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Explorer for a plow vehicle

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by Idaboui, Jul 14, 2009.

  1. Idaboui

    Idaboui Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    How is an explorer for a plow truck. I am looking to plow my apartment building lot and about 10 driveways. An explorer would make a good vehicle because it looks good for my job (Real Estate Sales) and would be enough of a truck for my rental business. Halling materials/supplies inside and on a trailer. I do the maintenance and repairs.

    Second choice is a 4 door f150. But I prefer a smaller vehicle.

    Any input is appreciated.
  2. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    I have a buddy that plows with his explorer...does quite well.
  3. miltonplower

    miltonplower Senior Member
    from ontario
    Messages: 160

    i'd go with the f-150 build stronger i'd think.
  4. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180

    or find F150 or F250 with short bed would be good if you can't find then try bronco.

    Explorer would do but it more light duty plow.
  5. Idaboui

    Idaboui Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Thanks for the replies.

    I figured a F150 would be a better vehicle for plowing, better yet a 250.

    I talked to a snoway dealer and they said a plow for an explorer would not be warrantied if it was used on anything more than a personal driveway or two and they can tell if the plow has been used for more than personal use. I am really not worried about the warranty or maybe I should be after hearing that.

    I just really want to know if the vehicle (Explorer) is suitable for my intended use. Say a 20 space parking lot and 10 driveways. I'm sure the user will have a lot to do with it. I would be the only user and not in a hurry, so no pounding piles and not F, R, F, R, F as fast as I can to make up time & money.

    Thaks for your replies.
  6. miltonplower

    miltonplower Senior Member
    from ontario
    Messages: 160

    i still would go with the f-150 if you want to look nice then just get a lariat or harly davdison better yet or if u really want something classy get a lincon mark
  7. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    You know another option would be to use the money of a new plow and just buy a beater truck with a plow already. shoot there is an old 250 over here for 500 bucks with a meyers plow on it....
  8. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    You can plow driveways with a ATV or a lawn tractor, lots of guys do. I would imagine you could do your parking lot with one, IF you Plow with the storm. I have installed 22 series on explorers with good success. A lot of the concern with warranty is customer expectation, if you think the warranty is about bent moldboards and broken wear edges from the behavior you say you do not intend to partake in, you will not have a warranty. if you think it's about broken welds, or leaking hydraulics warranty won't be an issue.
  9. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,953

    i think you should save yourself the hassle of plowing and get in touch with me, and I will provide you with a very competitive bid for that parking lot and driveways.
  10. Captain

    Captain Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    I plowed 18 driveways last season with my Explorer - truck did awesome. You just have to be careful as you said you were going to be anyways. I have the Fisher, the Sno-Way 22 series is nice as well. I didn't have a Sno-Way dealer close by.

  11. chcav1218

    chcav1218 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    just go easy on it, the front ends on those SUV's aren't built to handle that much abuse, neither are the transmissions
  12. jrjr2u

    jrjr2u Senior Member
    Messages: 198

    I just installed a Curtis Home Pro on a 97 sport. Time will tell how it does. There is a full frame but I wonder how strong it really is.....