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Driveway truck No more F-150

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Stowe, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. Stowe

    Stowe Member
    Messages: 40

    Is a F-250 F-350 with an extended cab or crew cab to big for driveways?
    The F-150 can't take plows in the 2011 or 2012 model years
  2. seville009

    seville009 Senior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 877

    No....makes it a little tougher, of course, but it is doable. I use a F350 CC.
  3. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

  4. Jguck25

    Jguck25 Senior Member
    Messages: 594

    It isnt too big, but it also depends on the type of driveway.. I have an extended cab long bed F350 and I plow driveways with it a lot. I used to have a reg cab long bed and this one is two feet longer and its not too much. Ive only had one driveway that was allllmost too small for the driveway but it was still doable. where i live in new england i get a good combination of long windy drives and also short tiny ones. What size bed would you be getting? I would try and stay away from the CC long bed. but a CC shortbed or ext cab long bed is about the extent i would like to use. Also, if it is a dually that will make it that much harder
  5. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    Doable... yes.

    I started plowing in 1986 with a 76 F150 Lb I plowed only driveways, bought a Jeep as backup. I used the Jeep once and sold the truck. It takes me 1/2 the time to plow with the jeep OR in the same time I can plow 2X driveways, thats more $$.
  6. Jguck25

    Jguck25 Senior Member
    Messages: 594

    Absolutely true. It would be much faster but I need a truck in the spring summer and fall months. It wasnt worth having two vehicles to me. But i am at my max now with what my trucks can handle, and i do plan on expanding my residential route in the next couple years and my dedicated residential plow rig will be a jeep set up similarly to theplowmeister's setup.
  7. IDST

    IDST Senior Member
    Messages: 973

    I have s 10 F350 CC short box with a Western 9'6" V and we have a dozen or so small driveways (the rest aren't a prob) Last year we got so much snow I ended up leasing another bobcat to do those driveways. No where to put snow without tearing up landscaping. Other than those it worked great. I do have a back up camera and without that sometimes those small drives are impossible
  8. 32vld

    32vld Senior Member
    from LI, NY
    Messages: 622

    It's not is the truck too big it's also is the driveway to small.

    As in women, driveways come in all shapes and sizes.

    You have to match up to your market. Do you do condos, apt complexs, everyone has driveways on1/4 acre or everyone has nothing smaller then 1 acre?
  9. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    Whatever you do, just stay away from the long beds, especially with a Crew Cab.

    And look for an 05 or newer for the decreased turning radius on the coil front end.
  10. sbt1

    sbt1 Member
    Messages: 59

    So.. Eco-boost trucks

    can't push a plow??
  11. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    I had a Bronco II with a 6 foot standard Meyer blade. I was the driveway king! Too bad it broke parts all season long. If you could only buy a truck that small and heavy duty most of us would have one. For condo's and drives. I never met a drive I could not do!
  12. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    No, has more to do with the electronic steering and other electrical components.

    Talked to a snoway dealer the other day and he says that their plows are set up to not disrupt the electrical functions of the new F-150 trucks.

    I think, but I can't remember, him saying something about the solenoids and how much draw they pull from the truck.

  13. nekos

    nekos Senior Member
    Messages: 586

    Theplowmeister summed it up perfectly.

    You could use a loader with a 16 foot pusher box for driveways if you had to, a jeep how ever is the best option. It just makes life so much easier.
  14. Plow man Foster

    Plow man Foster PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,153

    We have both. During a light storm, we can get away with our Jeeps but when you get heavy snow you need to have a bigger truck like a 250 and up.
    The right driver can make any truck work!
    I know a guy who plows drives in a 350 Dump!
  15. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    It is my understanding the issue is the sacrificial draw. Everyone but Snoway uses relays, modules, or whatever that particular manufacturer calls them in their headlight systems and the voltage they use is a concern.
  16. Weenuk

    Weenuk Senior Member
    Messages: 207

    Get a long box to carry a quad and quad plow your smaller driveways. That seems to be what others are doing.