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F350 with a 5.4

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by RJMowNSnow, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. RJMowNSnow

    RJMowNSnow Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Hi Guys

    Need some advice from the brain trust here . We just bought a Hinker 8.5 V plow and our truck is 2009 F350 SWR with a 5.4 motor . Reading around some of the other forums and reviews , some guys are recommending adding another battery to the truck . Any thoughts on this and any other suggestions would be appreciated .

    Thanks RJ
     
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I don't run one on my Ford with the 5.4 with Boss v plow.
     
  3. RJMowNSnow

    RJMowNSnow Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    So are you saying you have two batteries or one?
     
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Just one battery ,biggest one that will fix.
     
  5. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,557

    Depends on the operator. In most cases one battery is fine, some guys can run them down to nothing though if they're moving the plow a lot unnecessarily, or are plowing really tight areas with a lot of maneuvering/back-dragging/etc.
     
  6. Tony350

    Tony350 Senior Member
    Messages: 546

    If anything I would recommend a higher output alternator. If you can't keep the battery charged you will have to low batteries. A reputable electric motor company explained this to me and my friend who started plowing with a half ton. We thought the same thing add a battery but putting a different alternator in made the biggest difference.
     
  7. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    This is more important then battery size.
     
  8. RJMowNSnow

    RJMowNSnow Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    Thanks guys for the info , I'll check out which alternator the truck has. We picked up the plow yesterday , gotta say it's well made and I can't wait to push some snow .
     
  9. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,382

    You should be fine with one battery if you have the right size alt. and a good battery. If you need a new battery look for one with the biggest "reserve capacity". Cold cranking amps don't mean anything while running a plow. In fact the OEM Ford battery is one of the highest ones out there. If the truck has A/C then it already has the right alternator.
     
  10. Elwer Lawn Care

    Elwer Lawn Care PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,495

    I have a 5.4 also in mine, i know last yr I had a straight blade and when raising the plow the heater fan would slow down, running a v this year so i've got some doubt just like you do.
     
  11. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,382

    Never had any issue with anything like that and running a V blade. The heater is one of the largest amp draws to begin with, so if its on high then yes, it's going to slow down a bit. Plows draw a lot of amps when in use so if you have an alt. thats only 135amps and a plow that draws 50-60amps do the math,lol. Then add in heater going, lights on, caution light going and everything else, that doesn't leave a whole lot left. The "worst" thing our gasser does is dim the lights a bit when using the plow. Just be sure to make sure all connections are free of any corrosion and tight and make sure everything is working as it should.
     
  12. TJS

    TJS PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,344

    I did a dual battery install. I am still working on my dump bed and have not had a chance to wire it up yet but I tried to make it look as factory as possible. Canister purge set up needs to be relocated as well as the power steering resiviour.

    http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=123179&highlight=dual+battery
     
  13. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Trick here. If you made a run and didn't lift at the end, Don't start the like until you start backing up and your lights and heater won't dim. And don't try lifting while the plow is jammed in the snow back.
     
  14. tjctransport

    tjctransport PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    good advice rite there Thumbs Up
     
  15. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I have to stop typing in the dark! I can't even read this.

    Trick here. If you make a run and didn't lift at the end, don't start the lift until you start backing up and your lights and heater won't dim. And don't try lifting while the plow is jammed in the snow bank.
     
  16. FordFisherman

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

    you can say that again
     
  17. tjctransport

    tjctransport PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    i figured you were PWI. :drinkup:

    so took the liberty of correcting your typos for you in my post. [​IMG]
     
  18. rick502

    rick502 Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 54

    Is there a recommendation for minimum reserve capacity?
     
  19. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care Senior Member
    Messages: 551

    Get a red/yellow top Optima battery. I can't remember which one is better but they are the best batteries esp. for plowing!
     
  20. rick502

    rick502 Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 54

    My current (no pun intended) battery is rated at 150 minutes reserve, wondering if that's good. It load tests good so if that's adequate reserve I won't replace it but if 150 is kinda light maybe I will upgrade. I am going to upgrade my wires regardless after reading big 3 thread.