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#2382840 - 10/06/17 02:44 AM Think this would make a decent plow truck?
79machocharger Offline
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Looking at buying this old fire truck for my land scaping mowing/ plowing. What do you guys think about using it for plowing. The only thing I can see is it being a lot harder on gas then a newer truck. I was going to put a plow on my 1500 but I don't really want to beat it up plowing. This truck looks pretty heavy duty


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#2382844 - 10/06/17 04:23 AM Re: Think this would make a decent plow truck? [Re: 79machocharger]
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Plowing driveways or parking lots? In most cases, that thing would be a PITA to do driveways with.

Also, does it have a lift on it? Plowing beats the hell out of a truck, and as old at that thing is, you'd probably end up rebuilding all of the steering and suspension wearable items in short order. If it has a lift, you might have trouble matching some of the parts.

Cool truck overall.
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#2382846 - 10/06/17 04:56 AM Re: Think this would make a decent plow truck? [Re: 79machocharger]
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He's asking $4100. Does that like a reasonable price for it.
Says it only has 28 k miles. 400 in it and it's a retired fire truck.
I don't think there's any kind of lift on it.

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#2382848 - 10/06/17 04:59 AM Re: Think this would make a decent plow truck? [Re: 79machocharger]
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The truck looks pretty solid in the one pic of it that he can get me. He's a little drive from me but I might go down and buy it this weekend after I check it over. The dump body looks to have so me rust on it.

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#2382865 - 10/06/17 07:59 AM Re: Think this would make a decent plow truck? [Re: 79machocharger]
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Sorry I wanted to post this in the truck section


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#2382871 - 10/06/17 08:20 AM Re: Think this would make a decent plow truck? [Re: 79machocharger]
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I'd say it all depends on the condition of the truck. Is it road ready and reliable? If so, then it is probably worth $3500-$4500.
If the tires, brakes, and anything else need attention, then you are going to spend a couple thousand getting it ready. I can't tell if the rims are split rims? If so - get rid of them.

That truck is full time 4x4, and a beast. It should plow snow pretty well. As for maneuverability, install a cheap back up camera. I put one on mine for less than $100.

Here is a pic of my '75 war machine.


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#2382902 - 10/06/17 09:47 AM Re: Think this would make a decent plow truck? [Re: 79machocharger]
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Not a lot of demand for the old dump box trucks like that. Looks more like a 2k truck to me. We used to have one like that we used for plowing the lot at work, it sat all year and almost only ever got used for clearing snow in winter and did the job for 25 years until the owner sold the business and shut down.

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#2382985 - 10/06/17 01:05 PM Re: Think this would make a decent plow truck? [Re: 79machocharger]
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Auto or 4 speed?

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#2383007 - 10/06/17 01:44 PM Re: Think this would make a decent plow truck? [Re: 79machocharger]
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As mentioned, it depends how long and if its been a plow truck and if for personal use or commercial.

Its almost better to find a non plow truck and buy the proper attachment for that frame vs someones old beat up plow truck.

How many plow trucks for sale list they have just had a full drive line rebuild or service? NONE.

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#2383170 - 10/06/17 08:20 PM Re: Think this would make a decent plow truck? [Re: 79machocharger]
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If you're plowing straight and don't have to maneuver that much length around turns/berms/turnarounds, fine. Otherwise, SWB stuff is better for the situations I mentioned.

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#2383223 - 10/06/17 09:52 PM Re: Think this would make a decent plow truck? [Re: 79machocharger]
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Dump bed does make it a tough sell to most. Limits the market significantly. $2,500 is the most I would pay if I was going to plow with it, because I am sure all of the steering/suspension wearables either need to be replaced, or will soon after you start pushing snow with it.

I would not want to do driveways or small parking lots with it, especially if it was a stick.
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#2383227 - 10/06/17 10:09 PM Re: Think this would make a decent plow truck? [Re: 79machocharger]
flypaper Offline
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where you live i see it being broken more then pushing snow
its a old truck
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#2384166 - 10/08/17 08:50 PM Re: Think this would make a decent plow truck? [Re: flypaper]
peabodyracing Offline
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In my experience, stuff like that, particularly with low miles, tends to have sat around so much that the problems start multiplying once you start using it.

I bought an 84 1 ton Dodge some years ago as a plow truck. Mine had been a retired fire dept truck and then who knows, but it had only 57000 miles on it. I was all fired up about it.

Then, brake lines, fuel lines, hoses, seals, even the fitting at the gas tank. Wires corroded, having to reground things, new wires run to tail lights because the originals were so bad, brakes sticking, shocks so rusty the upper shock tubes were gone (changing them was fun), fuel pump, carb kit, rear drive shaft actually broke it was so rusted and finally even some of the automatic shift linkage broke from corrosion. Now I'll bet it needs a radiator and the heater core won't be far behind.

Plows snow like a son of a gun but I'll have to get it on the lift soon to start going over everything again for the coming winter. I hate working on it!

Only other comment is you'll get pretty sick of trying to back up with that huge box behind you. Anything but long, straight parking lot runs will drive you crazy. I'd put a topper on mine (8' box) to keep it cleaner inside and after plowing a couple times took the darn thing back off so I could see better behind.
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