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Gas mileage when plowing

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by flakesmeangreen, Jan 21, 2002.

  1. flakesmeangreen

    flakesmeangreen Senior Member
    Messages: 217

    What kind of gas mileage is the norm when plowing? I have a '97 F250 HD/351/extended cab with an 8' Western Pro Plow and around 650 lbs of ballast. During the first storm I got around 5 MPG but I didn't think it was too bad condering we had 7" of wet, heavy snow and I was driving around all night using 4WD. This storm we got 5" of the fluffy stuff & used 2WD a lot on the roads but only got 4MPG at best! I at least expected the same if not better. I average around 11 MPG normally.
  2. litle green guy

    litle green guy Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    I think i got around 5 mpg this storm with my 94' chevy 3500 with a 350 and an 8' plow. I was in 4 wd most of the time. I usually get betweem 9-11.
  3. G.Williams

    G.Williams Member
    Messages: 40

    With all of the money you are making plowing snow, you're counting your mpg????? LOL! Just kidding but there are alot of other numbers I worry about but mpg while plowing is the first time I've heard that one.

    Go EAGLES!!!!
  4. Dockboy

    Dockboy Guest
    Messages: 0

    Get yourself a diesel Guy's:D

    This last storm, plowed for 13 hrs and got 12 mpg.;)

  5. flakesmeangreen

    flakesmeangreen Senior Member
    Messages: 217

    dockboy & all you other PSD owners

    My next truck IS a PSD, believe me (& a reg. cab)!!!
    Give me lots of snow & maybe I'll get it sooner than expected!
  6. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,222

    I have both the 6.5 and the powerstroke love them would always get a diesel.Never had a problem starting them in the cold and they run forever.
  7. wolfie

    wolfie Senior Member
    Messages: 174

    I have a new chevy 2500HD with a Fisher V-Plow on it. I get 8.5 mpg while plowing. last week I left the plow on all week even though I didn't have to use it and got 10 mpg. With the plow off I get between 12 and 13 mpg. If the diesel is getting 12 while plowing and I get 8.5 with my gas engine... I really can't see a reason to spend the extra $5000 to get the diesel...
  8. G.Williams

    G.Williams Member
    Messages: 40

    Man, I must be the only person who doesn't keep track of it!!!!!

    JD PLOWER PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 751

    I kept track for a while but the mileage varied with the amount of snow and the type (wet, dry). Now I know that one tank is enough for 10-15 hrs depending on how much snow and what my route is. For me all my travel is in the city so mileage is'nt great to begin with :rolleyes: .
  10. 75

    75 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,382

    Interesting thread - I don't worry much about mileage when plowing (on my old "antique" the speedo doesn't read when going backwards anyway, so the mileage numbers would be off) but I have done a bit of record-keeping to try and determine fuel cost per hour spent plowing.

    I come up with an average of around $5.40/ hr - Canadian dollars mind you, what's that work out now, about 50 cents US? :(

    To keep it simple, I rounded that up to $5.50/hr average which was mostly pushing time, not much travel time needed between lots.
  11. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    I'm with Rob. I think cost per hour would be a better measure, considering how much I'm traveling in reverse while on-site plowing. Although technically, I'm not plowing snow while in reverse except for backdragging. Then also the between site travel would have to be factored out. I just figure I probably get the equivalent of one mile per gallon while actually shoving snow. Since that would scare me to death, I don't think about it.
  12. Duncan IN

    Duncan IN Member
    Messages: 36

    2000, Dodge Ram excab long bed Diesel 1000# ballast with 8'2" Boss V 13.5 MPG... I think it is better to look at it by the hour though.
  13. 2001 F-350 Reg cab PSD, 9'2" Boss Poly V, 2000# of ballast.
    12mpg plowing
    I normally get 17.5 around town and a little better on the Hwy.
  14. MusGuy

    MusGuy Member
    Messages: 65

    I have a 85 ford with a 351 and I get great gas mileage.... I went out with a half of tank went 9 hours and still had enough to get home..... empty when I got there but did it...
  15. HandyHaver

    HandyHaver Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    2000 F 250 HD gasser. out for 12 hours burned less than 1/2 a tank. Seems like mine does better when I'm plowing. I get 10 around town. I do all res and I have some running around, but the truck runs all night! :confused: Go figure.

  16. Highpoint

    Highpoint Senior Member
    Messages: 241

    MPG or HPG?

    I don't rightly care about miles per gallon. Why should you? I'm more concerned about hours per gallon. All I know is my truck plowed for 11 hours straight the other night and I did not use a full tank of gas. Tank holds 36 gallons. I may have used 25, Maybe. Diesel is the way to go!
  17. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,011

    Lets see...$2000+ per storm in receivables, $25 worth of gas...who cares what the mileage is :rolleyes:
  18. Mike Hughes

    Mike Hughes Member
    Messages: 51

    I dont track it either.
  19. Plumberguy

    Plumberguy Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    It may seem like alot to spend the money for a diesel but rest assured whatever you don't make up in mileage you will in resale. Diesel trucks bring good money
  20. Chief Plow

    Chief Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 201

    I don't really worry about fuel mileage. When the white stuff flys, I count the green stuff coming in..... In all reality, all my quick marts and residentails are about a total of 15 miles apart. So, for an average storm I put in a 10 spot for the hog Ford.....

    Chief Plow