Tell me about Fords

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by 6'7 330, Dec 16, 2005.

  1. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My family will probably disown me...but i looking at a super duty V-10 .We just added a 6.0 chevy one ton ,but snow plowing is going great and we need a pickup to add to the fleet.My question is,how does the super-duty F250-auto trans do as snow plow truck? I plead ignorance ,because I know nothing about Ford trucks.Any advice mechanically would be appreciated.
     
  2. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Your gonna get all kinds of responces but been using fords since the 70s and no problems related to plowing. Just your normal wear and tear maintenance to keep up with.
     
  3. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    We've had good luck with our Fords and Chevys, for us it comes down to price and what kind of features we can get with the trucks. We don't buy new trucks, so when we buy it comes down to price and availability on the used rigs we're looking at. Our 99 F350 PSD is a great truck, although at 150K the tranny is finally going out. We punish this truck and it just keeps going. With routine maintenance, 200K is easily attainable. I do, however, advise against the V10. It gets horrible gas mileage compared to the 7.3 and the useable torque just isn't there. I'm sure there are guys out there that are happy with their V10's, but give me diesel or give me death!
     
  4. jt5019

    jt5019 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The v10 will plow snow like theres no tomorrow but the gas station will also become your best freind.I never had a problem with my fords for plowing.
     
  5. Team_Yamaha

    Team_Yamaha LawnSite Member
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    No problems here either. I really like having a solid front axle, I personally think that it carries and handles a plow better.
     
  6. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    Bill
    I am using a Ford F250 for plowing for the first time and have no real complaints so far.Mine is the V8.The only minor thing that I have noticed is that it doesn't have the turning radius that the Chevy's have,but other then that it pushes snow great.I think I also need to add some Timbrens to the front end of mine...for some reason it seems to sit a little lower (to me at least,then some of the others).When I took it to the dealer for new springs(that I was willing to pay for)they said it doesn't need it.Maybe its the Meyers plow an 8 footer,sometimes they tend to sit lower and scape sometimes.
     
  7. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've noticed the Fords to all be rugged trucks no matter what. you just cant get a tougher truck than that unless you buy an HMMWV from the military, or a deuce.
     
  8. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Larry, You probably know that ford do sit lower in the front, they even make a leveling kit if you wanted it. Theres no way an 8' meyers should ever be touching the ground unless you put it there, heck travling ours are 1-1/2 ft in the air, you might have to make an adjustment on the plow, tighten up the chains a link or two. starting in 05 ford shortend that turning radius alot, went with coild springs over a straight axles. Don't know how it works but the 05 1 ton duelly tiurns in a smaller radius then the 01 F-250
     
  9. UNISCAPER

    UNISCAPER LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Having had numerous Ford and Chevy trucks, looking back to the C-6 transmissions, we had no real problems. Looking at any Ford newer than 1990 (give or take a year or so), they have been the most expensive trucks to maintain that we have ever owned. Plainly put, they don't know how to build an automatic transmission, and the straw that broke the camels back was when we lost 4 trannies inside of 47,000 miles on a truck doing nothing more than what the truck was designed to do..

    It would not be so bad if they could be rebuilt like the old C-6 for $450.00. These are $22-2,500.00 rebuilds. i know your question pertains to transmissions, but the V-10 engine in particular enjoys popping spark plugs out of the cylinder heads near 100,000 miles, and, the cost to fix that misengineered mess will run $3,500.00 +,-.

    The 5.4 is a plainly inefficient engine, gutless in nature, with similar problems in the heads as the V-10. It amazed me when Ford could have used
    Hulman-Moody tunnel port 427's in the GT, and chose to supercharge that 5.4 junk.

    Regarding plowing, I gladly say I no longer have to mess with the white crap, but I will say this. The lots of 3 of the best transmission shops in the Chicago burbs were filled with Dodge and Ford trucks after a heavy snow. In comparison, there were very few GM products in those lots.....

    There is one last note. Ford designed it's transmissions in such a way that they do not pump oil (fluid) in reverse gear. So, no matter what sized cooler you may or may not have in your truck, it is useless when the oil stays dormant and cooks while the truck is driven. We have lost many a front seal and exploded cases, resulting in a fried pump and cooked transmission by backing up under load. The explode so efficiently that they don't even make noise while they blow. Then you put them in forward and you hear all the oil pumping out on the street. I'm not sure if that flaw will be an issue on the flat streets of the Windy City, but out here, it is a killer. A killer that I won't accept in our fleet anymore. I have heard person after person who has cracked cases and went down plowing with their Ford truck and having plowed, and knowing full well how unforgiving people are when you can't get to their lot, I would not be willing to take a chance.....

    I hope this helps.
     
  10. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
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    FORD BUILT TOUGH!!!!!!! Best truck on the market......... JMO:waving:
     

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