I think the weight benefit is exaggerated. In my opinion there is no need for a ton of extra weight, whether it be in a big block, 1 ton, or a bunch of extra weight on the truck. Plow blades float so I'm not sure what you need the weight for. There is no amount of snow you are going to push that will weigh more than the truck and plow combined. There's a lot of guys up here who push snow with jeeps and compact trucks and do just fine. If I had to do it over again I'd like to have a swb 1/2 ton behind my plow. The shorter wheelbase is nice for residences and tight corners.