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what medium duty would you chose

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by snowsniper1, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. snowsniper1

    snowsniper1 Senior Member
    Messages: 239

    what medium duty would you chose & how would you equip it price not important.chevy 5500 4x4,dodge 5500 4x4,ford 550 4x4,or ext.
     
  2. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    if price isnt important i wouldnt buy any of them and would look outside of the big three.
     
  3. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,737

    I don't think Toyota makes a 4/5500 class truck that is 4x4.
     
  4. OhioPlower

    OhioPlower Senior Member
    Messages: 440

    Id get the gm 5500. You cant beat the duramax/allison combo. The front end is rated 1000 pounds higher than ford and dodge(8000 vs.7000). You get leaf springs with the gm, ford and dodge have coils, Id prefer leafs for plowing. The gm is rated at 19k or 19.5k gvw and that is WAY underrated from what ive heard. I like all 3 but the gm 5500 is alot more heavy duty IMO.
     
  5. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    Dodge w/ cummins
     
  6. newlooklandscp

    newlooklandscp Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 476

    Im a Ford guy but the new GMC 5500 is the way to go.
     
  7. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    Thats because they can't even seem to get a half-ton right!! LOL:rolleyes:

    Seriously, the Hino's are good trucks (shy of rust!) but pretty sure theres no 4x4 option.
     
  8. newhol plower

    newhol plower Member
    Messages: 32

    international 4500 i think with blizzard 8611 and salt dogg salter. we keep it full of salt and it plows great.
     
  9. newhol plower

    newhol plower Member
    Messages: 32

    derek broerse i was in niagara on the weekend and most high class lots not plowed to are standards here. some hotels not touched at all. when theres money on the ground you got to get it to the pile. another 20 to 25 cm here tonight and my boss is sick of it.
     
  10. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
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  11. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,868

    Guess you know where to start a branch. :rolleyes:

    I'd go with the Sterling 45\5500.
     
  12. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    Thats the general attitude. Gotta be able to afford to pay the ridiculous Niagara on the Lake taxes!! :p

    Now you see why I say its so hard to sell salt here? Theres a lot of PER-PUSH-ONLY contracts (again, why I have all like that) and alot have high triggers. People are generally cheap.

    This is why I covet my two best customers--do it, do it right, and send us a bill! Without them, I'd be bankrupt. :cool: And I guarentee the one to be the best-kept lot in all of Virgil--you can spot it from outer space, I'm sure!

    I guess it all comes back to standards changing (and pricing) from one area to another. Out here, there haven't been enough lawsuits! LOL
     
  13. 02DURAMAX

    02DURAMAX PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,229

    A friend is buying a 2006 GMC C5500 4X4 Duramax 12ft.SS contractors box 30"storage box behind the cab..next week...ill post some picks when he gets it...but yea ill take the C5500!!
     
  14. 84deisel

    84deisel Senior Member
    Messages: 696

    I dont consider any of these three (dodge,ford,chevy) as bieng truly medium duty ,so I vote for peterbilt and btw any truck can be converted to 4 wheel drive

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  15. Mark Witcher

    Mark Witcher Senior Member
    Messages: 604

    It all depends on how you intend to use it. The Chevy is a much heavier duty truck than the Ford or Dodge. With its straight frame it sits very high which makes it a real pain for those jobs where you are in and out of the truck alot. The Chevy rides like a lumber wagon. The Ford and Dodge are based on the pickups which makes them ride much better.The cab on the Chevy is very uncomfortable. Also the Chevy is not available with the extra cab, only the crew cab.
     
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2008
  16. newhol plower

    newhol plower Member
    Messages: 32

    the casino is what most of our lots look like and we service them until they look that way. we stayed at fallsview hotel across the road it could have been better. i had to walk through slush everywhere else i went.
     
  17. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,045

    Just be happy, you had a holiday.:D
     
  18. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,737

    You uhh voted for pete and posted a picture of 2 fords? :confused:
     
  19. 84deisel

    84deisel Senior Member
    Messages: 696

    that was for the 4x4 so heres the other side of my garage

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  20. snowsniper1

    snowsniper1 Senior Member
    Messages: 239

    nice................................