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F-150 plowing size?

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  1. columbiaplower

    columbiaplower LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 462

    Im interested in getting another truck for plowing. Im thinking used. I want a ford F150 and want to know what kind i should get for COMMERCIAL plowing. i have heard that they are too small for commercial plowing and i dont think thats true. could u all recommend a truck model and plow for it that will fit my requirements. also any of u with a simalr set up please responed

    thanks Nick
  2. plowguy06

    plowguy06 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 80

    The new F150's are not good for plowing. I would suggest a 250 or 350 or a GM 2500 or 3500
  3. columbiaplower

    columbiaplower LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 462

    im looking at OLDER f150's
    and i want to add this to my above post
    i know i need 4x4
    and i heard that the f150 heavy half's are good for plowing
  4. plowguy06

    plowguy06 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 80

    I think that the older ones are better to use.
  5. plow kid

    plow kid Banned
    Messages: 516

    i have a 90 dakota 4x4 w/318 v-8 and a 7'6" snoway 25 series w/lexan moldboard, love it, but it eats up gas really bad 7-10 mpg with plow on and in 4x4, i am not a big time plow jockey but i plow about 30 residentals and 7 commercial lots, havent had a problem yet
  6. cwlo

    cwlo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 19

    I would also discourage you to use a f-150. I have a '93 F-150, with airbags installed in the front coil springs, and I think you could do a lot better. Using any 1/2 ton truck is borderline, and Fords especially are weak. However, you could probably do alright if you paired it up to one of the lighter built plows, but I;m not sure how well they would last in a commercial setting.
  7. pcs

    pcs LawnSite Member
    Messages: 198

    I plow with a 2000 F-150 ext. cab. I have a snow way 7 1/2 lexan. If you are looking for a truck and you don't have the F-150 don't get it. Go bigger. My truck is holding up fine so far but I've heard some very bad stories about what can go wrong. I have one problem with mine. Yesterday I checked my tranny oil. When I brought up the dip stick there was nothing on it. This is the second time this has happened. Go big or go home.
  8. columbiaplower

    columbiaplower LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 462

    thanks pcs- i have a 250 already may just get another, jurys still out

    anyone else ?
  9. Tommy10plows

    Tommy10plows LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    my '88 f-150 runs 7.5 western just fine. short wheelbase, famous straight 300 cu." six, 5 speed OD trans, and the manual shift transfer case. I run 30 x 15 6 ply rated michelins. Load of wood on the back helps, but with low range, 1st - 2nd, 3rd gear, no problem. With chains on all feet it will bust through anything, or walk right over it. And of course belt driven Monarch Hy-Lo lift for the 4 way plow.
  10. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    skip the F150,the old ones are to weak,and the only new ones you can plow with are the lightweight plows.IF you want a 1/2 ton,buy a GM or Dodge,they both have much stronger front ends.

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