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Can you plow with a lift?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by chrito, Oct 29, 2005.

  1. chrito

    chrito Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    Hey everyone, I got a question on plowing with a lifted truck. I have an 02 Ford F-250 xcab long bed 4x4 w/7.3 turbo, it has a 6 inch lift and 35 inch tires. can i plow with that high of a lift? thanks
  2. mike33087

    mike33087 Senior Member
    Messages: 555


    a buddy of mine has the same setup but on a 350, he had to custom make a special mount for the plow so it would sit at the right angle, the plow tends to sit at more of a verticle angle leaving a cleaner scrap according to him
  3. NEAL

    NEAL Member
    Messages: 98

    I plowed with a lifted Blazer for many years. Sure you can plow with a lifted truck but there are some trade offs. As long as you can deal with them - go for it! Here are some things I experienced.......

    1. Plow mount will have to be modified so the plow can be level. If you don't the blades attack angle won't be correct and your plow will trip excessively.

    2. Visibility is reduced somewhat, increasing your chances of hitting something or someone. Easier to loose a car behind you while backing up for instance.

    3. You say you have 35's. I assume they are wide, probably 12.50's? Wide tires equal less traction driving on the roads from job to job. I didn't like the squirly handling so I ran stock skinny tires during winter. Makes your truck look goofy but handles way better.

    4. Not sure if this will affect you but my Blazer had a body lift wich raised the radiator up higher than the cooling fan. Because of this I had overheating problems while moving slow when I was plowing parking lots.

    Thats about all I can think of. Again it really depends on what you can put up with. If you read this and say thats nothing im worried about then your good to go. Maybe others have some opinions too. Good luck!
  4. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    search the site- this has been addressed more times than I can count.
  5. JTW

    JTW Senior Member
    Messages: 137

  6. Mainiac

    Mainiac Member
    Messages: 46

    I plow with my 79 F150, I restored it a few years back, so this isn't a rust bucket mind you. I've got 4.5" of suspension lift and plow without any trouble, had to extend my guide a little bit, though.
  7. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    My Chevys had 4 inch suspension, 2 or 3 inch body. I ran 35s for summer and 265/75s for plowing. I actually took the body lift out the first year, but got tired of doing that. My Fishers had the three alignment choices, I would use the top hole usually, got my angle pretty decent, and scraped good. I found the visibility to be much better with the lift because you can see over things, like snowbanks, and also look down in front of you. I will admit that you lose some backing up if you are looking out the back window, but you should be using your mirrors in which case its no different. If you dont know whats there you shouldnt be backing up. I got caught a couple times when I put the 35s on too soon and had to plow with them, it was do-able but I wouldnt recommend it. You lose so much power to the bigger tires, and it really shows when your trying to push with wide tires that want to ride up on top of the snow.
  8. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,107

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