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What size plow is right?

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by firefighter1406, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. firefighter1406

    firefighter1406 Senior Member
    Messages: 345

    I have a 99 f-250 with the 7.3 diesel. How wide of a blade is the best for our trucks?
  2. Stik208

    Stik208 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,319

    9 foot straight blade
  3. veggin psd

    veggin psd Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    8 1/2 foot strait or V with wings would be my choice. You can hang about anything on your PSD.
  4. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    8 1/2' foot at least. I prefer a V.
  5. Can-Boy

    Can-Boy Member
    Messages: 46

    Ihave 9-2 Boss V blades on 3 of my f250,s no problem!
  6. blowerman

    blowerman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,275

    7 1/2 ft. Meyers. Can't go wrong, won't stress the truck. Just remember, bigger isn't always better.
  7. sparksrides

    sparksrides Senior Member
    Messages: 162

    i push a 9 foot fisher no problem
  8. pwrstroke6john

    pwrstroke6john Senior Member
    Messages: 183

    9 foot at least, and i would go with a V or an extendable plow if you can.
  9. Doakster

    Doakster Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 650

    I agree with most of the comments. I happen to run a 8.5 Extreme V on the front of my F-350. In all actuality the truck handles it great, pushes it great etc.

    But due to the fact the OPs truck is a 7.3 diesel (mine is as well), that adds a lost more weight on to the front axle and uses up some of the axle weight rating.

    If you take a look at fishers Ematch system, the 8.5 V is not even an option for that truck. But switch the same truck to a Gas motor and all the plows they offer are available, because now you have much more weight available on the front axle.

    By the front axle not being able to handle it, I'm not talking about springs shocks, ball joints (although those wear out in short order on any Superduty), I'm talking about just the axle itself.

    Long story short can you put heave 8 foot, 8.5V, 9ft on the front? yeah sure you can and people do it all the time just fine. But fisher (I can't speaked for other manufactures because I haven't looked up the info) doesn't recommend it.

    I bought my ExtremeV before looking into it, would I have bought one knowing this? Probably, so I guess I'm a little bit of a hypocrite. This is just some food for thought.
  10. snowsniper1

    snowsniper1 Senior Member
    Messages: 240

    i would not go any smaller than a 8 footer
  11. suzuki0702

    suzuki0702 Senior Member
    Messages: 649

    i run a 8.6 pro plus on my 250 5.4
    works like a charm!