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Cherokee or Bronco?

Discussion in 'Jeeps' started by Cherokee, Sep 14, 2007.

  1. Cherokee

    Cherokee Member
    Messages: 33

    1st Post Newbie,

    What to do?

    Will be moving to upstate NY - Glens Falls - ( near Lake George)

    * Plan on plowing small parking lots - i.e. Banks - Deli's etc.

    * Can my 1998 Jeep Cherokee handle this?
    ( New Western Plow costs 3800.00)

    * Other Option - have opportunity to buy a 1990ish Ford Broncho ( the bigger one) with plow for 1900.00 - truck was used to clear car dealership parking lot for last 6 years - has not been on road in a while - don't know what kind of work it needs- they say 'just an alternator.'..i.e.not currently running.

    * my Jeep is tight with new front - end - radiator - other stuff - regularly used.

    * Opinions? Go with Jeep or Broncho to plow in upstate NY.
  2. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    For up state NY,
    A better choice for commercial lots would be a 3/4 ton or bigger.
    Not that the other two can't plow.
    The 3/4 ton would be better suited for the task of plowing lots.
  3. JeepPlow18

    JeepPlow18 Senior Member
    Messages: 658

    Snofarmer is right. But for easy to plow small places, and tight spots the cherokee is really good in my book. I plowed last year with a 89' Jeep Cherokee and it was amazing in tight spots. But for bigger lots a 3/4 ton like snofarmer said. Hope this helps. Mike
  4. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    JeepPlow18 it right .
    We had a Jeep yj with the 4ho and a snow-way plow.
    For tight spots their very maneuverable.
    The draw back is there so light.
    So, if the snow is heavy and you have to push it any distance then a heaver vehicle will work better for you.
  5. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    If the vehicle just set there doing nothing unless it was moving snow it probably needs...everything. RUN AWAY unless you are a mechanic who intends to rebuild it from the ground up to make it a reliable snowplow vehicle. Having rebuild a few vehicle I think you could buy a new one cheaper
  6. JeepPlow18

    JeepPlow18 Senior Member
    Messages: 658

    Snofarmer you took the words right out of my mouth. I was going to say the only drawback is they are light especially for pushing heavy wet snow. haha:rolleyes: I remember last year with the last storm that we had the eight inches of ice, slush crud and then i go to plow and im trying really hard to push it and I did but all four tires were spinning constantly lol:dizzy: :cry:
  7. Cherokee

    Cherokee Member
    Messages: 33

    Not to Cherokee

    Ok gentlemen,

    You talked me out of destroying my Cherokee...

    Next option - My wife's 1993 GMC Suburban 4x4 1500 - it's still not a 3/4 ton - will it work?

    Or - I can buy an old Bronco- full sized - with plow - cheap?

    I appreciate the advice.

  8. snow problem

    snow problem Senior Member
    Messages: 118

    I would not count out the jeep so fast, considering the other options you listed. I have a 99 cherokee with a 6.5 Meyer and it plows great if you keep up with the storm. As stated above a large truck would be better, I also have a 2500 hd with a western for the real heavy stuff. Rather then spend the money on a junk I would say give the jeep a try.
  9. Cherokee

    Cherokee Member
    Messages: 33


    thanks - I am re-considering - given the comparables