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Vehicle considerations - which has best mpg for plowing a small lot?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Plow2986, Apr 7, 2010.

  1. Plow2986

    Plow2986 Junior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 1

    I am looking for an inexpensive plow vehicle that will get great gas mileage. I plan to use this for a small parking lot, and daily driver (which is why I need good mpg). I have looked and it seems the Ranger from 94-95 came in 4 cyl with 4wd. Will this be fine for plowing? I would get 28mpg. My budget is $3000 for a truck and I'm sure diesels are out of that. Any other suggestions? 1990 Jeep Cherokees supposedly get the best mpg (~20mpg) of all non-diesel Jeeps, so I'm looking at those too. Maybe I should consider a 4 cyl Wrangler? This is a small parking lot so I'm not looking for anything heavy duty. I don't plan to make money on this thing, just take care of the parking lot to our family store.
  2. AiRhed

    AiRhed Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    Finding a 90's ranger and fitting it with a plow for $3,000 is a tall order. You might consider buying something dedicated to plowing the lot for $800-2000 bucks. Having a daily driver plow rig that gets 20mpg for $3,000 is kind of having your cake and eating it too. I think you could find a nice mid 90's chevy truck with a plow for 3-4K tho. An older Toyota pickup pre-89 would make a good plow rig and would get decent mileage: 14-20mpg.
  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    You don't burn that much gas plowing ,it's the gas you use going from lot to lot.
  4. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    wanting great MPG's and plowing arent a good combination.
  5. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,990

    plow trucks are more like boats. Its not MPG its GPH, gallons per hour.