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Plow package a necessity?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by smenchhofer, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. smenchhofer

    smenchhofer Junior Member
    from in
    Messages: 25

    Looking for some used trucks for plowing next year. Not too many have the snow plow package. Is this really needed on a Ford or Chevy 3/4 ton truck. I could add a lager alternator but am concerned with plow weight on the front end. What do you all think? Does everyone with a plow on their truck have the package?
  2. bighornjd

    bighornjd Senior Member
    Messages: 249

    Definately better, but not a requirement. Usually consists of some or all of the following: increased engine cooling capacity, increased tranny cooling, increased alternator output, heavier front suspension. Some mfgs may only have one or two of the above and designate it a 'plow prep package'. Most trucks will be fine with most plows, especially in 3/4 ton and up. Especially diesels. They usually already have sufficient engine and tranny cooling, generally run cooler, and usually have dual batteries with a complimenting alternator. most plows will put you over the GAWR on the front because of the heavier diesel engine, but you don't hear of it causing many problems. Personally, I would be more concerned with condition, mileage, and price more than worrying about it having a plow prep. JMO.
  3. dforbes

    dforbes Senior Member
    Messages: 247

    I agree. There are thousands of these trucks in service without a plow package. Look for a truck in good condition, with reasonable mileage.Just match the plow to the truck and you will be fine. Get a bigger alternator if needed. There are also a lot of aftermarket products if you want to beef up the suspension, ect.
  4. Team_Arctic

    Team_Arctic Senior Member
    Messages: 176

    I would say it depends what you call a used truck... Plow prep alot of times changes what your warranty covers... I dont go with out it on my trucks .. but i buy new and keep them for the length of the warranty
  5. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    it is not necessary but will help
  6. MatthewG

    MatthewG PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,400

    Dont forget a towing package usually has most of the components that a plow package has....
  7. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    Not on a Ford at least.

    For a Ford truck, depending on engine and year and cab config, you get:

    A. Heavier front springs usually rated at 6k.
    B. Heavier duty alt or twin alt (diesel).
    C. Revised fan clutch (diesel).

    On a gas engine, the alt does not matter as much because gas engines produce more voltage at lower RPMs than their compression ignition counterparts. Depending on your blade, I would place more of an emphasis on springs. Having a good spring to hold the plow helps braking and handling. A sagging front end degrades braking / handling.