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4wd or no 4wd

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Ocean Side, Feb 24, 2007.

  1. Ocean Side

    Ocean Side Member
    Messages: 51

    What do you New England guys think, do you need a 1 ton to be 4wd to plow snow with the weight of a spreader and all of that salt in the dump body?

    and do you think that this truck is 4wd or not from the pic? THANKS!

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  2. carl b

    carl b PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,330

    its 2 wheel,:dizzy: plowing i dont know?
  3. BOSS550

    BOSS550 Senior Member
    Messages: 212

    That is 2wd. All that salt in the body is great--until it's empty!!?? An empty 2 wheel drive dually truck in the snow can be a handful. 4x4 is nice also to help steer with a bladeful of snow.
  4. Ocean Side

    Ocean Side Member
    Messages: 51

    so even at 85000, miles in mint cond, and in my price range I should pass then?
  5. pdude

    pdude Junior Member
    from ct
    Messages: 13

    i had a 2 wheel drive dually loaded with 2 tons of salt and the thing could not make it up the smallest incline. i was driving up a small incline and it wouldnt make it up that and that was already plowed:dizzy: . save your self the fustration and by a 4wd
  6. KentuckyPlow

    KentuckyPlow Member
    Messages: 64

    It all depends on what kind of plowing you are going to do. We use 2WD dumptrucks on farely flat lots all day long with no problems.
  7. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    The truck looks great..no question about that..but, 2wd plowing, especially around here, i wouldnt do it, especially after seeing how hilling parts of your region were yesterday!
  8. adksnowo

    adksnowo Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    The reason for 4x4 even with a one ton dually is b/c it snows here!!! This area is pretty rolling and mountainous, last event was 36" of snow in just over 12 hours. To even keep up and be able to really stack snow w/o worrying about if you can back away from the pile pretty much demands 4x4 trucks. If you are plowing on flat pavement and don't anticipate big events then I could see how a D.R.W. one ton could do the job with good ballasting.
  9. Ocean Side

    Ocean Side Member
    Messages: 51

    Oh I know, I shouldn't even consider it, but for the price it is a steal for the summer, but come winter, I think that I would be the fool, I was looking for some other thoughts, and everyone else thinks just like me I guess!
  10. YardMedic

    YardMedic PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    Dedicated sander, perhaps. It would take the new V-box nicely, keeping the p/u free. Sidewalk & snowblower crew if you get into that. For sure it's a great truck from April 1 to December 1, but it's a toss up about the winter. Beat the snot out of that from spring through fall, saving your plow truck for winter work (and probably personal use?).

    I think there will be plenty of good 4x4 buys in the coming months.

  11. crazymike

    crazymike Senior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 639

    I have a 550 with school bus tires and the 4wd is broken. It plows fine. The odd time I do something stupid while empty and can get stuck. But for the most part I'm okay.

    Just keep some salt in the back and you are okay.
  12. 1sthippy

    1sthippy Member
    Messages: 85

    Another one!

    BWade, Don't change your mind so fast. If you are going to drive it ( verses a hired helper ) and pay attention to where and how you plow. With a good set of tires, I used Bandag Winter Deeps on my class 8 trucks, and also maybe a set of Insta-chains, I think you would do just fine. Just another thought. Think about it, Hippy
  13. Meadelz

    Meadelz Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    1 ton 4wd?

    My 1 ton is 4wd, but 98% of the time I plow in 2wd. My theory is 2wd to get in, 4wd to get out. I look at it as an insurance policy. Will never own a truck unless it is 4wd!!!

  14. Oshkosh

    Oshkosh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,655

    If it is a steal!!!

    Again, depending on what you are plowing,town roads,steep driveways????..A good load of ballast,good snow tires and a set of chains for when it is really bad you shouldn't have to much trouble.
    Old guys like me remember when most contractors where running 2wd one tons and they got threw the storms just like us.
    Dont get me wrong in a perfect world I say AWD Diesel....But it can be plowed in 2wd.

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  15. Ocean Side

    Ocean Side Member
    Messages: 51

    Fluid Film!


    Thanks! I appreciate all of the opinions here so much. It's great to get info from your peers and those that have been there. The price on the truck is a steal and in mint condition! That is why it was hard to run. I don't know I have a few days to decide. It's a big step for me anyhow.
  16. Oshkosh

    Oshkosh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,655

    Send PM.

    Thanks for the interest.Sent you a PM 2/25 1pm.