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The Perfect Driveway Rig

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by atclarkson, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. atclarkson

    atclarkson Member
    Messages: 90

    What would you run? I've got my F250 this year with an 8 foot blade, but I wonder if it is going to be a touch big for most places. I'm gonna run her regardless lol.

    For those guys who do alot of Residential, what is best? Do you run full size or half tons or jeeps or???

    This I think would be incredible....

  2. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,796

    This would be even better.

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  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    If your a true snow relocation specialist you can plow with anything and do a good job!
  4. Montosi82

    Montosi82 Member
    Messages: 62

    new driveway rig

    I have been doing driveways with a chevy 2500hd for over 3 years and it works pretty well but I just picked this up last night on ebay. Gonna find a plow for her this week. I hoping this will be doing all my driveways this year. good luck this year!

    NEW JEEP.jpg
  5. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    I plow only driveways... There are driveways and there are driveways. Most of mine have curves in them and turnarounds or drive throughs and "L" shaped. I think I have 5 "Standard driveways" 2 cars wide, 3 long. I 23 years of plowing, I've used F150s and jeeps. Jeeps hand down.
    Dont know about tractors.
  6. 06HD BOSS

    06HD BOSS 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,611

    My buddy uses a jeep setup with a pull plow and a 7' fisher. In my mind that is the ideal driveway rig. My 2500 ext-cab is too big for 60% of my driveways. My girlfriends father has a 1500 reg cab short bed and with that short wheel base he can plow circles around me, literally lol. We set up a deere 4310 a couple years back with a pull plow and a front blade, it does driveways quick but the drivetime between them kills you.
  7. suzuki0702

    suzuki0702 Senior Member
    Messages: 649

    ive gotta f250....let me tell you first hand...its a nightmare for me! the fords dont turn very well due to the leaf springs up front. 05+ years have coil overs so they turn much better... my crewcab shortbed has a 45' turning radius! most of my lots are less than 45'!!!! but you can get em done.. ive gotta huge 8'6" blade and i still get em done!
  8. atclarkson

    atclarkson Member
    Messages: 90

    Mark - same machine, but has a back blade. Very cool to see a video tho! Can't justify the 30 grand pricetag tho.... :dizzy::dizzy:

    Sounds like Jeeps make alot of sense; tho I REALLY like the idea of a shortbed pickup with a smaller blade (I don't really have any use for a jeep any other time of year)

    I'll be starting work on building something once this winter is over... Thanks all for the ideas!
  9. Freedom Dave

    Freedom Dave Member
    Messages: 37

    we have a jeep and its incredible for those streets that become single lane roads after the snow builds up all over, I bought it as a trick telling my wife its good for snow plowing and would be nice in the summer for the convertable part. Its amazing for snow plowing residential, don't have to back all the way into the street, easy to turn around, nothing behind the back seat pretty much. My wife drives it for plowing and loves it. We have 5 other trucks and she just flies through her route everytime.

    Only thing is I made sure I got the 6'6" western standard plow, not that homeowner suburban thing or the little blizzard - they are probably ok but the weight and height of the standard plow is supurb
  10. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,372

    I think a Skid Steer witha heated cab and a snowblower would be perfect.

    Skid Steer Snowblower.jpg
  11. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    It is not so much the rig...but the operator.
  12. Neige

    Neige Sponsor
    Messages: 2,215

    I guess Black Irish will be able to say, he uses tractors jeeps, and just got a toolcat.
  13. towpro570

    towpro570 Senior Member
    Messages: 241

    i got a good driveway vehicle for ya 85 s10 4 inch lift 350 v8 turbo 350 trans on 32inch tires western 6.6 conventional :salute:
  14. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    If you're spread out get a jeep.
    Concentrated get tractor blower.
    Stupid small resi's with space for snow pile a problem ,yet fairly concentrated sites, use a toolcat or skidsteer.
  15. green frog

    green frog Senior Member
    Messages: 246

    My Jeep Cherokee is my estimate vehicle for plowing and landscaping. A relocation expert moves people not snow. So grandview must plow anyone that gets in the way.lol
  16. atclarkson

    atclarkson Member
    Messages: 90

    whoa... lots more replies and plowsite didn't email me... hmmm haha

    Was talking to my buddy today... really liking the skidsteer with a plow idea... run sideways in driveways, push the snow as high as you want, etc. (He runs one for a 120 driveway private community) Little much for my bank account for now tho. (Or for the next few years, for that matter) Would certainly ease the worry of where to put snow on small lots.

    My driveways are all within a 5 mile radius, and if I can get enough in one of my areas that is doing quite well at the moment, that could get kicked down to under a 1 mile radius. We will certainly see what this year brings.

    While I think I will be able to run the 250 no problem, a smaller rig would be much more efficient! Guess some snow would help....
  17. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    My truck is almost perfect for driveways. I have a few in a "city" type area and you have to fit down narrow streets, turn into a narrow driveway then be able to manueaver once in the driveway so you can plow it all. My truck has a very small turning radius- sometimes turns so tight that my tire's hit snow if the plow is down, has the same drivetrain as a 1500 Ram (4.7 V8, 545RFE Tranny, 9 1/4 rear diff and 8" corp front diff) and a strong frame. The only thing better would be a Reg cab short bed Dakota with a nice 7 1/2' V Plow.

    Its actually part of my advertising- "Got Snow? Get Plowed! I fit places other's don't!"
  18. atclarkson

    atclarkson Member
    Messages: 90

    Very cool.
  19. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    You think that is maneuverable try a Jeep about 5 feet shorter, I can actually see the plow not just the flags.
  20. towpro570

    towpro570 Senior Member
    Messages: 241

    well i did not get my plow set up on my play toy hope to before the snow flys but it s a 85 s10 4inch lift 31/10.5/15 tires eng 350 trans 350 trasfer case np 205 wester 6.6 this will be for drive ways