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plowing snow with my 2006 2 wheel drive chevy dually 3500 dump

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by acollins3, Nov 15, 2008.

  1. acollins3

    acollins3 Junior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2

    I am planning to put a meyers plow on my 3500 2 wheel drive dually dump. Will it be ok in the snow? How much snow will I be able to push? I will only be plowing driveways. Thanks
  2. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    Just put alot of weight in the back and should work allrite.
  3. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,796

    It would do ok depending on the size of the blade and the amount of ballast you put in the rear.

    Driveways however are not a good idea. All the starting and stopping, going slow, driveways with hills or inclines/declines in them and tight areas with the need to run over snow or back up in snow will your downfall.

    The best place for that truck is wide open parking lots that are flat. Momentum will be your friend in that case. And plow with the storm. You can't go out with a 8"+ on the ground and expect to cruise right through it.

    And on here I've heard that meyer's has some issues they need to work on. Most would say go with a Western/Fisher, Boss, Blizzard, SnoWay.
  4. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    You want to plow driveways with a dually Dump:dizzy::eek::dizzy:

    OK..... I wanna plow WalMart with my Jeep :jester:
  5. red07gsxr

    red07gsxr Senior Member
    from meriden
    Messages: 256

    no on doing driveways, yes to doing lots, the 2wd is not going to work in your favor.
  6. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Don't want to rain on your parade but the 2WD and driveways are NOT good together. Make sure if you do try it to bring extra money for a tow truck. You Will get stuck at some point. JMO
  7. linycctitan

    linycctitan Senior Member
    Messages: 588

    I'd have to agree. We do just fine with 2wd dumps for municipal & mid to large commercial, especially with a loaded vbox in the back. If your only doing driveways, think smaller and 4wd as manuverablility is key when it comes to residentials.
  8. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,953

    We dont do any residentials but I must agree with the above posters, we have a 2006 gmc 3500 dumper, works real well for flat parking lots where you can have momentum in your favor, and a load of salt in the back, but i would think a lot of starting and stopping would lead to a lot more potentials for getting stuck
  9. ducatirider944

    ducatirider944 Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 469

    Forget the drives and just sub for someone that does big lots. You could get a big lot and do it yourself, but these lots were signed months ago. Big lot, you will be just fine, throw about 2000# in back and you will be fine. I have a F-350 and plow 80% of the time in 2wd. I could probably never put it in 4wd, but it is just to easy to flip a switch when I start getting a little wheel spin
  10. ptllandscapeIL

    ptllandscapeIL Senior Member
    Messages: 495

    yeah put it this way I have the same truck but wiht 4x4 and when we get a major snow i sometimes have to use ti on driveways amd ive gotton stuck at least 4 times in 2 years
  11. weasel11

    weasel11 Member
    from 5
    Messages: 59

    I posted here for info on starting out and go some good info on set ups, however I assumed I needed to set up the 4x4's in my fleet but would love to use a couple of 2x4's I have because they go back to the dealer in March(lease runs out) They are F350 Duallies 7.3 diesel. Can I put Snoway or SnowSport on these and be ok in snow 6" or less. Do I need chains? any info would be great
  12. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    weasel I understand your thinking, but soon to be lease returns after a season of snow will cost a pile to make pretty again. imo
  13. weasel11

    weasel11 Member
    from 5
    Messages: 59

    yeah but my dealer is real cool. I do a lot of biz there. How about my question though? Any experience with this
  14. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    If you're serious about doing drives with this truck, you need a set of very good chains. And probably a cheap set for backup just in case. Keep some salted sand in the back. The weight for traction, and loose sand if you get stuck. You might even consider a winch. The receiver mount ones are cool, and handy to have anyway. An 8 foot plow would be the minimum for a dually. I like my Fishers, but by whatever brand is popular in your area and has a good dealer nearby.
  15. weasel11

    weasel11 Member
    from 5
    Messages: 59

    Thanks for the advice, however maybe I jumped in to this thread without giving enuf info. the dually will be for parking lots(gas stations, warehouse(2), NO DRIVEWAYS too much stopping and turning. So what chains would you recommend for a dually and what can I expect out of a dually. How about the SnowSport? Thanks
  16. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    If you're just doing parking areas, you should be in good shape. Get some very good snow tires, studded if they are legal in your area. Keep the chains handy if the snow gets real deep or heavy. You definitely want plenty of weight in the back. Probably 2000 pounds to start. You may want to try taking off the outside duals. That would put all your weight on one tire, which should give better bite. It would also help keep you from running over your windrows if you have a smaller plow. You will probably need to be most careful when pushing back edges or stacking. This is where you can get stuck more easily.

    As for the SnowSport, I have never seen one. I googled it. Just my speculation here, but I dont think it is up to the task. I can't imagine a 1500 dollar plow mounted into a receiver hitch is going to fare too well when you hit a curb or whatever with a 8 - 10 thousand pound truck. I saw the HD model at 7' with a rubber cutting edge. You need at least an 8' with a steel trip edge or fold over protection. It looks like it is manual angle, which just isn't going to work for your proposed application. Fisher, Meyer, Blizzard, Boss make plows that are more up to task for you.
  17. Pennings Garden

    Pennings Garden Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 242

    I've been doing drives with a dually dump for years????

    but ours is 4WD
  18. Runner

    Runner Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    I plowed lots AND drives with a 1 ton dump for years. You just get to know your limitations in backdragging and such. I used Goodyear Wrangler XG's across the back (don't think they even make these tires anymore). There were a few times that I went off the edge of a parking lot and had a hard time getting back up (carry shovel and salt), and you certainly don't have the stacking capability as you do with 4wd. Another thing to look out for, is loading docks. Sometimes, you have to pull them out in increments in they are deep and/or steep. You definitely need to be loaded down rather well in the back, also.
  19. Joesno

    Joesno Senior Member
    Messages: 152

    you don't need to worry about chains and all that crap. Your truck will do fine. I have an 03 Chevy 2500hd that has 4x4 and i have honestly never ever used it while plowing. The only time i use it is when i ( rarely because of previous experiences) tow a trailer with my ATV in the winter. All the people on this site talk down about everyones equipment if it isn't the best set up or top of the line. And a couple bags of salt in the back would help but not necessary. As long as you have decent treed on your tires your in great shape!!
  20. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,951

    your prob gonna want to get a set of chains