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Life expectancy of a plow truck (1/2-1 tons)

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by orange toys, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. orange toys

    orange toys Member
    Messages: 76

    title says it all. what do you guys all think the answer is?
  2. eshskis

    eshskis Senior Member
    from 4
    Messages: 138

    Their is isnt an answer depends on operator care plowing style and maintence
  3. orange toys

    orange toys Member
    Messages: 76

    just for the average operator
  4. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,276

    I think you have to define between owner/operator or a fleet truck. I have had trucks with minimal issues that only I plowed that were 7-9 years old. We have fleet trucks that are beat after 4, but they work all year besides...........
  5. orange toys

    orange toys Member
    Messages: 76

    my truck would qualify under the owner/operator
  6. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    What kind of truck and what kind of equipment? My truck will last 10 years easily.
  7. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    hard to say. plowing beats them up pretty bad. but theres just too many factors besides plowing.

    adding a salter, that takes its toll if your doing alot of salting. how much driving and what kind is it doing in the off season.? miles? im sure you could keep a plow truck 20 years with just standard issues, but that would be no other driving during the off season.
  8. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    If you take care of it, ( the plow) and if it is of any quality, not a cheap plow, I would say an average of 10 to 15 years. Now with that will come changing cutting edges, fluids, and other various parts, but just take care of it, and they last quite a long time. I am running 1-8 foot and 1-9 foot plow now that are 11 years old each, and haven't had to do anything to them at all, but change fluids, and paint them to keep them looking nice.

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,230

    I just sold a 1988 GMC last year that is still plowing. Since new it was strictly a plow truck and never drove in the summer. It only had 53,000 when I sold it. But it was over 20 years old.

    I have a 1998 now and and after this year it is done, but will last a couple more years for someone just starting out.
  10. Premier

    Premier Senior Member
    Messages: 274

    I have a 92 chevy 1/2 ton, it pulls mowers in the summer, plows in the winter, salts in the winter, delivers firewood in the fall. 221K and going, needs some exhaust work and a new spedo senser. I cant replace it for the cost of the few yearly repairs it needs.
  11. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Should last 10 years with proper care.
    I never go more then 5 before I trade for newer
  12. jzeller4

    jzeller4 Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 80

    mine will last me as long as i say so, it works year round, and plays a little to. I break it I fix it.
    if its making me good money, then its a keeper. if it aint broke dont fix it, I say.. LOL !!!