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Do you ever plow in 4 low?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by FordFisherman, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. FordFisherman

    FordFisherman PlowSite.com Addict
    from 06611
    Messages: 1,594

    I have a 5.4 gas motor in my F350 with an 8' blade. In a heavy wet snow/sleet, I'll almost always use 4 low unless its a flat account and even then I'll use low gear on occasion. You guys with diesels ever need 4 low?
     
  2. NCass31

    NCass31 Member
    Messages: 90

    i have a 3/4 ton Dodge 5.9 360...often times i am in 2WD. I use 4H alot, but rarely do I go into 4LOW. most accounts are flat, but even the steeper grades i will stay in 4H and just downshift out of Drive.
     
  3. tsmith

    tsmith Senior Member
    Messages: 255

    I have a 79 ford 250 with a 400ci gas motor, 8' meyer blade with wings. For plowing mostly 2 wheel, occasionally I put it in 4high, but never 4low. I hardly ever use 4 low, only hard off-roading.
     
  4. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,882

    Rarely, unless I am stacking a big pile of wet snow. Otherwise 2wd or 4hi with tow/haul on
     
  5. MOWBIZZ

    MOWBIZZ Senior Member
    Messages: 500

    I can see using 2wd for streets (like you always see the parade of trucks basically scraping slushy pavement) no need for 4wd there...but on driveways, unless Im cleaning up down by the street I am in 4wd hi and if I think there'll be less stress on equipment I use 4wd lo...just pushes alot easier for uphill grades and HEAVY STUFF. My bottom line is not to beat my truck as much as possible...however, I stay in "DRIVE" for all plowing and have seen no need to go to D2 or D1, ever.
     
  6. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,318

    Unless the snow is really deep or old crusty snow I don't use low. Oh also, if my ujoints sound bad I'll use low. Mostly low is kept for backing up trailers. Try to use 2wd and will go to 4 hi if needed.
     
  7. dbowden18

    dbowden18 Junior Member
    from maine
    Messages: 13

    everytime i pull in a drive i put it in 4low. i know it uses a little more gas, but i've seen so many trannys get burned up from plowing in 4 hii. my temp gauge never moves, and cause your going so slow if you hit something it dosen't hurt as bad or break anything.
     
  8. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    not usually. if i get stuck i will try it or if im pushing alot at once. i dont like the whirring sound. too low and i move around some of my drives pretty quick.
     
  9. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    i only plow big parking lots where i am usually going 15+ mph i tried using 4 low way to slow and it is just wasting gas in large lots. in smaller lots or drives i can see using 4 low...
     
  10. IMAGE

    IMAGE Sponsor
    Messages: 1,741

    The "whirring sound" is actually the spur gears in the transfer case. Spur gears are "straight cut" and are the stongest gear tooth cut pattern, but they are the loudest gears too. The noise does not hurt anything.
     
  11. craigd

    craigd Member
    Messages: 40

    Plowing in 4low does have it's advantages...most of all it forces you to go slow when plowing a large lot. It does take a little longer and uses more fuel, but that's better than hitting something. And as stated before it keeps transmission temperatures down.
     
  12. scitown

    scitown Senior Member
    Messages: 422

    Does it keep trans temps down because you are going slower? Or does it really help? Im almost afraid to use 4 low for anything. My trucks never seemed to like it.
     
  13. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,592

    4Lo 1% of the time. 4 hi 99%

    Plow with the storm.
    plow early.
    plow offten.


    Backing up across a lot in 4lo:dizzy:
     
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2008
  14. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    Only in wet snow where u need it
     
  15. Kramer

    Kramer Senior Member
    Messages: 386

    I always use it..

    I have a standard and it really reduces slipping the clutch.

    Also, I have a 4 cylinder engine so the extra oomph doesn't hurt either.


    The only real problem is backing up speed but in driveways its not that big of a deal--if I did parking lots, then I would be in 4h.
     
  16. pats plowing

    pats plowing Senior Member
    Messages: 281

    I almost never go into 4-low. On the ice storm this year, Dec 10, I was in 4 low trying to make it down streets to put down ice melt.
     
  17. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,433

    Only when im stuck or need to move a boat load of snow in 1 push. I always feel like the worlds about to end or im about to make the transmission explode when im in low.

    Cheers
    Jeff
     
  18. jrglandscape

    jrglandscape Member
    Messages: 40

    I have diesels, never use 4 low the torque is multiplied too much. worry about breaking things
     
  19. yamaguy

    yamaguy Senior Member
    Messages: 556

    no, my PSD has more than enough power to move large Chevy sized piles of snow at idle!
     
  20. trans savy

    there are plenty of trans experts around this (site)

    Commercial lots and long runs, 2X or 4XHigh is probably the favorite.

    But, if I have a residential with 5-10min of back and forth or slow wet snow or
    (even worse) a sandy construction site-- 4Low will keep the trans temp down.
    It cuts the load on the torque convertor in half.

    Big meltdown,..we are starting over..
    tc