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man. or auto. transmission

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by PRO PROPERTY CA, Jul 19, 2005.


    PRO PROPERTY CA Junior Member
    from sarnia
    Messages: 2

    what do you think about manual transmission for plowing. I only do a couple of small lots during the winter. Not a big time plower.
    thanks mike
  2. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Preference. Most guys plow with autos for the ease of it. I have plowed both and prefer a standard.

    PRO PROPERTY CA Junior Member
    from sarnia
    Messages: 2

    i figured, a manual transmission would be cheaper to repair then a auto tranny.
  4. PSDF350

    PSDF350 Senior Member
    Messages: 577

    atuo unless you like a tired left leg at end of storm
  5. fernalddude

    fernalddude PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,106

    have both

    each has some good points and bad points I have both but the rig i drive is man I can do some things that the auto's cant and for the sore leg thing fix the clutch linkage guys ive plowed over 20 years with a stick and never a sore leg try some lube guys ........
  6. yooper.mi

    yooper.mi Senior Member
    Messages: 154

    In cars some manual Trans. are more expensive to repair then a automatic trans.
  7. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    True, but in most vehicles, the Auto will give up the ghost loooong before a manual will. (meaning repairing the auto multiple times to a single standard- and 9 times out of 10 the manual is way cheaper to fix)

    I agree also- fix the clutch linkage- or drive that stick more often. Never had a sore leg from shifting here.
  8. sixspeed

    sixspeed Senior Member
    Messages: 306

    Agree with Justme! - Autos are good but I prefer a manual all the way! I still think you get a better feel for what your truck is doing with a stick.

    Durability is about the same in my opinion since lots of guys are ramming their automatics from reverse to drive/low without the vehicle being completely stopped and that's just as bad for a vehicle and trans as a bad manual trans driver.

    Don't know about the repairs since I've never destroyed a manual trans (well, there were a few but they were behind big blocks years ago...). I used to rebuild them and x-cases so to me they are intimately less complex than the average computer controlled automatic.
  9. yooper.mi

    yooper.mi Senior Member
    Messages: 154

    I think the driver has more to due with repair costs then the trans. type.

    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,312

    i use to plow with a manual . its alot cheaper and faster to replace a clutch
    the rebuilding an auto . however several yrs ago we plowed 36 hrs straight
    when i got home couldnt climb out of the truck my left leg was numb