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2011Silverado half ton Plow Weight

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by growmow, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. growmow

    growmow Junior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 15

    Would a plow weighing between 675 to 725 lbs be too much for my half ton?
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2012

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,230

    Short answer: Yes

    Long answer: No
  3. growmow

    growmow Junior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 15

    I probably should purchase a plow thats 650 lbs or less. Is that reasonable?
  4. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    Depending on the packages, maybe?? Would carrying properly placed ballast and at least timbrens. If you have a regular cab you can carry more plow with less damage. It's all about excess FAWR. Most of the major players offer a suitable plow for the vehicle in the 400-500 lbs range.

    Regular cab or 147 inch crew cab?
  5. growmow

    growmow Junior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 15

    It is a regular cab, also a regular box which I think is 8ft. Front axle rating is 3950lbs, rear axle 3750lbs.
    The other reading was 6400lbs, forget what they called it. What weight can the complete truck with plow and ballast not exceed?
  6. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    6400 is your Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. That's the "do not exceed" number.

    Duplicate threads are a PITA
  7. growmow

    growmow Junior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 15

    Thanks for the reply 2COR517. I am new to forums and do not want to be a PITA. What do you mean by duplicate threads and how I can I avoid it?
  8. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    6,400 lbs is what GM is rating that trucks load capacity at includes driver and all passengers.
  9. snerdy

    snerdy Member
    Messages: 32

  10. ggb6259

    ggb6259 Senior Member
    from SW MI
    Messages: 214

    Every plow manufacturer has a Plow Selector of some sort.
    They will give you the weight of the plow and subframe.
    All the primary manufacturers are listed here on the home page or you can find individual sections in the forums...

    I have a SnowDogg MD 75 on a 1500 Ram.
    Plow is 400lbs, 436 with a back drag edge.
    Subframe is aroung 60 lbs (best guess).

    Been a great plow for the last three years or so.
    If I had a do over the new 7.5 Western HTS looks pretty decent... Under 500 libs...

    You can find 8 footers but let the manufacturer tools help guide you..

    Last edited: Dec 3, 2012
  11. I RocDuP I

    I RocDuP I Member
    Messages: 40

    I have an 8' Hiniker on the front of my truck. Plow weighs in around 630ish give or take. Front end only drops 1/2in with the blade up. I also have the Z85 suspension package. Just watch your temps when plowing and dont beat the thing. I use mine for commercial use