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truck length

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by stevesmowing, Nov 24, 2005.

  1. stevesmowing

    stevesmowing Member
    Messages: 77

    I am looking at buying a f350 or chevy 2500HD. I want either an extended cab or crew cab. However I was curious at what point the truck becomes too long to do residential driveways still.
     
  2. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,228

    If I was ever going to do drives again I would get either a Jeep or a 80's fullsize Chevy Blazer. The 80's fullsize Bronco's are good as well I just wouldn't own a Ford.

    Reason is turning radius and ability. I have found even my K2500 is to long at times and on small circle's it just plain sucks. I like to leave things as clean as I can and you just can not clean tight spots real good without that tight turning ability.
     
  3. wddodge

    wddodge Member
    Messages: 64

    I have a std cab short bed and at times it's too big for a driveway. If you're going to specialize in drives, get a Jeep cj or wrangler. You will love it!! Generally speaking, the longer the wheelbase the less sharp it will turn.

    Denny
     
  4. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    I'm looking forward to my first year plowing with an extended cab longbed dually. I remember plenty of times when my regular cab 2500 was too big. Oh well, I'll just be choosy about what I think I can do.
     
  5. lumps

    lumps Senior Member
    Messages: 365

    the only downside to the little trucks is their ability to move a lot of snow. my first truck was a regular cab short box ram D50 (the little mitsu basically). it was great for maneuverability, i loved it. but, with some of the snow we get here, there were times i wished for a bigger truck. this will be my first year with a fullsize ext. cab, we'll see how that goes.
     
  6. bcf

    bcf Senior Member
    Messages: 206

    I plwoed last year with an extended cab long bed Ford. I had one circle driveway that I shoveled most of it, other thatn that it was ok. I always wanted to back up another few feet to scrape forward a little more than I could. If you need the extra room during the year, then the few times you plow with it shouldn't be a big factor, unless you have quite a few small or circle drives.
     
  7. frostservices

    frostservices Member
    Messages: 63

    I would go with the short box extend cab or a regular cab regular box the advantage to a regular cab over an extend cab is you can see better out the back window cause your closer to it.
    Seth
     
  8. gpin

    gpin Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    We have an old K5 Blazer for driveways and it's the ticket. The trucks are too long. Why not go for a blazer or similar and get a trailer to cover the pick up part. Shorter is always better on Residential.
     
  9. qualitylawncare

    qualitylawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 501

    Price accordingly if you have a bigger truck.. If you are halfway decent at driving your truck can never be to big, just may take alittle longer to do the job..
     
  10. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    It depends-
    I started plowing with my Chevy dump, and I normally use the standard cab long bed- but I would never attempt plowing around here with a long bed extend cab- that extra 2 feet would get you every time. Some locals you can do it others you can't. (I don't think pricing higher just because you have a bigger truck for residential is a wise idea- it's your choice not the customers for your truck size so why should they pay more because you wanted a dually?)
    I wouldn't go for a Jeep as a primary plow truck but I am considering one as a backup truck- a full size Blazer is reasonable but alot depends on your climate- New England snow can easily overwhelm a Jeep in a matter of hours, not likely to happen with a 1 ton SRW truck.
     
  11. Yaz

    Yaz PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,061

    I have been using ext cab short bed trucks since 99 with no issues at all. I find GM trucks turn far better than the Fords so sheck before you buy. The 05 Fords may be better but a 02 I tryed was bad.

    Before the Ext short beds I use now I had a 2 door Yukon ( like a older K5 Blazer) it trurned tight but didn't plow as well IMO.
     
  12. plowman350

    plowman350 Senior Member
    Messages: 125

    F350 Crew Cab

    This is my second year plowing with a monster truck. I do about 70% driveways with a F350 Crew Cab. Some will say its stupid or can't be done. I've never had a problem.

    The two downsides: 1: I won't (can't) do circle driveways, but that's okay because there are plenty of straight drives out there! 2: You have to backdrag much further so that you can back up and push the snow out.

    If you're used to a shorter truck, you'll have to back up slower until you get used to it. But, it doesn't take more than 1 or 2 plows to get the hang of it. I think its more important to get the truck you need. Here in SE MI we plow about 10 nights of the year. I would buy a truck with the features you want the other 355 days a year!

    Get the truck you want.....you can plow with just about any of them once you're used to it.