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Should I buy a Toyota Tundra or a Chevy Silverado 1500?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by mercer_me, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    I'm looking at new trucks and I think I'm going to get a Toyota Tundra but I don't know how well the will handle an 8' Fisher. If any one has any sugjestions about wether I should get a Toyota Tunda or a Chevy 1500 let me know. I will not by a Ford or a Dodge I have had bad experiences with both.
  2. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 9,883

    Get a true 3/4 ton or larger if you plan on plowing commercially..
  3. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    What snow farmer said, 1/2 tons generally only get 7 1/2 ft light duty blades. Go with a 2500 HD or 3500. Truck will work out better for you.
  4. ServiceOnSite

    ServiceOnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 950

    tundra has been out for a few years now, and yet when it snows i still see a ton of new chevys and so on not tundra. get the chevy and be glad you didwesport
  5. smoore45

    smoore45 Senior Member
    Messages: 526

    Tundras are designed for the suburbanite trucker. Sure they may be reliable and good quality as a daily driver to work, but he Japanese design everything to the minimum. Smaller rear diff, smaller frame, etc. Strap a plow on one of those and it's likely to fall apart. Even though I'm a Ford man, I would much rather see you get the Chevy. I plow with a 1/2 and it can handle plowing all day long.
  6. ServiceOnSite

    ServiceOnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 950

    truer words were never spoken i have to agree. id rather see you get a ford than a tundra and im a chevy guy
  7. F250 Boss v

    F250 Boss v Senior Member
    Messages: 281

    Real Plowing...

    Frankly if you plan on doing any real plowing buy a Ford F-250 as a minimum. :gunsfiring:
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2008
  8. SuperBlade

    SuperBlade Member
    Messages: 62

    plz no tundra
  9. toby4492

    toby4492 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,513

    You should buy whatever truck you like best and will suit your needs.

    If you do go with the Toyota don't kid yourself that an 8' Fisher will go on there with no issues.

    Most manufacturers have plow selection lists on their websites based on your vehicle information. IMO the best plow you will find for the Tundra is right here.

  10. lawn king

    lawn king PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,085

    The gm is way more truck, no doubt about it.
  11. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    If you are doing your own drive or a very small area either one will work. But if the application is commercial consider stepping up to a 3/4. You can buy them almost as cheap or cheaper. The 3/4 ton truck would handle that 8' blade you wanted
  12. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    GM no doubt at all.
  13. Lifted4x4Astro

    Lifted4x4Astro Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    Actually you are wrong! The new (07+) Tundra is a beefier truck than any of the domestic 1/2 tons. 10.5" ring gear out back (with the 5.7), more hp AND torque than any of the domestics and a very nice 6 speed auto. The frames are fully boxed up front and are very strong. Can't say if they will handle a plow though.

    I would not buy one...I like a 3/4 ton truck not a cowboy Cadillac! I do have a buddy who owns an 07 Tundra and the truck runs perfect, pulls great (lighter loads) and the dealer takes great care of him when he goes in for routine maintenance. I can't say that about any of the domestic dealers around here! :mad:
  14. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    Local Toyo dealer has plowed with a Toyo pickup for years. I just noticed they have a new Tundra in there now with a Boss 7'6 V. I'm a GM guy but I don't really have anything bad to say about Toyota, as long as we're comparing half tons.
  15. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,707

    Buy the Chevy.......forget about the Toyota for many reasons. ussmileyflag
  16. Sno4U

    Sno4U Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    If your buying a new 'yota, will the dealership honor the warranty/ I asked a couple of years ago when they 1st came out and the dealership I spoke to gave me a flat out "NO".
    If your plowing w/ a 1/2 will the 'yota have a tranny cooler or anything else that goes into a plow pkg.?
  17. Kevin Kendrick

    Kevin Kendrick Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    Does Toyota offer a "Snow Plow Prep Package"? I am trolling Toyota's website and don't see anything on there.
  18. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,931

    agreed, my 06 f350 is 3x the size of the truck as my 03 f150 is, I could bolt on a monster plow vs the f150 im sure a 7 and a hafl or 8 footer will max that sucker out.

    Lotta guys have had issues plowing with the tundras, even the newest ones. Id get a 1500hd or 2500 chevy/gmc anyday or an F250.
  19. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,931

    toyota may outspec the domestic brands in a lot of categories, search online for the f150 frame test vs the tundra frame test, they did it with the nissan titan too, its rediculous how much smaller so many of the parts are like the frame flex, bolts, nuts, suspension components are. I like ford trucks more than the others but gm is a close 2nd. I wouldnt consider plowing with anything but a gm or ford or larger brands.

    especially if you have the option of buying a new one and are GOING to plow with it, just start out in the right direction from the get go.
  20. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    Toyota is building huge plant here, starting with 1200 jobs with another 1200 coming in the next few years, so tymusic. That would be the only reason I would buy a Toyo but it would be for personal use.