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salt truck

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by peteo1, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,660

    I'm sure there's a thread on this somewhere but a search wasn't too helpful. We've been debating buying an older 1 ton to use as a salt truck. As of right now we have a Fisher polycaster in a 3/4 ton truck. Well I was thinking maybe an older one ton, perhaps something like those old Chevy 3500 hd's. Those trucks seem to take the weight pretty well plus I could use it to pull the skid steer around in the summer. Only drawback is those things are 2wd. Thoughts/advice anyone?
  2. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    You can find them in 4 wd. Either that or get a F350 Ford. Same thing, only better then chevy if you ask me.
  3. WilliamOak

    WilliamOak PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,988

    They never made an obs body style 3500hd in 4x4. Monroe offered a conversion but it was $$$ and very few did it. I know a number of guys that have had them over the years and loaded with salt they'll do just fine.
  4. 09dieselguy

    09dieselguy Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    we use a 99 k3500 with 2 wheel dually. loaded with salt and a 9 foot straight blade up front. kind of sucks to plow with on any inclines. also have a 2003 dually duramax with a dump bed thats a 4x4 we just took the service body off and installed a dump on. mostly always in 2wd
  5. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,660

    Thanks for the quick responses. Anyone else care to chime in? All comments appreciated
  6. Have a 98 with an under tailgate spreader. It works fine with a load of salt, and it will Cary alot good trucks for cheap. Stay out of loading docks though
  7. Snow Picasso

    Snow Picasso Senior Member
    Messages: 250

    Peteo, I used to have a 4x4 1 ton when I started my paver business. I noticed that the truck was so heavy that I never used the 4 wheel drive. I bought a 01 Chevy 3500 dump new in 2WD and never had a problem plowing! I run a Salt Dogg 2 yarder in the back....plenty of traction! I still have the truck only has 66k on it and plows like a BEAST! The moral of this story is.....YOU DO NOT NEED 4 WHEEL DRIVE ON A 1 TON OR LARGER! The 4x4 is extra weight and just more things to go wrong! The truck still pulls a 16 foot enclosed trailer and occasionally some of my Bobcats!
  8. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,660

    That's sort of what I was thinking. We have a large frame track skid that we use year round and a one ton would match it nicely. I don't do a lot of trucking when it cones to our dirt jobs. If there more than two or three loads I just call for a truck.

    The only issue I'm having is it would be nice to have a backup plow truck but my current is pretty reliable. So I'm still kind of going back and forth on the 4x4 part. I guess if I could find one at the right price is take the 4x4 but they always seem to be beat to hell and back.
  9. plowfever

    plowfever Senior Member
    Messages: 234

    I have a 97 3500HD dump truck. It has the 454 and is a automatic. I have a blizzard 810 on it. The truck is a beast to plow with and will push anything. It does lack some traction but if you fill it up with salt or snow it helps a lot. I don't use it to plow anymore because I was having to replace the transmission every other year or so. They are good trucks other than that. I think the lack of traction is what causes the transmission problems. If you were just salting with it I can't see you having much problems at all.
  10. allseasons87

    allseasons87 Senior Member
    Messages: 813

    We also have a 97 3500HD, but with a 6.5 diesel. It's only a 2wd salt truck, so it has never pushed anything. Never gotten it stuck before.
  11. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    Go with a 450 or 550. A 350 is a waste of money, the increased GVW isn't enough to make it worthwhile once you load it up with a spreader and salt.
  12. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    I think the 3500HD he is thinking of is the 15,000 GVW with 19.5" wheels. We had one for almost 10 years and it plows great with salt on.