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New member, any ideas?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by hunter, Oct 16, 2003.

  1. hunter

    hunter Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    I own a 95 3500 chevy dually. This winter I'll be plowing for a friend of mine. We'll be doing mainly parking lots at some malls and outlet centers. My truck is not 4W drive but I have a very heavy cap on the back. Does anyone know what size plow I will need? I'm looking into a V plow. I saw one last year, a 10 ft Boss I think, and let it slip through my fingers at $1500. (DUMB!) I would appreciate any suggestions. My friends seem to think without 4W that I will have problems getting stuck.

  2. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,040

    It's been discussed before, and I have done it as well.

    As long as you stay on flat ground and have about 800# of ballast, along with good tires and a L/S or Locking differential, you're be fine. I'd go with the 9'6" MVP, or a 9' straight blade. Plowing with a 2wd is a little harder, you can't get as cocky, and you can't take as many 'risks' as you can with a 4x4. I think that I am a little better of a plower since I had to learn in a 2wd tank (79 F-350 dump). I learned how to do it right, without hotdogging or showing off, not to say that anyone does that.

    You may want even more ballast back there, and a set of timbrens up front to help prevent too much front end sag.

    Good luck!
  3. digger242j

    digger242j Senior Member
    Messages: 672

    The visibility to the rear with a cap on the back is a real headache too. Not to say it's not do-able--I'm accustomed to plowing in a dumptruck, which is just as bad--it's just a headache, particularly in tight spots or where there are obsticles, like parked cars or poles.
  4. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    Do a search on plowing with a 2WD.You will find lots to read.

    It can be done,but don't expect the productivity,and versatility of a 4WD.

    Welcome to Plowsite.:waving:
  5. windmill

    windmill Senior Member
    Messages: 224

    Hi hunter and welcome to plowsite. Some friends have no confidence in their other friends driving ability.
    - "My friends seem to think without 4W that I will have problems getting stuck." -
    Now understand that I'm just kidding here but I think your friends are all wrong, I have no problem getting stuck in my 4WD so I'm sure you will have no problem getting stuck in your 2WD.
    :) :)
    I would say that 90% of the time I plow in 2WD and only use 4WD to get "unstuck", knowing I can get out of situations with 4WD lets me plow the way I do.
  6. EZSnow

    EZSnow Senior Member
    Messages: 205

    lotsa ballast and maybe a set of chains to get the greatest possible traction from drive wheels you do have. If you don't run chains all the time, I'd at least keep a set available... Just In Case.

    from SE PA
    Messages: 38

    2 wheel drive

    i plowed the blizzard of 2002 w /22" of snow and a state of emergency. I have a 9' western c3500hd. 2wd one leggier no limited slip. I had 1.6 tons of salt in thev spreader. i was able to navigate better a 4wd dodge loaded w/ salt and cacl. we work in a Hilly are of se pa. all my contracts are elevated and choppy. no chains if you no how to drive and plow you will be fine!

    from SE PA
    Messages: 38

    state plows

    don't forget most state trucks are 2wd.
  9. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,040

    They also weigh 20,000 pounds or so, that helps immensely.

    I agree, with the right amount of weight, alot, you should be fine.