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separate trucks for residential + commercial

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by gottaluvplows, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. gottaluvplows

    gottaluvplows Senior Member
    Messages: 152

    A buddy of mine says he uses a pick-up and a jeep (crew) for just Residential driveways then another crew with 2 F-450's and 2 GMC Kodiak's For commercials
    Do any of you guys do something like this????
    I am thinking about doing this i would have to get a jeep though..
    Only thing i thought was the jeep would be wasteful since it cant pull trailers..
  2. Pristine PM ltd

    Pristine PM ltd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,794

    I see jeeps all the time pulling....
  3. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    what about a full size shortbed pickup?.
  4. heather lawn spray

    heather lawn spray PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,206

    Got one with a V-Boss, it's a lot of fun
  5. Neige

    Neige Sponsor
    Messages: 2,194

    Its what we do, dedicated equipment for residential, and dedicated equipment for commercial. Two seperate crews, that start and end at different times. If something were to break down, we can always use the others equipment when they are done.
  6. kpmsnow

    kpmsnow Senior Member
    from Elkhart
    Messages: 156

    I use a jeep with straight blade and a half ton chevy standard cab short bed for my resi crews. Did I hear right you have a jeep with a boss v-blade! I have one guy near me with an s-10 with a boss v-blade but he won't come off of it. Where did you get it? My dealer said they never built one until I brought the guy with one on the s-10 in to prove they did exist. I'd buy a dozen of them if I could find them! But back to the original question, yes I use separate and smaller equipment for resi"s. I was always told one of the best ways to be efficient is to use the proper sized tool for the job.
  7. stackmaster

    stackmaster Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    If you have to buy a vehicle, why not buy a pick up instead of a jeep?? Way more versatile for snow removal.
    I split up my crews by having one truck plowing only(truck with plow and maybe a sander) and another that does residentials and commercial walks (truck with ramp gate, snow thrower or sweeper, shovels and ice melt)

    Either way I can't see the benefit of buying a Jeep for snow removal. Just my opinion.
  8. heather lawn spray

    heather lawn spray PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,206

    Bad phrasing, Chevy 1500 short box 4x4 with a 7'6" V-Boss
  9. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    jeeps are kick ass for driveways.Bunch of guys use them here.
  10. heather lawn spray

    heather lawn spray PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,206

    'the plowmeister' has a Jeep Wrangler with a 7'6" V-Boss
  11. CMU07

    CMU07 Member
    Messages: 68

    I now a guy with a boss v setup on a wrangler. he wrecked it (dumpster fell off truck and his boss saved his life) and had the exact same setup made, wrangler with boss v, loves it.
  12. jimspro

    jimspro Senior Member
    Messages: 200

    we run 1 tons and 3/4 tons for the large commercial lots and have a ranger and yukon (old municipal unit) for the residential drives, but when the drives are done if the guys working on the large lots aren't done the small trucks go and help them
  13. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,748

    For a small operation like mine, I can't afford to have seperate trucks yet. I use mine for all types of plowing. I buy as heavy duty of equipment as I can. It needs to stand up to all types of work.
  14. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    We do as mos, I have a dedicated route for resi, wih a durango doing it. In an ideal world Jeeps or 1/2 ton short boxes for resi, 3/4 or 1 ton (longer wheel bases the better) for parking lots. With the longer wheelbases you loose some manuverability, but durring those long pushes or heavy snows they don't get pushed around as easily. That said I have done resis with my 3500 ex cab 9' flatbed dually, with a V box on it.
  15. heather lawn spray

    heather lawn spray PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,206

  16. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,417

    Why what?

    Post made perfect sense to me.
  17. heather lawn spray

    heather lawn spray PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,206

    why the 3500 ex cab 9' flatbed dually with a V box on a resi?
  18. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    When as an owner you get a call, have to fill in etc. I use what I'm in or have avaiable, if I was in a 6 wheel dump I'd still do it, its a difference of going home in 10 minutes, or 1 hour.
  19. jimspro

    jimspro Senior Member
    Messages: 200

    Hey Brant's, just as an idea, i have got my small trucks form the municipal auctions they have in the area, example, about 4 yrs ago i was at one in men falls and got one of their 90 yukons with a western 7'5" blade and i paid $3,000 for it, and it is still running today, the ones from those auctions have had alot of maint. on them. and can get for a good value, it is much easier having a 3 grand truck sitting all summer than a new one.
  20. shott8283

    shott8283 Senior Member
    Messages: 258

    theres the bigger sized jeep wrangler with a hard top running around my area...the owner is an owner of a business,, he plows his business lot with it (HUGE lot for a jeep) takes him a long time but handles it well...

    ive been seeing them more common around the city too