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Is this gonna be enough truck?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Crimson850, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. Crimson850

    Crimson850 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Thinking about adding to our fleet. The truck is a 2004 GMC sierra Denali with quadrasteer. It is a 1500 HD which they dont make any more. has a 6.0 gas. It has quadrasteer they also quit making that. What it is,is all 4 wheels turn left and right. anyways The western dealer here says that it will hold a 8'6 Pro plow. I just dont know...I mean it is still a half ton truck. BUT the 8'6 is only 20 pounds more than the 8' and he has the 8'6 in stock-installed for 5500. but anyways if I wanted the 8 (which he doesnt have in stock) i have to pay a 400 freight fee. But my main question is this truck gonna be able to support an 8'6 plow ok?
  2. cotter

    cotter Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 182

    Look at the price and availability of front end/rear end parts before you put any plow on that truck. Supposedly very expensive (why they quit making it) and very hard to get (as a result of not making them).
  3. sno commander

    sno commander PlowSite.com Addict
    from ct
    Messages: 1,063

    that price seems high, id shop around.
  4. Brian in MO

    Brian in MO Junior Member
    from NE MO
    Messages: 29

    I know a guy that just traded one of these in. He had a part that steers the rearend go out an it was extremely exspensive to get fixed:eek:. The potential repairs alone would keep me from hanging a plow on it.:mechanic:
  5. pinepointe

    pinepointe Senior Member
    Messages: 102

    If the truck is a good deal then get it. if the rear goes out just put a fixed rear in it and keep on goin the 1500hd is a half ton with 3/4 suspension and axel configuarations tranny is a 1500 series with a bigger cooler
  6. Crimson850

    Crimson850 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Yea I have the truck already and bought it new in 04 and love it never any problems really. I meant adding to the fleet cause I dont have a plow on that yet
  7. goel

    goel PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,079

    I have 2 with plows on them. No problems and happy with them.
  8. Crimson850

    Crimson850 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    you have plows on a Sierra Denali with quadrasteer or just a GMC with quadrasteer?What size blade
  9. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    Don't know if I would throw a plow on a 4 wheel steer truck. Seems like it could get expensive fast.
  10. goel

    goel PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,079

    Sorry Crim, not quad steer just 1500HD. 9 poly meyers and an 8'2 boss V.
  11. Mark Witcher

    Mark Witcher Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    I believe its a half ton truck, suspension and all. Rear axle is a Dana 44 front. He will need a set of Timbrens on the front for sure.
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2010
  12. RipT

    RipT Senior Member
    Messages: 184

    I have an '05 Chevy 1500HD with QS, but do not plow with it. It is really what they used to call a 2500 (non-HD). Front end and trany should handle that plow OK with Timbrens and tighten up the bars a bit. Any trouble with the QS rear end will be much $$$$$ as said above. I have not had any rear end issues, but you would be pushing it harder in plow service. I will probably sell or trade mine in this coming year as I really do not need the QS, although it is really neat on a long WB truck.
  13. MrSnow

    MrSnow Junior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 23

    I have a 1994 Dodge 1500 upgraded with a wesport1 ton suspension, larger trans cooler, alternator, and I did not upgrade the axles or rear end. I put on a Boss 8'6 Super Duty and carry a pallet (ton) of salt each time out. Been doing this for few years now with no problems. Then again my truck wasn't made on Monday or Friday!! :dizzy:
  14. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Is that extended cab? A RCSB with QuadraSteer would rule in driveways.

    Maybe look at a cooler for the rear hydraulic circuit, and synthetic fluid.

    To answer your most direct question, that's alot of plow for a half ton. But, as mentioned, not much more weight than a 8 footer, which is usually not much more weight than a 7 1/2 footer.

    Price seems high for straight blade. Do you have a Sno-Way dealer around?
  15. MrSnow

    MrSnow Junior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 23

    Guess I guess I missed the quad steer part,, sorry, disregard my post earlier then.. I was of no help.. LOL
  16. Sp3cialized

    Sp3cialized Member
    from CT
    Messages: 58

    I am so jealous you are going to have a quadrasteer truck with a plow on it.. IMO one of the best truck platforms GM ever put together. I wish they would somehow do it with the new Sierra HD/Silvy HD
  17. D&E

    D&E Senior Member
    Messages: 104

    The dealer is going to charge you frieght to get an item in stock in their store? WTF?

    Time for a new plow dealer.

    STIHL GUY Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 663

    check the front axle weight ratings and limits and make sure your plow will not exceed those to much lol. goodluck with whatever you decide to do
  19. Joe D

    Joe D Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    I think the 1500hd is just a light duty 2500 they use to make. 8600 gvw and a 4500 front axle and a 6000 rear axle.
    It has a dana 60 rear and the 9.25 front. it will handle the plow easy enough and I have yet to see many in need of workon the rear steer. GM stopped selling them because of the sales, nothing to do with them breaking.
  20. woodchuck2

    woodchuck2 Senior Member
    Messages: 304

    The Quadrasteer trucks were basically 1500HD's or the old 2500's, they do not have a D-44 in the rear either rather it is a version of the D-60 front. I have never seen one with a plow but would love to try one with a blade. I drove several of them when i was at the dealer and they were awesome to drive in tight places.