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who's running an f-450/550 with only 2wd?

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by NorthernSvc's, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. NorthernSvc's

    NorthernSvc's Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    looking to expand my fleet... having a rough time finding good f-450's and 550's with 4wd... but there are a ton of beautiful 2wd ones...
    It would have a v-plow plus salter ( size dependant on 550/450...) salter would be fully loaded as ballast...
    anyone else run a similar setup? have any issues pushing snow?? I have a 350 srw with a diesel + v-plow and salter that i run now, and I know i barely use the 4x4 except for a few rare moments...
    i would imagine with some more ballast in the back and without going crazy on the plow size that it would be just fine...
    anyone have any experience???
     
  2. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    As long as you or your operator uses his\her head, you'll be just fine.

    I bought one last year, not that that counts as a winter, but still. Just make sure you have good tires.
     
  3. Drottlawn

    Drottlawn Senior Member
    Messages: 364

    use on flatter lots and have good ballast, and good tires. They will push alot of snow. avoid steep downhill pushes with the piles at the end. uphill reversing is where the 2wd sucks. Just plan ahead before pushing.
     
  4. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,553

    As others have said, use your head, keep the front tires on the hard surfaces, and you'll be fine. I plow on occasion with my F550 2wd and it does just fine, and plows like a freight train with 5 tons of salt on board! Thumbs Up I also went with treadwright AP tires with kedge grip and they're awesome! Thumbs Up
     
  5. StuveCorp

    StuveCorp Senior Member
    Messages: 341

    I have to ask, what is priced appropriately for a 550?
     
  6. Big Dog D

    Big Dog D PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,134

  7. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    Talk aboot your shameless plugs. lol

    OP, I wouldn't hesitate to buy from Big Dog, he's a great guy and does a great job maintaining his equipment.
     
  8. Big Dog D

    Big Dog D PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,134

    Just tryin to help a brutha out........ :D
     
  9. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    Me too......
     
  10. Big Dog D

    Big Dog D PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,134

    Thankx Bub. Some peeps in udder places have put an APB out for you.
     
  11. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    I run a 2wd Chevy Dually, (in sig)

    Used to run an old 86 F-350 Dually.

    The difference in the two not only the payload (16k total on the chevy, 12k on the 350) but the rear end.

    The F-350 was fine, but it had an open carrier, so getting going from a dead stop was sometimes tough.

    My 3500HD has a posi rear that the previous owner put in. Night and Day difference on the traction.

    So, if you get a 2wd dually, look for one with a limited slip rear, or at least pay to upgrade to one.



    .....
     
  12. 1rubbertrack

    1rubbertrack Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    I plow with 2 wd, good tires,9' western and buyers v box, no problems at all.
     
  13. dodgegmc1213

    dodgegmc1213 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,002

    We run a 03 450 2wd 9' fisher 4yd salter. We plowed with it when the tires were bald and it had no problems. Now with new tires truck plows like a beast. As long as you have a lite enough plow in the front and a big enough salter truck will push and drive anywhere