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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Luke S., Jan 3, 2014.

  1. Luke S.

    Luke S. Junior Member
    from st.paul
    Messages: 11

    I've always heard you don't wanna put a plow on a pick-up thats a 1500, that you need a bigger axle. Can you put a plow on a 1500?

    How about a van?
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Yes,plenty to choose from

  3. OC&D

    OC&D PlowSite Veteran
    from Earth
    Messages: 3,064

    You can put a plow on anything you want.
  4. Monorail_Red

    Monorail_Red Junior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 10

    I'm still considering a plow for my 1500, but I'm hesitant to do so because it's my daily driver. The trouble with newer 1500's as plow trucks is the front ends are optimized for fuel economy, not snow plowing. The 1500's have plenty of power but over-doing it with the front end worries me.

    But I guess it depends what kind of plowing you're looking to do, perhaps if just a few residential driveways, then a 1500 will get the job done. For larger commercial jobs, then maybe a 1500 would not be suffice.

    Just my .02
  5. SnowFakers

    SnowFakers Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 944

    Exactly, don't go plowing big lots and go easy with hitting piles and curbs and it will last a long time. Don't hang anything too big off it either, keep it on the smaller size like 7'6. Heck I plow with a ranger, a 1500 should be good.

    my .02
  6. CleanCutL&S

    CleanCutL&S Senior Member
    Messages: 146

    Yo can run a plow on a 1500, We have a 98 z71 1500 Chevy. Does great, but the newer 1500's are generally weaker. Turn up your torsion bars and should be fine.

    Van, No way. Too hard to repair, too hard to find a plow that fits, no or weak 4x4, bad idea all around

  7. CleanCutL&S

    CleanCutL&S Senior Member
    Messages: 146

  8. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
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  9. xgiovannix12

    xgiovannix12 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,433

    If a smart car can plow a 1500 can

    Plow smart not stupid

  10. kg26

    kg26 Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    If he can get a Ploy 7'6" he will be in there, that's what I'm looking for now for my Silverado Z71. Here is the issue when you look at the price tags they cost almost as much as a standard and some light heavy duty plows so what happens if someone is looking to upgrade a truck. Now you have a 3/4 truck with a little plow.

    BOSS LAWN Senior Member
    Messages: 497

    Like everyone else mentioned, you don't wanna put anything too heavy on your truck.. something midweight is ideal. otherwise your looking for a lot more maintenance issues. Don't slam into piles and stuff you can avoid.

    I have a 8'6" on my half ton but I do more maintenance than you could imagine.


  12. Diesel Dan

    Diesel Dan Senior Member
    Messages: 219

    Company I sub for has an 8' boss straight blade on an 03 1500 reg cab short box. It's a mean little plower
  13. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care Senior Member
    Messages: 552

  14. mnglocker

    mnglocker Senior Member
    Messages: 923

    I love the way my 94 dodge plows and handles snow, that being said like the poster above, maintenance is done beyond religiously. It's done by a calendar or miles, which ever comes first. I also plow with the storm with that truck.
    All that being said, the dodge has a solid axle in front so it's not going to get torn up as quick as IFS and it also sits higher so I'm not dragging the plow frame.
  15. mnglocker

    mnglocker Senior Member
    Messages: 923

    Yeah I watched that, a collection of non running cars parked in his yard by the tornado-bait house.
  16. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 Senior Member
    Messages: 196

    I was about to mention this...I saw a video on youtube once of a smart car with a plow being used for sidewalks.
  17. ffmedjoe

    ffmedjoe Junior Member
    from WI
    Messages: 29

  18. chevy2003

    chevy2003 Junior Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 22

    Like others have said, it works fine as long as your not stupid with it! I have 2003 Silverado Z71 ext.cab, upgraded to a 200 amp alternator, belt, dual batteries, timbrens front&rear, ballast weight with a Western 7.5' Proplow and I do regular maintenance check monthly during winter. I don't plow like race car driver, slam into snow piles, and I take it easy. Plows are hard on any truck and like I read on another forum, its all in how you plow and maintain.

    "just my .02"