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What type trucks/plows have you had? Ive come a long way

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Plowtoy, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. Plowtoy

    Plowtoy Senior Member
    Messages: 929

    After reading other threads about what trucks are better and what plows are better, it got me thinking about what I've owned and where i started. Its kind of funny to think about how much I've moved up since i was 16, 16 years ago.
    Here's my list of plow trucks first to current (try not to laugh too hard:laughing:)

    1976 Chevrolet K20 (rust bucket)
    old western (cable control)
    wooden flat bed

    1979 Chevrolet K5 Blazer
    took the engine and plow from the 76
    (not as rusty)

    1990 Ford Bronco II
    I found a 6'6" western (cable control) to put on it
    had 200k on it when i bought it

    1998 Gmc Sierra extended cab short box Z71
    I found a used 7'6" snow way for it
    I leased this one brand new

    2000 Gmc Sierra 1 ton carryover body style 5.7L 4L80
    stated with the snow way from the half ton and then bought a used western unimount 8'
    I leased this one new also

    1991 Gmc Sonoma
    bought 680 blizzard new

    1994 Chevrolet Subarban with 231k on it
    I put the 8' unimount on it (but never plowed it, I only owned this truck for 1 month)

    1995 Ford F250 7.3l extended cab long box
    Came with a 7'6" meyer with E60 (i later added wings)
    Truck was put together by someone other than ford (had half ton 2wd vin and title)

    1999 Gmc Jimmy
    I put the blizzard on it (my current daily driver)

    2003 Ford F250 7.3L Crew cab short box
    came with boss rt3 undercarrage and bought a 7'6" poly for it

    Any way, that's a list of all of my vehicles (i feel like I'm forgetting a couple) over the years, i just thought this might be a fun thread
    By the way, My favorite truck was the 2000 sierra and my favorite plow is my blizzard (most trouble free I've owned)
  2. leigh

    leigh 2000 Club Member
    from CT
    Messages: 2,342

    Started in 86 when i bought 1978 GMC 2500 3" lift and 7'6 fisher . Only reason I got into plowing the truck came with plow
    1988 chevy 2500 8' fisher, my first sander - ss airflow tailgate
    1994 chevy 3500 mason dump 8'6 diamond and put my first full size sander ss Henderson
    1996 chevy 3500 8' diamond
    1999 inter 4700 - 10' fisher MC ss fisher procaster
    2004 Chevy 2500 HD dmax blizzard 810
    2- bobcat ss
    24yrs flew by. Where did all the money, hair ,youth go?
  3. CAT 245ME

    CAT 245ME PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,066

    Started in 2002, still don't know why.

    I've had four trucks, in the following order.
    1986 GMC K15 High Sierra LWB- Had a 400 sbc, TH350 & Np208. 3" Rugged Trail lift kit and a Fisher Speedcast. Salt bunnies was cause of death.

    1985 Chevy K10 Scottsdale LWB - 350 SBC, TH350 & NP208, 2.5" SuperLift lift kit, Fisher speedcast (from the 86 GMC). Again salt bunnies cause of death.

    1993 Chevy 1500 LWB reg cab. - 350 sbc, TH700R4 & Case unknown, truck was stock, had a 98 Fisher MM1 plow, truck and plow was sold.

    1998 Chevy 2500HD Reg cab 350, 4L80E, NP241, truck is stock with a 2007 Boss 8.2 ploy V, still own this truck.

    1985 Chevy K20 Scottsdale, 350 SBC, TH350 &NP208 - Truck is a project truck that will be my second truck for next season, major rebuild of the truck is being done and will be 2/3 new when completed this spring.
  4. clark lawn

    clark lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    from NE ohio
    Messages: 1,233

    started working for someone first, first truck i plowed with was a 1979 F250 4x4 stakebody with 7'6" meyer

