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Ford or Chevy Truck

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by ramair2k, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. ramair2k

    ramair2k Senior Member
    Messages: 240

    Brand new 2012 F-350 XLT Supercab (full door with partial in rear) comes with Fisher 8' HD straight blade MM2, MSRP 42k. Probably can get it for a bit less than that.

    Brand new 2012 Chevy 2500HD, NO PLOW, Work truck, Ext cab MSRP 38k. I dont tow anything, I dont plow commercially, yet, this would mainly be for a few driveways of family and what not. My dad also works for the local DPW and possibly plowing with them so I definetely want to stick with a HD truck with 8ft blade.

    I am asking which truck is more worth it at its current price point. My oppinion, I can get the F-350 for only, gonig by MSRP, 4k more with Plow as the Chevy has no plow and will probably cost me 5-6k to put one on. The Ford also has XLT package as oppose to the Chevy's work truck package. I dont need leather, or anything special...its a truck but IMHO the Ford may offer more for the money. What do you guys think??
  2. gtmustang00

    gtmustang00 Senior Member
    from Berlin
    Messages: 752

    Sound like ford to me.
  3. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    You should be able to get near $10k off sticker, then work the plow deal on both. I like the 6.2 better then the 6.0 so id go Ford but your getting an awesome truck either way.
  4. ACA L&L

    ACA L&L Senior Member
    Messages: 362

    Yep, I would work both deals, try and a get a plow on the chevy, should be able to get the chevy cheaper, but the ford may suit you better in a few years when the XLT will have benifits to the bare bones interior of the chebby.....either way get the plow with the truck, warranty will be easier ti deal with in 5,6,10 years as it came with truck.
  5. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Ford is very aggresive with pricing right now. Except for used Dodges
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Go Ford. I did!
  7. ramair2k

    ramair2k Senior Member
    Messages: 240

    Chevy dealer emailed me back and said 32k for the 2500HD. That includes rebates, and all dicounts, but again, without the blade. The truck also has power windows, doorlocks and mirrors. 6.6ft bed with roof clearance lights, 4x4, snow plow prep. The interior is very plain on the chevy, but Its a truck, not an audi.
  8. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,433

    Way different suspension difference, even though I'm a bias ford guy you will honestly be much happier with the 350.
  9. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    When you say happier do you mean changing U-joints and ball joints more frequently?
  10. ramair2k

    ramair2k Senior Member
    Messages: 240

    Due to the solid front on the Ford vs. the independent on the Chevy?
  11. Morrissey snow removal

    Morrissey snow removal PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,798

    ford all the way
  12. jmac5058

    jmac5058 Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    The new Chevys hold a plow just as well as a Ford and rides 10 times better every other day of the year . And they dont get death wobble EVER.
  13. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    Any truck holding a plow is going to wear front end parts out, go with the best deal and/or truck you like better.
    I think Chevy has a better warranty 5/100k drivetrain.
  14. ramair2k

    ramair2k Senior Member
    Messages: 240

    Its mentioned above that the dealer emailed me saying that they would let the truck go for 32k. How much do you think I can get it with the plow included? They said they use JC. Madigan in Lancaster for the plows.

    I would love an Fisher Straight X blade, but i am sure the cost for that is out of my range so will probably price it out with standard 8' MM2 HD blade.
  15. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    Keep in mind Mass's 1 ton regulations. My buddy in Mass just bought an F250 over a 350 for just that very reason. My neighbor recently bought a 2012 Chevy 1500. He does nothing but complain about it.
  16. NFDDJS

    NFDDJS Member
    from USA, NH
    Messages: 92

    I have 7 trucks, age is from 2008-2012. I did run fords but back in 2009 I got a GMC (same as chevy more or less) and after running that winter and comparing fuel usage and down time the GMC came out on top. I now only have one ford and if we get a good winter this year that will be gone soon. All the trucks I have are diesel and we run the Fisher 9"6 V-Plow on all of them. Now that GM has changed the front end even with the 9"6 plow it doesn't dip down like the older GM trucks. Even the older truck we spent $250.00 and put a Ready Lift in the front and that fixed the front end problems.

    Ford rides hard, keeping the fronts together is $1500.00 or more every other year. The oldest GM truck I have is the 2009 and with all the GMC we had we have never done anything to the front end other then grease it and a four wheel alignment each year.

    All the trucks are regular cabs with 8 foot beds diesel with the fisher 9"6 V-Plows with spreaders.
    Also the GM 6.6 diesel has been problem free and the ford 6.4 I have sucks but is better then the 6.0 we had before...
  17. XxChevy-HDxX

    XxChevy-HDxX Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 309

    Chevy all the way Thumbs Up
  18. snowplowpro

    snowplowpro Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 926

    Built Ford tough
  19. Squires

    Squires Senior Member
    Messages: 257

    Get the two dealers fighting for your business. "this is the all in Ford price, beat it" and vise versa
    Paying cash? If not, what are the interest rates 1 vs the other?
    then onto the small things.
    Do they both have **** tires stock? One may have a street tire vs an AT tire. needing tires for one vs the other is another $1000 to factor into your comparison.
    Bed liners vs spray in, etcetc.
  20. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281


    See my quote above. payup

    They aren't going to show their cards up front. Walk in, Offer $28k for their truck and walk out if they haggle. Wait for their call because they will call. A dealer north of me (Augusta Maine) always has sales this time of year and offer an Installed HD 7'6" or 8' Fisher Plow for $1999 if you buy a truck from them. They sell Chevy and GMC if you'd like their contact info.

    Also, you may want to check out Dodge as they have deep discounts now as well and generally have more content for less money than chevy/ford. BUT they don't have an extended/quad cab anymore which stinks, only a Crew Cab and MegaCab.