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Which To Plow In, (hi/low)

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by dadoov, Oct 20, 2004.

  1. dadoov

    dadoov Junior Member
    Messages: 6

    I Am Plowing This Year With My 2003 F-250 Psd. I Was Told By A Friend That You Should Plow In 4x4 Low So You Don't Mess Up The Torque Converter. Anyone Know Anything About This???
  2. DJC

    DJC Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    there is no need to be plowing in Low range............. I have plowed for several years and have never used it. :waving:
  3. S & L LawnCare

    S & L LawnCare Member
    Messages: 32

    ya good question i have been wondering bout that two my main thing is the transmission are the good or bad in Ford Trucks for as far as plowng
  4. The Boss

    The Boss 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,099

    4x4 high :nod:
    I would plow in 4x4 low if I only had 1 account and all day to do it. :rolleyes:
  5. Nailit1954

    Nailit1954 Senior Member
    from ma.
    Messages: 100

    4wheel low

    Use 4wheel low in heavy wet snow. It will take you longer because of the low gearing, but it beats the alternative. $2800. out of pocket! Do a search of last winters posts! Alot of real good advise on this subject!
    Nailit :waving:
  6. towman

    towman Member
    Messages: 39

    if a normal snow storm 4 wheel high is fine, if you get into a lot of ice accumaltion and you are working the truck hard i go with 4 low, if you have a switch to turn overdrive off in your transmission you should do so while plowing, and if into heavy snow put the transmission itself in low gear as that engages more clutch packs, less likely to do damage
  7. Boast Enterpris

    Boast Enterpris Senior Member
    Messages: 745

    4X4 high for me too! :waving:
  8. Bolts Indus.

    Bolts Indus. PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,176

    I determine which to use by vehicle:

    Example- 4cyl. standard = low range
    6cyl. auto = low range
    small 8 cyl.auto =low range/high range
    big 8 auto = high range/low range

    The high/low transfer case is there for a reason. To allow the vehicle to work easier with less wear and tear on the mechanics.

    It all depends on motor size and transmission. Do not lug the vehicle. Use low range,keep the revs up and it is better for the rig.(and easier on gas)
  9. Tom Smith

    Tom Smith Senior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 149

    when your plowing should u leave it in 4x4 high the whole time your out... or just when on the job ? does it matter...

    * If u have any good plowing tips let me know... im new to it and i dont want to damage my 40,000 dollar truck payup
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2004
  10. Dwan

    Dwan Senior Member
    Messages: 879

    You can answer your own question by installing a transmition temp gage. do not let the temp get above 250 degrees. you will find you can plow a few small jobs before it starts to rase. Be safe because a new transmition cost a lot of money and the down time is not worth taking chances.
  11. cja1987

    cja1987 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,407

    I have a transmission temp gauge, so i go by that sometimes. I generally plow in 4 hi and if i have to push anything wet and/or heavy i put it in 4 low. I would say that i use low range at least once in 90% of the storms. If its a 2" snowfall theres a pretty good chance i will stay in high, the higher the snow gets the more likely iam to use low.
  12. captfudd

    captfudd Member
    Messages: 88

    I use Hi 90% of the time, I have on occasion used low wehn making the first run into a parking lot or if I need to move a mound of snow with the truck.

    Just remember your plowing with a truck not a TANK and you'll need to learn what the limits are on "YOUR" truck.

    Good Luck! :)
  13. Team_Yamaha

    Team_Yamaha Senior Member
    Messages: 240

    I can honestly say that I have only once had to put the any of my trucks in low range while plowing. My plow trucks are both manuals, my 03 has 4:10 gears and a granny low on the 6 spd and my 97 has 4:56 gears and also a pretty low first gear. I actually only use 4wd about 25% of the time because of all the weight of the loaded sander in the bed.
  14. Dwan

    Dwan Senior Member
    Messages: 879

    I beleave most of what the concerns are about are automatic transmitions and the overheating of them. Heat is the biggest killer and low range causes the fluid to flow faster through the cooler. I know of no benifet in plowing in low range with a standard transmtion. aditional coolers, aditional fans and temp gages are the best insurance. In 22 years with 3 to 5 trucks running per season the only transmition problums were related to plowing in high range by new drivers.