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what good is "power take off" on a truck

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by Smitty58, Dec 24, 2007.

  1. Smitty58

    Smitty58 Senior Member
    Messages: 223

    My truck is a 2005 Ford F-350 with a 6 spd manual and includes power take off provision.
    Does anyone know what the pto is used for a a pickup?
  2. StoneDevil

    StoneDevil Senior Member
    Messages: 516

    It came with a PTO (Power Take-Off) used to power attachments (like winches or a dump bed) from the transmission
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2007
  3. Smitty58

    Smitty58 Senior Member
    Messages: 223

    Thanks, I got that but how? I'm putting a flatbed on my truck and would love to make it dump. Can I use the pto to do this ,and if so how?
  4. Mark Witcher

    Mark Witcher Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    You can use the PTO for the hoist. But most shops dont anymore. It costs more and requires more stuff than electric pump.
  5. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    true, but by utilizing the pto your not taxing the electical system as you would with elect/hyd.
  6. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    Basically all it does is turn a pump. You need a hydraulic tank,pump. mechanical or electric over hydraulic switch inside truck to activate hoist. Not cheap by any means but is a superior setup to electric. I'm not to sure how heavy they are on those transmissions though?
  7. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,351

    Let me put it in simple terms. Once you go central hydraulics you never go back to electric.

    Now it won't be as fast as a belt drive hydraulic system. But the PTO hydraulic systems are damn near bullet proof. I have seen 20-25 year old trucks that have rusted to pieces but the dump still works like the day it was new. The pto pump will be faster than the electric over hydraulic hoist along with the heavier lifting capacity.
  8. Smitty58

    Smitty58 Senior Member
    Messages: 223

    Well you guys know way more about this than I do. I'm just curious because the bed is going on this week and they want another $1700 to make it a dump. So can I do it for less or does this sound like the way to go.
  9. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,202

    That $1700 sounds like it would be electric over hydro, thusly not utilizing the pto. I would talk to the upfitter and see what it would cost you run off your pto.
  10. Mark Witcher

    Mark Witcher Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    Are you using a PTO or engine driven pump on all your plows? Or are you using electric?
  11. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,351

    The dump truck has a engine belt drive pump running a 3 stick control box. 2 for up/down, left/right for plow. Other for up/down on the bed. Then there is a spiltter running a electric activate switch 2 dial spool controls for the under tailgate spreader.

    The pickup is running an electric over hydraulic plow and an full electric 2 motor spreader.
  12. 84deisel

    84deisel Senior Member
    Messages: 697

    the othe benifit of going with a pto pump system is the ease in adding extra valves to the valve bank so you can run spreaders or plows.The new systems can be solinoid activated so you dont have to run hoses into the cab.