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Snow pusher on truck?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Watch out yelow, Feb 9, 2007.

  1. Watch out yelow

    Watch out yelow Member
    Messages: 35

    I am purchasing a gmc 4500 w series for my maintenance division this spring. We are looking to put a pusher on it instead of a plow. Truck would be 2wd cabover but only pushing in flat lots. I am thinking an 8-10 foot wide pusher, 3-4 yard capacity. Does anyone know what a good set-up is for this application. I suppose up and down is all we would need. Ive heard of guys fabricating this out of an existing plow. Does anyone produce this factory?
  2. crazymike

    crazymike Senior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 639

    I wouldn't reccomend it. There are plenty of used plows to be had for that truck and with a pusher you are severely limited. You can always add wings to a blade, but you can't add angle to a pusher.
  3. DodgeRam1985

    DodgeRam1985 Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 82

    I agree, I wouldn't reccomend it. However that is not to say that you couldn't makeit work for your needs. But be very aware that plowing is very addictive. I started out only doing a couple of drive's for some spare cash here and there, now it's a full blown job. I personally think that without angling capabilities, it's not worth it at all, unless all you do is large commercial lots and no residential, then it makes some sense.
  4. dodgeguy99

    dodgeguy99 Senior Member
    from mn
    Messages: 272

    large lots get a pusher small lots get a plow
  5. Watch out yelow

    Watch out yelow Member
    Messages: 35

    We use pick-ups to do the driveways. This would be strictly for large lots. And you cant beat a pusher with a plow, even one with small wings. Same question.. does anyone know a snow pusher co that also munufacters mounts to hook up to this truck?
  6. Jt13speed

    Jt13speed Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    Look at an Avalanche pusher They make ones for trucks.
  7. YardMedic

    YardMedic PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    I'm recommending he stay clear of plowing with this truck. He's looking at a 2wd rig, and a pusher??? Gotta say even a straight blade will have some trouble pushing a lot of snow with that truck. Get a truck built for work
  8. crazymike

    crazymike Senior Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 639

    The 9' MC fisher on a dump truck has 1 1/2' wings on it. It's the same size as our 9' pusher for the skidsteer. But the wings fold up so I can use it for windrowing, etc...

    I'm not talking about western pro wings, they make wings that will make your full size plow an actual pusher.
  9. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,322

    I don't think the 2wd will handle the amount of snow the pusher will carry. You'll need 4wd.
  10. customers_snow

    customers_snow Member
    from 48843
    Messages: 38

    Try Arctic plows. Go on their website and see what sizes they have available.
  11. SkykingHD

    SkykingHD Senior Member
    Messages: 368

    plow on 2wd truck

    I wonder if you would have the traction to push a box full of snow? I have talked to loader drivers that have problems with 4wd loaders pushing boxes full of wet snow. Just food for thought. But if you purchased a large pusher box then the truck would not push it you could justify a large loader then.
  12. Bchsnow

    Bchsnow Junior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 22

    I think it's a great plan. I have in my fleet a '97 international 4700 "2wd" state dump truck with a modified 10' backhoe pusher. For pushing a 40+ acre lot. I had snogremlin pushers custom build the pusher to fit an existing Monroe pin type hitch plow mount. Works great truck pushes full box no problem and with the existing plow mount it floats up bouNces over obstacles and stacks 15' high. But obviously I don't do driveways.

  13. rrvsnow

    rrvsnow Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    If you wouldn't mind, could you post some pics of the mounting system on that pusher, looks very interesting.
  14. Bchsnow

    Bchsnow Junior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 22


    Sure it's very simple

  15. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Mounts like a conventional western it looks like. What kind of place do you plow 40 acres?
  16. Bchsnow

    Bchsnow Junior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 22

    Trucking terminal that they want plowed at 1".
  17. rjigto4oje

    rjigto4oje PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,379

    I want one
  18. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,174

    A few guys have them here, one has a 16ft. There are a few videos are here some where. I think if you ask in the Canada thread, they can help you. (thinking JD)
  19. tbi

    tbi Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 91

    Stack 15' high?
  20. LapeerLandscape

    LapeerLandscape 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,247

    I have a 15ft box blade on my Volvo, it also angles. Its 2wd and does not loose traction but I usually carry a little salt in the back also. I leave it at the job site and hooks up faster then my western ultra mount.