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Plowing with 2 wheel drive

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by TPS, Dec 31, 2009.

  1. TPS

    TPS LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 363

    Does anyone plow with a 2 wheel drive truck? Im looking at an F450 flatbed and was wondering if I would be able to get around in the snow. We don't get a ton of snow, but I do use my 4 wheel drive on my Ram 2500 when I go to shovel for customers. Would weight on the rear get me through the snow and would I be able to plow with it? Thanks.
  2. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    They did it all the time up in michigan, my house was in a neighborhood that was managed by a small plow company with 3 international dump trucks. They were all 2wheel drive with salt in the beds and tire chains.

    Just put a azz ton of weight on the back of your truck and get chains.
  3. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    The only way your going to plow is having the duals chained up and that means all 4 tires. My F-450 goes no where in the snow with no weight on the deck. Even with 3000lbs right over the tires it is just enough traction.

    Put chains on you can go in the snow be chainless not a good idea.
  4. TPS

    TPS LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 363

    No chains here. I might stick with what I got. The F450 is a 6.0 diesel, not the 7.3 I thought it was.
  5. TerraVenture

    TerraVenture LawnSite Member
    Messages: 144

    I run an 06' f550 with 4 yard salter and a 9ft stright blade. I only run in two wheel i don't even lock the hubs. weight is important but it must be combined with good tires. With my original continetal tires I could barelu plow in 2wd. I know have michelins and they are great.
  6. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    The Michelins that replaced the XZD can't remember the model number but they have lots of sipes they are good in the snow. Expensive tires we here in Canada are looking at 340 dollars a tire for the 225s.

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