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Manual trans?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by IA Farmer, Jul 30, 2006.

  1. IA Farmer

    IA Farmer Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    Does anyone plow with a manual and actually enjoy it? I'm looking at a 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 with the cummins motor and a 6 speed transmission. I didn,t know if I should stay away or if it is just something you have to get used to doing. Also is there much difference between the 5 speed and the 6 speed other then the extra gear.
    Thanks Kenny
     
  2. CARDOCTOR

    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    use to run one for 10yrs all i can say is after 36 hrs straight in the truck
    LEG CRAMPS. actually depending on the plowing your doing its not bad plus
    its easier to swap out a clutch than rebuilding an auto

    john
     
  3. pools&plowingct

    pools&plowingct Member
    Messages: 73

    i plowed for the first time llast winter with a manual it takes alittle getting use to it but its not to bad all depends on the aplication i would plwo with it again
     
  4. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Search " plowing with a manual "
    There are lot's of posts over the years on the subject.
    The big thing is don't slip the clutch against the load,dump it (clutch) or be moving with the clutch fully out when it takes the load. Bump up the plow to take weight off and drop right before the load helps too.
    I have heard stories of people killing a clutch the first night out, by not doing the above mentioned things.

    After a long night you will get out of the truck and walk like a pirate with 2 wooden legs.
     
  5. bigjeeping

    bigjeeping Senior Member
    Messages: 676

    It takes a little coordination! My 450 is a manual and you can't hold the clutch in too long before your leg starts shaking!
     
  6. bingermann

    bingermann Member
    Messages: 31

    Clutch Plowing

    I have plowed for four years with a 1986 F250 4 Speed. It took a little getting used to, but now I think that its a tougher setup. I see new trucks having their tranny's rebuilt after only a couple of seasons. I have put four hard seasons on my clutch with no problems and minimal wear and tear. I think I actually prefer it now!
     
  7. go plow

    go plow Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    i have a f-350 dump with a 6 speed.. at first i thought that i would never get used to plowing with it, now i love it, will never have a auto plow truck again!!! you cant beat the power, what i did to help with the , shifting,steering,and plowing, i felt that i needed three hands to plow lol i mounted the plow controls right under the radio on the dash. so when my truck is in reverse i can use my thumb to raise the plow... the only thing i hate is clients thinking that you have a bulldozer!! you know the ones that watch you out the window and then call to tell you that seeing you have a big truck CAN YOU PLOW AT THE END OF A 15" STORM? HUH NO!!:nono:
     
  8. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    I had a floor mounted tranny T shifter on my Bronco II. The Western plow controls were the cable operated T bar type. I mounted it to the tunnel behind the tranny shifter. I would reverse and just drop my hand to the plow controls. It became second nature to run all the controls. But after 12 hours it felt like you were lifting the plow with your Rt arm because the controls have heavy springs resisting it's movements. My oldest son ( 16 ) and I have fond memories of that truck.