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Pole for people who have used jeeps for driveways

Discussion in 'Jeeps' started by theplowmeister, Mar 9, 2010.


whitch do you prefer for driveways Jeep or F/S pickup (only users of BOTH answer pole

  1. I wont go back to F/S pickups on driveways

    44 vote(s)
  2. makes no difrence in ease or time to plow

    3 vote(s)
  3. I prefer the F/S for driveways

    5 vote(s)
  1. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,515

    Please ONLY people who have used Jeeps and F/S (Full Sized) pickups answer the pole.
  2. bhmjwp

    bhmjwp Senior Member
    from kcmo
    Messages: 309

    A Jeep Wrangler or Cherokee w/Sno-way plow is as good as it gets for driveways. Next year am going to play with a Wrangler w/Sno-way front and a 7' back plow for condo's. Not sure how committed I will be-don't think I can get the pricing out of these-condo's are cheap people. Around here I've seen prices of 100 drives at $10 per unit. Does not sound too bad at 1st-but think of the increased liability for the $.
  3. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    I have used a Jeep CJ-7 before and use F/S trucks now. The trucks are more useful in my situation. Just as fast if the right operator is in the truck
  4. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,124

    For my driveways the Jeep works a lot better. A lot less backing up and trying to plow what was missed. It also gets used for a couple small commercial lots. This for me was a great addition to my F/S trucks. Jeeps are for driveways for me.

  5. martyman

    martyman Senior Member
    Messages: 281

    Its spelled POLL...:laughing:
  6. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,515

  7. ken643

    ken643 Senior Member
    Messages: 816

    check out some of my jeep plowing videos under storm pics Millburn NJ. I used a dodge ext cab 8 ft bed for 3 several years, I dont know how I did some of the driveways with that truck. I then went to jeep cherokee, now 2004 wrangler rubicon, Its awesome fro driveways!!
  8. 89MJComanche

    89MJComanche Member
    Messages: 32

    You guys all want these light plastic POS plow setups...

    Buy an DAMN STEEL PLOW like a Meyer!! Realize that once you plow with a vehicle, it's always a plow vehicle and will never be your cherry GEM every again.

    Buy a used XJ for $500.
    Rehab it, with brakes, rotors, drums, brake lines, U-Joints, Ball Joints, Fluid Changes, etc. Strip out all the carpet to keep track of the rust and wash the salt out quicker. Hell I've never ever even purchased a new plow setup. Always bought other peoples used neglected **** and repaired it.

    Slap a set of Mud Slinger Retreads on your XJ plow vehicle and give it HELL!!
  9. corbel

    corbel Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    ken, are you salting at all? I used my wrangler for first season last year, and for plowing, it was much better than the ram 2500 used previously, but what a PITA for salting. I have made a decent little setup to make it as painless as possible, but trying to figure out a better way still.

    Curious what other's are doing with these little beasts. The route is mostly large residential drives and walks, with a handfull of small commercial.
  10. tjmahl

    tjmahl Member
    Messages: 35

    For years my Dad and I used F/S truck for driveways then we got a used Jeep and now we cannot believ ewe ever plowed the driveways with a F/S truck. I am starting to see a new trend where all the neighbors are getting mad at snow being pushed across the street in front of their property so now we pushin snow onto the customers lawn from each side of the driveway. I would have a very hard time fitting a truck in the driveway to do that.
  11. YardMedic

    YardMedic PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    The closest I came to a Jeep is a 97 2-door Tahoe which had incredibly short wheelbase for a f/s truck. It was by far the best f/s truck I've used for driveways, and I would love to have a Jeep for driveways as I am 90% residential
  12. ff610

    ff610 Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    Thought of buying a Jeep for some of my larger sidewalks... Just haven't found one for the right price.
  13. Louiso

    Louiso Senior Member
    Messages: 194

    Well it just really depends. if its a heavy snow the jeep doesnt do very good because of the heavy load. The truck then does better. plus it also depends on the size of the drive ways.
  14. ken643

    ken643 Senior Member
    Messages: 816

    How does the jeep plow with the 4 inch lift kit? any issues? modifications?
  15. Louiso

    Louiso Senior Member
    Messages: 194

    well shes my baby so she hasnt gotten her plow yet. i am waiting for a cheap one that matches the paint.
    but we have a black stock one with snow way and it does pretty good and another dude on here has a 4 inch lift and plows with it. my buddys jeep has a 3in lift and its a monster
  16. corbel

    corbel Junior Member
    Messages: 27

    Mine has a 4in as well, and had to weld an extra hole for the pins to level it out when angled, worked like a charm. The only storm I had trouble with was the really wet big one. When I got back for round two there was like 8in of cement and the lot is usually pushed up hill. I had to take some bites out of it at first, took a little longer than usual, but worth it when we have nice days like today and I can put the top down.

    Seriously, my one and only complaint is the salting. I am thinking about getting a colorado because of it. I cant be the only one who salts after plowing
  17. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,515

    I do residential and they dont want salt
  18. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,260

    i started doing residential in a 1960 willys cj5. did that for about 5 years then the jeep screamed mercy after 42 years. it was an awesome machine with front and rear dana powerlocks.

    i went to a full size pickup and found i had to drop some of my customers because their driveways were too tight and intricate for a pickup.

    but i'll take a full size truck over the jeep for about 80% of the driveways out there.
  19. 89MJComanche

    89MJComanche Member
    Messages: 32


    If you have a lift kit to fit larger tires or for articulation you are creating a significant amount of drive line torsion and force by lifting. A 2" or a HDCOIL lift to offset the weight of the plow or salt or ballast etc is OK... But seriously... You can by a DAMN JEEP XJ Cherokee for $500... there is a 1996 up the street from me with no rust on it, for sale for $400 right now.... BUY ONE... slap a set of ZJV8 MOOG Replacement Coils ($89/pr at Autozone) into the front, and put a used Plow setup on it for about $1000 and PLOW THE **** OUT OF THE THING!!

    Once again... once you plow with a Jeep... it is a JUNK plow vehicle, or else you are just plowing for the novelty of plowing and not really working the **** out of your setup... in that case, save the $$$$ of buying a plow and save the diminished value of plowing with your novelty, and hire some redneck with a rust bucket to plow your driveway for $30 a pass instead.
  20. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,515

    You are entitled to your opinion, But I disagree with you on just about all of your points. I bought a new TJ and put a plow on it (Ive done that 3 times) I used the same jeep to go to Moab UT (I drive out from Boston) for 1 month of 4 wheeling at a time. I've been out 12 times. and I spent 3 months travailing around the country jeeping Boston to California. I've plowed for 24 years with a lift on my jeeps. I plow about 60 large driveways a storm per jeep. so they get used. I now have 2 jeeps and about 100 driveways. one jeep had 250K miles on it when I sold it. Ive never sold one of my plow keeps with less than 150K.

    Dont tell me I dont plow with it or that I'm didling around with it (60 large drives per storn). Snow plowing does NOT turn my jeeps to junk. Of course I plow with TJs it might be different for XJs

    you will notice I got my point across without ****.:D