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Can I effectively plow with this truck???

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Fred777, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. Fred777

    Fred777 Junior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 5

    I have a 2008 chevy silverado 2500 HD longbed. Unfortunately it is 2wd. Is it crazy to consider plowing with this truck? I am a remodeling contractor and have a few customers that have inquired about plowing services.

    Can I effectively plow with this truck? How hard will it be on my truck? Any equipment recommendations for this truck?

    I know I am asking a lot of questions. Looking through this site there is a TON of well informed pros and I was hoping to get some info from those that know.

    Any and all information would be greatly appreciated!

  2. duluthplower

    duluthplower Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    Every thing I've seen you can plow with a 2wd truck you just need timbrens and extra weight on the back of the truck. You would want a 8' minimum to cover the wheel path of the truck while the plow is angled. I'm sure you will get alot of plow brand recomendations. The most important thing is dealer support for parts and repairs. Hope this helps.
  3. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    If you get stuck just be sure you have tow trucks number..
    Not saying 4 WD wouldn't get stuck there's a reason they made them, plowing is one .
  4. Fred777

    Fred777 Junior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 5


    Thanks for the info. Good point on the plow size....I hadn't thought about that. I appreciate your help.
  5. Fred777

    Fred777 Junior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 5


    That is one of my concerns. I don't even want to consider plowing if getting stuck, etc. will be a big problem. Thanks for your reply.

    Any others have 2wd input????
  6. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    It won't be worth it my friend. Seriously, don't bother.
  7. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    chains on the rear tires and 3000 lbs. over the rear wheels and you might not get stuck. And a locker
  8. Mstrfxit12

    Mstrfxit12 Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    My thought would be, loops around a shopping center, wou'd probably be "ok" with 2WD and ballast. In and out of driveways you are begging for tow bills and damage.
  9. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,925

    i try to plow in 2wd until it gets to heavy or i get stuck... thats were 4wd comes in handy
  10. Fred777

    Fred777 Junior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 5

    Sounds like it is almost unanimous......with a lot of luck and ballast I "might" be ok. That is what I thought but wanted to get all of your professional opinion. Not so sure that I want to roll the dice on this one.

    Thanks for the input!
  11. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Fred,,,,,maybe for just a few driveways you can use a snowblower and haul it in the truck you have.
    2WD and driveways don;t work well IMO.
  12. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    It won't work well for you. You would have to get a plow really cheap to make any $
  13. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,041

    You would be digging the truck out more than plowing!
  14. Ford445

    Ford445 Senior Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 243

    Buy a 4WD truck.:salute:
  15. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    where in ohio are you?
  16. linycctitan

    linycctitan Senior Member
    Messages: 588

    Have you considered picking up a used 4x4 with a plow already on it? If you are just starting out, there is no shame in "testing the waters". For the cost of a new plow for your "bread & butter" truck you could pick up an older, used rig thats already set up. For the money, it may not be pretty, but pretty doesn't get the job done. I would advise against putting a blade on your current truck, you'd be asking for trouble in my opinion. I would look into either a used truck or, as someone else mentioned, a snowblower. Best of luck.
  17. ducatirider944

    ducatirider944 Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 469

    I second this, if you had a 1 ton dually you might be able to pull it off. You would need close to 3k for weight like bri said to make it work, and I just don't think a non dually would like that much weight in the back all the time. There is a guy selling a 2000 chevy with plow for $6k in the used section. I just dropped almost that yesterday on a new plow.
  18. justwheelit

    justwheelit Member
    Messages: 46

    for commercial parking lots 2wd will work untill it gets heavy but thats about it
  19. Fred777

    Fred777 Junior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 5

    Looks like my decision is made. Thanks to all for the input.
  20. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    all of my trucks plow in 2wd until it gets icy but it depends on what your intentions are. it also depends on how much abuse you are willing to dish out to your vehicle.