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new pickup, home use / plowing

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by Hoffman462, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. Hoffman462

    Hoffman462 Junior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3

    I'd like to purchase a full size pick up, with the intention to later put a plow on it.
    I am considering many new models, Dodge 1500 / 2500. Ford F 150, F 250. I also briefly looked at the Toyota Tacoma.
    I'm doing lots of reading, but would really like some thoughtful advice from experienced individuals on what to look out for.

    Do I need to get a 2500 / F-250, Super Duty if I for plowing my home driveway? or will a 1500 / 150 suffice?

    What else should I pay attention to when ordering the pick up?
    thank you very much for any help.
  2. 2006Sierra1500

    2006Sierra1500 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,758

    If your just doing your own driveway, a Chevy 1500 or Ram would work. I do believe you can't put a plow on a new F150, but a GM or a Dodge will suffice.
  3. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,390

    New f-150Fords no....unless you cab do fab work yourself if your just doing your own stuff and no comercial work with it a 1/2 ton should be fine of your thinking about going comercial then 3/4 or 1 ton all the way
  4. 2006Sierra1500

    2006Sierra1500 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,758

    Also, make sure it has a plow prep package.
  5. Ngom12

    Ngom12 Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    I have a 2006 dodge ram 1500 I will sell you.
  6. Hoffman462

    Hoffman462 Junior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3

    I talked with Dodge recently. They said that a 1500 could support a lighter weight plow fine. But it would void the warranty.

    Is there a thread or post around here that links to decent light weight plows?
    I don't mind getting a 2500 at all. The trim packages on the 1500 basically put you at the same price point. I feel better knowing that this money goes into construction costs.

  7. 2006Sierra1500

    2006Sierra1500 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,758

    Well, a 2500 isn't necessary for it. I'd go Chevy because they can support a plow. GM shouldn't void the warranty because the 1500 has a plow prep package option.
  8. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    I'd recommend a Toyota Tundra or a Chevy/GMC 1500. You can't put plows on the new F-150s. I love the Tundra and the Chevy I use and overall I think the Tundra is the better truck.
  9. Hoffman462

    Hoffman462 Junior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3

    The chevy 1500 does seem to have the plow prep package. That's a big win for that. Thanks this is all very helpful.

    I can't seem to get the Tundra build-your-own to work on their web page.
  10. 2006Sierra1500

    2006Sierra1500 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,758

    I'm a GM guy, but a Tundra can hold a heavier plow. Can. I plow with 3 GM half-tons, 2 are SUVs.
  11. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan Senior Member
    Messages: 727

    The problem with the 1500 chevy is that it is a chevy. Go with a 3/4 ton Ford, it's a better truck, and your resale value will be way better than with the 1500 chevy.
  12. 2006Sierra1500

    2006Sierra1500 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,758

    Easy there....why an unnecessary HD when you don't need it.
  13. 2006Sierra1500

    2006Sierra1500 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,758

    Personally the only good half-ton plower is the Chev. I'd go with a 2012 Chev 1500 with a Fisher SD or HT
  14. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    You can put a plow on any of the 1500 pickups. The Tundra will take a 29 series Snoway. You can put any of the Snoway 26 units on a 1500 including the 8 foot 26R


    Tags/insurance are cheaper on a 1/2 ton and if it's your daily driver they have a MULCH nicer ride then the 3/4 ton.
  15. Ngom12

    Ngom12 Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    Why can you not put a plow on the new F-150's? Just wondering?

    I've had a plow on an S-10 before. It held up pretty good.

    Here's what I would suggest. If you can afford to get a 250/2500, do it. You never know. One day you might want to plow more then your drive and would feel pretty comfortable having a 2500 over the 1500. I wish I would have done that. It would take 75% of all my concern and worries away when plowing.
  16. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    You can Snoway 26 series.

    The issue at this point seems to be sacrificial loads. Snoway's systems have no sacrificial draws, no relays, isolation modules, headlight modules, etc to interfere with the electric power steering.
  17. Stik208

    Stik208 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,319

  18. Mabepossibly

    Mabepossibly Senior Member
    Messages: 107

    I have a BOSS sport duty on my Sierra 1500 for years. I bought it from a dealer that did the installation and go back for all services. No issues with the warranty.
  19. jmac5058

    jmac5058 Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    Just get a 3/4 ton and you wont be pushing evferything to the max every time you put your plow on .Plus a 1500 rides like a mushmobile if you carry more than 3 or 4 bags of groceries at the same time. But I grew up driving F-350s in the 70s so I prefer a real truck.I never drove one but I cant see how a Tundra holds a plow better than a 1500 GM when you have 2 or 3 inches clearance max under the plow when mounted.It looks like it would bottom out on a bottle cap.
  20. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    There is no way I'd drive a 3/4 or larger truck as a DD unless I needed to. The new half ton trucks are like Cadillacs. Sure, I couldn't do what I do without a bigger truck, but for what he's talking, why recommend a larger truck just to ride worse and drink more fuel?! He's not looking for a "real" truck. New 1500 GM's hold plows just fine.........especially light weight plows. The question here is what's best for HIM, not what we each prefer for our own personal needs.

    And as for the comment about Fords (250's or not) holding their value more than GM's, what planet have you been on the last 20 years? Not trying to be an ass, but that's just simply not true and infact the exact opposite. I have my hands in the wholesale car biz, so trust me, I'm not just playing favorites. The only reason my fleet is now full of used Fords and Dodges is b/c they're cheap. I could care less about brands. Everything needs repair at some point or another.

    As for the Tundra, I don't think you could go wrong. The only issue I see in comparison is fuel milage.
    Last edited: May 23, 2012