There is a lot of debate as to which are the best snow trucks and snow tires for your business.
While your budget and individual business needs will determine which snow trucks and snow tires are the best for your business, the main things to consider are:
Remember, gas mileage isn't as important for snow trucks because your primary concern is strength, efficiency, and reliability.
Plus, the gas mileage estimates aren't as accurate for snow removal due to the additional weight of the plow and snow.
Use this article to equip yourself with all of the information you need to quickly choose the best snow trucks and snow tires for your business.
Whether you decide to purchase a new or used truck is largely dependent on your budget.
If you decide to purchase a used truck, just be sure it wasn't previously used in another business.
After all, snow trucks formerly used in businesses will likely have the most wear-and-tear — making them less reliable for your business.
Even though it might be tempting to purchase a used snow truck with a plow already attached, these trucks are likely worn out.
While buying a new truck would be the most ideal option, a gently used truck is a viable option if you don't have the budget for a new one just yet.
Plus, there are dealerships who still offer warranties on both new and used trucks. Just be sure your warranty will hold up for commercial use.
When your fleet and equipment are standardized, you can schedule maintenance for everything in the same way. Plus, if you run into similar problems, they can likely all be similarly fixed.
In addition, standardized fleets and equipment allow you and your team to get to know your equipment inside and out — making your entire operation more efficient.
Your budget, horsepower needs, and nearby dealerships will largely determine which truck is right for your snow removal business.
Plus, by choosing a truck that has a nearby dealership, you'll be able to easily get it serviced as-needed.
Take a look at some of the most trusted trucks from the best snow removal businesses:
Your budget and truck size (e.g. medium/heavy-duty truck or light-duty truck) will largely impact which snow tires are right for your business.
Keep in mind, ALL winter tires used for snow plowing should have the 3PMSF (i.e. Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake) symbol etched into the sidewall.
This indicates the tire is acceptable to use in severe winter conditions.
Also, just like with anything else you buy in quantity, you have some leverage you can use to get the best deal possible.
Consider working with a local tire shop and negotiate with the supplier to get a better rate for your tires all year.
Plus, the more trucks in your fleet, the better. However, a savvy tire shop might be interested in getting your snow removal business while you’re still small.
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Ultimately, the best snow trucks and snow tires for your snow removal business are judgment calls only you can make.
After all, these decisions are largely based upon the financials of your business and how useful the equipment will be to you during the snow season (and year-round).
Consult your trusted CPA (i.e. Certified Public Accountant) about the debt you’re comfortable taking on in your business.
As always, weigh the opportunity cost of buying snow trucks and snow tires outright versus financing.
Now, you know how to choose the best snow trucks and snow tires for your business today!
Originally published Dec 5, 2017 10:32 AM, updated Sept 6, 2022 4:39 PM