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Getting into snow removal, which truck?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by ericsteiner925, Mar 1, 2014.

  1. ericsteiner925

    ericsteiner925 Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    So, I will be looking to get into snow removal next winter, so I was checking out some trucks. I was thinking of going with either the Ford F150 or the Chevy Silverado 1500.

    The dealerships both told me, if I was to, I would either need a 2500 or a F250 Superduty. Others told me, it didn't matter.

    What do you all think? Any help would be appreciated. I would also just be using the truck for everyday use pulling a trailer.

  2. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    Is this going to be a hobby or a business?
    If it's a business get a 2500 or a 3500.

    A dealer just wants to sell you a vehicle.
  3. ericsteiner925

    ericsteiner925 Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    Would be for a business I would be using it for the next year's mowing too... Someone said if I got a 1500 there is a plowing option..

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    Don't waste your time on a 1500
  5. ericsteiner925

    ericsteiner925 Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    Would a Ford or chevy be better?
  6. snowish10

    snowish10 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,095

    how many mowers and what size trailer? I would atleast get a f250, your better off with a f350 especially with the mowers.
  7. Diesel Dan

    Diesel Dan Senior Member
    Messages: 219

    Get a 250 or 2500
  8. snowish10

    snowish10 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,095

  9. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 Senior Member
    Messages: 196

    If its for a business, definitely get a 250/350. A 150/1500 with a plow on it used for commercial purposes wont last you very long.
  10. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,481

    And to my knowledge, Snoway is THE ONLY manufacturer that makes a plow that can go on the new F 150's due to the electronic steering.
  11. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 Senior Member
    Messages: 196

    I'm assuming you mean the 2015 f150. I'm pretty sure boss can put a smaller plow on there as well, I mean I dont think they would have had one on the new f150 at the detroit auto show if the plow wouldnt work right?
  12. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,481

    I stand corrected. I believe I've heard that Boss is able to mount one of their smaller blades on the F 150 as well, but not sure. And I was referring to a few years on the newer F 150's, not sure which year they started with the electronic steering. As to the '15 models, I'm not sure. Just because they put one on for the auto show doesn't mean that you can do it in reality.
  13. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 Senior Member
    Messages: 196

    I mean I know boss can mount their sport duty plows on the new f150 as long as it has the plow prep package, 4wd and the 5.0 v8. Also heard this from my local ford dealership
  14. ericsteiner925

    ericsteiner925 Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    It's a single axel trailer pulling two walk behinds right now
  15. Northwind

    Northwind Junior Member
    from Da U.P.
    Messages: 28

    Plowed with a 1500 for the past 9 years. Just my opinion but I wouldn't put a plow on one again. 3/4 ton for me from here on out.
  16. BossPlowMaster

    BossPlowMaster Senior Member
    Messages: 203

    You need a 3/4 to 1 ton truck. Trust me, the times you want to be able to carry more weigh out ways the times you don't. Plus they are usually heavy duty vs light duty. And any plow you are going to put on a 1/2 ton truck isn't really made to do any commercial plowing. What blade do you plan on putting on it? Straight? V? Expandable? And the size of whichever? You will kick yourself down the road for not buying a heavier truck when you need one.
  17. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,218

    250 2500 series. As stated above, don't waste your time with a 150 1500 series truck.
  18. Urdum2

    Urdum2 Member
    Messages: 34

    Extreme weather means extreme truck....bitter cold, hot asphalt, minus 10, 110,..... Listen to the grunts of this world not the suits...don't buy a 150, 1500 for plowing....
  19. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    This 1/2 vs 3/4 ton debacle has been thrown around for years. They make plows for half tons but I'd advise against using one. Go big or go to repair shop.
  20. racer47

    racer47 Senior Member
    Messages: 381

    I got a 98 chevy 1500 ,frame let go in front of leaf springs ,both sides from plowing with salt in back all the time .it was a great plow truck ,just broke down after years of abuse .my 95 3/4 is still going strong .I will try to get some pictures of it .