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The Ultimate Side Hustle: Getting Your Truck Snow Plow Ready

Chad Kirchner

With the amount of snow and cold some parts of the United States have experienced so far this year, you might be thinking of ways that you can profit from it in the future. A glance outside during one of these snowstorms reveals that there are people with pickup trucks plowing out driveways. Could that be you?

If you’re thinking about adding a plow to your ride, or perhaps a dedicated work truck for the purpose, there are a few things that you need to know and a few things that you’ll need.

Choosing the Right Plow
If you buy a dedicated truck for plowing, or are buying a new truck to add a plow to later, you’ll want to look at a vehicle that has a “Snow Plow Prep” package. We were able to test the Nissan Titan XD for this story, but most heavy-duty trucks, like the Ford F-150 V8 or RAM 2500 have it as an option. These trucks all have heavier-duty alternators and front springs, which is where the weight of a plow sits.

If you’re trying to equip a truck you already have, you can check a site like BOSS Snowplows to find the right plow. BOSS was the supplier of our plow for this story, and the northern Michigan based company has everything you need for home or business use.

The BOSS Product Selector makes it easy to get a plow that works for your truck without overtaxing it. Plowing snow is tough on a truck, and you want the right one so you don’t get injured. The right plow will also prevent you from damaging the truck.

Our rig was also equipped with a residential salt spreader. While not strictly necessary, it is convenient not to have to lay salt by hand when you’re done, and since it attaches to the back of the truck, you don’t have to get a handheld spreader out every time. The controls are in the cab, so you don’t have to get out to use it.

Practice Makes Perfect

Our plow was hinged in the middle, meaning you could turn it all sorts of shapes from the controller to get the right snow placement. Since it’s been a long time since I used a plow on a truck, I needed some practice with this one before plowing out driveways. The parking lot at my nearby park hadn't been plowed yet, so I had plenty of wide-open space to practice.

Momentum is Key
Snow can be quite heavy, so you might have to give the truck a lot of power to move it. Just make sure you have the plow angled where you want the snow to go and put the pedal to the floor.

When you reach the end of where you want to plow, lift the plow as you’re coming to a stop; this will stack the snow instead of just pushing it farther back.

Other Things You’ll Need
You have the important stuff out of the way with the truck and the plow, but you should also bring a few tow straps and D-Rings in case you need to pull someone out. People will be getting stuck trying to leave their driveways and head to work, and being a good Samaritan is something to be encouraged. We rescued several people during our day, which could’ve ruined the day of the people we helped out if we weren’t there.

Plowing is fun, and it can be a source of income during the winter months. Just make sure you find the right plow for your rig within your budget, and you can be the plow king next season!