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Back Up Truck

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by HOLLYWOOD, Dec 8, 2003.


    HOLLYWOOD Member
    Messages: 70

    How many of you, one man crews have a back up truck? I don't mean someone who will help you if your trucks down. I mean your own backup truck.

    Every year I get nerves and think I should have one
  2. SDlawndawg

    SDlawndawg Senior Member
    Messages: 139

    I'm in the process of buying one right now. I have had to borrow a truck in the past but it is a pain. I have a Superduty with about 50,000 miles on it and sooner or later something is gonna give (besides the tranny...)

    HOLLYWOOD Member
    Messages: 70

    SDLAWN What are you looking to buy ?

    Iv'e been looking for an f150 since it would just be a back up .
  4. SDlawndawg

    SDlawndawg Senior Member
    Messages: 139

    Probably a chevy 1/2 ton. They're common and seem to hold up pretty well. I'd buy a 3/4 or 1 ton but for around $2,000 the choices are slim.
  5. jt5019

    jt5019 Senior Member
    Messages: 853

    Im using the backup our new truck doesnt have a plow installed yet :rolleyes:
  6. ahaycoman

    ahaycoman Member
    from Montana
    Messages: 78

    I had a power steering sector take a dump last year. I figured I would just strong-arm it back to my shop, but I didn't realize the same system controlled the brakes too! Since I had lost all the fluid the only way I had to stop the truck was by dropping the plow...I wouldn't recommend it. The only good part was that I was only about three pushes away from being done with my last customer's lot.
    This year I have an additional truck similarly set up to use the same plow. Although I haven't got it figured out yet how I'm going to get home and get it if I need it...? There are certain disadvantages to being a 'one-man show'--that's for sure--but I feel they are outweighed by the good things.
    In a nutshell, all other things being equal, it's generally good to have a spare truck (or at least a plan "B") in my opinion. I think it might be a good way to lose customers if you don't.
  7. meyer22288

    meyer22288 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,003

    get a back up truck. the 2001 chevy we plow with broke down just 2 days before this big snow storm we had. had to barrow a friends truck. a back-up truck is always a must