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Old 01-08-2010, 01:23 AM
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Plowing with 2WD one ton duallys?

I have heard that to plow snow, you need at least a 3/4 ton with 4WD, but if you have a 2WD one ton, it will do fine as well. Ive never seen any 2WD truck that does good in snow, much less trying to plow snow. What makes a 2WD one ton so great for plowing? I had a 3/4 ton 2WD that sucked to even try to drive in the snow, never thought about plowing with it, cause I knew it would get stuck all the time.
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Old 01-08-2010, 03:43 AM
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I'm not sure either, it would seem like getting to-from the site to be plowed
would be the greatest challenge?

They might be talking about a full ton dump truck thou, those things are
so darned heavy it don't hardly matter lol, although they spin tires some too...
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Old 01-08-2010, 03:44 AM
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I don't know who told you duallys are good in the snow they are horrible you need lots of weight and tire chains. Even a 4x4 dually isn't that good in the snow.

Any way you slice it you need tire chains.
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Old 01-08-2010, 07:29 AM
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You can plow with a 2wd dually if you run real good rubber, lots of weight in the body and plow smart. I have been plowing with my isuzu npr (9 foot blade) for 8 years.
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Old 01-08-2010, 11:49 PM
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You can plow with a 2wd dually if you run real good rubber, lots of weight in the body and plow smart. I have been plowing with my isuzu npr (9 foot blade) for 8 years.
I have been plowing with my Mitsi for 9 years. I am limmited to some areas as compared to 4x4.
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Old 01-09-2010, 10:25 AM
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I set up my cabover with a 9' snoway because of the downpressure option. If im in a situation that i forsee traction issues, such as plowing a steepe downgrade and having to back out, i engage the DP on my way down to insure good rear traction to get out.
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Old 01-09-2010, 03:57 PM
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You guys snow is drier than what is seen here on the West Coast. The snow here isn't dry and fluffy it can get very wet and heavy. If I say drive my F-450 over some fresh snow where the tires rolled over its compacted ice.

I litterally have to take a steel bar to chip it off the driveway that is one pass of the tires.

I have had 3000lbs of weight directly over the drive tires they spin like there is no weight on the truck. Tires spin turn the snow into ice and I'am stuck.

My truck has a locker so both side spin I have reved my 6.0 PSD to 3500 rpm and went no where. To get any traction here we need to use V bar chains even regular twist link chains can't get enough traction.

If I had chains on all 4 drive tires and the steer tires it would be good. Lots of times you steer and your not going the direction you want to go

The last heavy snow fall the highways dept needed a Cat 14G grader chained up and steel bladed the road to clear the snow. A regular single axle 5 ton plow trucks couldn't do it. The hills are too steep even with 6 ton of salt and chains on the tires there wasn't enough traction.

No snow is good for us that white crap is a pain in the azz nobody want to deal with it.
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Old 01-08-2010, 11:32 AM
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A few things if your plowing in a 2wd

-so kind of locking rear end
-Enough fixed ballest, not salt.
-A plow wide enough to cover your wheel track
-Commonsense. I wouldn't do loading docks that go down in the ground. Plow with the snow, don't take on to steep of pavement.

Sorry GR you come with tire chains on the property owner will tell you to get lost.
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Old 01-08-2010, 04:37 PM
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I guess they were talking about the heavy dump truck one tons? I know duallys suck in the snow, even the 4x4 ones, something about those dual rear tires? There is some areas around here that the cities plow, and I have no idea how their trucks even make it on these hills they are so steep! It is scary to even drive them when its dry!! They use single axle international type dump trucks. I have never seen these getting stuck or spinning tires, Is it the weight of these trucks alone that allow them to get around so good? I have seen 4x4 internationals but our cities do not have them, I bet there is nothing that can stop those!!
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Old 01-08-2010, 06:06 PM
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A few things if your plowing in a 2wd

-so kind of locking rear end
-Enough fixed ballest, not salt.
-A plow wide enough to cover your wheel track
-Commonsense. I wouldn't do loading docks that go down in the ground. Plow with the snow, don't take on to steep of pavement.

Sorry GR you come with tire chains on the property owner will tell you to get lost.
You can't even plow driveways here a 4x4 backhoe chained up may do it but a pickup with a plow not a chance.

No snow this year so far thank god because nobody makes money when it snows absolutely no money in plowing nobody will pay you why would they you can't plow their road its too steep anyhow. Everybody parks their car or truck at the top or bottom of their driveway and walks to the house. Some places its a 1000 foot walk back to the house.
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