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Which truck would you use?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by packerman, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. packerman

    packerman Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    So I am plowing 30 residentials and 5-6 commercial properties and don't know which truck to use. I have helped plow for a number of years but am trying it on my own this winter and don't know the first thing about what I need to get the plow and accessories onto the truck.

    I have a 99 Chevy 1 ton dump bed dually HD

    and a 98 Chevy 2500.

    What do I use...I am also spreading salt and whats the easiest way to get started with some used plows.

    Or should I use both if I can afford it.
  2. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Use the 1 ton for sanding with a nice V-Box spreader and plow with the 2500. Check out the classified for good buys on a plow and a sander.
  3. Donny O.

    Donny O. Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    I would think the 2500 would be better for residentials and the other truck for commercials. depending on where in wisconsin you are I can recomend a place to pick up a nice used plow!!
  4. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    i would try to utilize just one of the trucks so i dont have to worry about changing trucks half way through, or hiring a driver.
    if the drives are big use the one ton.
    if the commercials are small use the pickup.
    Changing trucks back and forth uneccesarily is a pita.

    if you have the money, then ya, do both.
    Nothing wrong with a backup as long as you dont break yourself trying to equip two trucks at once
  5. red07gsxr

    red07gsxr Senior Member
    from meriden
    Messages: 256

    you could run both trucks, just get 2 sets of push plates and 2 sets of wiring harnesses, that way you could switch the plow from one truck to the other. it should only run you an extra 500-700 bucks to have this option. on the sander issue its up to you to pick a truck. i recommend the 3500 hd with good tires my self.
  6. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    Red's idea is a good one, cause if you only have one plow truck what is your back up plan for broken truck during an event?
    The dually is the better truck for sander; stronger, beefier, more stable w/dual rears esp. loaded. I put tailgate sanders on SRW and sanders on DRW.
  7. Pennings Garden

    Pennings Garden Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 242

    Most guys argue me on doing this but; I do: 35 residential, 3 private roads and 3 small commercials with a 1 ton GMC dump and a tailgate spreader. I drive this truck. I also have a driver and a 2500 GMC at a larger commercial full time and my dump salts that one also.

    I have to add that all my accounts are within 4 miles from my shop.

    Yes it is a PITA to salt with a tailgate spreader but with funds being the way they are that's what I have to deal with... and it works!
  8. bakerc8

    bakerc8 Senior Member
    Messages: 165

    use the 2500 then once you get more cash and another driver get the 3500 outfitted. ow ya get a v box you will want it later or get a tailgate but make shore you have a shoveler