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What a winter it has been....

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by PetesYC, Apr 7, 2008.

  1. PetesYC

    PetesYC Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    So the last two winters we have had about 6 plowable storms for residentials. This year we are over 15 which is great. I use a 1998 dodge 2500 and do a combination of 37 drives and private roads. In January I fell on a sidewalk and broke my ankle in 3 places requiring surgery ect. I am still in a walking cast and have another surgery thursday. Needless to say it made it tough this winter, kinda hard to plow with a cast on. So I subed alot of work out and had a guy run my truck. Anyways, my truck was a huge headache on top of all this, lost radiator, alternator twice, transmission, and plow pump. The transmission was replaced with a rebuilt and has been back 3 times already in less then 300 miles. Stopped in the middle of a storm since its been rebuilt and still is not running right. radiator was replaced this summer when I rebuilt the motor but warranty wouldnt cover it as I used stop leak!!! Alternator was covered as I replaced that this summer also. Anyways, needless to say I had some angry customers, between subs and my truck breaking down. I grew alot this year and its hard to say no to new customers. So I bought a 1999 Ford F350 with a 8 foot diamond plow. Now I have two trucks... Oh yeah my dodge is broke again.. starter is gone.
  2. HitchC&L

    HitchC&L Member
    Messages: 57

    Figures, the dodge broke down...might as well scrap the F350 as well while the price for metal is high...haha

    Buy a chevy wesport

    Hopefully everything with your ankle is better now, good luck!
  3. ford6.9

    ford6.9 Senior Member
    Messages: 452

    thats good to hear, i had an old dump that just kept causing problems i sold it bought a new truck and couldnt tell you now how happy i am with my f350 powerstoke. best luck and keep growing.
  4. hickslawns

    hickslawns Senior Member
    Messages: 613

    I have all 3 of the big three manufacturers. Some old, some new, one common bond. . . they all break!!! Good luck and sorry about your breakdowns. Better this year than on a year with no snow?
  5. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    if ur not breaking stuff, ur not plowing fast enough - wait dont say that

    " THEY ALL SUCK THE SAME" all the trucks so buy whats in ur price range, and u get a deal on
  6. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Stuff breaks, stuff wears out what are you going to do? Buy new? I would rather fix a truck that's paid off. I spend less then a month's payment a year on parts to keep The Big Red Drain the job. I will have a tear run down my cheek when they tow it away.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2008
  7. rfed32

    rfed32 Senior Member
    Messages: 473

    just didnt seem like u season...but you take the bad with the good...seems like u figured it out...u might have not have picked the "best subs" this year but if anything u learned for this whole thing...always have good reliable help on the side just in case...life is a learning curve just remember that...what doesnt break u, makes u stronger...

    good luck with everything on the leg man and get back out there stronger