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about too purchase 7.5

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by scootz52, Nov 29, 2001.

  1. scootz52

    scootz52 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Hello all, new user and plower. I have read and searched many areas, but i wish to ask.
    What is the best plow for my 83 Chevy C-30 dually 4x4? Seems that a 7.5 is too small? form posts. OOh yea and i plan to join SIMA

    JD PLOWER PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 751

    9 footer. You have to cover that wheelbase. Edit: Is'nt that a K-30 (4x4) I'm a ford guy so I'm just curious?
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2001
  3. alfman

    alfman Member
    Messages: 32

    You can use a 7.5 just put a set of wings on it.A 7.5 plow is more common and usally cheaper than a 8 or 9' blade. I did that on a couple of dumps I used to have and it works pretty good.Plus the wings are pitched forward so it helps with trailoff.
  4. 75

    75 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,382

    You're right JD, 4wd Chev/Gmc trucks are "K" series, 2wd are "C" series.

    IMO, a 7.5 is too narrow for a dually, especially if it's a dually pickup which uses the w-i-d-e rear axle.

    8 foot will work, 8.5 or 9 foot blade is better. You need to clear a wide enough path that your rear tires won't be riding in the unplowed snow. While the 7.5 may work going straight ahead, it'll be a little narrow for any kind of a turn. Besides, that "tonner" truck will push lots of snow, so take advantage of it - the wider plow lets you take a bigger "bite" each pass.
  5. scootz52

    scootz52 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Thank you for the reply's. I hope that the 7.5 with wings will suffice. Im doing only a couple of small res properties and 4-10 to 15 spot commercial lots? the 7.5 is much cheaper and avail. any others require a new purchase at this point. Also the truck is a C-30. The dually and 4x4 are both options on this truck. (you can check on kellybluebook.com)Brought back from VA.
  6. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,224

    Well good luck with the 7.5 but grab a 8.5 or 9' if you can especially if it's a 2wd your tires will alwasy be in the snow fereals that your plows leaves behind.
  7. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman Banned
    Messages: 2,133

    I think he is right I have seen 4x4 C series.

    I also agree that you should go up to a bigger plow. You can always buy this one and just get a bigger blade.
  8. slplow

    slplow PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 594

    I too would go with a 8.5 or 9 ft. The 7.5 is to small. Wings are good for pushing but not so good for back draging.
  9. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    4x4 has always been K series. Look at the vin code and my bet is that the 7th letter (or there abouts)is a K.
  10. scootz52

    scootz52 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    thanks again for all the great info! After sleeping on it i've decided the group answer is what i should use. I think this company should have helped me with this decision instead of pushing for a large dep oin a blade thats TOO small for my C-30
    I'll see what else is avail with so little time in MI.
    IN additon, I have double checked my vin (all c no k)and original window sticker with all options from new purchase of 1983 Chevy C-30 w/Scottsdale pkge. though if anyone wants to bet a 8.5-9.0 footer i'd be happy to prove. (lol)
  11. slplow

    slplow PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 594

    Scootz, what brands of plows are you looking at? I know around here in east there are plenty of plows around and we had a real good winter last winter.
  12. scootz52

    scootz52 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    well i'm looking at a Meyer it's a little older.
    I've been looking here in M.I. for a Couple of months. not much used new too $$ 3000-4000.
  13. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317


    Go down to the local auto parts store and try to buy new U joints for the front axle of an 83 Chevy C/10, and see what happens... be sure to insist you want them for a C model. :D

    The front drive axle technically IS an option, but when a truck has it, it becomes a K model. Chevy had been doing that for years. Even the 1967 - 72 series. The only 67 - 72 trucks that came standard with the K emblem were the Blazers. K emblems from those years are rare. The 73 - 87 series sometimes used C emblems on 4wd trucks. In fact in 87 for some dumb reason GM switched to the V (4wd) and R (2wd) model designations. This stayed the same on Blazers and Suburbans until 1990. Yet the Blazer was still referred to as the K/1500 during those years. The pickups kept the C and K model designations, even with the body style change begining in 88. GM made it easy in recent years by just putting a "C/K" emblem on every truck. The VIN# digit for the K designation is the fifth digit for the 81-87 model years.

    As far as a blade goes, I think you'll do fine with the wings on a 7.5'. The lots you are talking about don't sound like they will require long arcing runs. Just keep your eyes open for a used Meyer Husky, or Western 8' or 9' blade, or whatever brand. It will mount right up to your existing mounts in most cases.

    I should add, that technically you have a C model with the 4wd option, yes, but that is what makes it a K model. Somewhat of a GM oxymoron... Oh, and by the way, only 20% of the C models had the 4wd option in 83 And Chevy only sold 35,625 C and K/30 models that year. So you see it's not that many that had the 4wd option. That's only 7,125 "K" models sold in 1983. Pretty rare.

    Last edited: Dec 1, 2001
  14. scootz52

    scootz52 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Chuck, thanks again for all the great info
    i have purchase that plow the owner had made the wings himselg very h-d and a little bigger than the stock Meyers. overall plow and wings come to length comes to aboot 96"