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Driveway Rig

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by born2farm, May 31, 2009.

  1. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310


    Ok sorry if this is a long post but here is my delima. I need to decide on an efficient drivway rig for a somewhat reasonable price. I have plowed for three years doing nothing but driveways with a lawn mower and a quad with a 48in blade. Last year was my best year yet with 20 steady customers and averaging 20 or more call ins per storm. I recently picked up a used one ton but even though I have only owned it for a few weeks, I have quickly relized that it is not going to be realiable enough to use. I plan on selling it for money towards something newer and probably smaller. I plan on tackleing only driveways untill I am out of high school. I was going to target small commercial, but to do a proffessional job they require 24hr supervision which I can not provide while in my last two years of high school. So what would you guys say I should look for as far as a plow and salt rig goes. I am leaing towards a 3/4ton pickup with a reg. cab and eight foot bed.
  2. scitown

    scitown Senior Member
    Messages: 422

    Whats with the trucks listed in your profile? 3/4 is fine.
  3. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

    The one ton listed is the one that I said I will be getting rid of. The other truck is my personal truck. It is a manual tranny and has almost 200000mi on it, so i cant see putting a plow on it this far into its life.
  4. Alpha Property

    Alpha Property Senior Member
    Messages: 668

    whats wrong with the 1 ton? lol and how much are you going to be asking for it? and is it a 4x4?
  5. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

    well the one ton needs a lot of work. The frame is starting to rust out because it was a salt truck for 10yrs. It also needs a fuel pump and some other parts. More then likely it will be truck that will nickle and dime me. With a limited amount of time to get my driveways done I just think it would be a smart business decision to get something a little better.
  6. Bossman 92

    Bossman 92 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,771

    Hey let me know what you want for it! I am close and might be interested.
  7. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    I dont know what you have for driveways. I've done driveways for 24 years Ive used full size trucks and Jeep wranglers. I sold my truck and use jeeps. I have a helper with a full sized F250 and he can't do about 75% of my rout (I have 100 driveways) When I first went to my jeep I doubled the number of driveways I can do in the same time. The jeep is so maneuverable and I can see the both ends of the plow even when angled. For driveways smaller is better, Wrangler or bronco II or blazer.

    Just my 2 cents worth.
  8. BigDave12768

    BigDave12768 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,446

    Last two years in High school? Do you even have your drivers license?
  9. Stik208

    Stik208 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,319

    Wasnt this the great $500 plow truck? Hmmm
  10. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

    well i dont know about great....i is useable but will need work which i knew
  11. born2farm

    born2farm 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,310

    hmm lets see i have had my license since beginning of december 08 so ya
  12. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    Why wouldn't he?:rolleyes:
  13. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    If I was you I'd go get a kubota 5740 tractor, or similar, put an inverted blower on the back and a loader/bucket on the front. Build a tight concentrated service area, smaller the better. Say bet'n yr house and the school.
    Only if it's a mile or so away and not tons farther away.
    As far as those 24/7 comm's you're worried about go, seems to me you'd check them 8 am, noon, 3pm and so on which works even if you are at school.
    Jeeps are a cheaper option and will work great also, but no stacking ability. Stacking is helpful on commercials.
    Tractor cheap to insure, up here no DL req'd, and have a 15+ yr life span.
    My jeeps all w/other drivers last bout 5-6yrs before they're dead, mind you I've always started with used jeeps so I can't complain.
  14. dzrick

    dzrick Senior Member
    Messages: 110

    I put the plow on this old beast after 186,xxx miles of daily driving


    And replaced DD duty to this.


    If the truck is in decent shape maybe consider a new personal truck for your daily driver.
  15. sven1277

    sven1277 Senior Member
    Messages: 498

    For your situation, I'd consider a compact or midsize p/u or jeep. Something reliable. Put a 6.5 or 7' plow on it and stick to resis for now.
  16. plowmaster07

    plowmaster07 Senior Member
    Messages: 438

    Id have to say get another half ton or 3/4 ton. I was in your same boat a few years ago, I picked up my dads 96 dodge 2500 3/4 ton hd. with a 8' meyers. and just graduated high school this june. The truck is great for plowing, but for driveways, a 6' bed would be even better. good luck to ya!