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How is plowing with an 8' western plow with a 5.0L

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by cgillispn, Feb 25, 2004.

  1. cgillispn

    cgillispn Member
    Messages: 38

    I am interested in purchasing a 1991 Ford F-250 4x4 5.0L automatic with 129k miles with an electric western plow. Is the 5.0 underpowered for plowing streets for the town with an 8' plow? I have also never used a western, how are they? I heard that they just flop over when you hit a man hole, has that caused anyone any problems? Thanks for the input.
  2. Crash935

    Crash935 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    I cant say anything about the ford 5.0 but i can tell you that i have run several chevy 1500 short boxes with a vortec v-6 and 8' blades and have never run out of power. Its all in the traction. As for the western tripping, if it didnt trip and you hit a manhole, somethings going to break someplace else. Western builds a good plow.
  3. bcf

    bcf Senior Member
    Messages: 206

    Yes. I think the 5.0 is underpowered for that heavy of a truck period. I have a 5.8 in my '90 F250, and I wish I had a 460 all the time. Not just for towing and hauling, but all around driving the truck uses a lot of energy, aka gas, to move. The acceleration is slow, especially with the plow or any kind of load over 500 lbs. Of course, I have 3.55 gearing, so maybe something a little lower would be a different story. Thant's just my opinion though.
  4. ctplowguy

    ctplowguy Junior Member
    from ct
    Messages: 12

    Wow,if you think the 5.8 needs a lot of power(gas)-you sure dont want a 460!My 95 with a 460 with 354s gets 8MPG.The best I ever got was 11 MPG with no plow,all highway,tailgate down,in overdrive(auto)at 65 MPH!I love it but its a pig!!:dizzy:
    Anyways the Western is a GREAT plow.As somebody already said-if it doesnt trip when hitting a manhole youll be in for some serious breakage.The 5.0 should push the snow fine especially if the truck has 4.10s.If not plow with it in 4-low.I always do -to take strain off the trans anyways.As long as you arent driving like a maniac youll do well.Good luck!!
  5. cja1987

    cja1987 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,407

    you should be fine with the 5.0 IMO, don't let the engine stop you from plowing:nono: Theres more powerful trucks out there but it should do the job.
  6. GpGuy84

    GpGuy84 Member
    Messages: 39

    I think the 5.0 should do fine. I run that engine with a 7.5' blade and its great... Plus you have to be smart when plowing anways! Besides its not hard to bog down a more powerful truck if you dont use you head.
  7. bcf

    bcf Senior Member
    Messages: 206

    Actually, I get between 8-10 mpgs everyday. I've heard because of the size, the 460 uses less power compared to a 351, therefore getting the same, if not better, gas mileage. Can't say for sure, as I've never owned one, but I'm just gonna skip it and go to a diesel my next truck.