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How bad is plowing on your truck

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by wright48, Dec 6, 2009.

  1. wright48

    wright48 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    new to this industry got a chevy 2500hd wondering what kind of damage i can expect
  2. Chrisxl64

    Chrisxl64 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 574

    Ahhhh the fabled myth of plowing will kill your new truck in a year......True AND False

    Proper plowing will not kill the turck,,yes it does put a considerable amount of work on the truck,,but thats what these trucks were made for,,,,,,beating the ever loving piss outta the truck in a foolish way,,,,will indeed kill it. But controlled,,smart, professional plowing won't "Damage" anything,,,,though stuff does go wrong,,,but the plwoing itself doesn't damage the truck,,,it will cause some items to wear out slightly faster though.
  3. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,320

    Plowing won't severly hurt your truck unless you drive it like an idiot, or put a really big plow on too small of a truck!
  4. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,976

    It'll defentially make it wear out faster... but who gives a crap, when your making 25K a season with a 25-40K truck I think thats called return on your investment... A truck should be good for a solid 5 years..
  5. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,032

    Plowing isn't hard on your truck, the person driving it is. I still think pulling a big landscape trailer around for 7 months is harder on a truck then plowing.
  6. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    I'm not worried about beating my truck up at all. Now if I let some moron drive it who didn't give a rip... I'd be worried.
  7. carl b

    carl b PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,330

    just don't use your brakes hit the pile at full speed . than on the way back don't stop til somthing stops you. LOL

    plowing is fine I have two Chevy 2500 s they both have over a 100 k
  8. IHI

    IHI Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 245

    Overall i dont think it's any harder on the truck vs the other thigs trucks are asked to do to provide income. Plowing does increase wear on front end parts, does wear brakes out faster, does wear out the column shifter if an auto from repeative R to D direction changes, increased rusting possibilty since your out working all day driving around in and possibly spreading the salt.

    Just dont hit the piles full speed, dont change gear direction until the vehicle is fully stopped, those two ensure longer lasting truck. I also do alot of plowing in 4LO (varibles dictate this, i dont do EVERY lot this way) but it increases line pressure to help prevent transmission slippage and clutchs wearing out.
  9. welded wrenches

    welded wrenches Senior Member
    Messages: 177

    fwd front wheel drive

    hmmm maybe run that truck in front wheel drive only low range ???? not being funny. front wheel drive only.yepr odd answer ty
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2009
  10. BelleTerra

    BelleTerra Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    Wear and tear on my truck has always been a huge factor in considering putting a plow on my truck. I know that its sooo hard on the vehicle, and towing is terrible too, which we do ALOT of towing in the summer,poor thing. If only I had taken the advice from my father and bought a desiel......

    Ive got a Dodge Ram 1500 with the Big Horn Tow Package. What size blade would be ideal for my truck? Im thinking that I may as well explore the option and utilize the vehicle, afterall it is just a tool.

  11. IHI

    IHI Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 245

    If you have locking hubs, you can run it in 2LO if you want. Like i said, varibles dictate weather or not i run in lo range or not. speed wise, im a slow guy, and 15yrs without a dent or mechanical failure i will continue to be the slow guy since down time costs too much vs the young bucks and employee's that beat the dog snot out of trucks "because i dont have to pay to fix it":realmad:

    But on deep/heavy pushes it only makes sense. Think of how a transmission works internally and it makes so much since you'll wonder why you never gave it much thought before. It's comparible to towing a heavy trailer and having say 2.73 gears in the rear diff. It's going to put alot of strain and cause the convertor to slip to overcome the work being performed and lack of gearing to get it done effeicently. So the convertor slips, slip builds up heat just like it does in my bracket car, heat kills trannies.

    So i opt to gear reduce whenever circumstances say it's a smarter thing to do....and you can still build up plenty of speed if 4LO if you want to, but i've never plowed over 15mph in a parking lot so like i said, i'm not worried about breaking records getting one side to the other...i dont work by the hour so i have no pressure get as many accounts done as possible.:cool:
  12. carl b

    carl b PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,330

    7.5 is fine . It has to be wider than your wheels when at a angle . than you can add wings later .
  13. IHI

    IHI Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 245

    Since when all the concern about GVWR and putting plows in 1/2T trucks?? Jeez, i think back 12-15yrs ago there were a slug of guys mounting 7.5's on 1/2T and not thinking about it. I ran my old 95 F150 with a wetern 7.5 for 8yrs and it's what allowed me to buy bigger trucks and better equipment. i just had to upgrade the front suspension (ultimately added air bags to front coils to keep front end level and reduce angle on steering components to reduce wear) BUT i also budgeted in annual front end rebuilds to all my bids as an operating cost. And true to form, every spring i'd drop $600-1200 on new front end components...but since it was budgeted in, i did'nt care. It's nice now with the 3/4 and 1T patforms as i can go 3-5yrs between front end attention, but i still budget in maintenance costs every year, so if i dont use it, it's gravey. If i need to replace something, the money is there.