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1990 Chevy 4.3 v6, 5 spped manual, okay to start off in 2nd gear

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by wsmm, May 17, 2010.

  1. wsmm

    wsmm Member
    Messages: 80

    I normaly don't use my 1st gear when driving, starting off in 2nd for noraml driving. Would this be okay to do when plowing also, or would it be too hard on the clutch. Figure if I can start in 2nd, I could remain in it for plowing, not so for 1st.
     
  2. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,361

    You should start in 1st gear when you are plowing IMO.
     
  3. BlizzardBeater

    BlizzardBeater Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 420

    It is always best to plow with the least effort possible. Unless you have some wicked low rear end ratio, starting in first would be best. Abusively slipping the clutch is one of the fastest ways to premature failure that there is. Heat is one of the biggest killers of all components of just about anything.
     
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    If it's the granny gear go right to 2nd I did with my 77
     
  5. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    It's fine if you would like to learn how to change a clutch.
     
  6. wsmm

    wsmm Member
    Messages: 80

    Update with transmisison gear ratios

    The transmission is the Getrag unit. 1st gear is 4.02 with 2nd gear being 2.30. I was planning on using 1st gear for the short drive way runs, only starting in 2nd gear on the long drive way stretches which are bout 800 feet. If I start in 1st gear for all areas, any tricks on shifting into 2nd for the long runs, to keep the momentum up. Up until now I've always plowed with an automatic.

    Thanks for all of the help.
    Bill
     
  7. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,988

    If you normally take off in second why would you change... Take off in 2nd like normal, once everythings rolling then put the plow down... Even with automatics, I dont drop the blade until the trucks up and rolling... Its just easier getting that initial momentium going...
     
  8. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,551

    I'm sorry but... some people should not be driving a standard.

    If you cant tell when you are abusing a clutch you should not be driving with one.

    Its NOT rocket science, If you have to slip the clutch too much its not working, if you bog down the motor its not working. If neither of these is true then start in second.