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thoughts?

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by Idealtim, Feb 15, 2006.

  1. Idealtim

    Idealtim Senior Member
    Messages: 268

    I am going to buy a [new to me]truck this summer to pull a little 6-10 foot foot trailer and to plow next winter.The trailer isnt that heavy and a ranger would probly pull it.But as for plowing im not sure what to get.I need something from the 90s that is not a chevy and is worthy of plowing about 10-15 good sized drives.I want to buy the plow separate so the truck hasnt been stressed.Any ideas for a truck,plow combo?Any input would work,thanks.
     
  2. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    For "good sized" driveways, I'd really recommend at least a 1/2 ton truck with a 7.5' RD (or equivelant regular duty) plow. The front end components on the Ranger or S10 are really too light for plowing. If you're insisting on a Ranger, then get a 6' or 6.5' plow and plow every 3-4".

    I just realized you posted this in the "Non Commercial" section. By plowing "10-15" driveways (presumably for money), you ARE plowing commercially.
     
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2006
  3. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Yeah, that is commercial plowing- plowing for $$.
    Get a full size- I agree with Mick- toy trucks are a bit weak for that kind of use.
     
  4. Idealtim

    Idealtim Senior Member
    Messages: 268

    thanks for the input, i agree with you. I guess it is commercial.Even though you could do a lot with a 1/4 ton, id hate to have to turn down work when it gets overloaded.The more that i think about it, if the truck looks clean, the guy whos selling it probly didnt beat it:rolleyes: .
     
  5. go plow

    go plow Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    pls dont take this the wrong way but, i would worry about getting a truck first, before you worry about getting overloaded with work. its really not as easy as you might think !!!!!!!!
     
  6. douglasl330

    douglasl330 Senior Member
    Messages: 356

    Buy something you like and make it work--1/2 ton would be great, a jeep would work---some guy's swere by full size blazer/ bronco's. I don't know what your price range is, but if you do buy something light-- you may have to make upgrades to the suspension--Check out the light truck forums for ideas and disscusions. best of luck
     
  7. Idealtim

    Idealtim Senior Member
    Messages: 268

    Thanks for the input. I was looking for something under 10 grand.And another thing, do you report that you are plowing commercially to your insurance company?Me, being under twenty, will get the rates raised if i sneeze the wrong way.
     
  8. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    If you want your insurance to be in force while plowing - yes. If you don't want to be covered by insurance, then no.
     
  9. mike33

    mike33 Senior Member
    Messages: 335

    Bobcatservice

    Welcome to the world of business.
    Best of luck

    mike
     
  10. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Remember, you can buy a lot of truck for under 10 grand. You can get mid 90's Dodge Diesel 2500's for that now......
     
  11. Idealtim

    Idealtim Senior Member
    Messages: 268

    I have heard great things about the cummins turbo. Ill just need to see what comes up.
     
  12. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    While I heartily love my CTD and my Dodge, my comment is more a "don;t sell yourself on a light duty truck or an ancient truck based on the dollar amount. Many newer and bigger/heavier duty and probabily more suitible trucks can be had for that dollar amount."

    Just to clarify.