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new western hts snowplow on f-150

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by troutman, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. troutman

    troutman Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    HI, JUST got a new western hts snowplow for my 2001 f-150 crewcab 4x4 4.6L Any videos on how to plow with them. how deep the snow should be is first, and second this float that comes on when the plow is down. thanks for any info. I am disabled and cannot lift or snowblow anymore. i have a u driveway that is dirt-not much gravel left. we got 3in last night and 1 more today in poconos,pa
  2. doh

    doh Senior Member
    Messages: 253

    Hi and welcome.

    First off, a 3+" base on dirt, is good after a couple on runs over it. Even without plow shoes.

    We had a 2001 F 150/ 7 1/2' Western Std Poly set up at work a few years back and it worked good. So have at it. Watch the shoulders or you will be tearing up the grass.

    U shapes are tough but just plow them like an H and you will be fine.
  3. troutman

    troutman Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    thanks,so your saying 3in packed ,snow driveway is where i should be all winter?and any more snow could be plowed without digging in my dirt drivway. THE shoulders i found out already on my left side, just a littel dirt pile only on idle speed gee. WHAT ABOUT THIS FLOAT LIGHT ON CONTROLER?
  4. Rustyk

    Rustyk Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    about that float light,with the light on the plow will follow the contours of the surface your plowing.
    Seeing how your gravel and not asphalt until ground freezes up when you lower the blade just bump the control up a little and try to skim the surface. It takes some getting used too.The light should go off when you do this.When your done if the driveway is hacked up you can back drag it in float to smooth everything out and hope it freezes smooth and then your ready for the next time. Have fun
  5. troutman

    troutman Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    thanks rustyk, this weekend will be perfect on the mountain they say 8-10 below zero high 10 nice. should i just keep driving on driveway to pack down min 3in? then plow anything over 3in. thanks.
  6. Rustyk

    Rustyk Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    I think the reason for packing in the first 3'' is to form a base over the gravel to freeze up and give you a hard surface to plow on.
    Once you get your base set plow any depth of snow you want.Be it 1'' our 1'.You'll get it done,once you get the hang of it you'll be driving around looking for friends and neighbors to help out.
  7. troutman

    troutman Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    any video links to show this western hts snowplow doing a dirt drivway with a f-150.
  8. troutman

    troutman Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    i seen 1 video of this plow at work, a little scary when he was going foward on straight ground an hit a bump or ice chunk the bottom of plow folded in an was back to norm in a second, but the noise it made wow. did not sound good but i am a newbie. is that normal?
  9. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,392

    Yes that's normal. It's called tripping. And it's loud and kinda violent.

    What else you want to know?
  10. troutman

    troutman Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    thanks dieselss, thats good to know, tripping; last i new is was colorfull and fun 35 years ago, ha ha. but seriously will the plow angle up left and right on a tilted road- driveway in float? were at -10 below zero now,sat and sun -0 -8 below. i would say my ground is frozen solid. cant wait to use this new plow. Do you turn your plow all the way left or right when plowing? or do i fine tune the left -right turning to get snow removed? thanks:waving:
  11. kolwnmstr

    kolwnmstr Senior Member
    Messages: 223

    Not quite sure I understand this question fully.

    And you probably will never find the kinds of videos you want on youtube because every snow plow guys names their video "Snow Plowing" hahah

    Have you read the manual at all? That would have explained the float mode and a few of your other questions.
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2016
  12. troutman

    troutman Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    in float mode, plowing straight driveway, would you turn plow all the way right to push snow to the right? or tweek how much you turn the blade to right for max snow removal. remember i never did this before, thanks. and my own drivway only.
  13. coke813

    coke813 Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    Basically, you can have the plow turned any direction you want to plow- you have to decide where you want to push the snow. The truck will push easier if it is angled at first. Then it can be more straight to clean up if need be.
    Use the Float function (light on) to keep the plow down when you go over uneven terrain.

    In a driveway you probly won't trip it very often and when you do it won't shake you out of your seat- you probly won't be driving that fast in a driveway. Its more for somebody hitting a curb or manhole cover in a parking lot going 25 mph.
  14. troutman

    troutman Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    Yes i read this pos manual, it only talks about the big plows,2 blades,wings, no good for me.:(
  15. ggb6259

    ggb6259 Senior Member
    from SW MI
    Messages: 214


    Just do it man....

    Angle the blade if truck is not handling the depth.. 2",3" up to 6" probably no big deal. Above that I would angle the blade first pass.

    With a U shaped drive you need to look at where you can put the snow. If you can push it in straight lines and can push the snow and stack it deep enough away from the edge of the drive, that is a good thing. Push it out the way as far as you can. You do not want to be halfway through the year and have no where to put the stuff.

    Pushing snow will scrape better vs back dragging so push it where you can.

    Push the snow to where you want it and once you get a few feet back from the pile slowly roll off the gas and lift the blade. Wont take long to figure it out.

    I tend to wait until the ground is frozen before I go out. You will tear up the yard if its not solid of soft. Shoes probably help but I don't use them.

    Others with way more experience here will chime in but it's not that hard and you will figure it out...
  16. AMW Landscaping

    AMW Landscaping Member
    Messages: 31

    The basic functions of a big plow or little plow or any of them are the same with the exception of a few more buttons on some. Float will do the same thing for all the plows. Manual should have plenty of information on float and angle and all that
  17. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,392

    You don't have to go full lock all the time, HOWEVER.....when there's a big pile and you try to push, the safeties in the plow WILL TURN it full lock for you.
    Couple things to remember. Which ever angle you do, the way the plow is going, that edge will lift up last. So be aware of that over grass.
    Speed plays a factor in the bite you can take. Along with depth of snow.
    Try and plan your moves ahead of time, so as to not plow over the same spot more then once.
    As was said, operate the plow when it's in the air, and as your coming up to the pile, start to raise the plow as your hitting it.
    It's a plow not a bulldozer, don't ram piles.
    Do you best to limit your electrical accessories while plowing, and if possible put the truck on a trickle charger after plowing.
    What else?
  18. troutman

    troutman Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    Thanks ggb6259 the ground is frozen alright -10 this morning all through monday high 10+. i got the room to push piles back, GREAT IDEA, WE GET ALOT of snow., in the poconos, straight sounds better then following the u driveway.:)
  19. troutman

    troutman Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    thanks to you again dieselss; i will not ram piles with my truck, thats for my other toy bulldozer. ha ha no i dont own one. I AM READY, JUST go slow after my coffee. thanks again i will let you know how i did:waving:
  20. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,392

    Copy. And the saying around here is. No pics......it didn't happen. Let's see the set up your working with