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upgrading equipment

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by mcgruff, Feb 14, 2010.

  1. mcgruff

    mcgruff Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    Hi All,
    I currently do 30 residential with an F150 and an old meyers plow.

    I am thinking of upgrading my truck and going to an F250 or possible a dodge with a cummins engine as I plan on trying for some commercials next year.

    Is a dielse engine worth it for that or not?
    Also what size plow can i put on either an F250 or 2500 dodge diesel?
    I am leaning towards western plows after what i read on here.

  2. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    Lot's of great topics there. Try a search. You will find SOOOOOO much info on those very things. Welcome.
  3. mcgruff

    mcgruff Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    will do, i forgot about the search button.

  4. DaySpring Services

    DaySpring Services PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,065

    If you can afford it go with a diesel. I will never buy another gas truck.
  5. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    After just picking up my 95 chevy 2500 with a 6.5 turbo diesel engine, I will be looking for more good deals on diesels. I have only plowed one time with it, but I averaged almost 20 miles per gallon, compared to about 8 or so with any of my other trucks plowing. Plus it has power to spare if I need it.
  6. skidooer

    skidooer Senior Member
    Messages: 248

    I would go with the diesel every time, but do your research on these trucks each has their own issues.
    make sure you check dealer service or a good diesel mechanic in your area. if you have any questions just PM me.
  7. green frog

    green frog Senior Member
    Messages: 246

    If your staying with residentials I would say go with a jeep. I plow with a f250 standard cab long bed and the jeep is as fast on driveways even with 1 foot short plow and gets way better gas mileage. If I didn't have commercials I would use my jeep all the time.
  8. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 Senior Member
    Messages: 196

    Diesel all the way.
  9. nymustang50

    nymustang50 Senior Member
    Messages: 133

    Like noted above each diesel has its weaknesses but its worth it in the end also if your going to be doing residential and commercial id looking for a 8ft straight its like the smallest for a 2500-250 truck yet nice for doing driveways that are skinny..

    ADLAWNCUTTERS Senior Member
    Messages: 212

    Go with the diesel it's always better to have too much than not enough.
  11. Bryansong

    Bryansong Member
    Messages: 32

    Diesel would be nice but I have gotten to where I can't hardly stand the smell.

  12. mcgruff

    mcgruff Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    Thanks so much for the responses. I do lawn care in the summer so the truck would be used for plowing and lawns.

    A jeep would be nice but not feasable.

    Thanks for the help. wesport
  13. JustinD

    JustinD Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    Diesel is the way to go, once you have a diesel, you won't go back.
  14. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 Senior Member
    Messages: 196

    Personally I think it depends on how much snow your average year brings you. If it is more than 6 inches or so I would definatly go with the deisel but if its less than that go with gas. (my personal opinion)
  15. jkretzer

    jkretzer Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    go with the diesel, you will never look back. i have plowed with both and any diesel wins hands down. the extra weight will help you and the added torque is a +. most of the time i just idle along and nothing stops my truck.
  16. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,594

    Famous last words! :rolleyes:
  17. jkretzer

    jkretzer Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    nothing outside of plowing with common sense has stopped the truck yet. you have to use your head when facing the wrath of mother nature. i carrying 1000 lbs of salt and sand in the bed and run aggressive snow tires. Another point ot consider is fuel economy, in one weekend a guy i work with used 3 full tanks of gas in his f350 with a 460 gas engine, in the same weekend i went through 3/4's of a tank of diesel.
  18. SMLCAT

    SMLCAT Member
    Messages: 85

    If you go with a diesel try to find one with the upgraded plow suspension i.e higher rated springs..
  19. lumps

    lumps Senior Member
    Messages: 365

    Thing to remember is that a diesel engine weighs more. If I recall correctly, most plows will put a 3/4 ton diesel over the front axle weight rating. Might be worth picking up a 1 ton, not only for truck longevity, but also in case you ever get weighed by DOT.
  20. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    WOW you would be blown away if you think that has power if you got in a Cummins or a Powerstroke