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2 wheel drive

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Green Acres, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. Green Acres

    Green Acres LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 316

    I have always had 4x4 trucks but recently found a 06 F-450 diesel for a decent price. It's a nice truck but it is 2 wheel drive. I was wondering what everyone's opinion is on this. I don't need 4x4 a lot but it sure is nice when you need it. Also if I get it I won't be doing any plowing with it.
  2. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,396

    i think you answered your own question...personally i need 4x4 and couldnt be without it...but if u want the truck and dont need the extra grip then go for it
  3. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    A F-450 4x4 really doesn't do very well anybody that I have talked to with F-450 or F-550 4x4 service trucks all say the same thing the truck sinks before the 4wheeldrive does anything. I asked quite a few people as I was interested if 4wheeldrive is worth it.

    My 03 F-450 2wd has a detroit true trac in the diff I haven't gotten stuck yet compared to my previous trucks with open diffs I got stuck on a regular basis.

    The thing with 4wheeldrive it just gets to farther into trouble if you can't make it in 2wd you shouldn't be there especially in a F-450 which is going to weigh 8500-9000lbs empty. In soft ground the tires sink out of sight with a little bit of wheelspin.
  4. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,435

    With that year Ford I'd say pass on it older is better. We've got a 94 F450/SuperDuty 2wd 5spd with a 5:13 in her. Being that age, she easily surpasses our newer 00 F550 (Pulled the F550 up hill dead weight with a 10ft fisher blade on the front and about 4K of weight in the box). Now we get rid of trucks that are 10 years old but she is worth every cent to keep around (salt trucks, dumping 6 ton of stone, you just can't kill it). We got a 9ft Fisher on the front, they don't even stock parts for it, that will out plow both our newer 550 and 350.
  5. FearThisDeere

    FearThisDeere LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,154

    I have always had 4x4 trucks. I had a 2WD Ranger beater than was amazing for 2wd. If you don't need 4x4, don't get it, but it is great to have when you do need it.
  6. Dirt Digger2

    Dirt Digger2 LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Messages: 2,396

    i agree with what was said above...we have a 2003 F550 service truck and it blows in the mud in 4 wheel drive...half the time we end up pulling it around with a backhoe or loader to save time.
  7. stroker51

    stroker51 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 819

    I haven't had my 89 F-SuperDuty very long yet, but so far it being 2-wheel drive hasn't been a very big deal. I've had 4x4's all my life, and still have 2, so mine isn't going to be a plow truck or anything, but if it's a good deal, go for it. I know a guy who has a 97 F-SuperDuty PSD that he uses to haul around a T300 Bobcat for snow removal, up and down some pretty big hills and he does pretty good with it. I can see getting mine buried when I'm at my dump site, where my 4x4's have pulled out a 7x14 Gooseneck dump out in some nasty mud. With as low of gears as they have, in semi-normal conditions, the 2wd should be fine.
  8. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,524

    I have an F-250 4X4. I also have an F-150 4X2 that doesn't even have a limited-slip differential.

    One day I slipped the SuperZ into a customer's pond edge. Sure enough, I was on the F-150. I thought I was screwed since the ground was fairly wet from recent rains but I figured I'd give it a shot before driving 15 miles back home for the other truck.

    Low and behold, that F-150 dragged the SuperZ out of the pond and onto the bank without so much as a slip. Surprised me but boy was I happy.:)

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