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plowing with a f250 6.0L diesel

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by treesnsnow, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. treesnsnow

    treesnsnow Member
    Messages: 79

    I have plowed for the past 3 years with a 2005 f150 ext cab short box with a 5.4l engine and have been running a 7'6" snoway plow without a problem. I am looking into a 2005 f250with the 6.0L crew cab short box. is there anything different i should know about plowing with this truck or with a diesel. i do plan on running the 7'6" snoway for this year as well if that matters. any imput would be great
  2. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    Turning radius isn't as good as the gas, and it's a long truck!
  3. Cooter24

    Cooter24 Senior Member
    from NE Iowa
    Messages: 268

    Why is the turning radius any different than the gas?
  4. mycirus

    mycirus Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 589

    I wouldnt buy a truck with that engine in it. That 6.0 has a bad reputation. Im sure there are some good ones out there but I wouldnt want to find out the hard way I have a bad one.
  5. fatheadon1

    fatheadon1 Senior Member
    Messages: 406

    heres a pic of my old truck same as what your looking into [​IMG]
    only thing id be worryed about is breaking your plow, 8000lb truck and the power of the diesel you can break stuff quick. as for the 6.0 mine was sold in feb this year with 115,000 on the clock it now has 140,000 and still runs like a top. any diesel newer then the year 2000 has a chance of being a money pit with all the epa crap, if ya want the power of a newer diesel its a gamble ya gotta be willing to take
  6. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,797

    With my experience plowing with the 6.0 I dont like it at all. The boost takes so long to come in the truck seems underpowered. Also when coming up to a curb and slowing down to lift the blade over it the truck loses power and wont want to push the pile over the curb. I like the trucks and the one I drove never had any major issues yet was one of the hated plowing trucks in the fleet. The owner liked it though.

    Sorry that was hard to follow and maybe didnt make any sense :dizzy:.
  7. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    Makes sense- the turbo lag of the 6.0 sucks for plowing in your opinion.
  8. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    Because you don't have coil springs, you have leaf Spings.
  9. fatheadon1

    fatheadon1 Senior Member
    Messages: 406

    turbo lag? yea if your dragracing not plowing snow You will only feel turbo lag when you have your foot 2 the floor. Idk about you but I'm paid by the hour, I plow In 2wd most of the time and never feel the turbo boost unless stacking snow.
  10. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    The 2005's have coil springs. The turning radius will be worse because its a much longer truck.
  11. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    That must be the year they stared the coil spring because my 04 has leaf springs. Plowing with a crew cab is just like plowing with a long bed. I believe it's 17' long.
  12. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    Why do you need the turbo for pushing snow?
  13. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    I got a good one! 04 though. Only had one problem and that was the alternator at a 101,000 miles so it wasn't under warrenty :(
  14. Pinky Demon

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

    Because you don't have 2 extra naturally aspirated cylinders? :D

    6.0L isn't a bad engine if you work it over right with the right mods, OP. Just find one with a good history.
  15. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    I agree with Pinky- there must be a reason you see so many 6.0's running around on the road for companies. Not all of them are bad, and I'm willing to bet money that a majority of them have been trouble free. Run a safe tune, delete the EGR and I think you have a solid diesel on your hands.

    A&MLANDSCAPING Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    you take care of a 6.0 it will take care of you ya theres some bad ones egr delete and head studs it should be ok
  17. ajslands

    ajslands 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,033

    It is a great engine! Besides alternator at 101,000 miles.
  18. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    Turbo lag? 6.0's have low end boost. One reason you can hear the turbo at idle. When you mash on it from a stop light not under a load, yes, there is a little bit of lag. Under any load, they spool instantly. I'm not one to brag much on Fords, or 6.0's for that matter, but they plow great b/c of that, not the opposite.
  19. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    I noticed that too especially compared to the 7.3's. The turbo is spooling all the time it seems.
  20. sno commander

    sno commander PlowSite.com Addict
    from ct
    Messages: 1,063

    NBI lawn was feeling the difference from the straight 6 to the v-8. the cummins makes much more torque form idle till the turbo spools vs v8 diesels. not bashing anything just telling the facts:drinkup: