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Plow on GMC 6500 or F-350

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by mdare6, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. mdare6

    mdare6 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    I'm in the market for a snow plow,this would be my first plow. As of now, I'm leaning towards a Western since I've heard good things about them here and there is a dealer nearby. Anyway here's my question, I have a 05 Ford F-350 6.0 4x4 srw and a 2000 GMC C6500 low pro 4x2 with a enclosed reading body. I was thinking of putting a plow on the GMC? Any thoughts on this since it's 4x2? Or is it better to just put it on the F-350?

    Thanks in advance,
  2. vegaman04

    vegaman04 Senior Member
    Messages: 378

    The GMC should run a 10' heavy weight and will handle it great as long as you have ballast.
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2010
  3. Mackman

    Mackman PlowSite.com Addict
    from S.E. PA
    Messages: 1,356

    What will you be plowing??

    Yes western is a great plow. So is a fisher :drinkup:
  4. mdare6

    mdare6 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    What am I plowing? Good question. I guess driveways would be easier with the F-350 while parking lots or open areas the GMC in lead the way. The GMC does have a better turning radius than the F-350. A V-plow would be my choice on the F-350, any opinions on that?

    I guess the main concern is if I wanted to install a plow on my GMC would it do a good job as the F-350 or better even though it is a 4x2?
  5. vegaman04

    vegaman04 Senior Member
    Messages: 378

    It all depends on the work you will be doing. Driveways = 350, Lots = GMC. As long as you have some good weight the gmc will do just fine. 8.5' v for the 350.
  6. snow patrol

    snow patrol Senior Member
    Messages: 163

    I recommend you stay with the F350. In particular because its a 4x4, but also because its a bit smaller and more suitable for driveways. Although not ideal. I used to have a Kodiak Low Pro, similar to your 6500, with 2 wheel drive, and although I never had a plow on it (used it for salting) I can say from my experience that you will most certainly need a lot of weight on the back and a really good set of snow tires if you are planing on plowing in a back and forth pattern such as you would in parking lots. If you're plowing only in a forward direction, such as when plowing streets, then you won't have as much concern. Good luck!

    Ps. I run all westerns, for over a decade, and have been very pleased.
  7. londog53511

    londog53511 Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    You put put a mount on both trucks and get one plow. I have used a western 10' heavy weight and had no problems. If you are want to use the f-350 more then the 6500 you could get a blade that extends like a western wide out, or a bliazzard power plow 86110LP, or fisher xls. The blizzard is just a little larger at 11' in straight. I have seen these plows with wings on them to make them wider yet!

    If you plan on putting a salter in either one you will never have a issue with traction. I have plowed with many 2wd vehicles that have no ballast other then a shovel and never been stuck.
    Good luck!
  8. pjnlandscape

    pjnlandscape Member
    Messages: 48

    I would start off with putting a plow on the F350. I plow with a 2009 F350 extended cab 5.4 V8 4X4 with an 8' Fisher straight blade and it is even a bit big for some driveways. Driveways are much easier to obtain as opposed to municipal or parking lot jobs so I would start with that. And to be honest for driveways the best thing is a straight blade in my opinion, V plows look pretty cool but for my money I will stick with a straight blade.