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Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by hilltopfarm, Nov 2, 2004.

  1. hilltopfarm

    hilltopfarm Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    I was wondering if an f350 dump truck and plow would be a good choice for starting in a plow bussiness on my own. i had plowed before using my 1979 f150 and have used my snowblower to take care of some local driveways and walks. i do not work full-time during the winter due to being in the landscape profesion. thanks any tips would be appreciated
  2. Robhollar

    Robhollar Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    It wouldn't be my first choice for residential work, but you should be ok on lot work...Rob
  3. gpin

    gpin Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    Is the F350 a 4wd? If not I would have a back up close by.
  4. I've been plowing with my c3500 cump truck for 3 years, its 2wd. I've never needed a backup truck close. Its true, you need to be more careful, but it'll do just fine :cool:

    ;) remember, a dump is alot heavier than most trucks out there payup
  5. hilltopfarm

    hilltopfarm Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    Thanks guys i was actually thinking of using my existing truck that i have now and just put a plow on it rather than buying aother truck. It is a 1996 f250 heavy duty with the PSD and has a 5spd manual(my other truck had the 4spd and i loved it) with 142000 on it.

    Thanks Again :redbounce
  6. johntwist

    johntwist Senior Member
    Messages: 415

    For what it's worth, when my wife and I were living in an apartment for the first few years we were married, the maintenance guys had a 2WD dump they used for plowing, along with a few F-250 4WD pick-ups.

    The lots in the complex I lived in were basically flat, not really any inclines except for the entrance drive itself. One year we had a winter where it seemed like it snowed every 3 days and I can remember 2 or 3 times that the guys were hooking up straps or chains to the 4wd pick-up to pull the dump truck out when it was stuck. I had asked one of them about it and he said that the dump was only 2wd and that was why it was stuck. Of course, I don't know how good the tires were or how much weight was in the back of it.

    Just my two cents.
  7. bnrhuffman

    bnrhuffman Member
    Messages: 83

    I started plowing a little last year with my F350, 4X4 dump. Im no expert by any stretch but my F350 seemed pretty big for residential work. So big in fact that Im getting a plow for my Wrangler to do the small stuff. Thats not to say it cant be done, it will just take more care and cleanup. As for 2X4 verses 4X4. I guess it can be done, it will just take more care and cleanup. I personally wouldnt do it with a 2X4 but Im not very good at it with a 4X4 either.