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Use my new truck or buy a beater

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by awddsm1, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. awddsm1

    awddsm1 Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    Looking at getting into plowing this winter at the request of some of my mowing accounts. I currently have an 07 Dodge Ram Mega Cab 3/4 ton 4X4. I'm interesed in your opinions on weather I should spend my money on a plow for my Ram, or if I should look for an older truck as more of a dedicated plow truck...

    Using the Ram, I'd want to get a newer plow, which would be more up-front cost. I'm also concerned about damage to the truck, cosmetic as well as mechanical (even though it's still under factory warranty).

    With an older beater I'd be more concerned with mechanical break downs typical of an older truck. I'm tempted to go this route because I would save the Ram from the abuse, but also be able to set this truck up the way it should be to plow.
  2. jomofo

    jomofo Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    I'm pretty sure you'll reduce your factory warrenty to 1 year from DOD if you work it commercially... Not sure if you have the lifetime warrenty or what, but something to consider....
  3. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    have you ever plowed snow before? what type of accounts do you have?
  4. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    I would use the new one unless you find an older one in good mechanical condition. There is nothing more frustrating than sitting in a parking lot at 2 in the morning with a truck that wont run.
  5. awddsm1

    awddsm1 Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    No experience plowing before really worth mentioning. Most accounts would be "on-call" residential, plus 2-3 small commercial lots.
  6. nickv13412

    nickv13412 Senior Member
    Messages: 621

    ive heard of the mega cabs having problems with the rear doors not shutting after guys hung a plow on them
  7. EGLC

    EGLC PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,733

    hwo does having a plow on a truck have ANYTHING to do with how doors shut?? :dizzy:
  8. jomofo

    jomofo Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    The plow bone's connected to the frame bone... the frame bone's connected to the cab bone... The cab bone's connected to the door bone.... Oh, hear the word of the Lord.

  9. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    I always put plows on new trucks, just be carefull and watch where your going and you'll be fine. Why have another truck around to insure and maintain when you have the perfect truck sitting in your driveway already.
  10. tls22

    tls22 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,264

    I would use ur ram, why spend the money in a beater. Plus its hard to find a good used plow truck, they all have never plowed commercially. Plus if your weather is like ours, the plow will not be on much!:waving:
  11. nickv13412

    nickv13412 Senior Member
    Messages: 621

    Dont shoot the messenger, but if you think about it as a system, the stresses would make it possible. Jomofos explanation gives a rough outline
  12. JK828

    JK828 Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    Hanging 800 lbs. from the nose of your mega cab is like hanging 50lbs. from your nose and expecting your neck to stay straight.
  13. chcav1218

    chcav1218 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    Well, put a set of timbrens on there, maybe some tough shocks, a few turns on the torsion bars and you should be all set.
  14. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Let's just say new is nice. For the little bit of plowing you will do it's fine. Just watch for that yellow post in the parking lot they attack trucks when plowing!
  15. Kingwinter

    Kingwinter Senior Member
    Messages: 217

    I'd love to have ur truck to plow with.... but a mega cab for driveways.... idk. I've plowed driveways with f350 crew cabs, and that is a royal pain. You have to attack it from the side and angle the blade while backing up. If im not mistaken, the mega cab is longer than that.
  16. justwheelit

    justwheelit Member
    Messages: 46

    i have a 2007 ram 2500 quad cab and im puttin a 950lb western wide-out on it next week, as long as you watch out for curbs and poles and just take it as "easy" as possible you'll be fine, id be more worried about rust than anyhting, just wash it real good after your done plowing
  17. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    Dodge 3/4-1 tons Still use a solid front axle = no Torsion bars to turn.
  18. awddsm1

    awddsm1 Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    Thanks guys... I think I may have found a really good deal on a 7.5' Meyer by sheer luck... A couple of you made a really good point that is very ovbious, but hadn't really dawned on me... the plow's not going to be on the truck all that much. And having a nice truck is all that much more insentive to take it slow and easy!!
  19. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    i think im going to be the first to say this....

    NO, get a used truck, not a "beater" but u would be surprised what 6 k , will find you, plow and all... if your concered about the mechanical breakdowns of it, do that, and also just put a frame and wiring on ur new truck as well, its less than $800. then you can go with either

    you have a really nice truck, i havent heard about the door bowing thing yet... but ur still new to the plowing game, it will beat up ur truck mecahnicly speaking, and you have no experieance, which normally also can add to the body getting beat up , as well. you might not even like plowing. i would get a beater, and find someone to sub for, you will learn the ropes on there time clock,
  20. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    I would use the new truck

    How long will you keep your accounts when you cant plow someone out because your beater broke down.

    word gets around your unreliable (your truck brakes down) customer dont care, all he knows is he had to leave for work and had to shovel himself out cause you didnt show up.