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Steve McMahon
11-21-2018, 12:39 PM
Just sold my side x side and plow. Two years and it only had 500km on it. It was a bad decision to buy it. The fact is I didn't use it for anything but plowing snow. So we decided to replace her Honda civic with this, also equipped with a commercial grade full hydraulics quick attach plow. It's a 2015 with 88,000km.
I just gave the dealer the go ahead to get the plow installed.
https://cdn-ds.com/stock/2015-Toyota-Tacoma--St-Johns-NL/seo/ECL12309-5TFMU4FN3FX028309/sz_98318/w_1024/h_768/5ffe3a283555ee13952df06cf6ac2a7e.jpg

mmd
11-21-2018, 12:48 PM
You will need to keep 200 - 300 lbs of weight in the back so that the plow doesn't want to steer all the time (DAMHIKT). I have a method to achieve this without taking up much space in the bed plus centring the weight over the rear wheels, if you are interested.

skaraborgcraft
11-21-2018, 12:49 PM
Called a Hi-Lux double cab over here. Did they shoe horn a V8 petrol in it?

Steve McMahon
11-21-2018, 12:52 PM
You will need to keep 200 - 300 lbs of weight in the back so that the plow doesn't want to steer all the time (DAMHIKT). I have a method to achieve this without taking up much space in the bed plus centring the weight over the rear wheels, if you are interested.

I'm definitely interested. My original thought, subject to taking some measurements was some patio stones in a 2x4 framework. I'd love to hear what you do. I have no reason to want to reinvent the wheel.

Steve McMahon
11-21-2018, 12:53 PM
Called a Hi-Lux double cab over here. Did they shoe horn a V8 petrol in it?

No V8 - It's a 4 L V6
My work truck is a Tundra with a 5.7 L V8.

George Jung
11-21-2018, 01:30 PM
Nice. How 'bout sharing your 'secret', MMD.... hmmmm?

Figment
11-21-2018, 02:10 PM
We built a rough form around the wheelwells and filled with concrete with a pair of bent-rebar lifting points set in the top. it never moved, kept the grocery bags up near the cab, and was a simple hoist-out when we actually needed the bed for something else.

Jim Bow
11-21-2018, 02:20 PM
I have a 2001 Tundra. Back then it was called a full size pickup. The Tacoma was a compact pickup.
The current Tacomas are bigger than my truck, and the current Tundras are monsters.

Steve McMahon
11-21-2018, 02:43 PM
I have a 2001 Tundra. Back then it was called a full size pickup. The Tacoma was a compact pickup.
The current Tacomas are bigger than my truck, and the current Tundras are monsters.

Indeed. I have a 2011 Tundra crew cab as a work truck. It's big.

B_B
11-21-2018, 02:57 PM
I have a 2001 Tundra. Back then it was called a full size pickup...
Nah, when they came out they were called mid-size, smaller than the GM 1500 and F150's of the time (much smaller than the ones now). The auto press was wondering how Toyota could produce a half ton that couldn't compete with the NA trucks in any of the measurables.

I got three 2'x2' patio blocks on the passenger side and four layers of concrete backer board the rest of the bed adding about 200lbs to the bed, in my 2 wheel drive Taco, only taking up 2" or so of vertical space, and leaving a nice flat surface for hauling stuff when I need to.

Of course, winter tyres are your friend.

hawkeye54
11-21-2018, 03:01 PM
I had a 2004 Tacoma 4WD, and kept 5 bags of sand (400 lbs) in the bed in winter - I had " Rhino liner" sprayed in first to prevent rust / corrosion - I too would be interested in Michael's solution.



