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auto or manual for plowing

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by rvincent, Feb 26, 2007.

  1. rvincent

    rvincent Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    Im looking into potentaly getting another truck. There is a chevy 1ton around here,dump, nice but its a 5 speed.

    How many of you plow w/ manual? Do you like it? Would you rather have auto? Is it easier?


  2. clark lawn

    clark lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    from NE ohio
    Messages: 1,233

    if you know how to drive it you can plow with a manual its not that big of a deal i did it for a couple of years. and a clutch is ALOT cheaper than a new auto tranny.
  3. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    I started plowing, 10 years i plowed with a manual then 2 years with an auto now 7 years with a manual need I say more.
  4. K&L Salting

    K&L Salting Member
    Messages: 58


    I have both auto and standard. The standards are now the backup trucks are not used except for a break down. Any new trucks, pickup to class 7 have Allison transmissions. I have some commercial accounts that say no standards transmissions allowed, they believe that they are to slow, primarily in reverse. I have never replace and automatic. I have had to replace clutches and manual transmission. Do what you want it's your money,for me I will never any more plow trucks with a manual transmission my class 8 trucks still have manuals but they do not plow.

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    eh doesnt matter to me really my last truck was an auto and i blew the tranny, my current truck is a 5-speed, its no harder to me to plow with a 5-speed then it was with the auto. i prefer the 5-speed for towing so thats why i got one.