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Truck or tractor or ATV?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by fluvanna, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. fluvanna

    fluvanna Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    I live in central Virginia (Fluvanna County) and I have a 500 yard long gravel driveway. I also live on a street which is about 2 miles long and is not maintained by the state. We don't normally get a whole bunch of snow but we were hammered this past winter and I ended up shovelling most of the driveway three times (and we're talking 18 inches of snow each time.) So this year I will go smarter, not harder.

    Some of my neighbors have small tractors which they use to plow their driveways, and they also pitch in to plow the main road. I don't have a tractor or an ATV. I have a light pickup truck (2WD Tacoma) but it's near the end of its service life.

    My question is, what is the smartest way for me to plow snow? Should I buy a used tractor, a new or used ATV, or a used 4x4 pickup and plow? I don't really think I would have time to do commercial work so I wouldn't want to dump too much money into this. I just need the ability to clear stuff when necessary.

    I had been planning on buying a used pickup, preferrably a 3/4 ton but a 1/2 ton if that's all I could find, and putting a used plow on there. I was thinking maybe one of the used F250s I've seen for about $10-14,000. But I thought I would ask the experts what they thought.

    I have not wanted to go down the snowblower route because I think it would just take too long. I think it would take me a minimum of five hours of work to clear the driveway with a snowblower.

    The reason why I thought I would take the truck option is because a truck has a lot of utility. I don't think I would enough agricultural work to justify a tractor; same with the ATV. But if one of these is the better option

    Any suggestions? I appreciate your help -
  2. pohouse

    pohouse Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    Hire your neighbor to plow your drive. :nod:
  3. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    That would be the cheapest and easiest thing to do. But if you realy want to plow it your self. You should get either a 1/2 ton with a 7.5' plow or a 3/4 ton with an 8' plow IMO.
  4. fluvanna

    fluvanna Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    OK, thanks, I appreciate it. I also saw that a guy asked a similar question in one of the non-commercial parts of the website, so I got some good information there too. Thanks!
  5. zerolatency

    zerolatency Member
    Messages: 81

    I suppose i'm going to say it depends on how much you mind the cold weather. If you go with an ATV/UTV with a plow you are going to be out in the elements but then you have the toy for the summer time. Unless you have a summer use for it i would stray away from the tractor. Lastly if you don't care for the cold go for the pickup. Trucks do come in very handy hauling/moving random crap. Of course all of this gets trumped by whatever you can find an outstanding deal on...