Rick

Steve McMahon
11-22-2018, 09:45 AM
I just had a friend test drive and inspect the truck for me. It's a 7 hour drive to where it is. His report was that it's like new, so I called the dealer and confirmed the sale.
Googling I found a picture of the exact same model with the plow that I'm getting with it.
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/d1/b1/3a/d1b13a3ce9d9f0fa790f336b570e1743.jpg

David W Pratt
11-22-2018, 09:49 AM
"a simple hoist out"!
At my house it would be a little more complicated. First I'd have to build the hoist

The Bigfella
11-22-2018, 10:12 AM
They build Toyota Hilux in Thailand... and they are everywhere here. Never seen one here with a snow plow though.....

hawkeye54
11-22-2018, 10:18 AM
I just had a friend test drive and inspect the truck for me. It's a 7 hour drive to where it is. His report was that it's like new, so I called the dealer and confirmed the sale.
Googling I found a picture of the exact same model with the plow that I'm getting with it.
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/d1/b1/3a/d1b13a3ce9d9f0fa790f336b570e1743.jpg


Steve, I would really have loved to have that rig in Minnesota with my 900 foot driveway and 25+ inch daily snowfalls !!!!

mmd
11-22-2018, 10:19 AM
Hi guys; sorry I'm late. I got distracted by that silly thing called 'work'...

David has hit the nail on the head - a monolithic weight is fine if you have the gear to load & unload it, but otherwise you have to have a modular unit. That was the case with me. So I built a rack that I could install in the plow truck, fill it with interlocking paving bricks ( 3 kg, 6 lbs each), put the cover on, and go. It takes about 20-30 minutes to install or take out, but I haven't taken it out yet. It stands about 12 cm (5") tall in the bed and I figure I have about 80 g (180 lbs) of weight directly over the rear wheels. It is firmly in place in the truck bed and does not move.

This is an isometric sketch of what I built:

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Edit to add: If you wanted more weight but didn't want to buy lead ingots, you could use a 2x6 instead of a 2x4 for the frame pieces, and stack the bricks two layers deep. - mmd

hawkeye54
11-22-2018, 10:37 AM
/\ Michael, thank you for posting that !!!!




Rick

amish rob
11-22-2018, 10:55 AM
It is totally legal to get plowed and go drive the truck, now. :)

Peace,
Always Thinking (I Think)

David G
11-22-2018, 11:01 AM
I have a 2001 Tundra. Back then it was called a full size pickup. The Tacoma was a compact pickup.
The current Tacomas are bigger than my truck, and the current Tundras are monsters.

Amazing ain't it. My Tundra is 2005, and is barely bigger than today's Tacomas.

I thought it was the T100's that were billed as 'mid-sized'... but maybe it was the early Tundras as well.

Steve McMahon
11-22-2018, 11:53 AM
That looks great mmd. I will build something similar. It will be a matter of what I can find around for bricks. I'm pouring the cement floor in my upstairs addition shortly so will probably make up a form to make some bricks to fill the frame, with the goal of keeping them under 40 or 50 lbs each for ease of handling. I have lots of 2x4 and plywood laying around to use.

Years ago I had a full size Chev plow truck and used 24" square patio stones that fit nicely between the wheel wells, but I'm getting older and those things are too damn heavy. They probably wouldn't fit as a pair between the wheel wells of this truck anyway.

Iceboy
11-23-2018, 07:52 AM
I knew a guy who had attached a few brackets under his pickup bed and would slide sections of railroad rail in and bolt them up for winter. Kept the bed clear and seemed to work well.

Jim..

Ron Williamson
11-23-2018, 01:23 PM
I use a 2'x4' piece of 1/4" steel under the bedliner.
A bit bigger would be better, but it works.
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purri
11-23-2018, 07:29 PM
Well it's been snowing in OZ the past 2 days, 6 inches of it and counting. Tasmania and NZ is worse!

Todd D
11-23-2018, 08:13 PM
I hate buying vehicles too, but the frame on my 2009 Silverado rusted out this week, so It was time. This morning I bought this.

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2019 Ram 1500 Classic Express with 5.7 L hemi V8. They will install the plow mount for my Fisher HT plow next Thursday morning. So far it seems nice, but it cost WAY too much.

I will put 300 lbs of sand bags in a 2x4 frame between the wheel wells for plowing weight. This truck is nearly 820 lbs heavier than my old Silverado so it should plow well. I also considered a 2500 but my wife couldn't get into it without a step stool.

Garret
11-23-2018, 10:22 PM
New pickup prices are insane. So are used.

Steve - everyone I know who has a Toyota truck loves it.

Todd - that Dodge looks like a nice rig - hope there were seasonal incentives. What's the towing capacity?