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Chevy 5500 - Do I need 4WD

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Patrick34, Sep 27, 2005.

  1. Patrick34

    Patrick34 Senior Member
    Messages: 102

    Looking to purchase a chevy 5500, do I really need 4WD? Any opinions, thanks.
  2. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    I really think it depends on what kind of work you are going to do. I am in the same boat, and I feel that by going with a 25k gvw and putting a 6 yard spreader I should be fine in a parking lot. Additionally I will be out there with the storm, so no pushing 2 foot of snow for me.

    How ever if I could get a 5500 with a higher then 19.5 gvw and 4wd I would.
  3. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,256

    Do you need it? No, but personally I would get it. We have a F800 (now F650) with 2WD, put some ballast in it and it will push anything. Only been stuck a couple times when sliding off driveways\roadways.

    It was a $25K aftermarket option for the truck we got, so we didn't go with 4wd, but if it would have been relatively inexpensive, I would have done it in a heartbeat.
  4. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    Dam thats alot of money, and yes I agree I would go with it as well
  5. NJ Plowman

    NJ Plowman Senior Member
    Messages: 794

    YES, YES, YES,...Go for the extra money! I had a fully loaded garbage packer at one of my clients get stuck, I plowed him out and cleared the way for him, and he still slid off the driveway several times. If you are doing snoe/ice work, absolutely get the 4x4 option. You can amortise the cost over the next, say 10 years of the trucks life and it will pay for itself (like having good insurance!). payup
  6. Oshkosh

    Oshkosh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,655

    If it isnt to much more.....

    If it wont cost you to much extra the resale value will be worth it alone(4x4)....Depending on what the truck will be doing even if you need it only once a year you will be glad you have it.......It is all in what you can afford.
  7. NJ Plowman

    NJ Plowman Senior Member
    Messages: 794

    Oshkosh...ABSOLUTELY !!! :drinkup:
  8. cja1987

    cja1987 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,407

    If 4X4 is an option, get it unless you really cant afford it. They would not be offering 4X4 if there was never any demand for it. It will be worth it, why would you want to run around in the snow without 4X4 knowing that it is an option. I have seen many big trucks loaded up in the back get stuck because they did not have 4X4. All it takes is a small slip up into a snowbank and your all done, and the only thing all that extra ballest that was supposed to keep you from getting stuck will be doing is making it more difficult for someone to pull you out.

    Just my .02 there will be others that have done it and report no problems so listen to both sides and make your decision. Iam just giving my observations.

    TRUE TURF LAWN Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    you never know when you will need it. :waving:
  10. gpin

    gpin Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    We have one truck, a C3500 dump w/ no 4wd. It plows big flat lots as long as a 4x4 is within 5 minutes. If you send out alone, it gets stuck. Great for salt. If you're going to pair it up w/ a 4x4 its great but don't send it out alone or it will cost you $.
  11. Gicon

    Gicon Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 989

    Think RESALE Pat....