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light duty plows

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by plowboytim, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. plowboytim

    plowboytim Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    Hi im new to the boards and i have a small truck and i would like to put a small plow on it to do some light plowing. i do have some seat time driving a half ton plow truck with an 8 foot blade on it. like i said i just got this truck its an 93 ford ranger 2wd. i would like some tips of wat i can do.

    thanks Tim
     
  2. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,552

    a ranger with 2wd, you cant do much.
     
  3. JohnMeyer

    JohnMeyer Member
    Messages: 31

    x2................That's a beat around vehicle. If you could find a good Ranger 4x4 you'ld be in business.
     
  4. MBrooks420

    MBrooks420 Member
    from Erie PA
    Messages: 79

    Without 4wd plowing is going to be very tough. I have to back away from the piles with care sometimes with 4wd, lots of weight in the rear, and oversized mud tires. If I were 2wd I'd imagine I'd be stuck all the time. Not to mention plowing halfway down the drive, and loosing the traction to push. Then you have a snowbank in the middle of the drive that you can't move.
     
  5. LEVE

    LEVE Member
    Messages: 79

    I've got a '93 Ranger XLT with a light weight Snowsport attached. The Ranger is a 4WD and it and the plow together are quite capable for what I ask it to do. Though I'd agree having a 4WD truck would be best, with a little weight in the back and a set of chains you should be able to do the light plowing. It would all depend on how much snow you're clearing, how much ice you encounter and what is the terrain of the area you're plowing.
     
  6. plowboytim

    plowboytim Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    i understand wat all of u have to say but again iv done alot of plowing wit many kinds of equipment that was 2wd and did not have much troubles wit geting stuck. i kno weight is a major need to have and im going to put my tank it the back wit close to 600 lbs. of deicer. and i just put brand new tires on it that are right at home n snow nd mud nd wat not. and no i dont plan on plowing through more than 4 inches of wet heavy snow nd no more than 10 inches of dry light nd fluffy snow. i also feel that if u have the know how no matter the condtion u wont get stuck. i grew up in a VERY SMALL town n Mo where alot of the roads were mud nd iv done just fine n a 2wd. thanks for ur thoughts keep them coming.
     
  7. MBrooks420

    MBrooks420 Member
    from Erie PA
    Messages: 79

    No amount of "know how" will replace 4wd. 2wd equipment will always beat a 2wd truck.
     
  8. harleyfxdl

    harleyfxdl Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    First, I think you will be hard pressed to find a plow to fit your truck. Second, when you get stuck (and you will) you wont have the option of 4wd or low range for that matter. If you have made up your mind, I would recommend a posi rear, weight in the bed, really good snow tires and a AAA membership.
     
  9. plowboytim

    plowboytim Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    im not saying itl be easy. and i thank i found a blade that may fit and i do have the weight and the tires. as i said earler im only wanting to plow up to 4-6 inches of snow and i could and would if i had to plow as its still comeing down so not to try to take a hit on the snow when its lets say a foot deep. i guess wat im saying is i know there are going to be lots of limitations and i plain on them.
     
  10. harleyfxdl

    harleyfxdl Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Well Tim, the best I can suggest is at least install a locking differential in the truck. With that you will have two wheels turning instead of one. A friend of mine has a 2wd truck with dual rear wheels and a locker in the rear and alot of weight in the bed and he does ok with his truck. Good luck and let us know how it works for you.
     
  11. Bunky1

    Bunky1 Member
    Messages: 48

    If you can get a Snow Dogg that would fit that is what I would go with. Probably the best price you will find and a Stainless steel moldboard. Or the Snowsport. Made for light duty and very cost friendly. Check them out on ebay
     
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2010
  12. Bunky1

    Bunky1 Member
    Messages: 48

  13. woodsman

    woodsman Senior Member
    Messages: 119

    May i suggest www.hookedonphonics J/K :laughing:


    But really you will never have much luck using a 2wd truck unless its all down hill,
     
  14. plowboytim

    plowboytim Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    thanks for all ur tips and i am trying to lean away from that plow. a hydro plow would b nice but they r to heavy and pricey, iv even thought about snowbear and iv seen all of the flamming on them but iv also seen that the are good plows to so just give me ur thoughts
     
  15. woodsman

    woodsman Senior Member
    Messages: 119

  16. plowboytim

    plowboytim Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    sorry but that link didnt go through
     
  17. woodsman

    woodsman Senior Member
    Messages: 119

    Try craigslist in your area and look for a used plow truck, you may be able to find one for less than a new plow setup. A 2wd ranger simply will leave you stuck and that is just the facts, what if your plowing 4" of heavy wet snow and you have a 3foot pile in the moldboard and then it stops you, well your not going to move forward and you are left with a huge pile of snow now blocking the entire road....
     
  18. cpsnowremoval

    cpsnowremoval Senior Member
    Messages: 223

    for sure if u were even going to attempt plowing wit a 2wd ranger i would get like a 6.5 foot polly or snowway plow
     
  19. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    not to be critical, but this all sounds like a mess waiting to happen, my .02 cents
     
  20. plowboytim

    plowboytim Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    i am looking into a 6.5 blade.