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Used truck with or without a plow???

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by kolkie05, Aug 21, 2009.

  1. kolkie05

    kolkie05 Senior Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 114


    I'm looking to add another used truck before winter. Do you feel it's better to buy a truck without a plow and throw one on since there has been less abuse on it. Or should I just grab a truck that already has a plow on it?

    Not sure if there is a advantage to buing a truck that hasn't been used just for plowing.

  2. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    There are a lot of plow operators that beat on their truck pretty hard. Even with good maintenance it could still be near the end of it's life. I would look for a truck that hasn't been plowed before.
  3. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    I wouldn't consider a used plow truck unless you are in a pinch or it is a hell of a deal.
  4. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    I wouldn't buy a used truck with a plow on it unless it was a realy good deal or I know the person and I know that they didn't beat on it.
  5. kolkie05

    kolkie05 Senior Member
    from Chicago
    Messages: 114

    Thanks guys!
  6. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Buying a used plow truck is usually higher priced then buy a truck and then a plow.
  7. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Are you basing this on a used plow?
  8. affekonig

    affekonig Senior Member
    Messages: 909

    I've bought a LOT of used plow trucks and haven't ever had serious trouble. I also find that it's cheaper the buy a truck that's already setup unless you have time to find the right plow/mount deals and then it's still a crapshoot. I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with the others on here. I'm sure a lot of the trucks have been beat on, but again, I've never really had a problem. Good luck.
  9. SuperdutyShane

    SuperdutyShane PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,517

    Yah he must be because if hes basing it on a new plow Im buying from that guy :p
  10. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    yes...the OP was talking about used to begin with.
  11. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    I'm with you. Take the truck for a ride and you'll get a feel for it. I'd prefer to buy one setup. Saves a lot of headache and/or $$ trying to get it setup.
  12. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,912

    In my experience you can save thousands if you buy trucks with plows on them. If you buy a used truck without a plow for say $5000 then you have to buy a new plow for another $5000. You can usally find a $5000 truck setup with plow already for $6000.

    If you have the cash to spend though I would buy a used truck and new plow.