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The standard question

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by ProEnterprises, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. ProEnterprises

    ProEnterprises Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 379

    I am looking at buying a 2002 f350, v10, manual trans with a fisher plow. Here is the question: will I be hating myself for buying a manual trans for plowing.

    I am not a newbie and know how to drive standard, I am just wondering for this instance...
  2. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    If you regulary drive a standard youl be ok if regulary drive an auto youl hate it
  3. Rangerman

    Rangerman Senior Member
    Messages: 148

    That shouldnt be an issue with a gas. Yeah it will be a little worse and u will want a handheld controlleer for the plow but the over all size of the truck maybe ur biggest issue.
  4. KCLawnTamer

    KCLawnTamer Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 53

    That would be my last resort.. That manual wouldnt be too fun.. Find you an automatic..:waving:
  5. sven1277

    sven1277 Senior Member
    Messages: 498

    I was seriously considering a new mitsu fuso fg140 this fall with a boss v on it, but I just couldn't do it b/c of the trans. You are already doing so much with right foot on gas, left foot ready to brake, one hand steering and the other hand shifting from forward to reverse and operating the operating the plow controller. I didn't want to add the additional steps of operating a clutch and shifter. Definately personal preference.
  6. BSDeality

    BSDeality Senior Member
    Messages: 736

    2 of our trucks are standard, one auto. We only do driveways, so there is a lot of 1st/2nd - reverse action. We plow in Low to reduce the amount of clutching feathering we have to do. I tend to walk in big right hand circles after plowing. my left leg is always pretty ripped at the end of a night of plow. :drinkup:

    If you do buy it move the controller to the shift knob, it'll make everything 10x easier. left hand on the wheel, right hand shifting and plowing. left foot clutchin and right food goosin the fun flipper.

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  7. i wouldn't advise it. even if you are the best shifter in the world and love to do it, after about 10 drives, its gonna get old real quick!! I would stick with the auto.
  8. TerrForms

    TerrForms Member
    Messages: 80


    Used standard shift for 4 yrs. No going back. OK for parking lots but drives are a bit much after 3-4hrs.
  9. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    If you get it you better start doing some leg exercises.
  10. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    If you are plowing roads it would work good, but if you are plowing driveways or plases that you have to back up alot you should get an automatic JMO.
  11. shovelracer

    shovelracer Senior Member
    Messages: 525

    Standard trans = Fun

    Standard trans + Plow = No Fun
  12. vegaman04

    vegaman04 Senior Member
    Messages: 378

    Whats the price difference?
  13. Mark Witcher

    Mark Witcher Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    If you dont have a long plow day, say less than 4 hours, a stick will be Okay. If you dont mind backing up at only 8 mph, the stick will be Okay.
    After I started plowing commercialy I converted my first plow truck from manual to an auto. Damn glad I did. Also you might not like the fuel milage with that Ford V 10. I know the V 10 truck I have sucks gas like I owned an oil well.
  14. LawnProLandscapes

    LawnProLandscapes PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,129

    they do suck gas but they also have awesome power if you dont want a diesel. they get just about the same as the same truck with a 5.4 and you have alot more power. personally i wouldnt buy the stick.
  15. soma56

    soma56 Junior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 10

    Bring the wife along to do the shifting for you.