Gas mileage when plowing


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Lords Valley, PA
What kind of gas mileage is the norm when plowing? I have a '97 F250 HD/351/extended cab with an 8' Western Pro Plow and around 650 lbs of ballast. During the first storm I got around 5 MPG but I didn't think it was too bad condering we had 7" of wet, heavy snow and I was driving around all night using 4WD. This storm we got 5" of the fluffy stuff & used 2WD a lot on the roads but only got 4MPG at best! I at least expected the same if not better. I average around 11 MPG normally.


South Jersey
With all of the money you are making plowing snow, you're counting your mpg????? LOL! Just kidding but there are alot of other numbers I worry about but mpg while plowing is the first time I've heard that one.



Get yourself a diesel Guy's:D

This last storm, plowed for 13 hrs and got 12 mpg.;)



2000 Club Member
I have both the 6.5 and the powerstroke love them would always get a diesel.Never had a problem starting them in the cold and they run forever.


Senior Member
I have a new chevy 2500HD with a Fisher V-Plow on it. I get 8.5 mpg while plowing. last week I left the plow on all week even though I didn't have to use it and got 10 mpg. With the plow off I get between 12 and 13 mpg. If the diesel is getting 12 while plowing and I get 8.5 with my gas engine... I really can't see a reason to spend the extra $5000 to get the diesel...

Somerville MA.
I kept track for a while but the mileage varied with the amount of snow and the type (wet, dry). Now I know that one tank is enough for 10-15 hrs depending on how much snow and what my route is. For me all my travel is in the city so mileage is'nt great to begin with :rolleyes: .

75 Addict
Interesting thread - I don't worry much about mileage when plowing (on my old "antique" the speedo doesn't read when going backwards anyway, so the mileage numbers would be off) but I have done a bit of record-keeping to try and determine fuel cost per hour spent plowing.

I come up with an average of around $5.40/ hr - Canadian dollars mind you, what's that work out now, about 50 cents US? :(

To keep it simple, I rounded that up to $5.50/hr average which was mostly pushing time, not much travel time needed between lots.

Mick Veteran
I'm with Rob. I think cost per hour would be a better measure, considering how much I'm traveling in reverse while on-site plowing. Although technically, I'm not plowing snow while in reverse except for backdragging. Then also the between site travel would have to be factored out. I just figure I probably get the equivalent of one mile per gallon while actually shoving snow. Since that would scare me to death, I don't think about it.

Duncan IN

2000, Dodge Ram excab long bed Diesel 1000# ballast with 8'2" Boss V 13.5 MPG... I think it is better to look at it by the hour though.


I have a 85 ford with a 351 and I get great gas mileage.... I went out with a half of tank went 9 hours and still had enough to get home..... empty when I got there but did it...


Senior Member
Phila, Burbs
2000 F 250 HD gasser. out for 12 hours burned less than 1/2 a tank. Seems like mine does better when I'm plowing. I get 10 around town. I do all res and I have some running around, but the truck runs all night! :confused: Go figure.



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I don't rightly care about miles per gallon. Why should you? I'm more concerned about hours per gallon. All I know is my truck plowed for 11 hours straight the other night and I did not use a full tank of gas. Tank holds 36 gallons. I may have used 25, Maybe. Diesel is the way to go!

Chief Plow

Senior Member
upstate new york
I don't really worry about fuel mileage. When the white stuff flys, I count the green stuff coming in..... In all reality, all my quick marts and residentails are about a total of 15 miles apart. So, for an average storm I put in a 10 spot for the hog Ford.....

Chief Plow

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