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I plowed with a 2wd

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by BushHogBoy, Mar 22, 2006.

  1. BushHogBoy

    BushHogBoy Senior Member
    Messages: 665

    My 4x4 chucked an axle and I was not able to get it fixed in time for the storm we received, and being it is south central Indiana I really didn't figure on needing the blade as bad as the spreader so put my spreader on my 2wd Cummins 2500 single rear wheel pickup and went and got a pallet of salt... sat it down pretty good and figured what the hey might as well put the blade on it to see how it does... surprised me it did OK had a harder time taking off at intersections than I did actually pushing LOL didn't get stuck once... made a boatload on salting and found out a 2wd COULD be a decent secondary or backup truck, but I really would not have one as a primary plowtruck... Our city has a couple of F450 V10's with 8'6" Western striaght blades, they are 2wd's and they don't even use ballast.. think yesterday I saw a half ton 2wd mid 80's Chevy pushin with a 7.5' Western... didn't look to have hardly any ballast if any....

    Now I still would not condone this type of behavior but if your in a bad spot it can work! Pics later gotta go for now.
     
  2. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,466

    BushHogBoy, welcome back??... Last I heard you were selling every thing?

    What did you do to your truck?(axle) Where you out wheeling in the woods again?
     
  3. Winter Land Man

    Winter Land Man Senior Member
    Messages: 723

    Indeed... there's a lot less snow when the blade's dropped, so your tires get traction off the pavement.
     
  4. ksland

    ksland Senior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 420

    And how much snow was this?
     
  5. BushHogBoy

    BushHogBoy Senior Member
    Messages: 665

    Like 2-3".....

    I'm not saying I would do it any more than i had to but it can be done for a backup truck or a secondary rig, however if in questionable areas or more than a few inches, I wouldn't wander far from a 4x4...

    Eric
     
  6. Willy-D8

    Willy-D8 Member
    Messages: 47

    I wasted an axle in my own driveway at the beging of a of snowstrorm 2 years ago in my K10. The truck already had 300# of sand it in the bed for ballast so i just backed into a snow bank and drove my snowmobile into the bed for an extra 500#. I was able to finish all my drives that day without gettng stuck but it wasnt fun.

    2wd can be done I guess