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F350, Manual or Electronic Transfer Case?

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by Tom Smith, Feb 12, 2004.

  1. Tom Smith

    Tom Smith Senior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 149

    Im going to order my new Ford F350 Supercab Diesel. I will be using it for my landscape business and snow plowing.

    Should i get a manual or electronic transfer case which is better... On the fords they all come with the manual locking hubs... I just dont know which is better for the transfer case... some say manual is the best... what do u think... You cant shift on the fly with the manual transfer case... can u ?... I know u can on chevy... dont think so on the fords. What should i get?
  2. The Boss

    The Boss 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,099

    I've got electric and I'm happy with it. Manual is nice also. I guess it all depends on who you talk to.:waving:

    ADLAWNCUTTERS Senior Member
    Messages: 212

    Buy the manual if you can.When it gets realy cold outside or you get a vacuum leak they don't work.If you need this truck for plowing get the manual

    ADLAWNCUTTERS Senior Member
    Messages: 212

    Oh i forgot to mention you can shift on the fly with manuals .just keep the hubs lock in .i do it all the time
  5. snoluvr

    snoluvr Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 266

    manual shift is shift on the fly. I have a '03 f-250. when it starts to snow I lock the hubs, which takes 30 seconds.Plus you know they are locked, unlike the autos which may or may not lock all the time. When I feel the truck slip I hit the shift one notch and I am in 4. after I get on a main road that isnt to bad, i slip it into 2 again.only thing is with hubs locked mileage goes way down.
  6. pats plowing

    pats plowing Senior Member
    Messages: 286

    I went electric on my last two trucks, my first was manual and when it came up in my hand during a 25" storm i quit with manuals. The electric if it does fail, u can turn the hubs and lock into 4*4 so why not go with it. I love the quick electric if you get stuck on a bit of ice or something you dont have to get out to turn anything.
  7. Team_Yamaha

    Team_Yamaha Senior Member
    Messages: 240

    I have the manual T-case on my trucks, I just trust them more. A buddy of mine has the electric T-case on his 02 F-350 and has been having problems with it kicking into 4wd when ever it wanted to. He ended up finding out on Tuesday that the switch in the dash was shorting out, he replaced it and hasn't has a problem so far.
  8. LockedUP

    LockedUP Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    Go with the manual,,, the ESOF has to be the biggest area of complaint with the fords..

    SIPLOWGUY Senior Member
    Messages: 686

    I have Electro-shift 4X4 on my F150. It failed 2X too many. Next truck I get manual shift!
  10. GPB

    GPB Member
    Messages: 55

    The electric shift is nice, but like anything else electronic, theres more things that can go wrong. With the manual style, just pull the lever back and your in 4x4. Not much can go wrong with that.
  11. 04superduty

    04superduty PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,354

    i tried to get the manual shift transfer case but there wasnt any when the dealer did a seach. Hopefully i wont have any problems with the electronic shift on the fly.
  12. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Go with manual everything. you are sure it has shifted. If it's electronic you are counting on it to shift. Wrong move! Automatic huibs just don't hold up either! They will fail after many hours of plowing, then you are in 2 WD. Guys here will tell you the same.