft dump, and boss 9.2 v. It is 2wd but with some weight in the back I've never had an issue. I'm sure you'll love that 5500, looks sweet!
     
  8. bel-nor

    bel-nor Member
    Messages: 44

    Ok I feel a bout of impedence coming on...ok it's an advanced case...damz
     
  9. leigh

    leigh PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,987

    Been plowing in my 4500 for 3 years now.No comparision with a pickup or 1 ton dump. Fisher 10' mc blade and a undertailgate sander.It's a tank.You sit up nice and high,great visibility.Turns on a dime.Nice cab,rough ride ,parts a little tough to find at times.I've got the 8.1 (496) and get an impressive 5.5 mpg with a stiff tailwind!

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  10. snowsniper1

    snowsniper1 Senior Member
    Messages: 239

    We had at onetime a 4500 reg. cab 2wd with a boss 10' straight blade & a 10' dump & the same truck but 5500 4x4 with a 10' boss vee both were duramax Allison's. They both pushed like a beast, however the 5500 Turning radius and ride sucked. Ever guy that pushed in both always way preferd the 2wd including myself.
     
  11. LON

    LON Senior Member
    Messages: 749

    Have built a few for municipal customers. They all would buy another if they were still built.

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  12. LuckyPlower

    LuckyPlower Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    We run a 5500 4x4 as well. Like others have said, great visibility to the front and it's a tank. With the increase size it's harder to do tight small lots, which we don't do. We have an 8611 on it and most of the time it doesn't even need to be in 4x4. I know you are looking for negatives. Can't think of any. Solid plow truck. I'm sure you will be happy with it! keeping it working year round is key.
     
  13. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    We have an 06 with a 9'6" Western. You need a commercial plow like a 10' Boss. Easy to tweak the Western.
     
  14. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,734

    That'll be a pretty sharp truck with a few changes.

    On you're way through northern, IL with it, stop at Duramaxtuner and have him put Efi-Live on it and ask about enabling the 6th gear in the trans.
     
  15. Mattguy

    Mattguy Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Bought my 2006 4500 2wd new and wish they were still made. Definitely hold there value to. Paid a little over $42,000 new. Looking for a second one now, due to we plow 27 miles of city streets. With salt spreader in back loaded this thing doesn't move.
     
  16. TPCLandscaping

    TPCLandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 291

    my buddy must have bought a lemon, it seems like he rebuilds the front end of his 5500 every year! He has the same guy drive it every year too… he has a 9.5'V with wings on the front of it and a huge sander in the dump bed.
     
  17. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,318

    What kind of wing is on that yellow one with the Fisher EXV?
     
  18. jbell36

    jbell36 Senior Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 221

    awesome to hear, we are in the same boat…we have a 2004 TopKick and are going to put a plow on it eventually…it's 2wd…obviously haven't plowed with it, but i can say this, it has the sharpest turning radius out of all of our 3/4 tons and awesome visibility…very large rear window
     
  19. ServiceOnSite

    ServiceOnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 935


    The other one im looking at now is a 2008 4x4 and comes with a PPE programer. The 2007 and up i think comes with all 6 gears. Ive always been a fan of EFI live.

    These trucks do hold there value like all hell. Can touch a low mileage one for under 40k.
    I do have a 10' Boss v lined up for it already. I put a good hurting on a 8'2''v with steel wings with my F550 plowing roads and so on.
     
  20. LON

    LON Senior Member
    Messages: 749

    Henderson Products out of Manchester, IA. Really wasn't made for the truck but I made it work. Quite a bit of mods to the framework to make it work. Twp loves it and have done another since.