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truck shopping

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by rochester, Dec 13, 2000.

  1. rochester

    rochester Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    First year plowing....Im working for a guy now driving his new chevy 3/4 ton with a 8 ft western pro plow (great truck). Im looking down the road at buying my own truck and going into business for myself. I have 2 options, continue to work for this guy at $50 per hour w/ my truck (pays me $20 per hr now to drive his) or set up my own contracts.
    About the truck purchase I will have about 10k cash when I shop. Im trying to decide if I want to finance a new one or pay cash for what I can afford. I will be doing residential and a couple of sm-med parking lots. Do I need a 3/4 ton ? Is it worth the extra $ ?
    I would be willing to spend up to 25k for a new truck if it were worth the investment.
    Also, any thoughts on plows?
  2. GeoffD

    GeoffD PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,266

    I am not going to tell you that you must buy a new truck, however I would strongely suggest it.

    Skip the 3/4 ton and go to the 1 ton. I don't care what brand you want just get a 1 ton pick up or whatever.

    Why the 1-ton?

    Stronger plow truck
    Has the ablility to carry a v-box if you buy one down the road.
    The cost isn't much different The difference between a F 250 SD 4X4 xl and F 350 SD 4X$ XLT is about 800 dollars.

    Plows 8.5 Fisher v-plow and v-box

    Do a search with the keyword trucks, you will find plenty of answers.

  3. matthew Urban

    matthew Urban Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    I'm with geoff,
    My next truck will be a 1 ton. I already foud it, now i just have to pay for it.

    let us know what you do.