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What truck to get to plow? Is an f-150 enough?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by spitbottle, May 24, 2010.

  1. spitbottle

    spitbottle Junior Member
    from Tamps
    Messages: 3

    I am fairly young, 23 to be exact and I am just starting a landscape and snow removal company.

    I am buying my first truck. I know an F-150 is good enough to tow a mower and landscape trailer. However, Is an F-150 good enough to plow with?

    Some people say yes. Some people say you need atleast a F-250.

    Please, I need help here.

  2. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    Some say you can plow with a F150, some say you need an f250
    some say you need a 6 wheel dump

    what do you intend to plow?
  3. spitbottle

    spitbottle Junior Member
    from Tamps
    Messages: 3

    I plan on plowing residential and some commercial. Heck, whatever I can land. I will pass out flyers and whatever comes my way I will plow.
  4. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    But the bullet and get a real truck. 2500HD.
  5. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    Not all F-150s are created equal, unless you buy a heavy duty F-150 it could be to light for your application.. If you are making a living with this truck long term buy a 3/4 or a one ton single rear wheel drive. You can plow with a f150 but towing a trailer and plowing commercially will make it tired very quickly.
  6. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179

    3/4 ton truck minimum.
  7. the new boss 92

    the new boss 92 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,989

    if i had to go back and redo my choice i would have left my half ton on craigslist! buy a 3/4 ton and you will thank yourself in the end.
  8. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    I have 2 F-150's great trucks, realisticly I'd rather have a 3/4 ton ....
  9. cold_and_tired

    cold_and_tired PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,247

    I think you will be better of with a 3/4 ton or larger. I have always tried to purchase more truck or trailer than I currently need with the anticipation of using it to it's capacity further down the road.

    I purchased my F-350 five years ago thinking that I would probably never need that much truck but if I ever did, it would be there. Now I am looking for a 450 or 550.

    If you intend on landscaping, chances are that you will need to move a skid steer or a few tons of rock. A half ton just wont do that.

    For plowing, I have always preferred Ford or Dodge. Their 3/4 ton and larger trucks have solid front axles. I prefer to stay away from independent front suspensions.
  10. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Buy the 3/4 ton
    have you priced out insurance yet?
  11. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    I used a quad cab dakota for almost 3 years, fortunetly business has been picking up more each year and while my Dakota handled everything fine I knew a 3/4 ton would handle it much easier.

    I now have a 2500 Ram that gets the same mileage as my Dakota with much more power and capability. It holds my old 7 1/2' plow like its not even there- I can't imagine the difference while actually pushing snow.

    My insurance went up $40 for the year as well- No brainer.
  12. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179

    Sure does sound like a no brainer. That 2500 will be around a lot longer then the Dakota
  13. aperfcrcle

    aperfcrcle Senior Member
    Messages: 343

    If you plan on starting a business and growing it to commercial snow removal status, it would probably be smart to get a 250 or 2500.. that is IF its in your means economically. If you can only afford a 150 or 1500 in the start, its all part of growing a business. Make some money with the smaller truck and then upgrade to the bigger when you make some money. The smaller truck will handle a few years of resi's without a doubt im sure. Good luck man! hope it works out
  14. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    Ya you'll want to get an f250 and if you do plan on doing commercial, you'll want to get a salt spreader or sprayer.

    You don't have to get a v box but it will be cheaper In the long run, a little tailgate will do the job, just don't put bulk in it. You should get a warning light of some sort (beacon or strobe) or a full size lightbar, a backalarm will probably be a law soon so mine as well get one of those. And if you buy new, get the plow prep pkg.
  15. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    Agreed. In the used market there are a lot more half tons around, but finding a similar priced 2500 shouldn't be too hard.