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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by PSU Pusher, Dec 22, 2007.

  1. PSU Pusher

    PSU Pusher Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Whats happenin everyone? Ive been working in landscaping and snow removal for 4 years now. Ive finally decided to do this on my own. Ive been reading the threads on this site for a few days now and I have absorbed a lot of great insight about the business. So basically I am introducing myself. I bought a brand new 2007 F-150 back in August and want to invest in a brand new plow. It only makes sense seeing how successful people here are.

    1) My F-150 is the 4.6L V-8 and is a regular cab with a short bed. What type of plow system would suit me best?

    2) What should I expect to pay for a brand new plow system installed?

    3) What kind of spreader system can I put on this truck?

    4) Anybody on this site from the North Pittsburgh area (Cranberry, Wexford, Ross)?

    I'm sure that I have many more questions, but being its 2:50 AM, Im not thinking very clearly, but those are a start. Thanks for your responses and look forward to hearing everyones input.
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2007
  2. PSU Pusher

    PSU Pusher Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Cant understand why I couldnt get any responses....

    I guess nobody can help me here.
  3. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    If you've got the 3400# front end; you'll want to stick with a lighter model plow, like a Fisher Homesteader. The heavier 3600# can take an LD 7.5'. A new plow will cost $3500 to $5000 installed. Your truck will not take a spreader as it would overload it. Not sure about anybody from those areas.
  4. tinymitymo

    tinymitymo Member
    Messages: 91

    1)The plow makers have nice websites that will tell you what will fit your truck....

    2)Visit the local dealer of your choice...The price in your area may not be the same as in my area...

    3)Your spreader options are limited on a 1/2 ton....Maybe a receiver mount??

    4)I do not live anywhere near the greater Pittsburgh area.....:drinkup:

    KINNCO Senior Member
    Messages: 256

    My advice from a 3 yr newbie

    there are a few clicks on here like there are on most forums in which I am involved in none.
    "The one who dies on here with the most toys wins" seems to be the storyline.wesport

    God forbid don't ever goto a thread and ask a stupid question. You'll get your butt reamed by the pro's:gunsfiring:

    I recommend to use the search in the header gray bar. More that Likely someone has already ask the same questions and pros are tired of answering.

    My advice from a 3 yr newbie is don't get in over your head. Buy and upgrade as you need to do so. I have a salt spreader(snow ex 575..hitch mount that holds 500lb. I did buy that new. There are good used plows here and on ebay as well.
    I use a 7' 6 Western that I bought used for 100 bucks.(car lot take off harness and all)
    I disassembled it all, sand blasted it, used a good green etching primer. Had the motor rebuilt cleaned the pump and filter. New fluid, new bolts and paint and it looks brand new and I have less than 400 bucks in it. AND I LOVE IT! , but Some people can't do that kinda work. I made that muchpayupmy first night out.
    F-150 I would try for a lighter weight plow.

    After 2 yrs, I have upped my clientèle and am looking to buy some more equipment in the spring when it's cheaper.

    Just my opinion
    Good luck my friend:drinkup:
    Mikey J
  6. plow time

    plow time Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    hey killer just seen that we live in the same town this is plow time we have fletchers snow removal I live in the south end
  7. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    I would put any 7 1/2 foot blade on your truck and not look back, I have one on my truck and truly believe that it can handle a bigger plow. 4-6 grand will get you a real nice blade. You could easily put a tailgate spreader on your truck that would also work for your ballast weight- which is definetely needed for your truck. Do listen to the people who say you can't do anything with a 1/2 ton truck. Just drive it like a 1/2 ton, and maintain it, you'll be fine. I didn't buy a tailgate spreader for my truck for this season, and am regreting it bad. It could easily handle the weight back there. At full load I have a 256 pound snow thrower, 480 pounds ballast weight, and anywhere from 40-400 pounds of bag salt!, not including all the other random crap in my bed. Make sure you have the tow package from ford in the rear, and get some timbrens up front, and you'll be surprised how much snow your truck can push.
  8. smoore45

    smoore45 Senior Member
    Messages: 526

    Hey Pusher, welcome to the site(I'm sort of new to the site, but not new to plowing). I plow with a short wheel base F-150 and they are very capable and nimble plow trucks. I have been running a 6.5' plow with wings and it does a great job on driveways a small commercial. I'm sure I could put a 7.5' on it no problem. I also run with the 2" spacers in the front to give me clearance. They only cost about $100 and are easy to install if you know how to work on your truck.

    Also, I always recommend that people new to this find a used snow plow. You can always find one in good shape on craigslist or ebay for less than half the cost of a new one. As for the salter, I have a Buyers Hitch Mounted system that holds about 300lbs. I think it would be overload to put a V-box, especially since you have the 4.6L.

    Welcome and Good Luck :salute:
  9. plow time

    plow time Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    1/2 ton

    i havea 1/2 ton dodge got a 7 foot meters with wingsand a sno x salt spreder truck handels ir fine also put 10 ply tireson it
  10. PSU Pusher

    PSU Pusher Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Thanks Men..

    youve been very helpful.