plow on a 2000 ford f-250

mowerconsultant

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Syracuse, NY
Hey guys,
I am new to the plow forum, been on the commercial forum for a while.
anyways, I bought a new 2000 f-250 super duty ext cab truck with powerstroke.
The dealer I bought it from suggested that I dont install a plow, stating that ford would not warranty any front end problems because of the extra wieght.
he stated that the trucks front end is maxed out do to the diesel engine.
This truck does not have a plow prep package.
is any of this true ?
I was thinking of a 8 1/2 ft western pro plow.
any thoughts or comments ?
thanks
pj
 

John DiMartino

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Walden,NY
He's right,you bought the wrong truck to plow with.No front end payload on the SD.it has the Dana 50 front end.Dana 60 is what should be under that truck,you need to buy an F450 or a Dodge Ram 2500/3500.It doesnt have a plow prep pkg because you cant get one,obviously since it cant handle a plow.If you must put a plow on it,waiveing warranty and insurance(since overloaded vehicles are not covered by your policy)then look at the sno-way poly plow,it is supposed to be lightweight,which will help keep the front end weight as low as possible.Next time ask before you buy a truck,now its a little late.
 

Lazer

LawnSite Bronze Member
Put your plow on. Install an "add-a-leaf" as needed.

Front end warranty is a moot point on a Ford SD anyway.



 

GeoffDiamond

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Maine
It also depends on the dealer, I know dealers that will warrenty a crew cab diesel plow truck, I see them do warrenty work on supercabs all the time.

Geoff
 

Lazer

LawnSite Bronze Member
BTW: The Dana 60 is by FAR the best component of a new Dodge front end. The springs are too weak and those worthless travel arms need to be "re-bushed" on a regular basis.

I am extremely thankful for Dodge warranty. (esp. since I'm no longer a shareholder)
 

luckylawnboy

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Anderson IN
Wow I cant beleave that a ford can't handle a plow. I see Brand new fords on the lots with plow already installed on them. My friend has PSD 2000 CC SB and put a Boss V on the front. It only squated the front 1" if that. Well my opinion is get a Chevy 2500 HD, these trucks are BAD.
 

GeoffDiamond

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Maine
The only trucks that can't handle a plow are as followed:

F 250 SD 4x4 Powesrtroke extended cab
F 250 SD 4x4 Powerstroke Crew Cab

F 350 SD 4x4 Powerstroke extended cab
F 350 SD 4x4 Powerstroke Crew Cab

All F 450 and F 550s can plow

All F 250 and F 350 gas trucks can plow.

Tons of people plow with powerstrokes and extended cabs, it's just some dealers will not warrenty front end problems, while othere will warrenty anything with a blue oval.

Geoff
 

thelawnguy

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Central CT
Originally posted by Lazer
BTW: The Dana 60 is by FAR the best component of a new Dodge front end. The springs are too weak and those worthless travel arms need to be "re-bushed" on a regular basis.

My suspicions are that your Dodge was a lemon, abused, not properly equipped, or any combination thereof.

The front end of my Dodge barely drops under the weight of my 8 foot fisher with snofoil 3/8 edge and u edge. The front end is, ironically, the only part of my truck which hasnt needed any kind of repair.
 

xtremeoutdoorservices

LawnSite Member
Location
saline,MI
I have 2 2000 Ford f-250's and 1 2001 250, they are all diseal's and all of them have boss 8.2 v-plows and they plow the hell out of snow, I've never had a warranty problem with my dealership! the super duty's in my eye's are very tough trucks. I tried a 2000 dodge 2500 last year put a boss 9.2 v-plow on the front of it and it dropped the front end a lot more then more fords do, not to mention the thing blew 2 transmission's with only 10,000 miles. Trucks are all personal preference, no matter what you did'nt buy the wrong truck. make some money let it snow!
 

theSnoMan

Banned
We are currently running 3 new Dodges w/Boss 9'2" "Power-V"'s among others and have had excellant luck with them. We traded off the 97'& 98' Duallys just to have the latest and greatest but I really can't say enough good about them. I've heard several stories from several dealers about installing the same plows on both Chevys and Fords and they were having trouble even holding them up (especially the newer Chevys). Our Dodges drop about an inch and a half with these monsters which I beleive is great. The only downfall is that some Dodges have had tranny problems....oh well it's obvious no one makes a perfect truck these day's.
For the record we used to be dedicated Chevy fans.
P.S. We put a great new picture the local newspaper shot the other night of a couple of our trucks in action....check it out guy's. http://www.priessnowandlawn.com/home.htm
 

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