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F150's

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by JT's Plowing, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. JT's Plowing

    JT's Plowing Junior Member
    from 01756
    Messages: 9

    Hey I was just looking at the black trucks thread and I wanted to know how an f150 handles snow plowing. Everyone I know last year strongly advised against installing one on my truck. I was just wanting first hand accounts on how the truck holds up after a season of plowing. Thanks
     
  2. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    The problem with F-150's are they are a light duty truck. You can plow your drive,Mom and Dad's maybe Grandma's. But when you go past that duty and start doing 24 hours at a time, you run in to trouble. They are not built for that amount of hard work. You break parts and wear out expensive parts like transmissions and transfer cases.Your brakes wear out way quicker. Unless you can really wrench ALL your own repairs you will behind the 8 ball all the time trying to make money. Most trucks will take their 10% of the cut. Be it a tire, U-joint, total tune up or brake parts. Think long and hard before you put a plow on a F-150.
     
  3. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    The problem with F-150's are they are a light duty truck. You can plow your drive,Mom and Dad's maybe Grandma's. But when you go past that duty and start doing 24 hours at a time, you run in to trouble. They are not built for that amount of hard work. You break parts and wear out expensive parts like transmissions and transfer cases.Your brakes wear out way quicker. Unless you can really wrench ALL your own repairs you will behind the 8 ball all the time trying to make money. Most trucks will take their 10% of the cut. Be it a tire, U-joint, total tune up or brake parts. Think long and hard before you put a plow on a F-150.
     
  4. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    You can use a F150 just keep in mind It's a 1/2 not superduty driveways and (small) lots is only thing I use mine for
     
  5. thesnowman269

    thesnowman269 Senior Member
    Messages: 949

    I plow with my f150 and love it. I have however done alot to it to try and beef it up for the snow. take it easy if you do end up putting a plow on it
     
  6. 91AK250

    91AK250 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,641

    i installed a 8 ft steel boss plow on a '98 f150 auto 4.2 v6. its run commercial by a company and has done 2 seasons plowing. mind you it had 175k miles on it when the plow was installed.. we added a set of timbrens and the owner says its worked flawlessly so far in 2 seasons. its also used a mow crew truck in the summer.

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  7. Spucel

    Spucel Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    I think a big part of this is beefing the front end up and how you take care of it. If you beat the truck up constantly while plowing then you will have big problems.
     
  8. Too Stroked

    Too Stroked Senior Member
    Messages: 555

    A lot depends on two things: 1) How much plowing you're going to do, and 2) What year F-150 you're talking about.

    For #1, I'd say an F-150 is good for occasional plowing.

    As for #2, the older F-150's were actually (in my opinion) able to take more of a beating than the new ones are. Said another way, they were way over-built. As for the newer (2010 & up) F-150's, you're never going to put a plow on one anyway. Ford will void your warranty and no reputable plow manufacturer even offers a plow to fit one.
     
  9. JT's Plowing

    JT's Plowing Junior Member
    from 01756
    Messages: 9

    right now I own a 2004 fordf150 lariat supercab 4x4. I was mainly interested in doing some driveways this year if I can get a decent plow. I checked and my truck does have the heavier front axe 3900lbs capacity. If I took on like say 5-10 driveways, average sized around here say maybe 40-50ft do you think thats over doing it?
     
  10. Too Stroked

    Too Stroked Senior Member
    Messages: 555

    Generally speaking, I'd say you'd be fine. Now if you were in the great white north, that might be another story.
     
  11. JT's Plowing

    JT's Plowing Junior Member
    from 01756
    Messages: 9

    I guess I might try it then.... I really dont feel like buy another truck right now and I really like the one I have. I can buy a half-way decent plow for a couple thousand or so and still pay my truck off. Last year here in Massachusetts we got hammered and I was kicking myself for now plowing. I will look into a plow for my truck and will probably install a set of timbrens to help it out.
     
  12. pooleo8

    pooleo8 Senior Member
    Messages: 271

    trans cooler would be a good idea
     
  13. JT's Plowing

    JT's Plowing Junior Member
    from 01756
    Messages: 9

    yeah where could i get one of those? Also what size plow should I go for?
     
  14. JT's Plowing

    JT's Plowing Junior Member
    from 01756
    Messages: 9

    You think a 6.5' is too small for a 150?
     
  15. pooleo8

    pooleo8 Senior Member
    Messages: 271

    check summitracing.com They have a great selection of coolers.

    I run a 6'6 on my ranger, I would say a 6.5 is to small. Maybe a 7.5 poly would be better
     
  16. 91AK250

    91AK250 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,641



    BOSS does make a plow mount for the 09-10 f-150s. i know because i've installed a few with 7'6" plows.
     
  17. cooker

    cooker Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    I plowed for the last 12 years with a 1997 f150 4x4 supercab with a 7.5 ft fisher standard duty with no truck or plow problems ever. Just need to use your head. Its a pick up truck with plow not a bulldozer. Im putting a7.5 western on my 08 f150 this week.
     
  18. Too Stroked

    Too Stroked Senior Member
    Messages: 555

    I stand corrected. Anything with Electric Power Steering (EPS) which I believe is 2011 and up, you won't find a plow for though.
     
  19. JD822

    JD822 Member
    Messages: 55

    To be corrected again,Sno-Way Series 26
     
  20. 91AK250

    91AK250 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,641

    and the 6.2L f-150s do not have EPS so technically you could use a older kit on them.