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How much of a difference...

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Brian Young, Sep 28, 2006.

  1. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    This kinda goes with my other post, I am looking to buy a 3/4 ton pick up (haven't decided on any yet) but I was plowing with a 94 heavy half ton with a 7.5' Myers with Pro wings. My question is I guess, how much "easier" is it going to be to plow with a 3/4ton vs. a heavy half ton.
  2. hickslawns

    hickslawns Senior Member
    Messages: 627

    First off the truck should weigh a little more. It will handle the load of a plow better. I will probably have better gearing. You probably won't be on the gas as hard. Your biggest benefit will be a truck built heavier which will take the abuse better. Notice I said abuse. No matter how gentle you are on a plow truck they take abuse and this will still be hard on the truck.
  3. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    The parts just hold up so much better on a 3/4 ton or 1 ton.
    It's not so much as it plows better, it just does not need repairs and parts near as much!
    My 3/4 has really not broken anything that kept it out of service long. The 1/2 ton I ran broke front axles shafts X 2, U joints X 4, transmission parts x2 ( flex plates ), 1 transmission mount before flex plates. It also chewed through brakes and front wheel bearings / seals and a locking hub. The 3/4 laughs at snow and keeps going strong after 150K miles and 17 years.