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What gear is YOUR trans in when plowing?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Pcupo12, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. Pcupo12

    Pcupo12 Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    I have a 99 Ford F250 diesel. I usually just use 4 LO and put the truck in D. This i the trucks 3rd trans. Do most of you put it in 4LO and use 1 or 2? Sometimes I wont even use 4LO. I will use 4HI and D. What are you using?
  2. Khowie644

    Khowie644 Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 93

    I use 4H or 2H, if I can get away with it.
    And usually use 1st gear only, sometimes use the push button gear select to go into second on my Duramax.
  3. Advantage

    Advantage Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    I never use 4LO. I have it in 4HI 2nd or 3rd gear
    yardatwork and TwiceStroked like this.
  4. V_Scapes

    V_Scapes PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,072

    D and 4HI. thats it.
    GrassManKzoo and darryl g like this.
  5. buttaluv

    buttaluv Member
    Messages: 83

    Holy smokes..3rd trans?
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    4hi and go. you must creep like an old lady with a walker.
    SnoFarmer, TwiceStroked and kg26 like this.
  7. Plow Nuts

    Plow Nuts Senior Member
    Messages: 214

    You should never use 4Low for plowing--4 hi or 2 hi and leave it in drive. The direct clutch in your 4r100 trans was never meant to be abused like that, where the low reverse clutch is designed specifically for that type of use. Using 4low to plow is why you are killing your trans repeatedly. Also make sure you have a beefy trans cooler--heat is what kills a trans every time.
  8. bowtie_guy

    bowtie_guy Senior Member
    Messages: 551

    4H but will run 2 if conditions allow.

    Place the allison in D and let it choose what gear to use.
    jonc41 likes this.
  9. jjklongisland

    jjklongisland Senior Member
    Messages: 470

    You killed your truck by using low all the time... :dizzy: :gunsfiring:
    kg26 likes this.
  10. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    Your wrecking them by using 4 LO, we have 2 of these trucks a 99 and a 2000 both have never had transmission work done to them yet. Always plowed in 4 high or 2wd if it's not bad out
  11. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    Hope it isn't a Furd, as some idiot designed these trucks to start in the gear they are in, other than D. So if you have it in 2nd or 3rd, that's the gear you're taking off in, which will smoke the tranny.

    Never say never.

    18" of cement and "never" use 4 lo?

    I use 4 HI and first gear. Always have. Learned from my father who always has, since '62.
  12. TatraFan

    TatraFan Senior Member
    Messages: 191

    Haven't you asked your mechanic what was wrong with the transmissions after he or she replaced them?
  13. Advantage

    Advantage Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    No never(there, I said it) have I plowed in 4LO. 4HI and selecting 2nd or 3rd is for when I'm in vehicles that do not have an Overdrive Off feature. Other wise its 4HI and overdrive off, put it in D and go as others have said. First gear, really? Seems to me that is overkill unless you have only a 30' push.
  14. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    Not a 30' push, but I do have a 16' pull. Thumbs Up
  15. RepoMan1968

    RepoMan1968 Senior Member
    Messages: 439

    2 HI Drive with SCT tow tune , loaded , until I start losing traction or hilly terrain

    4 HI Drive with SCT tow tune , loaded
  16. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 6,078

    1st and reverse are the only 2 I use...
  17. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,257

    Trucks never seen 4 low and never will. 4 high and drive, the tranny will shift itself.
  18. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    I think whats more important for you to worry about is coming to stop before engaging reverse..
    I've plowed in overdrive for 4 years 4H .. Never had any transmissions go bad..
  19. Eronningen

    Eronningen Senior Member
    Messages: 447

    4 hi and 2 hi if I have some salt in spreader. Always use D. Always plowed with diesels though and a 8.1L Chevy many years ago. Plenty of power, no gear searching. Only use 4 low if I'm backing a loaded dump trailer into a steep driveway in summer or pulling a stump or things like that.
  20. Canplow

    Canplow Senior Member
    Messages: 289

    Pulled over my uncles old feed barn in 4L 2nd gear I was in a plowed feild!