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post #1 of 13 Old 02-21-2019, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
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Three choices - how to get started?

Greets! Just joined, and can't find any discussion like this to help me decide:

I'm building a new home later this year, will have about 1500' of gravel road/drive to manage in West Virginia. Options:

1) Put a new plow on my '96 Dodge Ram 2500 that's in good condition, 4WD, 8' bed, V10, new AT tires, etc. About $6,500 quoted from my local equipment dealer for a Western midweight.

2) Find a used plow (not sure how) for the Ram

3) Buy one of the used truck/plow packages like I see on Craigslist for $5,000 or even quite a bit less.

I should add that the Ram is my "work" truck. I also have a newer model F150 for everything else.

How to choose?
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Put it on the truck you are going to use day in and day out. Everything that I have just for plowing turns out to be money pits
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Greets! Just joined, and can't find any discussion like this to help me decide:

I'm building a new home later this year, will have about 1500' of gravel road/drive to manage in West Virginia. Options:

1) Put a new plow on my '96 Dodge Ram 2500 that's in good condition, 4WD, 8' bed, V10, new AT tires, etc. About $6,500 quoted from my local equipment dealer for a Western midweight.

2) Find a used plow (not sure how) for the Ram

3) Buy one of the used truck/plow packages like I see on Craigslist for $5,000 or even quite a bit less.

I should add that the Ram is my "work" truck. I also have a newer model F150 for everything else.

How to choose?

How much snow do you average per year?
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officially: 21"

I'm "in the boonies" with my new place, and on the eastern slope/valley of a mountain ridge so I'll be on the leeward side. Neighbors confirm the snow-fence effect there.

It's not unusual to get 24"+ storm every couple years. Couple years ago we got back-to-back 36" snows. But I also seldom need to get anywhere right away.
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officially: 21"

I'm "in the boonies" with my new place, and on the eastern slope/valley of a mountain ridge so I'll be on the leeward side. Neighbors confirm the snow-fence effect there.

It's not unusual to get 24"+ storm every couple years. Couple years ago we got back-to-back 36" snows. But I also seldom need to get anywhere right away.
So, you might want a V Plow to help break through the deeper snows. Or even just a taller and wider plow to clear your 1500’ of driveway faster both options rule out the F150 you have and then push you towards you 2500 series truck. Always better to have extra capacity than not to if you ask me. So, I see only two options truck wise: 1) use your 2500 series truck or 2) buy a used 2500 series truck. Personally, I think sticking with your ‘96 Ram is the best option truck wise. Now, plow wise I would go new and installed. It can be difficult to find a good used plow setup sometimes. Not to mention you might have to reburish it some.

Those are my thoughts.
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Thanks. I'm not even considering the F150 - just mentioned that I have it, that the Ram is the definite plow vehicle here. I ran a route for 2 years with my neighbor's Boss V and a Ram 2500 diesel - terrific setup.

Both of you have helped a lot - recommending sticking with my existing vehicle,not buying another one no matter how cheap. And I love saving money but wasn't sure about buying used esp. not knowing exactly how to go about that.

I've driven my Ram through 36" snows and their drifts keeping the hospital staffed. Grew up in the Michigan snowbelt besides. I'm thinking for the 1500' of gravel I can add chains all around, a ton in the back and the recommended Western midweight and have an easy job of it 95+% of the time, at least.

Then someday, a backhoe....

Have to tell you about my neighbor's equipment and business one of these days too.
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Thanks. I'm not even considering the F150 - just mentioned that I have it, that the Ram is the definite plow vehicle here. I ran a route for 2 years with my neighbor's Boss V and a Ram 2500 diesel - terrific setup.

Both of you have helped a lot - recommending sticking with my existing vehicle,not buying another one no matter how cheap. And I love saving money but wasn't sure about buying used esp. not knowing exactly how to go about that.

I've driven my Ram through 36" snows and their drifts keeping the hospital staffed. Grew up in the Michigan snowbelt besides. I'm thinking for the 1500' of gravel I can add chains all around, a ton in the back and the recommended Western midweight and have an easy job of it 95+% of the time, at least.

Then someday, a backhoe....

Have to tell you about my neighbor's equipment and business one of these days too.
The reason I recommend sticking with your truck is that you know the history and quality of it. You don’t have that knowledge with a cheap truck from craig’s List. The same goes for the plow. Also, many plows for sale are not on the trucks so testing can be an issue. Then you have the problem of purchasing the correct mounts if it doesn’t have one. Or electrical issues with setup. So, I would go with a new plow dealer installed.

Chains are good. I would get a 2xpairs of Pewag Austro Super Reinforced chains. They are asymmetrical so you get a lot of coverage on tires from each link of the chain. Also they are square links so the bite into the ice easily like a v-bar but are easier on pavement.

Ballast is always a good thing— so, yeah I would do that too.

Yeah, the Western is a good choice. I would just look for a bigger 8’6” or 9’ plow to make the plowing faster and more effective.
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Thanks. Seems that anything over 7'6" exceeds the specs for weight on the front. I understand the fulcrum action of weight behind the back axle. And given how this is just for me, and I'm not in a hurry (e.g. I can be careful) I'll strongly consider a wider (and therefore taller) plow and add some Timbrens.
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Thanks. Seems that anything over 7'6" exceeds the specs for weight on the front. I understand the fulcrum action of weight behind the back axle. And given how this is just for me, and I'm not in a hurry (e.g. I can be careful) I'll strongly consider a wider (and therefore taller) plow and add some Timbrens.
You say it is a Ram 2500 right? Is it’s GVW 8,800lbs? If so, according to the quick match it can handle the 8’,8’ 6” , and 9’6” plows. However, the LD Model can only handle 7’6” model plows. So, that is where I am curious as to which model you have for a truck.

I wouldn’t overload the front axle.
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Dodge Ram 2500 / 1996 / 4WD
Club Cab (2 doors, back bench seat)
GVWR 8800
GAWR – FRONT 4850
GVWR – REAR 6084
Gas - V10

Appreciate the 2nd look.
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Dodge Ram 2500 / 1996 / 4WD
Club Cab (2 doors, back bench seat)
GVWR 8800
GAWR – FRONT 4850
GVWR – REAR 6084
Gas - V10

Appreciate the 2nd look.
Well, according to the quick match software that setup can handle nearly all the Western Products lineup.
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I've never quite figured out that quick match, odd as that may seem. Thanks for doing that.

So I got what I was looking for - thank you very much. Stick with my Ram, buy a new plow, and have a closer sit-down with the dealer and my checkbook when the time comes to buy it later this year.
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I've never quite figured out that quick match, odd as that may seem. Thanks for doing that.

So I got what I was looking for - thank you very much. Stick with my Ram, buy a new plow, and have a closer sit-down with the dealer and my checkbook when the time comes to buy it later this year.
I think you will be happy with a new plow on a truck you trust. Glad to be of help.
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