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plowing with a Ram.

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by g.moore, Oct 10, 2006.

  1. g.moore

    g.moore Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    Just retired my 1964 IH 3/4T from plowing and graduated to a 1996 Ram 2500 club cab long bed CTD with a Sno Way 7.5' series 24 w/downforce. The question is will I need balast in the bed and how well does the Ram push the blade? See the pic for an idea of what I plow every storm. The pic is very deceiving, its actually about a 30% grade and the plow in the pic is the last time the county tried to plow. He blew out the rear axle and plow hydraulics.Thanks all.
     
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2008
  2. ford6.9

    ford6.9 Senior Member
    Messages: 452

    yeah, youll need about 600 -maybe need more -pounds in the back and it will feel good thats what we use on out 1500 ram with a 7'6" boss its plows well.....just take it slow and safe..also some good snow tires.....does that make a wold of difference
     
  3. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    all depends on the springs on the ram i suppose, post some pics of the ram.
     
  4. g.moore

    g.moore Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    Goldpro, here's 2 of the Ram
     
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2008
  5. g.moore

    g.moore Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    and here is 2 of the IH that's been retired. Blade stands 3' tall, truck has a 266V8. 4 spd, 4.88:1 gears and a top end of 45 MPH but will push 3' of snow up that hill with no ballast at 30MPH. I think I'm gonna miss her.
     
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2008
  6. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Have you been to the Snoway fourm?

    Lots of truck for that plow.

    Ballast will only help in any situation. More weight to the rear equal better traction during both acceleration and braking.

    From the pics I'd say you need a wearedge.:waving:
     
  7. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    You are going to need a cutting edge for sure. Why are you retiring the IH? I would kill for a truck like that. It looks way too good to be a '64. I love it!
     
  8. g.moore

    g.moore Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    My father in law is a Sno Way dealer in Denver so he is arranging a wear bar. I picked up the whole plow, power pack and mount for my Ram for $1200 so I couldn't complain about a wear bar. As to the IH, I got tired of the maintenence on a 42 year old truck. It plow like a bat out of hell, absolutely unstoppable but I drive 100 miles round trip to work so time is not on my side to keep it in fully operable condition.
     
  9. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    Man, if you lived closer to me I would try to buy that in a second. That is my dream older farm truck, other than a 1929 Model A dump. OK, so not really a work truck, but just something to go to the dump with.
     
  10. g.moore

    g.moore Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    Yes, trailering is not an option. When we brought it home a buddy used his 2005 crew cab long bed 1T Powerstroke and it lifted the rear tires off the ground about 1' with just the front wheels on the trailer. It's a tank, puts my Ram to shame for mass.
     
  11. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    just wanted to say the 64 is a sweet truck.... we have a 1964 IHC 1600 loadstar , use it as a roofing truck. they are tough!!
     
  12. g.moore

    g.moore Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    The IH just got a new lease on life. After spending 2 hours plowing 8" of snow with the Ram chained on all 4's I hope I never have to again!! It was awful I do this same "route" in 45min in the IH, picking up a new carb for the IH on Sat and will use the Ram as desperation backup for Ol' Green.
     
  13. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    that is like the best story i've heard all week!!! wish IH (international harvester not navistar) still made trucks!!!
     
  14. g.moore

    g.moore Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    Second that. All the new ones are just oversized "King Ranch" editions, I love my Ram but the ol IH is a real truk (my spelling). I go up that hill in the pic at 30MPH with the blade down in 2' of snow, the Ram with no downforce and all 4 chained went sideways about halfway up at not even 10MPH and I got 620#'s right behind the tailgate. The IH has nothing but a 10gal suicide tank in the bed.
     
  15. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    If you had the ballast in the bed and still needed chains on all 4 you need tires.

    The extra cab is not a good choice for plowing because of the legnth and weight balence on the frame- you NEED ballast in the rear- preferibly some behind the wheels to unload the front axle from the plow weight. You also should have real snow tires not all seasons....

    I have only needed chains once in 8 years with my 96 CTD pushing an 8 foot fisher....

    That plow is too narrow- you want an 8 foot or 8 foot 5 but the weight is a major issue on the long trucks.