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How long do you keep your truck/plow?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Joel B., Dec 11, 2009.

  1. Joel B.

    Joel B. Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 233

    I have a 2002 2500HD with an 8' Western, all bought new. The truck has about 63K miles on it and works well, as does the plow. They are, however, almost eight years old and I'm wondering if I should be thinking about getting new equipment while I can still get something for them now.

    I like running the newest equipment I can especially in the snow plowing business.

    Appreciate any advice.
  2. M&M

    M&M Senior Member
    Messages: 312

    I'll buy it...I'm on the other side of the fence. A $10,000 truck can push the same amount of snow as a $40,000 truck. As long as you maintain it properly and treat it right, your downtime will be minimal. I'm shooting for 6 more years out of my truck. My last truck (sold Oct. 2008) was a '95 chevy 1/2 ton with 225,000 miles, the same plow from day 1 and plowed every year. I think my maintanence costs are pretty much the same with both trucks but I will be checking my records when I do my taxes.
  3. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    I'm with M&M, keep it till it dies or becomes too expensive to keep fixing. New trucks have their problems too- sure they may be fixed for free, but you may be screwed due to down time.
  4. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    i keep em till they die...with this tight economy, can't afford to constantly have truck payments.
  5. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    We still run 3-2000 F 250's in our mix, kms range from 90K-450K. All go to work every day, (plowing and salting) and produce for us like any other truck. They have all been paid for at least 7 years, and although they have the occasional breakdown, they are still worth keeping. They have all been repainted and look respectful. I dont plan on selling them anytime soon-they will eventually become backups if required. Maintenance and oil spray is very important in our line of work. We could probably get another 3-4 years out of these trucks before we part them out. BTW-they all have 10 year old westerns and salters on them. Our secret is to remove the salters after each event and wash them out. We have the luxury and store the trucks indoors too.
  6. The mayor

    The mayor Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    We still have a 99 1500 that does alot of residentials. A crack over 150000 miles on the same engine and trans(hope I didn't jinx myself) If it ain't broke why replace it.
  7. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    I keep mine until they can't pass state inspection or if somthing major breaks and it would cost more to fix than the truck is worth.
  8. L.I.Mike

    L.I.Mike Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    I keep my trucks till they die, or being a ford rots out around me.
  9. Mark Witcher

    Mark Witcher Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    Buy a new truck and plow and keep the old one as a backup or add another driver. Thats how I do it.
  10. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    I trade my personal rig for a newer truck every 3 years
    Plow has been around for 5 years and thinking about a new one next year
  11. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    I run my personal plow truck up to 125,000 then get a new one and pass the old one on to the business fleet. The work trucks are run til there close to 200,000 miles or when major issues come up. I have changed trucks sooner if a good deal comes around though...
  12. erkoehler

    erkoehler PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,279

    My 2001 is closing in on 70,000 miles and I'll keep it around for another 2-3 winters as long as I have no major issues. Just bought it last Nov. (2008) w/ 28,000 miles so I put on a ton of highway miles.

    Hopefully the 2001 will be switched to the "business" vehicle and I will get a new personal truck after this winter.
  13. dforbes

    dforbes Senior Member
    Messages: 247

    my 94 dodge 3500 I ran until 2007 with almost 250k on it. I did have 2 differant plows on it, just bought some new plows and put the old one on an older truck and took one of the new ones. I say run it as long as it is cost effective.
  14. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    Exactly the same here. Run them till they die, or look to bad to have my name on them going down the road. Nobody wants to see an old piece of crap rusted out truck plowing the lot, and then getting the bill for snowplowing. All the managers, or business owners know that they are getting overcharged, if the equipment looks like hell.
  15. Dodge318

    Dodge318 Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    I still plow with my 1995 Dodge Ram with 250K on it. Original Motor and trans. Not a spot of rust on it. It outlasted the 2001 Chevrolet that was supposed to replace it.

    Old doesn't always mean bad. I only have 20 accounts, But I also do some on-call for a friends company. I've got an old International Scout as a back up.
  16. jpickett

    jpickett Junior Member
    from ky
    Messages: 23

    I've got a 98 F-150 with a 97 Sno-way on it. The truck is on its 2nd engine and 2nd trany. No rust and shiny as it was on day one. But with 205,000 miles on it I still feel that its more cost effective to keep it. It it helps I already have a new plow in the shop and am shoping for a 2nd truck. Note I said second truck.
  17. PowerWagon

    PowerWagon Senior Member
    Messages: 188

    am still plowing with the 74 power wagon dodge truck it's an 3/4 ton.. the engine has been replaced but again it's been running 15 years time for an replace.. did not like how this engine runs.
    the plow is an Northman it still works.. no problems with down times.

  18. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    I am generally the last owner of my equipment, unless I no longer use it period. Just did fresh body work and paint on the '78, '82, and S15. The 78's frame is getting thin in places, that will be its eventual death, but otherwise we just keep on going and going and going...
  19. ShadmorePlowing

    ShadmorePlowing Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    I only buy used, I make sure they were well maintained (and I continue to maintain). I got a 2001 Chevy 2500HD with 84k on it. I am going to run it till its death. It looks great, and no rust. I am with M&M, pushes snow just as good as a new truck. But with no truck payment!
  20. Premier

    Premier Senior Member
    Messages: 274

    Our oldest truck is a 92, has about 230 miles going forward. bought it 5 yrs ago for 1500 w/ the plow, thought it was going to be a back up, such a good truck its out every storm. next yr the wife gets her suburban and we will put a plow on her truck to take on more accounts. I just get tired of making truck payments. we are in the process of redoing the body on the 92, took the truck bed off and installed a dump on it ran out of time this fall so in the spring it will go in for new rockers, cab corrners, and paint. much cheeper than a new truck.