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2wd Dump truck questions?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by greenbean, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. greenbean

    greenbean Junior Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 11

    I have a 2wd chevy 3500 HD dump truck and I want to plow it has 9.5 blade do i need chains or is it impossible.
  2. paponte

    paponte Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    We have sanders in the back of our 2wd trucks. You would just need weight over the rear axle. :cool:
  3. Oshkosh

    Oshkosh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,655

    I agree

    I would say a good set of tires and some weight and you should be ok.A set of chains might not be a bad idea either.I am planning on a set for mine just in case.
  4. 3 years and never a problem....just make sure you have weight in the bed:drinkup:

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  5. Dwan

    Dwan Senior Member
    Messages: 879

    Had a 1976 F350 2 WD with a 4 speed and manual stearing w/8' meyer all hydrolic plow. with no load it would get stuck on leval ground with studded snow tires on it. the waight of the blade in front of the truck took some waight off the rear tires causing it to spinn all the time. it would plow great as long as there was at least 1 ton of sand in the back and had chains.
    But boy what a work out.
  6. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,322

    Put a vbox in it or at least 1200 lbs. That thing can carry some weight right. 19.5" tires? If you aren't pushing for a town, state etc. ie going straight and forward 99% of the time, be very careful about where you stop. You can get stuck easier than you think, and once you are, welll, your stuck. Maybe you could put a air locker in the rear axle or something if you're worried about getting stuck.
  7. procut1

    procut1 Senior Member
    Messages: 380

    We use 2wd with no problems......Weight is the KEY
  8. gpin

    gpin Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    We use a 2wd GMC 3500 dually dump, as stated above, we put a full vee box in it and it is primarily a salt rig that plows. We rarely send it out on its own as it has been stuck a few times. It's great for big parking lots. It slid off a driveway and got stuck. We keep it paired up w/ 4wd. I would be nervous if it was my only truck and I had primary responsibility for a commercial lot.
  9. lawn king

    lawn king PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,085


    Isuzu npr hd diesel here. 9 ft blade, 2-6 thousand lbs of sand in the dump body, good rubber, no traction problems at all! commercial plowing only!
  10. Runner

    Runner Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    They will push snow all over the countryside. ...Just stay out of the loading docks. That is where t=you will find your difficulty factor. Back down and push out - then pull forward down and pull the furthest stuff back.
  11. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    Weight, weight, weight! and stay far away from back dragging loading docks. A lot of guys around here have 2wd some run chains some don't. Hopefully atleast it has a locking rear differential.
  12. plowzilla

    plowzilla Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    I'll agree with these guys; weight in the bed and good tires.