    next was a 1981 F350 SRW 4x4 with a cable western

    1986 F350 dump with central hydos and a 8'6" meyer
    with undertail gate spreader

    1993 chevy 3500 4x4 stakebody (bought brand new)
    8' meyer 6.5l diesel

    1990 f750 dump
    central hydos and a 10' flink

    now the ones ive owned
    1993 GMC 4x4 with a 7'6' western

    2001 Dodge 4x4 with a 7'6" wester

    1997 F350 dump
    8'6" western and a snowex Vbox

    1994 F250 4x4
    7'6" meyer and a snowex 575
  5. Plowtoy

    Plowtoy Senior Member
    Messages: 929

    I did forget about my 84 Dodge full size (baby blue)
    had a western 7'6" (cable control)
    and a big old Meyer salt spreader
    one big old ugly truck.:nod:
  6. PlatinumService

    PlatinumService Senior Member
    Messages: 559

    2003 chev 2500hd duramax 8 ft western pro plus with wings

    .....yeah thats about it lol
  7. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,796

    First truck I got was my 98 Chevy k1500. 350/60e.
    It has a 7.6ft Western Unimount Pro with Pro Wings
    And a Snowex 575 Mini Pro.

    Also have a 91 S10 but it's good for nothing but gas mileage and making me look poor.
  8. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    In 1986 I started plowing with a 76 F150 and a fisher 7 1/5 RD (same plow is now the HD)
    1988 got a Jeep wrangler for backup, with a 6 1/2 fisher RD (Found the truck plow would

    fit the jeep) mount.
    1989 sold the truck with the jeep plow, Kept the truck plow for the jeep.
    1991 traded the 88 jeep for a new jeep kept the plow
    1997 added a 92 Jeep to my plowing fleet (now 2 Jeeps)
    1999 sold the plow Rout Plow and 92 Jeep and plow from the 91 Jeep. ( became a programmer, and for some reason they
    wanted me at WORK even if it snowed.) ​
    2000 sold 91 jeep bought 2000 wrangler
    2000 Company got sold.
    2001 got laid off.
    2004 started plowing again bought a 7 1/2 Fisher RD I contacted some of my old customers, and got back all of them
    (I DID NOT CONTACT the customers that the guy I sold the rout to was plowing.) ​
    2008 bought a Boss 7 1/2 V
    2009 Bought 2000 wrangler as a second plow vehicle (I now plow 96 drives with 2 Jeeps)
  9. jb1390

    jb1390 Senior Member
    Messages: 710

    Started with a 1993 chevy 2500 (8 lug) extended cab with 7'6" unimount

    Bought a 1998 chevy 2500 regular cab (350ci 8 lug) with a 7'6" meyer

    Swapped the plows, and added wings to the western.

    Bought a 1961 massey ferguson 130 that I use sometimes to move piles at a lot that I do. Stacks pretty good, wish it had 4x4 hst and power steering, but we'll get there eventually
  10. meyer22288

    meyer22288 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,003

    1988 ford f-250 4x4 reg cab long bed 351w c-6 auto c-7.5 meyer conventional mount plow. dad owned this truck since new and drove it over 300,000 miles on its original drive train before selling it in 2001.

    1988obs chevy k-30 dually dump 4x4 5.7l 350 and 3spd manual. meyers 8ft ez-mount. this one gave ya a workout after 15+ hrs plowing. sold in 2001

    2001 chevy 3500 4x4 dump 6.0l 4l80e. 8ft meyer e-z mount. sold in 2005

    1993 ford f-250xl 4x4 5.8l 351 e4od reg cab long bed. 8ft western cable operated conventional mount plow. retired in 2007 was my first truck when i turned 16 and is under ground up restorationwesport

    2004 ford f-550xl 4x4 6.0l powerstroke torqeshift. blizzard 8611 erie special. still got this one

    2000 ford f-250 xlt 4x4 ext cab long bed 7.3l powerstroke. 8ft "fistern" plow
  11. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    I curently have a 7.5' Fisher MM2. This is my first MM plow and my first electric over hydrolic plow. All my other plows were Fisher quik switch plows.
  12. DarrylG

    DarrylG Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    1985 Chevy K-20 350 with Fisher 7.5 Speedcast, currently for sale, ran 98 - 08
    2003 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD with Boss 8'2" Power V XT, 08 - present

    Quite and upgrade from the 85 to the 03.
  13. Pristine PM ltd

    Pristine PM ltd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,891

    I spoil myself a bit.

