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What Small Truck To Buy?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Chris-R, Sep 29, 2008.

  1. Chris-R

    Chris-R Senior Member
    Messages: 321

    I currently have a 2008 F250 with a V-10 engine for plowing a big condo development, streets, etc. With the high cost of gas, I want to buy a tiny pickup truck with a tiny engine (4 cylinders) mostly for driving around from place to place all year long. The truck will double as a small driveway plow during storms. It will ONLY do driveways. No big jobs for it. Can anyone give me ideas on what truck would be good for this? Pros and Cons? Thanks for the help.
  2. Redneck

    Redneck Senior Member
    Messages: 187

    I know a fella around town here that has a little Susuki truck awesome on gas has a dump bed, fully lockable diffs, ect Im thinking about getting one for running back and forth to the cottage lots.

  3. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    For ONLY driveways small is it try a jeep wrangler:eek: you be amazed at the productivity of one.payup (for driveways)
  4. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    Id go jeep, or ford ranger, i dont see many ppl with small chevys for what ever reason, id highly consider a V-6
  5. red07gsxr

    red07gsxr Senior Member
    from meriden
    Messages: 256

    i would deff recommened a jeep wrangler with the straight 6 engine. great torque and very easy to move around. i wish i had one for the driveways that i do. my chevy is a little to big for a couple of my driveways that i do. also a smaller dodge dakota would be nice, trans are not so good but they seem to push snow around pretty well.
  6. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    I say jeep liberty diesel
  7. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    The Wrangle or the Ranger. Go with a Sno-Way plow with down pressure too.
  8. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    the dodge dakota, isnt very fuel friendly , and isnt that much more menuverable than a ram... like i said ranger, or jeep
  9. Cassy

    Cassy Senior Member
    Messages: 180

    If you didn't need it to plow small driveways, I would have said a Honda Element--but you can't outfit it with a plow.

    I have '04 F250 and use my Element to drive everywhere I don't need the truck. at 25/30 mpg I can't beat it...
  10. green frog

    green frog Senior Member
    Messages: 246

    I used a 2000 cherokee sport for 3 winters in Buffalo NY before this became my only job. Not bad on gas and the 4.0L pushed the 7'2" western without effort.
  11. red07gsxr

    red07gsxr Senior Member
    from meriden
    Messages: 256

    stick with a jeep, 4.0 and your golden. i had a cherokee with a fisher on it. was great in the snow and pushed well.
  12. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    ranger with the 4L 6cyl and you wont be dissapointed i wouldnt get a 4 banger and push snow with it u wont get any miles to the gallon with it
  13. Chris-R

    Chris-R Senior Member
    Messages: 321

    Thanks for all the help. I found a 2009 Toyota Tacoma and will be picking it up tomorrow. Now I'll have to figure out what plow to get for it. Again, thanks for the help.
  14. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    Get a Toyota Tacoma with a homesteder plow. Tacomas are tuf little trucks. Don't get a Ford Ranger I have it needs a tranmition. The Ford Ranger is also known for tansmition probablems.
  15. red07gsxr

    red07gsxr Senior Member
    from meriden
    Messages: 256

    i pesonally dont like ford rangers at all. i am a chevy guy though. with the toyota get a sno-way with down pressure. the best set up for that truck. the sno way is light and will do a good job.
  16. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,256

    What's a tranmition?

    Or a tansmition?

    So based on your own vehicle all Rangers are junk? Never knew before today that Rangers were known for TRANSMISSION problems. Care to back up you statement with some facts?
  17. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    id like to argue that too my 91 ranger had a 5 speed with well over 200k on it. My 05 was flawless except for me hitting things with the body panels
  18. red07gsxr

    red07gsxr Senior Member
    from meriden
    Messages: 256

    not to get in the middel but your compaing a auto to a stick. a stick can last a lot longer with a careful clutch foot and a good driver. auto trans dont always hold up like a stick can. but as far as trans issues i havent seen to many with the 4l fords. add a trans cooler and there shouldnt be a problem with an auto plowing.
  19. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,925

    a good driver can make any vehicle last longer:nod:
  20. festerw

    festerw Senior Member
    Messages: 986

    You'll need to do some figuring to find out if buying, outfitting and insuring another vehicle would be worth it for the gas mileage.

    What mileage do you get now?