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6.0L MPG while plwoing

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by burnsyscapes1, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. burnsyscapes1

    burnsyscapes1 Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    What do you all usally get with a 6.0L get while plwoing. it might be just me but im averaging around 8 mpg reguarly. Just trying to figure what i should expect out of my truck.

    Here is my set up, 07 2500 6.0L
  2. djagusch

    djagusch 2000 Club Member
    from mn
    Messages: 2,068

    Your about right on mpg. It will depend on how much you drive between accounts and how much snow your pushing.
  3. burnsyscapes1

    burnsyscapes1 Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    i am doing it for virginia dot. So around up 15 miles round trip in between salt trips.
  4. RedArrow

    RedArrow Member
    Messages: 50

    I get 12.8 average city/highway without plowing. If i can get 8 while plowing I would be tickled.
  5. Lawn 'N' Order

    Lawn 'N' Order Member
    from IL
    Messages: 48

    Consider yourself lucky if your getting 8. I normally average around 6-8. Plowing with the 6.0s don't expect more than 8
  6. Moss Man

    Moss Man Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 530

    How are you calculating gas mileage when plowing? You spend a fair amount of time backing up and correct me if I'm wrong, but that mileage doesn't log on the odometer does it? If you're using the electronic MPG calculator that some vehicles have, does that account for backing up so much? I'm not trying to be wise, this really interests me.
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2011
  7. jklawn&Plow

    jklawn&Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 469

    My computer says I'm getting 6mph. When I take my mileage and the total gallons purchased for the season it says I got 6 mpg. So .... I spent $1600 on gas last plow season and logged 290 hrs. I let it run (gasser) when I do my walkways. Avg price was $3.67 per gal and 480 gallons (some personal use) (301 gallons in 2010). So 1.655 gallons per hour.
  8. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    I dont want to know what I get plowing
  9. mossman381

    mossman381 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,410

    On my 08 I was getting like 11 maybe 12mpg just driving around. Like others have said I don't want to know what I was getting plowing. Not good :(

    Oh and nice truck :)
  10. burnsyscapes1

    burnsyscapes1 Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    yeah im scared to know too, i am getting around 8 when just driving around. just wanting to prepare for that gas bill when and if we do get snow or ice
  11. burnsyscapes1

    burnsyscapes1 Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    thanks mossman!

    UNCLETONY Junior Member
    from IN
    Messages: 19

    Like others have said its hard to figure mileage while plowing. I gauge it on fuel/hour. Lets say plow for X hours and go fill up right after do your calc X/fill up price. Everyone will be different depending on (weight, application, price/gallon). Don't expect the best numbers my 6.0s were anywhere from $7-12 an hour in fuel. Don't sweat it tho there isn't anything you can do besides get your magic number and adjust prices for next year.
  13. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    That's not too bad really when you think about it. Say if you were driving 60 miles in an hour at 60mph, with a truck that gets 10mpg on the highway, then that's about 6 gallons of fuel at 3.45/gal, then that comes out to around 20 dollars an hour just for driving.

    So to be in the $7-$10 range when plowing doesn't seem too bad.
  14. MikeRi24

    MikeRi24 Senior Member
    Messages: 562

    I calculated it once plowing on my '06 and it was like 4.5mpg or something horrible. I never checked again lol
  15. nms0219

    nms0219 Senior Member
    Messages: 445

    I'm with mike on this one. lucky to get 4 mpg.
  16. jklawn&Plow

    jklawn&Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 469

    Just depends how much backing up you do and idling I suppose.
  17. BossPlow2010

    BossPlow2010 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,027

    I don't measure in MPG but In gallons per hour....
  18. TomsSnowPlowING

    TomsSnowPlowING Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    Gallons per hour same here. Was on a V-6 4.3 liter.
    up to 5 inches dry 5 gallons. For wet snow 7.5 gallons.
    5 to 9 inches dry 7.5 gallons. For wet snow 15 gallons.
    10 to 15 inches dry 10 gallons. For wet snow 20 gallons.
    15 to 20 inches dry 20 gallons. For wet snow 40 gallons.
    For 500 yards by 500 yards lot.
    Not sure on the V-8 6.0 Liter
  19. RRobbe

    RRobbe Member
    Messages: 54

    I have figured it a few times filling at the begining of a night and again when I was done and it came out to 4.2 and 4.5 mpg.
  20. TomsSnowPlowING

    TomsSnowPlowING Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    Snow Plow was small 6.5 footer

    My plow was a very small 6.5 footer.
    Some improvements with 7.5 less passes.