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How long will the truck last....

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Sno, Feb 26, 2003.

  1. Sno

    Sno Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    I covered an account for a contractor in town while he was on vacation, plus my own accounts.

    Well, we recieved about 8" with many 24" Drifts while he was gone.

    Two accounts where about 800' x 800' lots.

    I plowed non stop and around the clock for two days straight.

    Then the residentials started calling in. Ran a tank and 1/2 of gas out.

    How much abuse will a 2000 GMC 3/4 ton take before I start having problems?? I kinda felt sorry for my truck.

    Anyone track the maintenance that close on a reletivly new truck? Or have any hindsight?

    Truck is now at 39,000 miles and was mostly used on 100 x 100 lots and residentials.
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2003
  2. kipcom

    kipcom Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 455

    Hey Sno.....I have a 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 x-cab witha Boss 7.5 SD and we plow lots twice that size, as well as res. HOA with about 5-8 miles of roadway in them. I do the regular scheduled maintenance as the factory states and just cut the time / mileage in half. A well maintained truck & plow should last years and years. NO Bonzi plowing, just nice easy pace. All of our customer called and thanked us for a very good and timely job after our last 8" storm.

    Kip www.indysnowplowers.com
  3. Sno

    Sno Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    I have a better understanding of "Plowing with the storm" now... LOL
  4. KentuckyPlow

    KentuckyPlow Member
    Messages: 64

    " Ran a tank and 1/2 of gas out."

    That's not bad, we use a tank of gas on one job.
  5. Big Nate's Plowing

    Big Nate's Plowing PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    thats kinda what I was thinking, I filled up 6 times during that storm:eek: but thats what a big block will get ya, including mo powa!!:p

  6. Sno

    Sno Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    Ha, well, I used to run a 5 - 6 hour route with 1/4 tank.....

    That was new to me.
  7. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,154

    Sno, I wouldnt worry about it at all,just keep it maintained and dont abuse it. I burn 2-3 tanks in my 91 GMC everystorm.No big deal,that truck's been doing it for many,many yrs. My Dodge burns about 1-1.5 tank which is eqaul to 2-3 tanks in the GMC.The only thing that happened to the Ram is a leaky T case output seal,(my own fault for not changing it when i pulled the trans) and the lift pump on the engine a $140 transfer pump) started to go bad,I changed it under warranty at 55K,before it failed(I have a fuel pressure guage and can monitor pressure full time,and seen it gradually weakening) If you are going to plow this much it pays to maximize your efficiency,this is why i bought the V plows,I knocked 3-4hrs off my routes with both trucks,now i can keep up even in the 2 ft of snow we had last week.If your runnign a 8 ft straigh blade maybe wings wil help if you have open lots.The blizzard is probably the best plow you can put on to save time, I think my Boss 9'2" is right behind it.It is very fast.