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Putting Plow on 2011 F-150 6.2L

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by waynor, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. waynor

    waynor Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    My Tundra is coming off it's lease at the end of the month and I'm looking for a new truck..

    Unfortunately my local Toyota dealership strung me around for 1.5 weeks before finally admitting they took my deposit and can't find a truck for me.. So now I'm in a mad rush to find a new one..

    Tundras are in very limited supply and none are available in a color I like... Ford has a great offer on a fully loaded Lariat with 6.2L engine so the electronics aren't an issue and I can get the truck for $41k (List $54k) but unfortunately since their is no snow plow package for the F150 I am being told putting one on the truck will void the warranty.

    So kind of stuck between getting a truck (again) where I hate the color and am tired of it's general design...or taking a chance and getting a really nice truck at a great price but no warranty..


    Has anyone here put a plow on a 2011 F-150 and voided the warranty?
  2. allstarlawncare

    allstarlawncare Member
    Messages: 59

    I heard you werent allowed to put a plow on the new 2011 f150s because something with the electronic steering they have. no plow manufacturer that i have seen even says a plow can go on the new f150
  3. waynor

    waynor Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    Ya thats why I wanted to get the Lariat with the 6.2L which has hydralic steering instead of the electric version the other models use..

    So it can be used just will void the warranty...
  4. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    Sno-Way did present a Series 26 model snowplow to Ford and tests were completed very successfully and favorably in relation to amp draw affecting the auxiliary electric power steering motor. But, as is Ford’s policy, they stated they never give an advantage to any individual supplier over other suppliers. We at Sno-Way continually refer all interested and concerned parties to the Sno-Way application guide. There will even be a sub frame for the F-150 EcoBoost model November 1st .

    Snoway has a fit, and claim no issues.
  5. waynor

    waynor Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    I already have an Artic Snowplow that's been used on an F150 without any snow package.. But that was years ago..

    Honestly guys just wondering if anyone here has done it, I know it can be done.
  6. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    I wouldn't put a plow on a new $54k stickered truck that does not offer a plow package. With that said, if you are willing to pay to play, go for it.
  7. waynor

    waynor Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    The main reason I think I can pull it off is I only plow 3 relatively small plaza parking lots.. All within 3 km's of my shop.. So the plow would get used for about 4 hours per snowfall so about 72 hours of honest plowing in an above average year, with just a 5-10 minute drive between each property, going fairly slow to boot. I'm also not very rough on the truck..

    Also due to my new house having a weird staggered garage, I can't take the plow home with me, so the bloody thing will stay at the shop and go on for every snow fall and come off when I'm done.. Huge pain in the arse but it is what it is..

    I don't really WANT to put it on a F-150.. But I'm looking at new Tundra and for the same price I get one step up from the base model with fog lamps and bluetooth.. While with the Ford I have a crew cab, leather, nav, rear camera, moon roof, max towing package etc etc. For the other 95% of the year I don't even have to think about a plow.

    But yes I recognize this probably isn't the smartest thing to do..
  8. BlackKnight07

    BlackKnight07 Member
    Messages: 56

    For 41k Buy a dam F250 Diesel! Good god truck pricing is out of Control.
  9. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    I agree, if you are going spend that kind of money get a F250 with the plow prep. It's freakin unreal what they want for these trucks now. I will not buy a new truck any time soon. I'm looking for a 15-20 year old truck to restore for the fraction of the cost of a new one.
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2011
  10. Squires

    Squires Senior Member
    Messages: 257

    Canadian prices, a 3/4 ton diesel in these parts is well over $50,000 for just a reg cab 4x4 otherwise base
  11. waynor

    waynor Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    If I had a lot of plowing to do.. I wouldn't be here asking for opinions.. Obviously the F250 is the right choice for a plow truck.. Even if the F150 had a plow package, I'm not debating that.

    But the other 99% of the year when I'm driving to work and back or dropping off my son at daycare I don't need an F250.. I don't even think it would fit in my driveway.

