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starter truck

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by unhcp, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. unhcp

    unhcp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    I'm thinking about starting up a plow business and I will need a starter truck, I don't want this thread to be about what truck brand is better. What do i want to hear is from experience which way should I start thinking about going. I started looking at mid-90's ford f350s, which I think is a solid truck with the great heavy duty suspension. But I also worry about the age of these machines, so then I was looking into maybe something newer say like 02/03. I'm not sure if I really want to go diesel but I would be open to the idea if it has more positive's. I also want to know people's opinion on if i should buy the truck with the plow or put one on myself.
     
  2. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,552

    What kind of plowing do you want to do. Commercial, residential, Walmart, Roadways?
     
  3. unhcp

    unhcp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    mostly residential, nothing too big I don't have 3 days to go back and keep clearing lots
     
  4. DareDog

    DareDog PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,438

    small tractor with blower?
     
  5. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,552

    for resis a Jeep
     
  6. Arloslawn

    Arloslawn Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 84

    I would not buy a truck with the plow. I would most definetly try to buy a truck which has never plowed and put a new plow on it. F350's are sweet and mid 90s trucks are more cost effective IF they run good. The main thing is to get a good truck and good plow. (You don't want any down time)
     
  7. Arloslawn

    Arloslawn Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 84

    Really any 4x4 pick up os good for plowing. But, for bigger lots I would recomend the 3/4 1 ton trucks since they are a litter bigger and usually longer. For driveways I would bet a jeep or a regular/shortbed
    f150 or silverado would be more manuverable.
     
  8. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Wait till May....There will be ALOT of cheap used trucks and plows by then
     
  9. unhcp

    unhcp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    yeah i was thinking of waiting till spring or summer and maybe even picking one up at a auction
     
  10. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    I'm assuming you go to school at UNH? I went to Plymouth State and while there I bought a 94 F150 5.0 4x4 Auto for $2000. I found a used MM1 in Danbury (I think was the name, it was out by bridgewater but further into the woods lol) for $800. I plowed my college apartment driveway with it and offered some co-workers (I worked at a restaurant in Center Harbor) to do theres. One thing led to another and I ended up plowing about 7 driveways and made a couple hundred per storm. The truck took most of the beating from traveling from Plymouth to the Center Harbor/ "Boro"/ Alton area's. It plowed great! Those 92-96 (97) trucks can be found cheap, are even cheaper to fix, and are WORK TRUCKS. I'd recommend an F250/F350 if you can find one.
     
  11. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,754

    Newer trucks are usually more reliable. My two trucks have been great. I got rid of my old one, and it helped with cashflow, reliability, and image.
     
  12. unhcp

    unhcp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    yeah i would def get the f350 in those years
     
  13. Kenyou

    Kenyou Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    Like Hydro always says.... Dealer support is more important than the brand of plow as long as it is a name brand plow.
     
  14. unhcp

    unhcp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    i have been looking and the prices are about 5 grand cheaper for a 97ish f350 vs a 2000, but obv a 97 could be in far worst shape, i was thinking of checking out some auto auctions as well