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i was jus wondering how many of you guys have plows?i ran into this gent and he wants to "HOOK ME UP" with his setup.the whole deal is decent.but the fact of the matter is is it worth the trouble?i mean as far as wear and tear on my truck and every thing else that goes with it?pros and cons if you please.
 

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We're supposedly in for a biggie. Who knows, the weather service can be wrong all the time and keep their jobs regardless.:laughing:

If you have not plowed before, the learning curve is pretty long. It took me a full season back in the '80's to really get good at it. Now I love it but dont have a plow for now.

If he's just trying to use your truck, it will cause LOTS of wear and tear. If you are experienced and he is willing to outfit your truck, and pay you well, I would say go for it.
 

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i hate to think of all the nasty things you could smash into under the snow. I would be very careful using your own truck.
 

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First time plower or are you seasoned if a first timer DO NOT put a plow on a pile of bolts you are going to want a dependable truck. Dont matter make or model may want a 3/4 ton if plowing com. more beef. thicker frames etc.
Example: they make wrenchs and sockets to tighten and losen nuts and bolts vs. pliers and channel locks
 

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i knew ther was more to it than gas and go.no this dude wants to sell outright.ive got 2 trucks but only 1 4x4 and its my main rig so pee on that terd.ive heard of guys putting em on 2wd's but that seems pretty weak to me.
 

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whos into snow removal?

I AM! I've been trying to remove myself from the snow belt for years :laughing:
both of my bros live in will county.youre in good company
 

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i knew ther was more to it than gas and go.no this dude wants to sell outright.ive got 2 trucks but only 1 4x4 and its my main rig so pee on that terd.ive heard of guys putting em on 2wd's but that seems pretty weak to me.
So he's trying to sell you a plow for your truck?

If so, and you havent done it or been trained, or have no accounts the answer is obvious.

Im not sure if I am following you here.
 

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When you weight the pros and cons, make sure you consider the opportunity cost of plowing, I am talking about leaving a job early to get some sleep before the storm, leaving in the middle of a job because you need to plow, and not showing up the next day, or the day after because you are plowing and/or tired.

If you tend to be busy in the summer and slow in the winter, that's great, but if you do year round, or inside work, and will loose money to make money, you need to really think about whether or not it is worth it.

Will you blow your schedules for the projects you are on? Will you piss-off your customers? Will you be out of work for a few days here and there waiting for your truck to be repaired? etc.
 

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I plow, and yes it beats the hell out of your stuff, i have an 04 2500HD crew cab, 80k miles
1. I'm on my 2nd transmission
2. Tie rods twice
3. Lots of tires (they spin and wear pushing snow)
4. Steering linkage
5. Third battery
6. The bolts on the exhaust manifolds are broken (have not fixed yet) they brake from the shock of hitting things...lol

I don't beat it, I do work it. I only have 10 residential contracts. That's it. This is not a main source of income but it helps in the winter when things are slow.
Try this http://www.plowsite.com/index.php
very similar to this place.
 

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I plow with both of my trucks. I run 2 2006 Chevy 2500HD Duramax's with 8' Fisher plows. Both trucks are also set up for the in bed sander too. I usually take the day off to plow/sand for the extra money and this works out well when times are slow anyway. I average $500-$800 per storm depending on the sanding. It is rough on the trucks but proper maintenance and driving the truck correctly are a huge help. Both trucks have Allison trannies so i have no worries there. I have tie rod sleeves on one truck that i primarily plow with and have only had one tie rod go bad so far which is good for having over 80k on it. This truck also has an extended warranty. The other truck is my spare for plowing and that truck seems to need the most maintenance, of course it is off warranty and only has 50k on it. I just put new batteries in it, two new wheel bearings and now it needs a tie rod. Overall the trucks make good money pushing snow and continue to pay for themselves.
 

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appreciate the input guys.ive never driven a plow or owned one.just seems like a good thing to get into when its slow.problem is everyone is doing it.i seen guys riding around with their blades on in november to give you an idea.i just see alot of guys eating off of this pie and i have to ask myself "is there is enough for me too?". nice rigs by the way.
 

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Do you like to sleep at night? As far as getting into the plow business, as others have said it can be time demanding and you don't schedule it, it schedules you. How does that fit with your regular work.

For the financial plunge, will you have clients lined up or starting from scratch? What happens if it is a slow snow season ?
 

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I'm just curious.Do you guy's that do it make big bucks at it?
I know I would want a pretty penny to get up super early in the dead of winter to go freeze my butt off...
 
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