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standard vs automatic

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by mansf123, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. mansf123

    mansf123 Senior Member
    from mass
    Messages: 817

    I am looking to buy an older plow truck......i found an 88 f350 with a plow for a real good price. The problem is I have never drove a standard truck. I mostly plow big open lots and this truck would most likely be driven by an employee of mine. Is it worth buying a standard truck or is it going to be more of a headache for me.:realmad: thanks
     
  2. badabing1512

    badabing1512 Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    Id ask that employee how he feels about it
     
  3. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,551

    Ditto!!!!!!!
     
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Takes a little coordination to plow with a stick.
     
  5. kcplowman

    kcplowman Member
    Messages: 63

    All personal preferance but I will take the standard any day over an auto. I can plow way faster especially in small lots. My favorite plow truck i ever drove was a 98 dodge 12valve with a manual and a boss plow with the hand held controler.
     
  6. mansf123

    mansf123 Senior Member
    from mass
    Messages: 817

    Is it common to blow the clutch while pushing snow? Ive heard some people say never buy a standard to plow with and ive also heard some say the love it... Thanks for the replies
     
  7. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,551

    so does chewing gum and walking prsport
     
  8. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,551

    I can burn out a clutch in 2 miles or an auto.
    Ive plowed for 24 years with a standard never "blown" one
     
  9. snobgone

    snobgone Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 122

    standard is fun for the first six hours.......auto is more user friendly IMO. Standards have their advantages but I would rather an auto especially if your training someone.
     
  10. plowatnight

    plowatnight Senior Member
    from Mn
    Messages: 305

    automatic

    '88 might probably be able to put a c6 in it if your buying it right. That way, your sending out your crew w/ a reliable truck and making $ instead of having down time. The C6 w/ a good rebuild is a great tranny.
     
  11. RIVERVIEW7

    RIVERVIEW7 Member
    Messages: 53

    I have a 1991 ford f350 manual and i put a clutch in once and it does fine in the snow and i have a lot guys that drive the truck.
     
  12. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Try chewing gum and shifting while plowing,
     
  13. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    As mentioned above, plowing with an automatic is much more user friendly, but it's a personal preference. I have plowed for many years with both, but the older I get the more I like automatics. I'm just to old to have to remember to push the clutch in, shift gears, raise the plow, lower the plow and or angle the plow all at the same time, lol.
     
  14. mansf123

    mansf123 Senior Member
    from mass
    Messages: 817

    I looked at the truck and everthing was in good condition. the onlything was The clutch was pretty stiff when i pushed on it.......is that normal?
     
  15. WIPensFan

    WIPensFan PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,491

    Find a automatic. I would bet 95% of plowers would prefer this over a manual shift. Include me in the 95%, it's a no brainer really.
     
  16. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Did that for 16 years with a 77 Chevy

    What kind of truck?
     
  17. mansf123

    mansf123 Senior Member
    from mass
    Messages: 817

    its a 1988 f350 utilitly body. Its a 5 speed.
     
  18. mansf123

    mansf123 Senior Member
    from mass
    Messages: 817

    After going back in fourth on buying or not buying the truck, i think i might look for something thats automatic and 4wd. If it was 4wd drive i would probally take it but even though i plow mostly in 2wd in my f350 i have got stuck a few times and could not imagine not having 4 wheel drive. Not to mention i would need someone who was very experienced in plowing to drive the truck.
    Thanks for the responces
     
  19. plowatnight

    plowatnight Senior Member
    from Mn
    Messages: 305

    standard automatic

    You oughta try my c60, The clutch spring makes the plow trip spring look small. (haha)
     
  20. Chrisxl64

    Chrisxl64 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 574

    I'm already dreading plowing with the 6 speed in my dump. Grrrr,,,,*the deal was too good to pass up8 *The deal was too good to pass up* *Gooooos-fraba*