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snow plowing with lift

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by six4powerstroke, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. six4powerstroke

    six4powerstroke Member
    from CHICAGO
    Messages: 42

    I'm looking at a 02 powerstroke with 4 in lift. Is it possible to push snow with a western ultra mount. ? I don't want to customize the mount just curious if it will push snow ok with stock tires. Any with pics please post. Thanks in advance
     
  2. tjctransport

    tjctransport PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    with a 4 inch lift, you will need to drop the mount to keep the angle of the plow proper. otherwise you will do damage to the plow, and go through cutting edges like crazy.
     
  3. fatheadon1

    fatheadon1 Senior Member
    Messages: 404

    ultra mounts are adjustable when the plow is put together if you set it up for the highest setting you might be ok. all this info is in the owners booklet of the plow. id look at mine for you but its in my broken truck at the ford dealer.
     
  4. Tony350

    Tony350 Senior Member
    Messages: 546

    If you adjust the plow like fatheadon said you may be alright. The biggest thing is the aframe won't sit level. If it isn't level your cutting edge will wear unevenly when the plow is angled. If it is drastically out of level it will be harder for the moldboard to trip. I would mount it and see hoe it looks. If it is bad take it to a fab shop and get a price on adjusting your mount down.

    Some food for thought, you could put a taller piece of cutting edge steel on and that would raise the height of the aframe, however this would give the plow more leverage and make it trip a little easier as well.
     
  5. fatcat2929

    fatcat2929 Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    I have an 00 powerstroke and have a 4 inch lift. I have had no problems what so ever with it! Still have the original cutting edge on it, and have had it three seasons.
     
  6. tjctransport

    tjctransport PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    and it is very likely the plow is set up for a 4 inch lift. without adjustments to the mount, the angle of the A frame would be off.

    my 88 has a 6 inch lift, but the mount was lowered to keep the A frame level. so i get 10 years out of a cutting edge. but if it was not lowered i would only get 2-3 plowings out of the edge, or the plow would break when it hits a manhole or a seam in the road.
     
  7. fatheadon1

    fatheadon1 Senior Member
    Messages: 404

    tjctransport the op asks about western plows you have meyers so you really can speak on this subject.

    Ultra mounts are adjustable lowest setting is 13"-14.5" 2nd is 14.5-16 3rd 16-17.5 and highest is 19 inches from the bottom of the mount now my 2011 f350 uses the 2nd and has stock 35s so at the highest setting the Op should be ok as long as hes not plowing 6 months outta the year
     
  8. Tony350

    Tony350 Senior Member
    Messages: 546

    Regardless of the plow brand the general rule of thumb is thea frame should be as level as possible. It is hard to say unless you have the same year truck with the same lift and tires. Put it on and the highest configuration and see what happens.
     
  9. tjctransport

    tjctransport PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,390

    a plow is a plow. if the a frame is 4 inches higher at the mount than at the pivot bolt, you are asking for trouble no mater who the manufacturer is.
    2 of the 3 trucks at the body shop have western plows on them, and before i dropped the frames the cutting edges would not last one season. i lowered them 5 years ago, and the cutting edges still look like new.
     
  10. six4powerstroke

    six4powerstroke Member
    from CHICAGO
    Messages: 42

    fatcat2929, do you have any pics of the plow on the truck?
     
  11. fatcat2929

    fatcat2929 Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    Not really the best but it shows it flat.

    DSC02187.jpg
     
  12. six4powerstroke

    six4powerstroke Member
    from CHICAGO
    Messages: 42

    truck with plow looks great.

    What is the the height from the ground to the front fender on your truck?