plowing with a 2 wheel drive rack body

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by SGPMI, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. SGPMI

    SGPMI LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    im thinking about putting a snow plow on my 2011 chevy 3500 rack body dump and its 2 wheel drive with a locking rear differential and my truck weights 9000lbs empty. Just seeing if anyone is snowplowing with 2 wheel drive truck with a locking rear differential and how they do snow plowing? and what people thoughts are with snow plowing a 2 wheel drive truck?
  2. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
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    What are you going to do when you get stuck? Do you have another truck that can come an pull you out.

    I know from experience that a LSD is better then RWD, but no where close to as good as 4WD.

    Yes your truck is heavier then a pick up though heavy enough to always have enough traction who knows.

    Best thing to do is register on plowsite and ask there.

  3. ecurbthims

    ecurbthims LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 493

    I have used several 2wd units for plowing ,they work fine depending on the areas your working in .A large flat parking lot is no problem ,but if theres a chance your piling over a ditch or embankment ,you have to be very carefull you dont drop a wheel and cant get out .
  4. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,517

    If its flat and error proofish then you will be okay with some ballast. Loading docks can get ya in a hurry. Far as running of the pavement, I stuck a 4x4 like this once.
  5. SGPMI

    SGPMI LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    what about doing driveways?
  6. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,793

    How big are they? I'm assuming its a long truck if it weighs that much
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  7. SGPMI

    SGPMI LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    its a long truck it has a 12ft dump body on it and the driveways are a descent size
  8. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    I plow with an 01, C3500HD, dual rear wheel drive with a posi rear.

    Only time I've ever been stuck was during our 12" blizzard. Even then it was when I was making my first pass and the plow got over-loaded, pushed up, and hung up my front end.

    Might not have gotten stuck completely if I had more weight in the bed, but I only had 800 lbs of salt at the time. Just took a bit of hand digging to come free. I had also salted all of my accounts before the storm in order to ensure traction.

    Even do some moderate loading docks with the truck. Trick is to take lots of time and take small bites when back-dragging out the snow.

    I always have salt on the truck and a shovel, everything I do is basically flat also. Even some of the slightest inclines can get tricky.

    First dually dump I also plowed with. So in 7 years I've never been stuck, or had to call a tow truck. I've got one on speed dial though just in case.:)

    EDIT, I do plenty of driveways with mine also. Never an issue. The truck has a solid/wide front axle so it turns reasonably sharp. Standard cab and 10ft dump body.

  9. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have a crew cab 2500 with a service bed on it and it weighs 9100
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  10. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    Thats awesome
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