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Plowing with a 5 speed transmission

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by nealbird, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. nealbird

    nealbird Junior Member
    from 14120
    Messages: 15

    Hey guys im looking at an F-250 with a 351, looks to be in very good conditon. The only thing im concerned about is the truck is 5 speed. I can drive standard no problem, I just dont know how they are to plow with? Any help is appreciated, Thanks
  2. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I started out on a stick. Chevy K3500 with 3 speed + granny low. I was never much good at stacking with the stick, but I didn't plow much that first winter. Many guys still run stick. I think it depends on a couple of things. If you doing a good amount of commercial/parking lots, then maybe. If you do all/mostly driveways, I would look for an auto.
  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Best setup with a stick is if you have a hydro plow,but most new plows are not hydro. Stick is a little harder on drives but once you get the hang of it it not bad. If your plowing lot plowing with 2 feet work the best. put the clutch in as your going into the pile and the extra power going to the batt/pump gives it a little extra boost
  4. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    Plowing with a stick I feel is better with a hydro plow. Because when you push the clutch in tap the gas it makes the pump goes faster and moves quicker. So depends on how challenging you want it to be.

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    i have no problems plowing with a manual, i prefer it over the automatic.
  6. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Use the search function on the gray line above.
    Search " Plowing with a manual transmission".
    It's been beat to death here. There should be an hour or more of reading there. Follow the tips and it will save your clutch and drive train from damage. There is one guy here that fried his 6 month old truck's clutch the first event. The best tip is DO NOT slip the clutch against the load. The clutch plate just builds heat till it fries!