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Discussion: Plowing

in: kensr; kensr > 2024-01-23

Jan 24, 2024 6:50 PM # 
ken:
Can you get a bobcat or something fun like that to plow / blow with? Though I guess those aren’t wide enough and kind of flippy.
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Jan 24, 2024 8:27 PM # 
coach:
and why Chevy? I would think the Asian brands would be more reliable (NOTE, bias, I have never been happy with the 2 GM products I have owned).
Jan 25, 2024 2:18 AM # 
kensr:
The Kubota has a snow blower which works well in normal snow, even though it is only 4' wide and takes longer than the plow to clear everything. It also doesn't like heavy wet, sloppy snow or the concrete tossed up by the road plows at the end of the driveway. These can overload the feeder screws or fan blower and cause the shear pins to fail. Not hard to replace, but annoying. I always have several sets of spares.

The current truck is a 1991 Ford F-150 with low mileage, but is just getting old and minor repairs are adding up. Like last week's transmission fluid pump seal which will cost about $2k to tear apart and fix after dumping all the fluid in the driveway. Just don't feel comfortable relying on it to keep going.

I looked at a new F-150, but I just want a plain work truck with enough bed to carry a sheet of plywood. Their current models all have the big cabs to be family cars and aren't rated to carry snowplows any more. One that will carry a plow is too long to fit in our garage.

Chevy has a basic pickup with a shorter bed that will fit nicely in the garage with the plow. That will be nice if I can find one.

Next might be Dodge or maybe a Toyota Tacoma.
Jan 26, 2024 1:17 AM # 
Charlie:
I got a Chevy Silverado in 2015 to replace the fairly worn out '97 Ford F-250. It's a really nice truck and does a fine job plowing. I just don't drive it enough to make it a good idea, and it snows so little these days that it is not earning its keep there either. At the rate it is going it will probably last me another 50 years, although I may not need it that long.

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