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Tacoma or Colorado

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by rick100, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. rick100

    rick100 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Looking for a truck 2 or 3 years old to plow my driveways. Most important is gas millage because I will probably only get under 10 storms at best 10 a year. The rest of the year I need to cut the cost of gas money I'm spending. So I know 3/4 ton best 1/2 next best for plowing but could i get away with a Tacoma or a Colorado crew cab with a light plow and which one would you guys recomend.
    Thanks alot
  2. sbt1

    sbt1 Member
    Messages: 59

    Skip those and get a Nissan Frontier. Same size but a much better truck. The 4.0V6 in the Nissan will blow away anything in either of those other trucks.
  3. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    Any plow you put on a small truck is going to be light. This will result in poor back dragging. I would recommend a plow with down pressure.
  4. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    or a pullplow/backblade.
  5. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    You should get a Tacoma with a 7' Boss Sport Duty IMO.
  6. Kavu

    Kavu Member
    Messages: 60

    I had an 05 Crew Cab Tacoma. I never plowed with it, but it was a good truck.
  7. Stik208

    Stik208 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,319

    Last edited: Sep 8, 2010
  8. mayhem

    mayhem PlowSite.com Addict
    from Peru MA
    Messages: 1,016

    Where in MA are you located that you think you'll only be plowing 10 times a year?

    When I had a plowing service do my driveway, we were $25 per push and a typicla year had us in the $700-800 range...probably 8-10 storms were multiple visits with a 3" trigger, so thats still around 20 storms a season.
  9. rick100

    rick100 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Worcester area and yes we only get an average of maybe 10 storms I know I'm not going to go just once to the driveway plan on plowing with the storm. I figure if you can do your driveway with a wrangler why not a small truck if I'm the only one using it and not beating on it that's my thoughts i guess.
  10. VTDave

    VTDave Member
    from VT
    Messages: 46

    My daily driver and driveway plow truck is a 2005 Tacoma 4x4 4 cylinder. I plow in low range. I had a ~10 year old Snowbear blade. When that eventually fell apart, I upgraded to a Snoway ST blade with downpressure. Both are a value for the money. The downpressure on the Snoway is great, though. Go with a lightweight blade.

    The 2.7L 4 cyl engine gets me ~24 mpg on the highway at 70mph. I have a buddy with a 2006 Frontier with the V6. I can pull away from him on the hills on the highway. I have a manual and he has an auto.

    If you go 4cyl, get the manual. My driveway includes some pitches that are 15-18% grade. My truck gets the job done. I even plow for a few neighbors.
  11. rick100

    rick100 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Thanks That helps