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Can't Find a Truck.

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by grass happens, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. grass happens

    grass happens Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    I wasn't planning on plowing this season, but now that I have decided to, I can't find a truck/plow set-up. I have called/e-mailed on over 110 trucks, and nothing. They are either gone before I can get there, junk or 80+ miles away. The one that I found i my town was an 88 2500 chev with a 7.5 uni-, but it was rattlecaned, bondo'd and had lots of issues to fix. He wanted 3000, I offered 2000, no bite. I relize for my budget, $3000, that I am not going to get a prom date, but I would like a truck i dont have to worry about starting, or one with a title. Am i looking for too much this late in the game? I'm only going to be doing some resi's and some subin for a freind, not too much. Should I just plan on a cozy winter of video games and snowblowers?
  2. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    welcome to my world the last 2 months i have beat craigslist looking and had my eye on a blazer and my mom went to rusty and that was the only thing so far that was worth an offer really. i mean i have zero budget but i wanna get it so if it needs some work i can do it with out freezing to death.
  3. stroker79

    stroker79 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,802

    I would stay in cozy playing with snowblowers and videogames.

    You most likely wont find much for 3 grand with a plow. Heck plows alone cost more than that.
  4. daninline

    daninline Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    I sold my truck last year for 4 grand with a V box sander and 8 foot plow i wish you guys were here then :(

    Good luck with the hunt. There is a tool out there that will let you search different citys at the same time for Craigslist do a search for craigs list on stroids and it should find it.

  5. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Welcome grass happens to the site and I second the staying home part. Wait till this winter is over and THEN look for a bargain.
  6. red07gsxr

    red07gsxr Senior Member
    from meriden
    Messages: 256

    i know i live to far away but i have a 89 chevrolet 2500hd 4x4 reg cab long bed, 107k miles with a fisher 7 1/2 ft plow. its not a rust bucket either. $4K. A little more then your budget but its a strong truck.
  7. grass happens

    grass happens Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Yea, I might be able to swing the truck, but unless it can get here on its own using no fuel...
    Thanks though....
  8. grass happens

    grass happens Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Yea, I know. After last years huge snow events, everybody and their brother is putting a plow on anything with wheels. That's why I didn't want to do it now, but now its in my head and the search has become an all encompassing mission. IF we have a crappy winter this year, I'm sure I wont be able to spit without hitting a plow truck. I have no idea why i am so gun-ho for it, In all actuality after the third plow, I want to mow again. I'm waiting to see if that guy with the 88 sold the truck or not, but it needs a fair amount of work...
  9. stroker79

    stroker79 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,802

    well ill speak to the fact that everyone wants to plow this year. My dad bought a new truck a month ago and ordered a boss plow for it on the 30th of october. it was supposed to be in but the distributor who had started 2 months ago with 500 plows is totally sold out so now they are backed up on orders. Luckily most of all the new people dont have any experiance so i dont see them as any real threat.
  10. AndyTblc

    AndyTblc Senior Member
    Messages: 681

    I don't know how far you're wanting to travel or how much but if you look on craigslist in the grand rapids area, there are a ton of plow trucks.
  11. scitown

    scitown Senior Member
    Messages: 422

    I was on a budget of $7000 last winter and was so sick of people not returning my calls and emails. I finally made a post saying that people selling trucks on craigslist should follow up or stop posting ads. I did find a truck around the middle of Dec after searching for three months. Stay on it. You will find something. Not a bad thing if you either save up and go for it next year with a higher budget. Amazing how much or a jump in plow trucks you can find if you double the budget you have now.
  12. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    You can't get a truck with a plow that takes an inspection sticker for under $3000. If you want a Chevy don't get a 1988 or 1989 they are nown for having rusted out frames. I personaly think 1987 is the best year it is feul injected and it it's the old body style.
  13. scitown

    scitown Senior Member
    Messages: 422


    Is this a good truck for under $3000?

    I would say it is. I also know you saw this post because you were the first person to reply.

    Whats your deal?
  14. sechracer

    sechracer Senior Member
    Messages: 478

    ANY 20 year old truck will have rust on the frame. As for as truck and plow combo, that "takes a sticker" thats not totally true.

    Keep an eye out for something like an S-10 with a 6'6" blade on it. It would work great for doing driveways and should run a little cheaper than a full size.
  15. red07gsxr

    red07gsxr Senior Member
    from meriden
    Messages: 256

    i have a 90 k2500 and the frame looks better then some 2000 truck frames. they all dont rust horribly. thats one reason why i bought the truck. the frame looked amazing
  16. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,951

    did you try ebay ?
  17. grass happens

    grass happens Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    I have tried everything short of knocking on peoples doors with old plow trucks.
    As for not fining a truck with an inspection sticker... i only need a sticker here if i get "D" plates.I don't need those. I am not planning on plowing for hours on end. Its been a couple of years since I have pushed, and would rather not end up over committed. I have a good friend that does quite a bit of plowing, and he would sub some smaller areas to me, as well as helping him with a large lot if necessary. After a decent 2-4" event, I would plan on being out 2-3 hours. I realize that a 3000$ truck will have issues, but I am somewhat mechanically inclined, and I have a plethora of friends who are mechanics and/or teach mechanics at the local Jr. college.