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Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Metrowest ,MA Elev427'
[QUOTE=Pelican;191062]I've been plowing driveways with an F-350 SRW for more than 20 years. With the initial truck I broke the TTB front axle, replaced it with the Monotube and never had another problem. I haven't had any extraordinary repairs with the newer truck other than the transmission and that's due to a poor design. I run from 80 to 100 driveways through the years, most are 200' long or more. Many involve steep inclines with curves, many used to be unpaved.
As I mentioned, I use my 550 as backup but I'm nervous when doing so. It does a great job until conditions are so bad that it slides, and when it does I've got a big problem on my hands. I can't call a buddy with a pickup to pull me out, I need big equipment to free the truck. On two occasions, the load or weight I carry for traction has shifted and nearly rolled the truck over.
You came here asking advice Bill, and many are providing it generously. Everyone is saying that the combination you have in mind is not the best truck for the job, then you come across with the line "because I want one." If that's the case why do you bother to ask advice? Go out and buy one, then wrestle with it in your driveways. For the past 6 months you seem to be on a vendetta to stir the pot here, I know I'm not the only one getting tired of it. I'm done here.[/QUOTE
I appreciate all of the advice . Yes part of my thinking is I think its a great truck and I would really like one . I dont see why that a bad thing . From what I reading , I am seeing that a 4500 is to large of a platform for driveway plowing . It really interested me . No, I dont think my truck is tough enough for what I want it to do .
2011 Silverado 2500HD LT Ext Cab 6.0
7' snowman backplow/18" extension
A CAT C9-400HP in back of a big box