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Getting into plowing/?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Kentuckydiesel, Dec 11, 2005.

  1. Kentuckydiesel

    Kentuckydiesel Senior Member
    Messages: 151

    i have been considering getting into plowing (on the rare occasion that it snows here). i had originally planned on putting a plow on my '95 F350 CC DRW4x4 truck but have since dropped that idea because i want to do smaller areas like driveways. All the parking lot jobs and neighborhood jobs always seem to be done by excavation equipment.
    I have a '79 Dodge W150 stepside with a built 360, 4sp manual, 4x4 with a lift and 35" goodyear MT/R tires that i am now thinking of using. Up until now, the only plow truck I've used is a '84 F250 belonging to my grandparents which has a 7'6" western plow, been really good to us, had the plow since the truck was new. i have found it to be lacking in traction now and again though. How would this dodge do? (It has the best traction of any truck I've ever driven) I am thinking about dropping the dodge a little for stability reasons, is this a good plan? What do you guys think?? Thanks, phillip
  2. Kentuckydiesel

    Kentuckydiesel Senior Member
    Messages: 151

    Also, I had a local spring shop rearch the front springs and add a leaf or two a few years back. The frons susp. should be fine. The tires are 7'6" to the outside, does that mean i need an 8' plow? Thanks, Phillip
  3. frostservices

    frostservices Member
    Messages: 63

    most guys will say you don`t want a Manuel trans to plow with ,but I use one. Most of my sites are at least 500 feet long so its more like plowing roads,I have plowed a couple lots and the chevy sucks cause it`s got granny low and granny reverse (takes forever to back across the lot) but my ford has a faster reverse more like an automatic does ,and I could keep up plowing along side an automatic with that,but Its also a diesel so u don`t have to worry about it killing when you let the clutch out like you would with a gas. If I was using a gas engine I would go with an auto trans. as far as dropping the truck I don`t think I would bother . You should have a 8 foot blade to cover your tires,but remember in snow narrower tires are better I think I would get a set of 255/85/16 their 33 inches and would do much better than floats.
  4. Plow Meister

    Plow Meister PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,174

    That CC is a LONG truck to be plowing with. Not to say it won't work. You will just have a hard time getting into smaller places and making tighter corners. If I had to put a plow on it I would go with an 8' minimum but preferrably an 8'6" plow. Good luck and let us know how it turns out.