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Chevy C5500 truck

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by ronhon, Oct 20, 2005.

  1. ronhon

    ronhon Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    Hi. I am a landscaper in Toronto, Ontario and new in the snow plow industry. Yesterday, I met a sales rep for leasing a 3/4 ton pick up truck. After few minutes conversation, he suggested to lease a C5500 dump truck. He made some points

    1. It is durable, can run eight years without trouble. Most 3/4 or 1 ton pick ups can only last for 5 years

    2. For landscaping and salting, maximum load for a 1 ton is 2 yards of soil or salt. Since C5500 gvac rate is 19000 lbs. I can load more materials than a 1 ton

    3. A 1 ton pick up can install up to 9' plow. But I can put a 10' for a C5500.

    4. Most landscapers who used to own a pick ups are likely switching to a bigger size.

    My current clients are
    Commericals - most with appro. 20,000 sqft areas
    Townhouses communities - from 50 to 400 townhouses.
    They both need snow plowing and salting.

    The lease price are
    3/4 ton pick up 4x4, auto, diesel, ext cab - $764 CAD for 48 mths
    C5500 2wd, auto, diesel, reg cab - $899 CAD for 60 mths
    C5500 4x4, auto, gas, reg cab - $899 CAD for 60 mths
    All are Chevy or GMC

    Is it wise to plow and do landscaping with a mid size truck? Any suggestion? Thanks in advance.
  2. snyps

    snyps Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    My only advice is with something that big, get a diesel, the gas mileage will kill you in the long run on a gas engine.

    But with 2wd, and something that big, can you plow with it, or are you just spinning your wheels. (not sure never plowed with something that big before).