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Truck Comparison

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by CMU07, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. CMU07

    CMU07 Member
    Messages: 68

    Hi guys. I'm new to the site and industry. I've spent some time doing ride alongs and picking the brain of a family friend who's been doing this for 30 years. I've been reading on this site for about 2 weeks. I was going to get a truck yesterday but the guy was stupid or thought I was.

    Anyhow, I had a question. What would you guys rather work with (with all things equal, free of disorders) a 1 ton Ford with the 7.3 and a Western 8' straight or a 1/2 ton Silverado 5.3 with a 7.6 snoway?

    Mainly focusing on residentials, with a couple of small lots in the mix.

  2. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Is the Ford a dually or SRW? Are they both automatics? Whats the cab/bed configuration on the Chevy? Are your driveways mostly hot top? Do you need to do a lot of backdragging?
  3. CMU07

    CMU07 Member
    Messages: 68

    I was actually just getting back to that. I lied, all things arent exactly equal. The Chevy is an ext cab short box, the Ford is a reg cab long box. The Ford is a manual and Chevy auto. Yes, a bit of back dragging involved. And to be completely honest, I'm not familiar with the term hot top.
    Thanks for helping with my ignorance and lack of attention to detail.
  4. snowman4

    snowman4 Senior Member
    Messages: 396

    I think by hot top he is just refering to paved asphalt.
  5. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115


    Personally the Ford is out because it's a manual. My choice would be a reg cab 3/4 ton automatic. Snoways are good, especially with Down Pressure. Helps with backdragging, and scraping.

    DAFFMOBILEWASH PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,602

    Chev 4 me 2. Snoway plows are great for drives and back dragging.
  7. ondagawood

    ondagawood Senior Member
    Messages: 128

    GMC (or Chevy) SnoWay is good, automatic, (look at my sig.)

    Good luck.........:nod:

    P.S. - don't forget about Insurance :eek:
  8. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    I'll join the rest. I would go with the GMC because of the auto. Manuals are fine for long pushes but unless it's a three speed in driveways I'll take the automatic everytime. The Snoway with down pressure is just a bonus.
  9. SuperdutyShane

    SuperdutyShane PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,517

    Remember that there are still plenty of trucks out there too, so dont just jump in if its not exactly what you want, I think you would be better off with a 3/4 for the small lots and you can do driveways with a 3/4 ton also. Good luck. :salute:
  10. CMU07

    CMU07 Member
    Messages: 68

    Well guys thanks for the opinions. It was the response I figured on getting but thought it was still worth the post. I'm sure I'll forget something, but it won't be the insurance. I am already in business for myself (pest control) and know all about liability insurance. As you can imagine this line of work in the mid west is obviously seasonal, so I figured plowing would compliment it well. I am going to go look at the 1/2 ton chevy tomorrow. Probably get it if its what the seller says it is. I would like a 3/4 ton or bigger but I found a good deal on this (once again, that is if its what its advertised as) and think it will be alright to get my feet wet with. I'm focusing on my residential clients with this adventure. I have spent a half dozen years now kissing a lot of butts, so..... figured I'd give this a go.
  11. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    The 1/2 ton will work jusr fine. Plow with the storm.