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Plow choices

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Josh454, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. Josh454

    Josh454 Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Well I'm new to this forum and plowing and was hoping to get some advice before I buy a plow in the next few weeks. I just got a 2003 Silverado 1500HD 4x4 with Quadrasteer and am trying to decide which plow I should get. I have a good installer close to where I'll be plowing who specializes in Western so I am probably going to go with them.

    So down to my question. I am going to be doing the parking lot plowing for 2 small buildings I manage. One lot is a rectangle and about 100 cars. The other is a U and probably 150 cars. I have a feeling I will be plowing around cars fairly often and was wondering if anyone has an opinion on if an 8.5' plow would be too big. I'm deciding between an 8 and 8.5' Pro or Pro+.

    Any ideas would be helpful
  2. stroker79

    stroker79 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,802

    unless your doing driveways you can never have too big a plow. However with a light duty truck youll be pushing it with an 8 foot plow. your better off with a 7.5 foot plow or a larger truck.

    Also, boss makes a nice little V plow that should work well.
  3. Josh454

    Josh454 Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    I would like to get a Boss but they won't install anything larger than a 7.5' even though it's a 3/4 truck. Western will let me install any plow they sell on it. I'll probably be putting timbrens on the front nomatter what plow I get
  4. stroker79

    stroker79 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,802

    I thought a 1500 was a half ton?
  5. Josh454

    Josh454 Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    It's a weird combination. The 1500HD was only out for a few years and it use to be the only way to get a crew cab smaller than a 1 ton i believe. It is a light duty 3/4 chassis with the 6L motor and the larger 4L80 trans. It has 8 lug wheels and all the weight and towing specs of a regular 2500 truck with a 1500 crewcab body. I couldn't tell you why they did it that way but it has every option they offered and 4 wheel steering in amazing shape so I couldn't pass it up.
  6. stroker79

    stroker79 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,802

    Hmm, not bad!

    Good luck!
  7. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    No bigger then an 8' plow.
    Dealer support and service is more important then brand.
  8. SuperdutyShane

    SuperdutyShane PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,517

    Go with the 8 foot, then buy wings for it!
  9. 04WhiteSport

    04WhiteSport Senior Member
    Messages: 115

    I second the wings. Best bang for the buck!!! around $200 shipped for buyers pro wings from northern tool. I think that wings are just as good if not better than a Vee plow!

    My .02

  10. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    I would buy the 8' also but spend the extra money and get the Western wings.
  11. snow tender

    snow tender Senior Member
    Messages: 134

    8' max wings would help. If you want to spend the money.
  12. jimspro

    jimspro Senior Member
    Messages: 200

    no bigger than the 8', and defently put the teberons on as well, look in the drivers door jamb to see what the GVWR rating is, if is under 8600, than you only have a 1/2 ton, my 2500 silverado's are a 9200lb GVWR, there are alot of things that go into what the ratings are, besides the springs, the brakes, frame, axle ratings, and tire size determines what rating they put on the truck
  13. deebo1133

    deebo1133 Member
    Messages: 40

    My 03 says 8600 and 4410 on the front.
  14. Josh454

    Josh454 Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Mine is the same. 8600 and 4410. I know the frame is the same as a 2500, I'm not sure if the suspension is. I know it is bigger than a 1500 and with the bigger transmission I think it should be ok for plowing.
  15. jimspro

    jimspro Senior Member
    Messages: 200

    yes it is a 3/4 ton, in the old days, the 8600gvw was the hd 3/4 ton, so it should work fine
  16. mjsmith70

    mjsmith70 Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    The 1500 hd has a gfaw of 4400 lbs. I have one with an 8 foot pro plow on it. I would not recommend going any bigger or heavier. The truck has handled the plow well and does a good job it has a spreader in it so it has some ballast. But its all the plow weight I would put on one. And on western's web site the 8' pro plow is the biggest they recommend also.
  17. Scottscape

    Scottscape Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    dealer support is more important as said. buy from someone that has been selling them for awhile and has good service and parts.

    About all the plows are good in one way or another. Most guys on here are biased. I've got a snoway, 2 meyers, 1 hiniker, and 1 boss v.

    snoway has impressed me the most as far as a lighter truck plow.