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newbie question

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Lucfw, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. Lucfw

    Lucfw Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 307

    What do you drive the truck in when you are plowing 4X4 or 4X2? and what about when you are driving around with the plow. I think that 4X4 would be better, but just wondering. Is there such a thing as all time 4X4? where its in 4X4all the time, no switching out?. Also for the airbags do you shut them off, take them out or what? thanks alot
     
  2. chs1993

    chs1993 Senior Member
    Messages: 297

    I plow most of the time in 2 wheel drive. Very rarely does it go in 4 wheel drive.
     
  3. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    depends on the road conditions. if I need 4 wheel drive then I use it. I run 2WD as much as possible tho
    I leave the airbag on because nobody rides with me
     
  4. Lucfw

    Lucfw Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 307

    Makes sense but would it have more of a chance of going off while plowing (hitting curd,ect)?thanks
     
  5. maverjohn

    maverjohn Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    I only us 4wd when needed for plowing, ice under the snow or heavy wet snow and the wheels start spinning, you don't want your wheels spinning or you will break something, axels, drive shafts,
    4wd helps the truck go it does nothing for stopping your truck, the snow in front of your plow will slow you down and stop you but thats what your brakes are for, you don't need to plow a lot at 40 mph to be fast, plow smart not fast.
     
  6. Kouski

    Kouski Junior Member
    Messages: 23

    When you're plowing, you typically do a lot of tight turning. If your truck is in 4x4, not all four tires will be spinning at the same speed when you're turning tight. Something has to give. Typically, when you're plowing, the ground is somewhat slick and the tires can skid a little bit. If you're in a wet heavy snow, however, tight turning in 4x4 will put a lot of strain on the front differential. That's too much load placed on the gears inside the front diff and they WILL break. I'm only running a half ton truck, so I'm a little more prone to this than others. If you don't need it, don't use it. If you're driving so fast that you're sliding around, you might want to reassess your plowing methods!
     
  7. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    the airbags should not go off when plowing
     
  8. Lucfw

    Lucfw Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 307

    That is trure i get it now, i dont drive fast when plowing (dont want to hurt me, my truck , my plow, and my wallet)lol i see about the turning and the tires now. i never thought about it that way. thanks alot, well appretated.
     
  9. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 663

    i always plow in 4x4 and i switch to 2 wheel drive for driving between accounts unless the roads are bad
     
  10. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    X2. I don't understand how you can push snow in 2wd. The 4x4 actuator went out on me during a 2" snow fall and I couldnt take it, spinning everywhere. I was able to finish but it was a PITA. I should add that I don't run any balast weight. I know that is key but still.
     
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2011
  11. 89Comanche

    89Comanche Member
    Messages: 42

    Typically I'm in 2wd, unless the roads are terrible. That being said..I still need to adjust the shift linkage on my truck so I am stuck in 4x4 for the time being. I can already hear the hubs clacking.
     
  12. dynamic

    dynamic Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    x2 Thumbs Up
     
  13. Lucfw

    Lucfw Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 307

    Wow i thought tottally differnt than that, thanks all it reall helps, its appreceated
     
  14. JTVLandscaping

    JTVLandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    4x4 in snow, 4x2 when not in snow. I've plowed in 2wd before, if the conditions are right. Carry lots of weight. I carry bags of salt, but I've seen guys with concrete blocks, sand bags, I've seen twice this year guys with probably a cord of firewood...doesn't leave much room for shovels and all the other crap I keep back there, and use every storm
     
  15. dyllan78

    dyllan78 Member
    Messages: 45

    Do you plow in regular drive? i thought you suppose to pop it in first gear if the snow get a little heavier.
     
  16. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    plow in drive
     
  17. dyllan78

    dyllan78 Member
    Messages: 45

    Do u think I did any damage to the truck by driving it in 1st gear. How come some people do that? My bad if I sound stupid I'm just trying to get it right.
     
  18. JTVLandscaping

    JTVLandscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    your probably ok, as long as you didn't drive too fast
     
  19. Lucfw

    Lucfw Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 307

    i have also herd some people saying to plow in 1st too. thanks alot guys i am learning alot!
     
  20. kingf350

    kingf350 Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    i use 4x2 most the time but if i need the 4x4 then that is when i use it. My truck is a 5 speed and i use 1,2,3 no higher than 3. Depending on your plow if u are using shoes and how high or low they are set at. Watch what you are plowing over like on roads you have pot holes, drains. in parking lot you got drains, cement blocks, speed bumps stuff like that. I found out the hard way last year....Wasnt paying any attention and i broke the plow off the hingies and cracked blade.