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Tail Gate Up Down or Off?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by mercer_me, Jul 31, 2009.


Do You Plow With Your Tail Gate Up Down or Off?

  1. I plow with my tail gate up.

    42 vote(s)
  2. I plow with my tail gate down.

    1 vote(s)
  3. I take my tail gate off while I'm plowing.

    18 vote(s)
  1. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    I plow with my tail gate off, becouse I can see out the back and it's not sticking out.
  2. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    I plow with mine off also. I can see better and back up farther.
  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Gate up. It's the person behind me that needs to watch where I'm going.
  4. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 6,078

    Gate up with 12 bags of salt up agaist it.... but behind the axle, almost no need for 4wd then....
  5. green frog

    green frog Senior Member
    Messages: 246

    I need the tailgate to help keep the snowblower in the bed. It would be nice to see out the back though might have to give it a try.
  6. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Off. The spreader works better that way.

    Not quite related to the thread, but I run a 6 foot spreader in my 8 foot bed. It's not the best setup, but it works, and I can leave my front toolbox in. Last year I saw a guy with a Ford shortbed running an 8 foot sander. He was supporting the rear of the sander with the tailgate. What an idiot. The tailgate was already bent so much he had a block of wood between the sander and the tailgate.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2009
  7. SuperdutyShane

    SuperdutyShane PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,517

    Hahahaha :D
  8. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    You guys and all of your quirks!! I just hop in my truck and go just as if it's another trip to the store or something. Only thing I worry about is if I remembered to put the plow on front. I don't think I've ever planned a night out plowing, what to and not to do.

    That being said, I barely even turn around. Side mirrors 90% of the time and rear view the rest. Once and a while I'll look back.
  9. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    Off, it interfers with the spreader.
  10. cr252many

    cr252many Junior Member
    Messages: 24

    Off, I can see and back up faster. Also can see my back blade better.
  11. fakemam

    fakemam Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    i take my off for 2 reasons 1 my tail gate wont rust from the salt spreader and two when i go get salt they can put it in all the way with the fork lift.
  12. nickv13412

    nickv13412 Senior Member
    Messages: 621

    On and up, I use my side mirrors
  13. 91AK250

    91AK250 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,657

    i keep it up, plus i have my box of sand behind the rear axle so i'd like to make sure it stays there lol
  14. oman1999

    oman1999 Senior Member
    Messages: 198

    Trucks that plow on large lots with no pull-plow have tailgate on and up.

    Trucks for residential use have tailgates off. We fabricate load-holders for ballast and/or snowthrowers.

    On std. cab truck w/ 8' bed you can see the bumper looking out the back window and get nice and tight to garages, etc.
  15. sumner_services

    sumner_services Inactive
    Messages: 7

    I plow with no tail gate, because i have a liquid ice melt unit in the back, I hooked up a backup camera with night vision. It works well for me.
  16. 7.3 Plower

    7.3 Plower Senior Member
    Messages: 221

    What tailgate? The plow truck I use has a flatbed on it.
  17. Young Pup

    Young Pup PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,522

    Tailgate up to hold the bagged salt in.
  18. creativedesigns

    creativedesigns PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,929

    How many DENTS in yer bumper! LOL :p
  19. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    Lol, that's why there's a Ranch Hand out back!! :D

  20. mvhauler

    mvhauler Senior Member
    Messages: 171

    Off and on a shelf in as new condition. Have dump insert.