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97 F-250 4.6L with 9' V-blade?

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by polarplowing, Feb 3, 2006.

  1. polarplowing

    polarplowing Member
    Messages: 59

    Found a great deal on a 97 Ford F-250 with a 4.6 L V-8 motor in it, and was wondering if it would handle a 8' or 9' V-blade? I know the motor is tiny, but with low range it should push the v-blade, I think. How do the Ford tranny's hold up?? My Chevy's are pretty good on tranny's but don't know about Ford. Anyone use a truck/blade set-up like this?? I want a Western Commercial grade V-blade with wings, and would like to have a 8' or 9' plow. But I don't know anything about Fords, have always driven Chevy. Any comments or suggestions would be awesome. Thanks

  2. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,817

    7.5 or 7.0 something you put to much wieght on the front end and its gonna crack
  3. Sweetpete

    Sweetpete Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    97 F250 with a 4.6? I didn't know they put the 4.6 in the 97's. Sure it isn't a 5.4 or is it an F150? Just curious. Anyways, no way would I put a 9' blade on that truck. 8'6" would be the biggest I'd go, especially w/ that smaller motor.
  4. Joe D

    Joe D Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    It would have to be the beefed up 150, 7700gvw I think an d labeled as a 250ld
  5. meyer22288

    meyer22288 Senior Member
    Messages: 999

    i plowed with the same truck but a 1998 when my truck broke down, it was my buddies i borrowed. it has a 7.5ft western light duty on it and was a good combo, i think you could go 8ft but no bigger then that. they dont like heavy plows.
  6. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,990

    How many lug nuts does the truck have? If it's 7 then it's a 250LD, Forget Out Running Dodge's version of the Chevy 1500HD. No way I would put a 8 ft v on it, let alone a 9 foot with wings. That's 12 foot of blade! If you want to use a commercial blade, buy a commercial truck, if you want a light duty truck, buy a light duty blade.
  7. Joe D

    Joe D Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    If it was a 250 it would have 7 lugs and would have the 4400lb front I think. If so a bigger plow may work out fine.
  8. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,320

    I would never think of putting that large of a commercial blade on a light duty 250! All they are is a slightly beefed up half ton truck, If you want something that big I would seriously start looking at 1 ton's! My 8'6" V-plow is about all my 3/4 ton Dodge can handle, I would hate to see what a 9' would do to a light duty truck like that especially with the 4.6 L I think you would have issues with power as well!
  9. NoFearDeere

    NoFearDeere PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,709

    No bigger than 8' straight. If I remember right, that generation of F-250's cant handle that big of a blade.
  10. We run 9.2"s on our F250's. But, they are Powerstrokes and brand new. Not 10 years old. I'd say stay away from anything over 8'
  11. polarplowing

    polarplowing Member
    Messages: 59

    Yeah it is a light duty 250. Didn't realize Ford made a light duty 3/4 ton. I'll keep looking for a heavier truck. Thanks for your help.
  12. Jpocket

    Jpocket Senior Member
    Messages: 302

    Yea in that year the Fords were Regualr F-25, then Heavy Duty, Then Super Duty
  13. snowplowpro

    snowplowpro Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 900

    plow on truck

    I have a 96 ford f250 5.4 L v8 with 7.5 ft western unimount no problems and my buddy just got rid of 97 f250 with 8.0 ft western no problems . but i would not put a 8.5 or 9.0 ft blade on that truck unless it was a dually or f350, but otherwise you will have a lot of problems, too much weight on the front end ,any plow kills the front end ,the bigger the plow the better but bigger problems you will have
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2006