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Need Plow Advice

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by Bill_N, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. Bill_N

    Bill_N Junior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2

    I have a 1996 Chevy Silverado 1500 Z71 ext cab short bed with the 350 Vortec. It only has about 85k on it and is in great shape. I'm thinking about putting a plow on it to do my driveway. Since we've been getting hit with 20" plus storms for the last few years, I'm sick of spending 4-5 hours with a snowblower to get it done.

    I'd probably look for a used plow and refurb whatever I have to when I install it. What kind of plows would you recommend? I was thinking a 7 1/2 ft blade would be about right.
  2. ggb6259

    ggb6259 Senior Member
    from SW MI
    Messages: 214

    7 1/2' For the price of used you can get a Snowdogg MD. This time of year I would guess no more than $3500-$3600...

    I had a new to me snowblower the big badass version- Paid $750 used it twice and then said screw that. Sold it to a bro for $50 loss and put it towards a Dogg... That was December 2010, The Dogg moved from a Mountaineer to my 04 Ram 1500, added timbrens and just putzing around my neighborhood between the Merc and Ram I have paid for it many times over. The only wear I have on the truck is new shocks all the way around which it needed anyway and a tie rod end which I will put on in the spring... Plow drops front end abou 1/2"-3/4" I could give torsion bars a few turns but no biggie.

    Last year I installed an Avital remote start-

    Start up truck, get dressed, put my hikers and hoody on... and in 30-40 minutes I can plow my drive and 4 others....

    The downside is with the dollars I've made and retirement looming I'm thinking of a V for it and then go all in on plowing. I enjoy the time in the truck.
  3. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    First off I'd look to see what options you have around you as far as dealers. Second, be aware that plows, even a little standard duty plow is expensive and expensive to repair in most cases. I'd never buy a used plow unless it was near perfect condition, usually guys get rid of plows for a reason. Doing commercial versus your driveway are two very different things though, I couldn't afford a break down so I want to keep the risks at a minimal but thats a personal decision for me. You shouldn't need to do anything to your truck to make it plow ready if it's road worthy now, maybe a couple turns on the torsion bars, make sure battery and alt are running 100%.
  4. Bill_N

    Bill_N Junior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2

    Good points but I want to keep it under 2k. So used it will have to be. I have a 40" blower on my Cub garden tractor that I can get through the season with. Then I can pick something up and get it set-up before next winter.

    I'm concerned about ground clearance if I put a plow frame on the truck. Some of the spots I hunt are rutted up and tough to get into without it.