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Should I????

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by dingybigfoot, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. dingybigfoot

    dingybigfoot Senior Member
    Messages: 260

    Hey guys,

    15 resi accounts and one church. I'm upgrading to having a backup truck.
    I'm still waiting on sign backs on some more accounts. I have a 95' ford f250 with a 8ft
    western on her which was my workhorse last year. She has 250k on her. I just purchased a 2001 chevy silverado 1500. 197k on it. Here's the question. Should I sell the chevy and look for a 3/4 ton to go along with my ford? Or will i be alright putting a blade on the chevy
    and making her the main plow truck and keeping the ford as a backup?
     
  2. FordFisherman

    FordFisherman PlowSite.com Addict
    from 06611
    Messages: 1,593

    Not bashing but the 1/2 ton may not be enough truck for the serious snow you guys get up there. I'm sure it'll push fine but for longevity purposes a 3/4 or 1 ton will hold up better. JMO.
     
  3. dingybigfoot

    dingybigfoot Senior Member
    Messages: 260

    I hear you on that.
     
  4. FordFisherman

    FordFisherman PlowSite.com Addict
    from 06611
    Messages: 1,593

    Whats your average snowfall for the season and how many events on average?
     
  5. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Thats alot of miles on either truck. The 1/2 will be ok for drives and even the church if you plow with the storm and not wait till the snow is a foot deep
     
  6. dingybigfoot

    dingybigfoot Senior Member
    Messages: 260

    Average of 96 cm a year. Last year I had 19 events.
     
  7. zerolatency

    zerolatency Member
    Messages: 81

    Thats a lot of miles on either truck, but i'd think being mostly resi you'd be alright putting a 7'6" on the 1/2 ton and running it as your main, if you get a heavy amount of snow and need the extra umph just make sure the 3/4 is ready to roll at a moments notice
     
  8. dingybigfoot

    dingybigfoot Senior Member
    Messages: 260

    i think i'm going to take your advice zerolatency.
    should i add timbrens to the 1/2?? or just run with it the way it is
    seeing how i have the 3/4 as my backup.
     
  9. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,542

    get a 3/4 ton as ur main truck... not backup
     
  10. dingybigfoot

    dingybigfoot Senior Member
    Messages: 260

    the 3/4 was my main last year. she's held up well.
    but the 250k on her is my main concern.
    you think i should still run with the 3/4 as my main?
    and make the 1/2 the back up?
     
  11. BMWSTUD25

    BMWSTUD25 Senior Member
    Messages: 630

    why not keep running the ford till she's dead?? If she was a good truck to you last year why wont it work this year. If the old girl does fail thats what you bought the chevy for right???ussmileyflagtymusic
     
  12. dingybigfoot

    dingybigfoot Senior Member
    Messages: 260

    i got you on that bmwstud25.
     
  13. zerolatency

    zerolatency Member
    Messages: 81

    I can't comment on the timbrens as i've never used them, but if i was in your situation i would likely give the timbrens a try if going with any of the heavier plows. If you go snow-way, or something like a western hts you might be alright without.
     
  14. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,202

    You posted 250K and 197K then later you said 96cm. I bet the mileage is in km which is 150k miles and 120k miles. 96cm is also under 40" for those of you who don't know. Toronto doesn't get that much snow. Your 1/2 ton should be fine but Timbrens are around $200 and worth the money. I would run the Ford and save the Chevy for the break down nights.
     
  15. dingybigfoot

    dingybigfoot Senior Member
    Messages: 260

    thanks for all the advice guys.
    i'm going to run the ford as my main
    truck. and keep the chevy as my backup.
    i'm also going to add the timbrens to the chevy.
     
  16. I'm running a 97 Dodge Ram 1500 with an 8' Steel Western here in TORONTO also... No problems whatsoever... I average 60-70 Residential driveways and I have a few parking lots as well. I have not had a problem pushing any amount of snow with this truck. You can see the truck on my snow removal page of my site. Link in my signature.
     
  17. augerandblade

    augerandblade PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    If its a normal winter in T O the half ton will do the job.
     
  18. Dankman

    Dankman Junior Member
    Messages: 19

  19. FordFisherman

    FordFisherman PlowSite.com Addict
    from 06611
    Messages: 1,593

    something is wrong with the link...
     
  20. Dankman

    Dankman Junior Member
    Messages: 19