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will chevy silverado 1500 V6 work?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Indycrew, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. Indycrew

    Indycrew Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    We're thinking about taking our snow removal in-house and have a nice/spare Chevy Silverado 1500/V6 that we are going to outfit with new plow and 2 cu yd hopper salt spreader. We have a total of approx 8 acres of parking lot in close proximity. we plan to plow from 2" to 6" of snow and any deeper than that our heavy equip will take over. do you foresee and issues with this setup and will it be sufficient to take care of the lots? any answers will help!
  2. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993


    V-6 would work 2 wheel drive might be an issue.
  3. Indycrew

    Indycrew Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    my mistake, it is a 4x4
  4. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    Check the front end for its weight capacity, maybe you have to add timbrens or upgrade the T-bars. Add 500lbs ballast and go for it. I'd try to avoid pushing more them abotu 4 inches or you could find yourself having to use low range. If you hae equipment why not a box pusher on a skid steer?
  5. Indycrew

    Indycrew Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    our skid steerer's are usually on construction sites and only available in case of heavy snow or i would leave them on site and use exclusively. My vendor that is giving me a quote to outfit our truck is proposing a BOSS 7'6 std duty steel plow pkg, Swenson Poly Hawk Spreader w/electric power, and TRUXXX front/rear lift & level kit and B&M transmission cooler.
  6. JCI Trans

    JCI Trans Senior Member
    Messages: 315

    That spreader is going to put quite a strain on the suspension/drivetrain. If you put a plow on that is meant to fit it, you should be OK with the suspension modifications stated in the post above. IMO the spreader would be asking for trouble.
  7. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    A two yard spreader is not realistic for that truck. You will need to beef the suspension front and rear, for sure. Probably upgrading the torsion bars would be wise. AirLift or something similar in the back. But that 10 bolt rear is not going to last long supporting 4 tons.
  8. plowinginma

    plowinginma Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 326

    He could use the plow to hold the front end down!! Balast only backwards
  9. Silverstreak

    Silverstreak Senior Member
    Messages: 168

    geeeeeeeze, my 2 yarder is a lot for my f450 when its heaped, i couldnt imagine a 1500 chevy!! those tires better be solid rubber to hold up...

    its bad enough trying to plow with 1000 pounds of salt bags in the back of my k2500 with a 305

    it didnt take long before my flywheel bolts sheared off from trying to move that weight back and forth, since putting a new flywheel on i havent loaded it while plowing

    good luck, a plow is ok, a poly 7.5-er but any more and i think youre asking for trouble down the line
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2009
  10. heather lawn spray

    heather lawn spray PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,206

    We have a BOSS V blade on our SB K1500.
    1) It is limited on what it can do, 50-70 foot runs is it
    Ballast is needed 500 lbs
    Timbrens for the front
    Tailgate salter is about all you would want for it
  11. Eric78Fordzilla

    Eric78Fordzilla Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    good kuck my budy put a 7.5 western on his 96 chevy 1500 with the vortec v6 didnt have enough power to trip the blade againt a curb on drie pavment in low lock
  12. the new boss 92

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

    speed will probley be your friend, transmissions and gas will not be!
  13. plowtime1

    plowtime1 Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    Back in the day...I utilized a 6 banger 73 ford 4x4,it was a 3/4...worked well.
    As others have said...place ballast in rear should help. JMO
  14. mcfly89

    mcfly89 Senior Member
    Messages: 306

    onlyyyyy not.

    anyway, that spreader is far too big for a 1/2 ton, as stated earlier. your plow setup sounds reasonable, put a 1/4 pallet of salt in the bed and a mid sized taligate spreader on it and it should be a reasonably efficient setup.
  15. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Apples to oranges, my friend.
  16. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,724

    Haha, that is good! 2 Yard spreader is ridiculous, get a snowex 575, thats about all that truck should have.
  17. chrisby316

    chrisby316 Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    have a 06 chevy 1500 v8 4x4, we run a western 7.5' pro series, and a newer western poly 1.25 sander. the front is fine with the torsion bars turned up, but the back would not carry a whole hopper of sand. we just added super springs to the rear and that should give us the extra carrying capacity we need. with the v8 we have all the power we need to move all the weight and stack snow as high as possible. the v6 is going to be the big question. adding plow and sand and snow on front. it would do it but not for a handful of seasons
  18. LTL

    LTL Senior Member
    Messages: 213

    A Dana 60 or 80 along with a 3/4-1 ton frame.

    Left is a Dana 60 U-Joint the Right is a 10-Bolt U Joint. That little 10 bolt will last maybe 5 storms with a full spreader
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2009
  19. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Springs will keep the truck level, but you're going to kill that 10 bolt rear. Borrowed time.
  20. Indycrew

    Indycrew Junior Member
    Messages: 5


    I saw in a post of yours a few years back you had mentioned a Saltdogg - 3/4 cu.yd. electric polymer spreader. What do you know about these? I'm thinking this may be a good fit for what we handle.