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stick or automatic

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by paul soccodato, Nov 10, 2002.


stick or automatic?

  1. stick

    9 vote(s)
  2. automatic

    39 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. paul soccodato

    paul soccodato Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    what do you guys like better in a plow truck, and why?
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2002
  2. ceaman

    ceaman Senior Member
    Messages: 372

    Do a search... It has been discussed
  3. Ben

    Ben Member
    Messages: 62

    I like a stick, I have never had problems with them unlike some autos
  4. Pelican

    Pelican 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,075

    Over and over and over.......
  5. Mike 97 SS

    Mike 97 SS Banned
    from U.S.A.
    Messages: 1,106

    Automatic for most people..

    Yea there was a post about this very topic a few weeks or maybe months ago. From what a recall, most, not all, but most people said automatic was the way to go, including me. :drinkup: Mike
  6. NoSnow

    NoSnow Member
    Messages: 32

    Automatic for me.
    Only clutch plow I've used was tractor.
  7. GeoffD

    GeoffD PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,266

    I think it depends on the truck. If the truck is under 20K gvw and 4x4 the auto is probably the way to go. However if the truck is over 20K gvw, a manual is probably the way to go.

  8. JRFire

    JRFire Junior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 27

    I think it also has to do with the type of plowing you are doing.... If you are planning on doing streets where you wouldn't have to back up as much get a manual..... If you are going to be doing parking lots and need to do alot of backing up get a auto... it would just be easier (in my opinion) to have a auto in a parking lot with a lot of backing up to do
  9. long0

    long0 Senior Member
    Messages: 247


    Personally, I prefer a Stick. I do a lot of plowing on steep drives. I like the ability of controling how fast I go, without using brakes.

    Now I am plowing with a Chevy 2500 - 8.1 taged to an Allison. So far, the Allison is great for driving down the road, but reverse is to slow for backing up. Still getting use to the auto for plowing, but it is still early in the season.

  10. Snoworks

    Snoworks Senior Member
    Messages: 466


    Considering that 98% of my work is residential, the automatic is the only way to go. Its hard enough to keep track of all the gadgets I have to use when plowing, lets see; front plow joystick, rear plow toggle switch, rear back up lights switch.

  11. Rob

    Rob PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 306

    Strictly residential here. I have used both, and the automatic is by far superior on my knee !
  12. jason2

    jason2 PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 117

    Stick here, 100 % commercial lots.