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Looking for advice on a plow truck for property I am going to in the Upper Peninsula in Michigan. Any help would be great.

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Yard truck or hi way worthy?
Is the property a second residence, if so about how long between visits?
How long of a driveway and type of terrain?

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It will be a primary residence with a driveway between 1500-2500’ in length. I am looking at properties all 300+ acres with heavily forested rural terrain. I would want the truck road worthy. My budget is $35,000 or so.

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1 ton and a vplow.
 

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Although after this year you might want a loader with a blower.
 

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Yeah. The UP can get 240" per season. A straight blade or V will work to so many inches of banks and piles...then you have to bring in the heavy equipment.
They can and do. Marquette is over 7 feet just in February. Tamarack is over 300". 4-6' on the ground over much of the middle and northern UP.
 

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They can and do. Marquette is over 7 feet just in February. Tamarack is over 300". 4-6' on the ground over much of the middle and northern UP.
I've been going there for 40 years and have had family up there for 50 years. That's serious snow like they get in the mountains. 1/2 mile long drives that are heavily forested sounds beautiful: a plow can only move so much snow so far...especially commercially. The op may want a 1 ton with a heavy plow for the 1st half, and a blower for the extreme stuff. I like saying all they can grow up there is trees and rocks. My uncle has seen snow every month of the year up there except July.
 

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Depends how many accounts you have and what your contract promises. If you think you can manage to service everyone within 6-8hrs then a 1 ton truck with a V blade and you will do very well. If you are planning to perform after storm service a blower might be the safer option.
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Depends how many accounts you have and what your contract promises. If you think you can manage to service everyone within 6-8hrs then a 1 ton truck with a V blade and you will do very well. If you are planning to perform after storm service a blower might be the safer option.
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First we are going to need to explain the nomenclature to me. I just simply do not have the vocabulary or understanding of it to really converse with you. I have been for the last couple of decades mostly a bi-costal urban dweller with extended periods in Europe. You see I simply have no idea what a 1-ton is or v blade. To put my new low key adventure into context think Green Acres. So, I know I want to be independent and live a simpler life. The problem is I will need a to be shown the ropes along the way during this adventure.
 

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Ah I see. horrible predicament to be in - looking for 300+ acre properties. I feel for yah.

ONE personal property with a few thousand feet of driveway.

In that case - I would say any hd truck with a V blade as long as you are home to plow with the storm...
It is a hard burden to carry. Plow with the storm? That sounds like I am taking it out for drinks and a show? I gather it must be a strategy of some sort but what does it mean?
 

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Depends how many accounts you have and what your contract promises. If you think you can manage to service everyone within 6-8hrs then a 1 ton truck with a V blade and you will do very well. If you are planning to perform after storm service a blower might be the safer option.
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A v blade as opposed to a straight blade has a hinge in the center. Using a controller you can form a straight blade a v or an inverted V. This is particularly useful when you can't push heavy amounts of snow forward and instead just need to cut through it.
 

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First we are going to need to explain the nomenclature to me. I just simply do not have the vocabulary or understanding of it to really converse with you. I have been for the last couple of decades mostly a bi-costal urban dweller with extended periods in Europe. You see I simply have no idea what a 1-ton is or v blade. To put my new low key adventure into context think Green Acres. So, I know I want to be independent and live a simpler life. The problem is I will need a to be shown the ropes along the way during this adventure.
1 ton truck
Ford F-150 is half ton
250 is a 3/4
350 is a one time

Straight blade has a straight moldboard and angles left or right.

A v blade has a center pine and hinge in the middle where it piviots making a V shape.
The shape is good for drifts and larger amounts of snow as it can punch through and deflect snow to both sides.
A v blade can be a straight blade but a straight can't be a v.
The positions of a straight blade are as follows:

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V blade.

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First we are going to need to explain the nomenclature to me. I just simply do not have the vocabulary or understanding of it to really converse with you. I have been for the last couple of decades mostly a bi-costal urban dweller with extended periods in Europe. You see I simply have no idea what a 1-ton is or v blade. To put my new low key adventure into context think Green Acres. So, I know I want to be independent and live a simpler life. The problem is I will need a to be shown the ropes along the way during this adventure.
Maybe you can mosey on down to Sam Drucker's general store put a note on the board, looking for somebody to plow my driveway. Just stay clear of Mr. Haney
 

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A v blade as opposed to a straight blade has a hinge in the center. Using a controller you can form a straight blade a v or an inverted V. This is particularly useful when you can't push heavy amounts of snow forward and instead just need to cut through it.
So, the blade is literally shaped like a big v or wedge to reduce resistance and increase effectiveness... good to know. I knew I should have paid attention more on those trips to Tahoe.
 
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