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plowing with 2 wheel drive

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by kingbman1, Dec 10, 2003.

  1. kingbman1

    kingbman1 Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Any of you plow with a two wheel drive truck?
  2. ronsracing

    ronsracing Member
    from CT
    Messages: 66

    Seen it done - would not recomend it. Even 4x4's here sometimes have problems.
  3. martyman

    martyman Senior Member
    Messages: 281

    I've heard of some guy's that have heavy salt trucks can get away with it but just a regular truck you will become very frustrated.
  4. newkidonthebloc

    newkidonthebloc Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    couldn't imagine trying doing it with a 2 wheel drive. if you can swing it - 4x4 is definitely worth the extra money - now and when it's time to sell.
  5. hbrady

    hbrady Senior Member
    Messages: 287

    I know a guy who uses a big 1 ton duel wheel with a spreader in the back (2wd). He didn't have much fun trying to help me last year when the road was all icy. I think if you run some good chains and you have a limited slip rear end with lots o' weight you "may" be OK.
  6. carlriv2

    carlriv2 Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 126

    I used to have a 2 WD ford dually that worked ok.

    Now I have a 4x4 GMC dually and leave it if 2WD most of the time unless it is icy

    In the spring I bought a Chevy C4500 that seemed to handle this last storm with no problems.
  7. LocalTouch

    LocalTouch Junior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 26

    Last 2 storms were about 2 inches of the slushy stuff, and did almost everything in 2whl. Until started to do driveways with steep inclines. Use an F250. Most of the time I only use 2 whl, except when it starts to get deep! Good to know I have the 4 whl though...
  8. dan deutekom

    dan deutekom Member
    Messages: 82

    I use 2 wheel drive 80% of the time but it is nice to have 4 when it is icy, hilly or deep.
  9. bastalker

    bastalker Junior Member
    from Ct.
    Messages: 23

    The only problem with hookin a plow up to a 2wd is finding out it doesn't work when you need it to. Thats an awful lot of work for nuthin. Would never even consider putting a plow on a 2wd truck.
  10. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,951

    i would not plow with 2 wheel drive unless it was a mack 5 wheeler with chains
  11. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation Senior Member
    Messages: 413

    We plow with 2 wheel drive dual rear wheel trucks all the time .Put some weight on the back and go. Last years 24 inches in Maryland was no problem . The nly thing is be careful on down hill slopes make sure there is no ice . Lots of people use 2 wheel drives around here.
  12. plowman777

    plowman777 Senior Member
    Messages: 227

    my dakota wont go 10 feet in 2whl, regardless of weight in the back
  13. J HIsch

    J HIsch Member
    Messages: 66


    Alot of the trucks with the larger plows 8' and bigger are 2wd with dulley and they all seem to do fine. But regular truck with 2wd I dont know. But even 4wd in ice isnt that great.
  14. alwaysgreen

    alwaysgreen Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    I've always used 2wd Mason dumps with duel wheels the trick is to use a plow that is wide enufff the rear tire track on my f450 is just under 8' I have a 9' boss on the truck and have never had a problem, I used to have a chevy ( Yuck junk trucks) c-30 with a 8' plow and it would slide sideways into the snow at the end of the run and I'd have to rock it out every few passes. 2 wd or 4 wd it's the driver if you can drive you can do it with a 2wd, if you let the truck drive you you'll need a 4x4 and then some.