    1998 - 2004: ATV with a 48 inch Kempex
    2005: 2006 F350 with an 810
    2006: 2007 F350 with an 8611lp
    2007: same
    2008: 2009 F350 with a low pro
    2009: 2010 F350 with a low pro

    I take a new truck every year, I like the free sat radio. My favorite was the 2007 though, best seats. The new style seats are not nearly as nice.
  14. lumps

    lumps Senior Member
    Messages: 365

    I originally started by walking my grandparents' snowblower around the neighborhood, haha. Got my first truck about 10 years ago. Everyone but the big one has been a dodge and treated me well, and each has been bigger than the last.

    '87 Ram D50, 4-banger, 6.5' western unimount, had to weld up my own mount for it

    '94 Dakota, 5.2 V8, 6.5' Meyer poly, hated that plow. Slow, rode over instead of digging in, snapped an angle ram mount off, etc etc. Also, I will never buy a plow again that requires you to connect hydraulic lines when it's snowing, haha. Sold the truck with 210,000 miles, no rust, had plowed its whole life, and was still going strong (aside from swapping out a busted transfer case).

    '97 Ram 1500, 5.9 V8, 8'2" Boss V, upgraded to 1 ton springs up front (had the solid axle already). Also, limited slip rear end, loved that truck and plow. Sold it with 160k on it, still going strong.

    '03 Ram 2500, Hemi, 8' Western unimount. Great truck, currently 115k on it, hopefully back to a v plow by next season though!

    '81 International S1800, Frink (I think) 10' power angle, DT466 engine w/ air brakes. Almost bought a v-box spreader with it, but didn't have the extra cash at the time.

    Gotta say, when I was a kid dreaming of this stuff, I never thought I'd actually own any of it!
  15. ponderosa

    ponderosa Member
    Messages: 48

    my 1st was a 71 3/4 ton chevy 8 ft fisher that was in 81
    83 i got a 76 3/4 witha 9 fisher in 84 put a sander on it

    86 built out of parts a 86 1/2 ton with an auto. 8 ft fisher
    91 89 1/2 ton chevy 8 ft fisher a/c p/w going big time
    96 91 3500 gmc 454 400 trans 9 ft fisher and s/s sander at the same time i had a 89 chevy service truck with a 8ft fisher

    2003 01ford 7.3 f350 new 9 fisher sidewing and super p
    2007 newer service truck same body 02 8.1 allison new 9 fisher
    2009 04 2500 duramax allison 9 fisher s/s sander
    also from 94 on 4 different big plow trucks mack,loisville,diamond rio,f800
    this year 89 mack 10 wheeler, 96 int.10 wheeler 87 int. 6 wheeler, 92 int. 6 wheeler all with plows and wings 3 with s/s sanders one with a steel sander (need a s/s 10 wheeler sander)
  16. Mike N

    Mike N Senior Member
    Messages: 148

    79 K20, Meyer E47.
    89 K5 Blazer, Western joystick
    84 K10, Western joystick
    80 K20, Western joystick
    98 Z71, Western Unimount

    FSUPERDUTY Senior Member
    Messages: 312

    95 ram 2500 cummins 4x4 8.6 western pro plow( cool truck but problematic and was GUTLESS)
    97 chevy 2500 exrta cab short bed 454 8.6 pro-plow ( good truck relativley trouble free)
    00 F250 superduty sc/sb 7.3 powerstroke 8.6 proplow.(good strong truck but loud)
    03 GMC 2500HD Duramax/Allison 8.2 Boss power-v (awsome engine/trans crappy seat)
    04 F250 super duty cc/sb 6.0 powerstroke edge juice 8.2 Boss power-v (still one of my favorite trucks)
    06 dodge quad cab/sb cummins 8.2 Boss power-v (lots of grunt,engine glitches and pull to the right drove me nuts along with the crappy ass black paint that scratched if you looked at it wrong)
    06 F250 super duty sc/lb 6.0 powerstroke 8.6 MVP pro plus( rode ruff, but the best truck I ever owned! ZERO Problems)
    09 GMC 2500HD cc/sb 6.0 gas( so far so good,harder on gas than the diesels but realativley strong,front end is not as heavy as the ford but is still greassable,I still would like a diesel but all the new emission crap makes me leary of them Plus I like not worrying about fuel gelling or not starting when up north snowmobiling)
  18. northernsweeper

    northernsweeper Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    Started with a 1974 f100 fulltime 4x4 with a 7 1/2 western. The truck had the power assist rams that were junk. At the time I was dirt poor (some things don't change). I plowed 25 driveways and 3 businesses with no power steering. I told the wife I was going to put plowing by armstrong on the side of the truck:dizzy: That was back in the 80's. Now I have:
    1997 f350 7.3 pwerstrke and new boss 9'2"
    1997 f350 460 with a new 8611 blizzard
    1993 k3500 6.5 td and an 810 blizzard
    1992 f350 w/351 and a 7 1/2 fischer
    1992 f250 salter
    New holland 555 Skid w/7' snow bucket

    and I'm still broke!!
  19. DaytonBioLawns

    DaytonBioLawns Banned
    from 45458
    Messages: 347

    I don't have much yet because I still have subs that aren't in house... But my father did this in the late 70's and early 80's. He had an early 70's k20 (I believe; maybe '73) and then he had another in '77 or '78... and then he bought his first new vehicle... A 1980 F250 4x4 in red. His buddy bought the same one in black. They also had 3 70's broncos to get to that point.

    Now for me... I had the pleasure of using many plows (meyer, western, boss, snowdogg) before buying my own setup. In 2001 my grandfather bought a new Z71 1500 Chevy that I bought from him in 2006 (when he got a 2007). And that is where it began for me....

    -2001 Extended Cab Z71 4x4 with chain plow from Lowes (ran it from 2007-2009) and had my dad drive while I threw salt. NOW HAS AN MD75 (love it used it last year for 1/2 season)
    -2010 F250 Reg Cab FX4 W/T package with VX95, Dumperdogg 6' steel insert, Stainless Spreader, black tool box, back rack, mini light bar, floods rear, work box light strip, front wrk lights, high watt reverse bulbs in tail lights, and a chocolate lab puppy and the GF in the truck< oh an my new carhartt..

    Needless to say I got my money's worth in a few years of two jobs a day, every week day since I was 15. Did I mention I am only 18 now and I own a 1997 RS Camaro (60K orig. loaded), 1987 Z28 w/edel carb (140K orig. for sale), 2001 1500 (80K), 2010 F250 (600 mi.).........You should see my insurance bill every month LOL!!!! The GF is getting a truck with me and is going to be our Dayton Plow Gals division! (we're looking at a '94 F250 but she's a new driver... and I'm worried about her LOL). I am also working on getting a low mileage used duramax or cummins that is less than five years old for myself for next year. I finally have employees... and they have more years doing this than I have been alive... SO in all I feel accomplished. Working on going to OSU ATI and also securing a product line that will change the way we do things in this biz! I helped design some of the stuff.... I am also looking into securing a power and equipment line or two... Buyers if your listening I'll be done at OSU in 2012.. Same goes for the rest of you!!! haha.

    I hope to build an impressive resume and equipment setup in the next 5-10 years like some of you had. I was really impressed and got a good feeling from reading this thread. Thanks to whoever started it!!!