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new to plowing salt?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by pushingsnow, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. pushingsnow

    pushingsnow Member
    Messages: 54

    ok so im new to plowing this year i have an 05 f250 superduty got it from munciple auction it is 2wd i have a western plow but i need to fix it and get it on my truck so that might not happen this year i got a snowbear plow cheap it only goes up and down dont turn side to side without getting out of the truck i plan to just plow with it straight unless i have to turn it i dont know if i want to put a salt shaker on the truck and rust it out im thinking about a walk behind how would it work put in some comments for me help me message text or call 815 822 1247
     
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Sorry I don't think you are preperred for plowing this year. Truck will be good as a salt truck only.
     
  3. NICHOLS LANDSCA

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,305

    I'd take the truck and sell it for a 4x4, there are guys that say they plow in 2wd with ballast and never put the truck in 4wd I call BS. I'm not saying you can't use a 2wd to plow but what happens when you push just a little further and the front tires drop off the parking lot into the grass:realmad:
     
  4. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,552

    Hogwash, 2wd plowing works just fine, just ask this guy...
    http://youtu.be/cwiKPiNCdq8
     
  5. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    You might be OK plowing salt with that rig, but it ain't going to work for snow.
     
  6. Puddle of Oil

    Puddle of Oil Member
    Messages: 89

    I have a 4x4 f250 with 1500+ pounds in the back. Most of the time 2wd can handle it fine, but there has been several occasions where I needed a 4x4. Like the previous posters said, get the 4x4 or don't plow at all.
     
  7. NICHOLS LANDSCA

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,305

    I see Fords in your avitar :p Don't be so modest you can admit it was you
     
  8. OC&D

    OC&D PlowSite Veteran
    from Earth
    Messages: 3,064

    I've plowed in 2WD when I've had an issue with my front end--of course this was years ago when I was running junk, but even with 1000+ lbs of salt sand in the box it sucked. If you have anything that isn't close to level, good luck. I have a few lots with steep entrances that I wouldn't even attempt to plow without 4WD.
     
  9. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan Senior Member
    Messages: 727

    2wd is ok if you have dual rear wheels and you are plowing with other trucks. Roads, or parking lots with a loader or other trucks to pull you out if you get hung up. I wouldn't use it as a primary plow truck though and definitely not for driveways.
     
  10. NICHOLS LANDSCA

    NICHOLS LANDSCA PlowSite Veteran
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  11. OC&D

    OC&D PlowSite Veteran
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  12. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    Think about what you just said.

    DRW and a lot of weight, just ponder it for awhile.
     
  13. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan Senior Member
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  14. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
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  15. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
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  16. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
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  17. OC&D

    OC&D PlowSite Veteran
    from Earth
    Messages: 3,064

    MY point was this:

    If you have a 2WD dually pickup (dump body, contractor body, whatever) with or without ballast, it's exerting a given amount of PSI to the drive wheels, no?

    Take a 2WD SRW pickup with the SAME weight in the back, and it will exert a higher PSI than the dually.

    PSI translates into traction, which is why you put weight in the back in the first place. Higher PSI=more traction. A dually will require more weight than a SRW pickup provided that other variables such as tire width, type, etc. are held constant. It's simple physics. But keep joking, I know it's easier to make fun of things you don't understand.
     
  18. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    You don't understand, do you?

    A DRW truck can haul more weight than a SRW, so you can get that PSI thingy you're referring to.
     
  19. OC&D

    OC&D PlowSite Veteran
    from Earth
    Messages: 3,064

    :laughing:
     
  20. mnglocker

    mnglocker Senior Member
    Messages: 923

    And split the weight over twice as much surface area.