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Can a 2002 Silverado 1500 HD handle a Blizzard 810?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by dannyc33, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. dannyc33

    dannyc33 Member
    Messages: 42

    For 9 years I have had a Blizzard 810 on my Ram 2500 and its done just fine. The GAVRW- the weight the front axel takes leaves about 1600 lbs for the front axel and with the Blizzard 810 being 925 lbs it handles it fine. I put about 1000 lbs in the bed to compensate and add traction.

    I'm looking at getting a 2002 1500 HD for my lawn care business and plowing aswell and the GVAR - the weight of the front of he truck leaves about 1100 lbs free, which should handle the plow.
    before you dismiss the idea, kep in mine we usually only get 4 or 5 storms a year worth plowing here, each time out I usually only put about 60 miles on the truck over aout 10-12 hours of plowing, and other than a tiny neighborhood and a small parkin lot all my accounts are driveways for now. Each year I woul realy only put about 250-500 miles on it with a plow, and about 8000 miles pulling a trailer for mowers. So 95%+ of the time 4wd and the extra payload would be useless, the main reason I don't want a 2500, but I figured this was a nice compromise. Plus a 1500 HD + plow costs the same as a 2500. Or my other option was a 1500 2wd truck for mowing and a cheap 2500/3500 4wd for plowing only, that's pretty much what I'm doing now, plowing with my ram 2500 and mowing with he ram 1500, but its tranny is towards the end of its life and its almost tme to move on.

    Any advice, opinion, recomendations, etc are more than welcome :)
  2. 2006Sierra1500

    2006Sierra1500 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,758

    A 1500HD is a 2500 non-HD underneath. Blizzard's Power Match doesn't recommend it, I'd throw Timbrens or Air Shocks in and go plowing.
  3. Burkartsplow

    Burkartsplow PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,246

    I would say no
  4. goel

    goel PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,079

    Like stated. 1500hd is just a 2500. I have 2 with Plows hanging off them.
  5. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    Isn't the frame a 1500 and the suspension & drivetrain a 2500 setup?
  6. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    No. See above. :waving:

    What is the FAWR? Most 1500HD's were only 4400. Whether legal or not it's going to need help up front to support an 810.
  7. dannyc33

    dannyc33 Member
    Messages: 42

    I believe its 4800, and the truck puts 3700 on it, leaving 1100 for a plow...a plow that weighs 925.
    Doing math itll work, but its close enough to possibly be a concern...especially with the added weight of snow
  8. scott3430

    scott3430 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,008

    I think getting a 2500 is a much better bet then a 1/2 ton.
  9. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    You got one of the heavier ones then. Not that many 4800lb out there that I've seen.

    You're not factoring in the effective weight the axle see's due to the placement of the plow weight. Placed directly over the axle it's 925 lbs but four feet ahead it is greater. So likely it will be over especially once you add additional payload.
  10. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Doesn't matter. The FAWR isn't any higher on a 3/4 ton (or 1 ton for that matter) than a 1500HD with a 4800lb rating. That's as high as it went during the GMT800 trucks.
  11. dannyc33

    dannyc33 Member
    Messages: 42

    sorry I got that wrong, it is 4400, and the truck is 3100, leaving 1300 for the front axle

    3300 is the payload, so with a 1300 lb plow Ild have 2000 left for the bed and any extra weight for the interior. Some of the weight could be placed all the way back to help balance out the 4 ft the plow sticks out
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2013
  12. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    Danny, what are you looking to spend on this truck? I have a truck for sale on here that would be good for what you're looking to do. Of course it would mean selling the 810. This truck was setup to do driveways and it's awesome at it. This truck could be your solution for mowing and plowing. Anyway here is the CL link for you.
  13. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Been a long time since I've weighed the front axle on a 1500HD but 3100 sounds a little light. Not dissing your details, but you positive on that?
  14. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,400

    ummmmm i would say no,,,,your also forgetting an important factor,,,,the brakes!!!!!!!
    your going to be way over on your max braking.
    and your saying 925 for the plow,,,what about the mount? thats close to 100lbs