    Also every plow guy I know puts his plow on in Nov and takes it off in Mar and drives the whole winter with it.. They also plow at least twice what I plow and are on the clock because of it so they tend to be rough on the trucks.

    I can't keep it on my truck after I finish plowing even if I had a F250.. My drive way is 19' 6" long and just the F150 takes up about 19' 4" of that. So I go to work, put on the plow at the shop, plow for 1.5 hours.. Drive 1km down the road, plow for an hour and drive 2km to the next property.. plow for 30-45mins and go back to the shop to take it off so I can go home and sleep or take my kid to daycare.

    The plow I have is 7.5' and weighs about 658lbs according to the manual + the mount

    I can take a gamble if somethings breaks I can accept that.. What I don't want is a guaranteed failure..

    Has anyone here actually looked
  12. smoore45

    smoore45 Senior Member
    Messages: 526

    Why not try to find a used 2006 or newer used F-150? It will be half the price and it is really easy to find ones that haven't been abused since most people don't plow or tow very much with their 1/2 tons.

    By the way, I also use an F150 for some of the smaller properties that I remove snow for and it has worked great. My F350 is my work horse year around, but the F150 is much better for day to day driving in the summer. Good luck.
  13. 07F-250V10

    07F-250V10 Senior Member
    Messages: 114

    Yeah if your spending that much on a truck get a F-250 then you can put whatever you want on the front end and not have to worry about it
  14. Tony350

    Tony350 Senior Member
    Messages: 546

    I hear what you are saying. Hard place and a rock. Maybe explain to ford what your needs are and the only way you will buy a ford is if they can accommodate your needs. I doubt they will but at least you tried.
  15. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,931

    I heard ALL 2011+ F150s had electric steering, didnt matter which engine was in it?

    yeah no body even has mounts for them.. stupid ford. But yeah, if your gonna plow, just look for a F250, not much more especially if getting gas, and can get the 6.2L. both trucks arnt made for plowing anymore these days tundra & f150 lol
  16. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,584

    No, all but the 6.2. It still has conventional hydraulic power steering, not the new electric set up.

    OP, I think you'll be fine. That's not a very big plow. The plowing you're doing would definitely be better suited for a larger truck though. Have you thought about finding a used 3/4 ton to put your plow on rather than your daily driver? If it were me, and I refused to drive a 3/4 ton truck as a daily driver, I'd scoop up an older Ford or Chev 3/4 ton for ~$2k and hang your plow on it, then buy an F150 with the ecoboost motor, you'll easily pay for that used 3/4 ton in saved gas versus the 6.2l, and you won't be beating on your families ride. Thumbs Up
  17. BlackKnight07

    BlackKnight07 Member
    Messages: 56

    I have a 07' F150, I don't do much commercial which is where the F250 would be better served. I work a normal 40hr+ Job and just do plowing on the side for the boring winter months plus in Jan work usually slows down. I drive the F150 year round. As much as i would love a Diesel just couldn't justify the money being spent, maybe in a few years that will change. A lot of guys use 1/2 tons around here, good for all year round driving if your not hauling extreme weight.

    Also these newer plows can mount/Dismount in 10mins or less. Obviously at first it will take a little more time to line-up ie.

    Best of luck.
  18. H&HPropertyMait

    H&HPropertyMait Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    I wouldn't if i were you...
  19. bigbadbrad

    bigbadbrad Senior Member
    Messages: 836

    yup you might as well just get a ext cab short bed f-250, would not be any longer then your crewcab 1/2 ton trucks, can have a plow package, buy a new larger plow to put on it and get to work. I know ALOT of people around here that have 3/4 ton as daily drivers and alot of them dont even have a plow on them, you would be alot better off with a F250, plus they got good deals on them right now too
  20. VTDave

    VTDave Member
    from VT
    Messages: 46

    I have a 2010 F150 FX4 with the 5.4L motor and a Snoway HT series plow on it.

    The only difference between your truck and mine is that you have a bigger motor. Both have hydraulic steering, so the whole electronic steering issue doesn't matter.

    Put a lightweight poly plow on your F150 and don't worry about it. If you were doing commercial work, it would be a different story....