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plowing with a manual trans

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by optimax, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. optimax

    optimax Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    Does anyone have experience plowing with a manual shift trans?
  2. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Many of us do, myself included
  3. DaytonBioLawns

    DaytonBioLawns Banned
    from 45458
    Messages: 347

    Most start that way if you are old school...I don't plow manual but have driven daily that way since I was 15 and a half. I would recommend an automatic transmission because manual isn't bad...UNTIL...dun dun dunnnn....the 16th hour you've been plowing non-stop. It saves tranies though. Although I'd rather save my knees. Good habits when you drive will keep an automatic going for ever. It's things like shifting while still moving the opposite direction, and rocking the truck that kill trucks...my father does both and costs me more money than anyone I know! (or at least he will when he finishes off our z71). Never tranny brake either....needless to say tho...its just stupid.
  4. plowatnight

    plowatnight Senior Member
    from Mn
    Messages: 305

    If Thats what you have and you want to plow w/ it, it will work fine. Just behave w/ the clutch. My big red ugly truck has a man. 5speed. This is handy because If I break a trip spring on the plow I can just take the clutch spring to replace it DOH !
  5. shooterm

    shooterm Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 272

    Haha funny you mention the dad thing. My dad still seems to thinks he's running a enduro race.:mechanic:. He gets it done though.

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    Do a search!!
  7. TreeClimber57

    TreeClimber57 Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    Yep.. careful use of auto will make it last a long time.. although personally I do normally prefer manual 5 speed. (but it can get tiresome after long days)
  8. thesnowman269

    thesnowman269 Senior Member
    Messages: 965

    I plow with a manual, just converted my truck from an auto to manual so I could plow with it.... I like it alot better then an auto
  9. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    I started plowing with a manual. Actually my first 3 plow trucks were sticks. But the older I get the more I like automatics. I'm to old to keep pushing that damn clutch in.
  10. the new boss 92

    the new boss 92 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,989

    i plow with a manuel, love it. my dad on the other hand wont even move my truck or get in it. he also loves plowing and every time i plow the driveway hes like a lost dog in the front window lol. like others have said you take care of any tranny and it will do the same back!
  11. Mr.Freezzz

    Mr.Freezzz Member
    from Utah
    Messages: 81

    Manuals are great. But if I had tons of cash to always buy the best, I would always run a allison auto. Chevy the Heart beat of America.
  12. Rat_Power_78

    Rat_Power_78 Senior Member
    Messages: 184

    Converted mine to manual after the auto went out. Manual is the only way to go.
  13. second income

    second income Member
    Messages: 82

    Auto trans, 4 wheel high, and fish stick style controller
  14. KMBertog

    KMBertog PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,129

    my jeep is 6 speed manual. only downfall is after big storm your leg is sore!
  15. thesnowman269

    thesnowman269 Senior Member
    Messages: 965

    you get used to it after awhile
  16. pohouse

    pohouse Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    I have a manual in my dump. It's really tough to pull long hours though. I have two seperate sticks on my right, to operate the plow, (up/down & left/right) then the stick shift. Sometimes I think it would be simpler to fly a helicopter.

    RIVERVIEW7 Member
    Messages: 56

    yea i have a pickup thats a stick and it has the old western cable plow
  18. second income

    second income Member
    Messages: 82

    Riverview- That sounds like my first plow truck 1967 F-250 stick manual brakes and steering equipped with meyers t-5 pump and 7.5 plow older guys will know that the t-5 was just raise and lower! Thats when plowing was work and shoveling was almost easier!

    RIVERVIEW7 Member
    Messages: 56

    That truck seems to make the snow storm last even longer when your tired.,
  20. PGHplowguy

    PGHplowguy Senior Member
    Messages: 102

    My 95' rust bucket of a dump it a stick. Honestly, driving both that and the auto in the 03' on 24 hour shifts the stick is easier of the right arm. It is much easier having your arm lower and moving the stick from 1st to R then constantly putting the shifter from D to R. The manual is much more smooth and efficient overall.