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Whats a good sm pickup?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by mlc4163, Jan 28, 2003.

  1. mlc4163

    mlc4163 Member
    Messages: 36

    Thinking of getting a small pickup, pre-owned, to do cleanup work.
    Is there a model that is a no-brain. I mean one I can't go wrong with. Surely there must be a couple trucks that hold up good to some light plowing.
    P.S. Identifying the real "turds to avoid" is just as valuable to me!
  2. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    I would recommend an S-10 or S-15.Lots of them out there,parts are cheap,and easy to fix.Lots of plows for them too.
  3. cclllc

    cclllc Junior Member
    from tn
    Messages: 13

    I have an older s-10 2 wheel drive.Is it strong enough for plowing drives? It has a 2.8 six cyl. and a 5 speed tranny. And if so how big and what kind of plow? I know 4 x4 's are better but I really don't need the added expense of one if I can help it.
  4. fordman

    fordman Senior Member
    Messages: 327

    Personally I like the old jeep cj's. They make great little plow trucks. If I had to go with a small pick-up I'd probably get a mid 90's Dodge dakota.
  5. fordman

    fordman Senior Member
    Messages: 327

    I would never even think about plowing with a two wheel drive truck unless it was a dually.
  6. DanG

    DanG Senior Member
    Messages: 240

    I have a S-10 with a western 6 1/2' plow that i use for driveways and have been happy with the way it works.

    Also we have a Dodge Dakota that we use with a western 7' plow on it. That works good too.

    Both have their good points and their bad.

    The chevy blew it's tranfer case this year after 4years of plowing but other than that I've had no problems with it.

    The dodge has eaten both front wheel bearing in just this winter. But the truck wasn't mainained that well before (it's my brothers truck)so I'm not sure how much the weight of the plow had to due with that.

    I prefer the chevy thou. Seems to have alot more snot( even thou the motors aren't that much different in size).

  7. Alan

    Alan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,393

    You could do a lot worse than an S-10 or the GMC version, S-15. They are identical other than emblems.

    The two I'm running are the older versions which I think ended in 93 or 94. You want the 4.3 engine, 4 speed automatic transmission, (TH700R4) and the deepest axle reduction you can get. most of them came with 3.42 ro close to that. I'd love 3.73 or 4.10 gears, the 4.3 has grunt enough to do the job with the taller gears but lower gearing would be nice occasionally.

    Only weak points seem to be the front differential mounts, with the lower left one being the worst. That point wants to keep loosening the mounting bolt and that lets things hammer until they come apart. Other place to watch is the frame where it goes over the front axle. Hard pushing flexes it and it will develop cracks across the bottom and up the sides. Not hard to fix, and my experience has been that once they are welded up and a reinforcing plate added they don't bother again.

    Personal preference in plows runs to Sno-Way and I'd run nothing smaller than 7' from them. I'm running 8' on both of ours, no problems pushing that much blade and these are both primary trucks in our operation.
  8. karl klein

    karl klein Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    i own a s10 zr2 and we love it goes every were
  9. wxmn6

    wxmn6 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,037

    I own a 1989 Toyota pickup 4 cylinders with 6.5' Fisher snowplow. It is a good half ton truck for residential plowing and is great in tight spots. Easy to manuever.
  10. SnowGodFather

    SnowGodFather Member
    Messages: 330

    S10 with 6.5' western SUV plow.

    4.3 AT 4X4

    s10 plow n spreader.jpg
  11. Wesley's Lawn

    Wesley's Lawn Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    Hey SGF what kinda spreader is on the back of that S-10, Nice looking truck by the way.;)
  12. SnowGodFather

    SnowGodFather Member
    Messages: 330


    Western bought them out, and it's now the 1000-2000 spreader.
  13. mlc4163

    mlc4163 Member
    Messages: 36

    Thought I'd see more Nissons and Toyotas.

    Kinda surprised with all the S10's.
    Hey, fine with me as long as they hold up.
    Thanks for the help.
  14. nben

    nben Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    I used to have an S-10 with a 7' Fisher. It was a great truck and could really move some snow! Excellent for those small drives and condos. Overall it held up well, and sometimes I wish I still had it instead of my 2500.:D
  15. DanG

    DanG Senior Member
    Messages: 240

    Here's my S-10 , the pic is from last year
    1997 ZR2 4.3 auto tranny with power everything. truck only has 60,000 miles on it

    truck and plow.jpg
  16. dan deutekom

    dan deutekom Member
    Messages: 82

    Just a thought but what would you think of an s10 shortbox with a 7' plow and a sidewing? Would this be a feasible general purpose plow weapon? Good for small drives and medium size lots? I have been toying with this thought since I saw Sidewings European web site.
  17. TMC

    TMC Junior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 16

    Really like this version of the S10. Must be a nice driveway truck with a good turning radius. Damn shame that Chevy/GMC discontinued making the regular cab in 4x4 last year. Would have bought a new one but alas they were not available.

  18. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    While the wing idea may work,I think it would reduce the manueverabilty of the truck for doing smaller stuff,,like driveways,etc,unless you took the wing off.I think the S10 might have a hard time with the wing,but you don't know till ya try.If you were going to go that far I'd just go to a bigger truck.
  19. SnowGodFather

    SnowGodFather Member
    Messages: 330

    Hey Dan, how about a pic with the back plow on?
  20. DanG

    DanG Senior Member
    Messages: 240

    I'll have to go take one. :)

    I found another one like mine 1995 thou & blue with 100,000+ miles on it for 3K or b/o it also has power everything & 4.3 auto tranny


    I believe you can still get it with a regular cab and not just a extended one.