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What?? 2WD plowing Illinois blizzards??????

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by The Cowboy, Nov 2, 2005.

  1. The Cowboy

    The Cowboy Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    I will try to plow snow with a 1978 Chevy C20 this winter. My landscape budget cannot allow the purchase of 4WD truck this winter. I already have 2 western plows, a 7 1/2' and an 8'. Should I use tire chains. Should I use the 8' to help keep the wheels off the snow during turns. I only have about 20 large residential accounts with mostly straight 140' drives with no hills.
    I am ready to hope for the best, expect the worst and take what comes.

    Any and all laughs and/or comments will be welcomed. Thanks!
  2. westernboy16

    westernboy16 Senior Member
    Messages: 114


    nice i hope every thing works out but i would use chains and the 7.5 plow
  3. echovalley

    echovalley Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 456

    I don't think i would want a truck with chains on my driveway.They use a different mix of asphalt on the roads then on the driveways.You can buy a beater blazer or something with a plow and 4x4 for 2 or 3 grand
  4. streetsurfin'

    streetsurfin' Senior Member
    Messages: 770

    As far as I know you can't run chains or studded tires in Illinois.
  5. Donny O.

    Donny O. Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    I jsut happen to be selling such a vehicle. 85 chevy with western plow for $2000. no need to spend 20grand!! I know shamless plug!!:waving:
  6. westwind

    westwind Member
    Messages: 79

    no chains! you will lose customers and get a ticket. If you can't get a cheap 4x4 invest in a lot of sand!!:rolleyes:
  7. makplow

    makplow Senior Member
    Messages: 242

    hi cowboy. I have to say you have a lot of courage. Good luck to you, I think your going to need it, and as the saying goes its just another adventure!!!:redbounce :salute:
  8. parrothead

    parrothead Senior Member
    Messages: 157

    i've got an 02 4x4 chevy and only plow in four wheel drive very seldom. i would rather have weight in the back, easier on the front end and drive train i think
  9. DugHD

    DugHD Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 420

    Cowboy, I would put on some aggresive snow tires on the rear . (studded if allowed). 1 1/2 yds of sand in the back of truck. The smaller of the two plows , for weight and pushing reasons. And plow smart , dont drop the front tires over any embankments and dont expect to back up any steep driveways. A used locking rearend would be a plus if the budget allows. Everyones gotta start somewhere , where theres a will theres a way. Good luck. Doug
  10. The Boss

    The Boss 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,099

    To my knowledge, chains and studded tires are illegal in Illinois and here in Iowa. You're best bet would be to buy a 4wd or a lawn tractor with a blade.
  11. The Cowboy

    The Cowboy Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    The snow tire idea sounds great. I hope to have a good report for everyoen after the first few dozen storms. If this setup does not work out, I will just use my Gravely ZTR with the 55" snowblower for the rest of the winter. I did it for 2 years and am still alive, so I guess I could do it again. I did get my whole plow setup for $500 so it is no skin of my back if it does not work; I will just put it back on E-bay where I got it.
    Thanks for the comments.
    We are about 14" down for rain to date. How much snow could 14" of rain make?:cool:
  12. SteveB(wi)

    SteveB(wi) Member
    Messages: 70

    I plowed with a 2WD 80 chev 3/4T pickup for years. And that had an open differential, 292 6cly, and manual trans. It can be done if your set it up decent. Heck what do you think people did before 4X4 pickups came out in the late 50's? Good treaded tall tires, lots and I mean lots, of weight in the back. You really have to keep your head in the game too and pay attention to to momentum, terrain, surface condition. You sometimes have to take smaller bites, especially with wet snow. I think I chained that truck up a total of 2-3 times in ten years. You will get stuck - carry a shovel, strap, come along if you think it can be used. I had a pair of traction mats made from old safety decking that worked slick. I often got stuck (stuck not buried)stacking, slip those under the wheels, back out, go back and pick them up. I wouldn't recommend chains for residential work unless you really want to hear complaints of surface damage. Plan on making your own plow mounting too. I found not a lot of 2WD stuff out there until your into 1 tons.
  13. nekos

    nekos Senior Member
    Messages: 586

    you can plow with 2wd, hell i try to plow in 2wd as mush as possable !
    i would not use a 2wd truck though !!!

    chicago weather just doesn't allow it.

    i saw what happened to a truck that couldnt be put into 4wd last year.
    i and 4 others had to run to this poor guy's lot. it was a mess to say the least. he couldnt push back the snow banks and took 8 hours to clear less then half of a medium sized lot.
  14. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    1" of rain = 10" of snow. So 14" of rain would be 140" of snow.:eek: