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F550 Best Traction?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by YakimaStilley, Oct 18, 2014.

  1. YakimaStilley

    YakimaStilley Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    I purchase a 2002 4X4 F550 and put a Blizzard 8611pp on it. Currently all 6 tires are traction tires in decent shape. In the past I've plowed with a '76 Wagoneer with studs and a '99 srw k3500 4X4 with studs.

    My questions are, do I need studs? Should I use chains? Will I be ok just with good traction tires and weight?

    95% or so of my lots are flat parking lots. One has a pretty steep hill but I start at the top and push down to the bottom. I am also going to take on more long gravel driveways this winter.

    Any input is appreciated!
     
  2. Citytow

    Citytow Senior Member
    from phila
    Messages: 548

    any type of ballast is recommended , especially for traction pushing heavy deep snow. that truck is a beast .diesel?
     
  3. Ne1

    Ne1 Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    Have several f450 4x4 trucks all with stock tires. Never had a problem even without weight. You'll love the way they push snow. So much better than your standard 3/4 or one ton...
     
  4. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,695

    Good winter tires and ballast should get you through just about anything. You can carry a set of chains just in case.
     
  5. Citytow

    Citytow Senior Member
    from phila
    Messages: 548

    Fact. identical trucks side by side , pushing heavy wet , will have BETTER traction and push more and stack higher. not rocket science here .Thumbs Up
     
  6. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,997

    Is it a dump or flat bed?
     
  7. Citytow

    Citytow Senior Member
    from phila
    Messages: 548

    check this out . called a 554 mod.

    F554promo_08.jpg
     
  8. Jack_Frost

    Jack_Frost Senior Member
    from Montana
    Messages: 117

    we have 4 , 5500 dodge trucks flatbed and all have 300 gal mag tank on back with 9.2 v boss ,,, no prob at all laoded ,, and very lil prob unloaded ,,,,, love them all
     
  9. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    You don't need studs. If it has a dump bed, put a sander in it or carry a half cord of firewood. Mine had a 12 foot home made dump, very heavy. It would push a D6 around. In fact, be careful you don't break something pushing with zeal.
     
  10. Jack_Frost

    Jack_Frost Senior Member
    from Montana
    Messages: 117

    I think the 554 is cool have contact details ,?, would be nice to know more
     
  11. YakimaStilley

    YakimaStilley Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    Mine is a flatbed. I do like the 554 conversion.
     
  12. Citytow

    Citytow Senior Member
    from phila
    Messages: 548

    looking to pull the trigger on this . im not in favor of it , but partner is . its overkill and extremely overpriced . i told him lets get a stock one and mod (violate) it ourselves . but dealer wont honor my body mods , they need to title it as a ford product . it is different to say the least .
     
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2014
  13. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,905

    true.. but because they can hold so much in back, load it up... you'll never need 4wd and can move mountains of heavy snow. its best to use a 9 foot area size plow though because of the rear tire width and most frames being longer than your average smaller pickup truck.
     
  14. YakimaStilley

    YakimaStilley Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    Guys this is great info. I really appreciate it.

    ~Ramairfreak98ss-I have a Blizzard 8611PP that goes from 8'6"-11' and 10'7" in scoop so I should be good. Thanks.
     
  15. andersman02

    andersman02 Senior Member
    Messages: 708

    We have a 550 dump w/ wide out, no ballast and absolutely no problem. Stock tires
     
  16. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,604

    thoes wheel flares are fuggglllleeeyyyyy

     
  17. Citytow

    Citytow Senior Member
    from phila
    Messages: 548

    well farmer , i think they're sexy but not the price
     
  18. Citytow

    Citytow Senior Member
    from phila
    Messages: 548

    the name of this thread is " F550 B E S T TRACTION "

    and you ONLY get best traction WITH ballast . again , side by side , the one loaded in deep wet , will have less strain and more momentum, therefore resulting in "best traction " LOL
     
  19. YakimaStilley

    YakimaStilley Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    Yes, the name of this thread is "F550 BEST TRACTION", but the secondary questions within in the thread that I asked are about whether or not I need studs or chains, or if I could get by with just the stock all seasons. So, all of this info is very helpful...

    All of the info is very helpful and I am glad I asked. I really didn't want to spend money on studs, though I do think I will carry a set of chains just in case...
     
  20. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,913

    What does this mean?

    If the trucks are identical, what makes one better at pushing and stacking?

    I'm assuming you left part of the equation out?