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#18222 - 07/15/18 04:50 PM Re: snow blower on a jeep [Re: Murf]
fitterski Offline
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Registered: 10/17/11
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Loc: Quebec, Canada
Originally Posted By: Murf
For what it’s worth, I’ve done a few of them over the years, all in it seems the best ones were done on a Toyota pickup.

They seem to be the compromise between size, power, maneuverability and most importantly, there’s lots of them available for cheap with rusted boxes.

In fact I usually look for one that had a snowplow on it, the truck side plow harness makes a great base to start with and is just the right size.



What years were those trucks? I have a 2008 Tundra with next to no disposable front payload (have more than one other issue with it too). I have a lead on a 1980-ish GMC-2500hd with two available 6.2's and a nearly new body in pieces. Its front end can handle a lot more but if I have to buy something else with all options open then I'm most likely to go for an older Ram-3500. You can hang almost anything on the front of that. Ideally for best maneuverability I've found that staying well below spec weight limits is the best idea.
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#18223 - 07/22/18 06:16 AM Re: snow blower on a jeep [Re: fitterski]
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Usually late ‘80’s but those are getting pretty scarce now. The last one was a mid 90’s truck.

Don’t get stuck on the specs, bear in mind the ‘ratings’ are what the manufacturer says is acceptable for everyday driving. The last one I got had plowed residential driveways for 10 winters with a 600 pound plow on the front and 400 pounds of counterbalance sand in the box. The cab was ok but the box was rotten, which is why it got retired. I fabbed a quickie flatbed for it instead. The blower itself weighs 800 pounds, not a big issue for driving around town at all.

BTW, with the blower hanging off the front and a second motor sitting over the rear end you wouldn’t believe the traction you get!!!
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#18224 - 07/22/18 06:17 AM Re: snow blower on a jeep [Re: fitterski]
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Usually late ‘80’s but those are getting pretty scarce now. The last one was a mid 90’s truck.

Don’t get stuck on the specs, bear in mind the ‘ratings’ are what the manufacturer says is acceptable for everyday driving. The last one I got had plowed residential driveways for 10 winters with a 600 pound plow on the front and 400 pounds of counterbalance sand in the box. The cab was ok but the box was rotten, which is why it got retired. I fabbed a quickie flatbed for it instead. The blower itself weighs 800 pounds, not a big issue for driving around town at all.

BTW, with the blower hanging off the front and a second motor sitting over the rear end you wouldn’t believe the traction you get!!!
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#18225 - 07/23/18 05:45 PM Re: snow blower on a jeep [Re: Murf]
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Ok, I need to clarify something here, IF the truck host becomes the way to go (in 2020) then the engine will definitely go in the box in the back regardless of whether it'll be a mechanical or hydraulic drive. And I've kicked the jeep idea around until it was in pieces, very tempting but I just had to let it go. For the next season (2018/19) the blower gets a new engine but remains on the existing rig that I pick up with the 426's bucket. Sorry about any confusion, it's always been a very flexible project :-))
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