I have been plowing for the last 10 years all with f 350's. I have an oppurtunity to buy a f 550 dump 2wd. It would be great for the rest of my landscaping business, but would like some opinions on plowing parking lots with it.
Thanks 2001 ford f550 7.3 diesel
If you are doing large lots you will be fine just put alot of weight in the rear. I have plowed with many 2 wheel drive trucks and only needed a chain a few times. Even in my trucks that have 4 wheel i rarely use it ( though it sure is nice to have the option when you need it)
My 1 ton dump in my sig is 2WD. It works very well for plowing. It does sometimes get stuck, but It's definitely not as bad as I thought it would be. It wouldn't be a deal breaker for me...
1996 Chevy 3500HD Dump 6.5 Diesel
2001 Ford F-350 XLT SD 7.3 PSD Western 8'6" Ultramount MVP Plus
2007 GMC 3500HD Dump Western 9'6" Ultarmount MVP Plus
2007 Chevrolet 3500HD 4x4 Western Wideout Salt Dogg SHPE 2000
1999 John Deere 240 Skid Steer 8' Western w/ Wings
2006 Case 430 Skid Steer 8.5' Western
2012 Simplicity Legacy Diesel w/ 47" Blower and 60" Broom
Salt Dogg walk behind spreaders
Plowing in 2wd is kind if like having sex without using a condom. for the majority of the time, you will be safe, but at one time or another, you're going to be in the wrong place at the right time, and you'll have to pay for it dearly.
I run a 2001 gmc3500 4x4. I have a 2 yard stainless sander in the back loaded when im plowing. With that set up the only time ive needed 4x4 is when you get down over a curb or are pushing that wet cement snow.
We've got an 07 550 with a 9.5" Fischer Xtreme V on the front and a 2YD Pro caster on the back. 4x4 wasn't working when we bought it. Plowed once with it and realized we didn't need to fix it either. With the weight of the salt on the back it's a tank and has miles of traction. I have to recover a 4x4 at least once a month. I've never had to recover the 550.