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2003 F-150 Super Cab 4x4...any good for plowing?

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by NJ Plowman, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. NJ Plowman

    NJ Plowman Senior Member
    Messages: 794

    I am a Chevy guy myself, but was just wondering if any of you Ford guys can help me out here. All of my trucks are either 3/4-ton or 1-ton trucks, but I have the opportunity to buy a 2003 F-150 Supercab (not a 4 door, but the one with the 1/2 doors in back with the little extra cab) with only 23,000 miles on it. The truck is a Lariat, fully loaded, 4x4, tow package, 17" rims, and a posi rear.

    Will this truck take a regular Western Unimount plow ? Their web site says only a plastic "Suburbanite" plow? Will it stand up to commercial plowing? The truck is a gorgeous everyday truck, but will do a little commercial plowing too!

    What do you guys think?
  2. affekonig

    affekonig Senior Member
    Messages: 909

    I've had a bunch of half ton Fords with Unimount Pro 7.5s and they've held up fine.
  3. oman1999

    oman1999 Senior Member
    Messages: 198


    Sno-Way is an excellent option for any F150 or half-ton vehicle. You can get down pressure so that it will scrape like a heavy plow but weighs less than 550 pounds.

    I have a 7.6" Snow-way with DP on an f150 and the front end drops less than 1" without ballast. I plan to put the 2.5" Leveling kit on the front of my truck this summer and i'll have 500 lbs of salt/sand in the bed at all times.

    For driveways with back-dragging there is almost no substitute for down-pressure on a plow.

    just my $0.02
  4. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    One word from me: HELLYEAH.

    I see guys all around here with 150's with 8 footers on them plowing all kinds of nice lots.

    Mine does real good as well, and I wished it had a larger plow on it.

    I use timbrens, #700 of ballast weight up against the tailgate, and snow tires, and this thing pushes nice...even with a meyer...lol

    Don't even hesitate to put a plow on that truck...but only put a GOOD/NICE driver behind the wheel of it.
  5. RobbieB

    RobbieB Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    It's everyone's personal opinion on using half ton trucks for plowing. It is mine that it's okay if you're doing your driveway and nothing else but I don't think it will hold up to the constant abuse of plowing commercially on really bad lots. Smooth brand new lots it would be good for too. I think they are too light duty.
  6. NJ Plowman

    NJ Plowman Senior Member
    Messages: 794

    I have several 3/4-ton and 1-ton GMC's that do nothing but plow, so I really don't need another heavy pick up. I am going to use this as my everyday personal vehicle and when it snows I will use it as my "Supervisors" plow truck. It will handle the touch up's and small stuff after a storm, so it won't get beat to death doing parking lots. I agree on the 1/2-ton not being an ideal plow truck, I personally believe that the heavier truck the better, but I don'y want to drive around all summer in a truck that gets 8 mpg. This has the 4.6L V8 with Automatic trans with O/D, and a 3.55 posi rear (not the 3.73) so I figure I should average about 14-16mpg. It should get fairly acceptable mileage for a truck, and it is a Lariat with every option such as power rear window, leather, etc so it should be more comfortable then my ex-municipal plow trucks!

    I have never actually owned a 1/2-ton before, so I just wanted to get your opinions on if it will handle a real plow. I want to put a Western 7.5 Pro Series plow on it (all my plows are western Pro series), I don't want to put a home owner series plow on it because eventually it will end up doing some hard work after I have put a few years on it. I have been a Western man my whole life and probably wouldn't use any other brand...sorry to all you meyers and sno-way guys...lol

    But I do value all your opinions, thnks for the input and keep the input coming!