Plowing with 2wd pickup

Eric ELM

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It might work on flat surfaces with small amounts of fluffy snow, but on hilly areas with 6 or more inches of wet snow, I don't think it would work to good.

You will need lots of weight and good gripping tires.


Probably not the best idea. I had to finish a lot in 2 wheel drive when my truck wouldn't stay in 4wd, even with ballast it was tough. You will need to abuse your truck to push snow in 2wd.

John DiMartino Veteran
I think you should forget it,I think the minimum you need in 2wd is a 1 ton dual wheels,and then put at least 3000 lbs of ballast,the more the better.You dont have the carrying capacity to even carry enough ballast to get traction.The best you could do is about 3-4" of dry snow only,wet snow or hills,forget it,downhill spots,you'd never be able to back out.When I have 3000 lbs in my 2500+ the 400 lb V-box,I still need 4wd a lot of times.

Bad Boy

Junior Member
plowing with 2wd

We have one 2wd drive that we use with and 8.5 plow
But it is a 1 ton dually with pretty decent tires can be tricky at times use on only big flat lots
I don't think I would try without dual wheels and a lot of weight

slplow Veteran
Before the 1960's if you did not own a dodge powerwagon or a jeep pick-up or cj, people had no choice if thay had a ford or gm to put chains on and a lot of waight to plow with these trucks. Those trucks were very heavy too. The new 2wd trucks can't push a shovel never mind a plow with out snow.

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