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Purchasing a F350 for snow plowing

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by micasa1639, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. micasa1639

    micasa1639 Junior Member
    from 07755
    Messages: 3

    I've had a landscape company for 2 years now and I want to open up my services to snow plowing this winter. I have to opportunity to purchase a 2004 Ford F350 dully turbo diesel crew cab, with 70K for what I think is a great price of $14,500 from a very good friend.

    Anyway I know the truck can pull anything I have but does it have the pushing power and a front end efficient enough to plow?

    If so what plow should I consider, that won't break the bank and can service residential and commercial.

    Any info and opinions would be appreciated.
  2. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,511

    With a duelly and cruecab you will need a 9 1/2 or 10 ft plow that is a verrrrry big truck Are you going to plow driveways? or wally mart
  3. CGM Inc.

    CGM Inc. PlowSite Veteran
    from Ontario
    Messages: 3,589

    for sure a big truck!
    long box or short?
    I wouldn't plow with a dually unless there is no other choice.
  4. goel

    goel PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,079

    We use 2 dually's, big open spaces working with a 4x4 pick up to do the back dragging and tight spots.

    9' plow is absolute minimum, we also put wings on them to make them 11 ft.

    Both 2wd dumps, 1 extended cab, 1 regular cab with a tool box built behind the cab infront of the dump bed.

    We do not do any residentials.
  5. TPC Services

    TPC Services Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    better hope hes has fixed all the motor problems those have had. otherwise you will be sinking a butt load of money ito that thing. other wise the front end of that thing will carry and plow you wnat to throw on it un like my dodge!!
  6. PrimoSR

    PrimoSR Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    Too big for residential IMO. If you are going to plow a commercial lot and use it to tow a bobcat then go for it.
  7. micasa1639

    micasa1639 Junior Member
    from 07755
    Messages: 3

    Thanks for the info and another question.

    I ended up having the truck checked out by Ford because i've heard of some horror stories about the 6L. Everything was said to be in great working order so i bought it. And it is HUGE... Making a turn with the crew cab and 8' bed is something i really have to get used to.

    I have a lot of residential clients who I could plow for but I also have some commercial property with lots or space to be plowed.

    My other work truck is a light duty not sufficient to plow with so i have no other option, so what should I consider...

    Straight plow or V Nose? I want to get something very soon because the prices are pretty good right now.

    More advice would be very helpful.

  8. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,538

    Nice lookin' truck! My vote is for a Blizzard 8611lp, nothing like pushing 11' of plow in a commercial lot and still being only 8.5' in the driveways! Thumbs Up
  9. Mackman

    Mackman PlowSite.com Addict
    from S.E. PA
    Messages: 1,356

    I have an 04 6.0 and its been a great motor. Have 61,000 on it. Love it.
  10. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    I'd vote for V or expandable wing plow. My CC/SB is a bear to turn around. I can't imagine what that thing is like with a leaf sprung front end. :dizzy:
  11. Wayne Volz

    Wayne Volz Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    Big Truck for drives

    Nice truck and it will get the job completed. I like Boss plows and you need at least 9' for turning and staying in your plow line.

    All this talk about the plow. Don't forget about a spreader for the back. If you are going to drives as well as some commercial work, a SnowEx 1875 swingaway spreader will make you a lot of money on the back side of the truck as well.
  12. Wayne Volz

    Wayne Volz Senior Member
    Messages: 694

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  13. 6.5 Chevy

    6.5 Chevy Member
    Messages: 41

    I would go with a 9' 2" fisher v plow for the truck
    nice truck :nod:
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2011
  14. micasa1639

    micasa1639 Junior Member
    from 07755
    Messages: 3

    Salt spreader for the rear GREAT point. i've seen 9'2" boss v-nose for about $4800 with mount and controls that seem like a pretty good deal to me.