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  1. #1

    Default should I switch models

    I am thinking about getting a plow but i am not sure if the 1500 can take the weight of the plow
    do I need to upgrade to the 2500hd or no i like my truck but dont want to break it just by plowing
    if i keep the 1500 what upgrades should i do if i put a plow on my truck

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    You could run a plow with a 1500, but the added strength of the suspension components on the 2500 will give you a longer truck life, not to mention a stronger frame.
    Plowing takes a lot out of a truck, have you thought of going to the 3500, your in Minnesota and I have a feeling your truck will see a lot of plow action.

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    i have but i cant find a 3500 in a non dually used

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    Might have to travel out of state for the truck you need but I know their out there.
    Do a search on
    I think with your intended use you'd be better off with the 3500.

  5. #5
    Jr. Mechanic
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Fairbanks, Alaska


    I can tell you what I did. Instead of getting rid of my 1500. I went and bought a cheap "Clifford" truck. Which was an old red Chevy that was used by Alyeska pipeline personnel up in northern Alaska. This is a monster of a truck. The beauty of this is that the parts are easy to find and cheap if you have a problem. Also its definitely strong enough for any plow application. I only plow 9-12 times a year. My own home and various properties I own. If you plan on plowing a lot I agree with what was said before and a 3500 would be perfect. They shouldn't be too hard to find with a little patience. Basically. Get a "beater" plow only truck and keep your 1500. or Buy a 3500. Although, I have seen trucks with "plow packages" on them. 2500s I think.

    Good Luck!!

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Red Wing, Minnesota, United States


    ^^ that would be my suggestion, if you have the room in your stable get a solid axle truck for plowing
    99 K1500 Suburban LT "THE BEAST"
    Hypertech III, K&N, true dual

  7. #7
    Jr. Mechanic
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Lockport, NY


    You didn't say what year your pickup is? If it is still under warranty it will void it if you install a plow on a non HD 1500.
    I live in the buffalo NY area and most of the trucks we sell for plowing here are 2500's. You can get them equipped with the snow plow package on them, and the z71 package so you get the skid plates. and heavy alt shocks, etc..already installed. Most around here find that to be heavy enough, even the snow plow contractors. I
    have sold a few 3500s though, but most of those guys go with the diesel engine if they get the one ton model, for fuel mileage and for long term use. It gets even harder to find one of those that is not a dually, but if you can, that would be my suggestion for a great plow truck.

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