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Help me pick a truck!

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by bubbz22, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. bubbz22

    bubbz22 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Hey all. I'm new here. The company I work for has tasked me with picking out a new truck. It is replacing the 91 S-10 that we have been plowing with for years. Our lot isn't very big, probably no more than 200'x100' up front and 150'x50' out back. They said I can spend up to $10,000 and want no older than 4-5 years old. So, please point me in the direction of good midsize trucks for plowing and also, what type of plow should I look into.

    Thanks for any and all help!

  2. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    Is the plow included in the budget? If not, what is the plow budget? Are you selling the old truck and plow as one unit?
  3. bubbz22

    bubbz22 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    I'm hoping the plow isn't included in the budget. That hasn't really been discussed yet, but it shouldn't be. They won't want to spend much more on a plow though. I've looked at Dakota's and then the Snowdogg plow for them, which seems to be a reasonable price. There aren't any good Dak's available around here though. We also haven't discussed the old truck. It will probably either get traded or donated
  4. the new boss 92

    the new boss 92 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,989

    i would look into a nice 1500 or f-150. what will the truck be doing in the summer months?
  5. bubbz22

    bubbz22 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    During the summer we may use it to do some parts running, but it will mainly just sit. We have a couple other trucks that we mainly use.
  6. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    1/2 ton reg cab short bed with a 7.5 blade of your choice.
  7. Stik208

    Stik208 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,319

    I dont know what your used truck market is like out there but here in NY you wont be able to touch a 4-5 year old 4x4 for less than $16,000 and thats with upwards of 80k miles.
  8. bubbz22

    bubbz22 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    I can find some smaller trucks in the price range. Like Colorado/Canyon, Dakota. I may be able to get them to go a year or two older. If I ended up getting a smaller truck, will they work ok for the minimal plowing I'll be doing? What is a good plow for smaller trucks? Are the Snowdogg plows good?
  9. Chris112lee

    Chris112lee Member
    Messages: 64

    I'll just point out that the colorado/canyon was rated the least reliable truck for 4 years in a row.

    I would prefer a chevy 1/2 ton over a compact truck. Though it sounds like you really dont need much for that one lot.
  10. RangerDogg

    RangerDogg Senior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 201

    I have a 4.0 05 ford ranger with the md75 and love the combo .Plowed all mother nature could throw at us in mass last year.The biggest was around 21 i think. Its my 4th year with truck .I had the md 68 before this . Good luck
  11. bubbz22

    bubbz22 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    I did not know that about the Colorado/Canyon. Thanks for the info
  12. KEC Maintaince

    KEC Maintaince Senior Member
    from N.J.
    Messages: 265

    thats the 5 cylinder ...it has head problems

    i brought a 2010 with the 8 cylindr and crew cab imo this should be good enuff to get the job done
  13. Mabepossibly

    Mabepossibly Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    Head problems were fixed midway through 06.

    Buy a Ranger 4.0