Hello fellow members!
Every few months, I jump on the local craigslist and look at trucks.
See, I've got a problem- I'm trying to build a house, but my driveway isn't ready. I'm hoping to remedy that next year, but I'm not exactly in a
position to get it paved.
The problem is three fold.
One, we're talking about approximately 2500' of driveway- nearly half a mile.
Two, the elevation changes approximately 250' from the bottom to the top- I believe they call that "grade", and I'm fairly certain 10% is about as
steep as anyone would want.
Three, it snows here. A lot. Snow, ice, wind, freezing rain, you name it. Cold temps- so cold the backhoe can't be started, since I don't yet have a
way to preheat the block.
So- short of a big snow blower and a lot of hours per week clearing snow, the clear option is a snow plow.
I've got a one-ton 4wd dually with an 8' plow right now, but I don't have much experience using it. I've not yet tried to plow this driveway with
it, but I'm dabbling around in a fairly flat driveway where I currently live.
I just don't think this truck is up to it. Even in 4wd mode, it doesn't seem to have a locking differential so only two wheels have to slip to get
her stuck- and the dual rear wheels don't seem to help with this, as they just give me less weight to dig in with.
In step the five ton.
I see these listed fairly frequently, with prices all over the place- as low as 4k, as high as 30k. Many around 10k that are suitable for limited
on-road use, even.
With six wheel drive and a massive set of weights on the bed, I imagine this thing could push an 8' plow up hill for days, but I have zero experience
with trucks this big, and I'm looking for input.
So far I've run this idea past three people-
One says there's a reason we don't see them on the road, and it's likely because they're unreliable. I suspect it has more to do with nobody would
want to drive one of these things every day for work- they're not built for creature comfort.
Two says it should be unstoppable for what I'm looking to do, and suggests finding a dump-truck model to assist with property maintenance (100+
acres, a dump would be really nice to have!)
Three says it will likely be a maintenance nightmare, as military hardware is built to be indestructible- as long as you follow the maintenance
procedures, replacing a lot of parts fairly regularly.
Personally I think it would be like most any piece of heavy equipment- a real bear when its below 0 outside to start, but once warmed up generally
should work okay.
The price, however, is what always catches my eye. This kind of traction wouldn't be achievable with a tractor for less than 30 grand.
Does anyone here have input on these old military 5-ton beasts?