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Ready for a Truck Plow

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by BeastMaster, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. I've been operating small scale on a quad hauled in the bed of my truck. I'm getting enough accts. and age on me that l'm ready for a truck plow for the '10/'11 season.
    There are SOO many plow brands. We don't get a lot of snow in SE Indiana (cept the past 2 weeks) so I can't justify a new plow.
    So..coach me guys. On a 3/4 or 1 ton pickup,,what width blade ? Brand ? (keep in mind I'll buy a used plow). Model of plow within a brand ? I'll be doing resi driveways and smaller 10-25 car size parking lots. I typically get $30 for resis and $45-$70 for large driveways and small lots on my ATV.
    I don't want an old, junk blade, but as I said, I can't justify a new plow b/c some winters we may only get 2 plow worthy snows. This year, since Jan. we've had 4 good snows. I'm leaning twds. a low end commercial grade plow as I can be rough on equipment and think a homeowners type plow might not suite me.

    ALSO...coach me on a plow that is easy to operate inside the cab.

    Feel free to direct email if you like. I'm just 30 mi. west of Cincinnati, OH.
    crayls@embarqmail.com
     
  2. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    If your looking for blade width, I would go at least 8 foot on a 3/4 or 1 ton truck. Now the problem with that is on resi- drives, it might get pretty tight trying to turn and angle the snow in the direction you want with a wider plow. I would consider a smaller jeep type vehicle, for drives, and at least an 8 foot plow on the bigger trucks. Wait till spring and you might find a good deal on a couple of used plows.
     
  3. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179

    I agree with the above wait till the spring unless you find a good deal. As far as the size I would go with an 8' if the driveways around you are wide enough for it.
     
  4. I was thinking that my blade should be no wider than my front bumper....to keep this rookie from raking something. Sound good ? Also, I thought a down-pressure blade would be good too. I'm open to all suggestions.
    thanks fellers.
     
  5. IApushn

    IApushn Junior Member
    Messages: 25

    Maybe bumper-width when it is turned. Any less than that and you won't be able to clean to the edges.
     
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Get the Boss plow a lot of good used ones are out there and a lot of parts can be bought in part stores if something happens.
     
  7. jb1390

    jb1390 Senior Member
    Messages: 710

    No, the plow needs to be wider than the truck. My 7.5 foot plow on a 3/4 ton chevy BARELY clears the wheels when angled. Wish I had an 8 foot most days. Use the flags to know where the plow is so you don't hit stuff.
     
  8. jb1390

    jb1390 Senior Member
    Messages: 710

    Boss, Western, Fisher, Sno-Way, Blizzard will all serve you well. Meyer if you get a really good deal on it, but they tend to have more issues with hydraulics than the others. Everything breaks though. Look for a good deal on a truck with plow already on it come springtime, just make sure it isn't rusted out.
     
  9. Jb1390:
    I read on here somewhere that the flags you talked about on ea. side of the plow are actually.....rookie rods. U trying to make me get laughed at ?

    I guess I need to find out what plow dealers are in my area, thus, I should be able to get parts when I need them.

    Grandview...I see you like Italian food too. Gee...I can't imagine why.... (O) (O)