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Thinking of buying a plow for 6.4?

Hi guys I have been thinking about possibly plowing with my 6.4, but I am worried that it will ruin the truck. I would like to get your thoughts on plowing and if there is a safe and non damaging approach? I've been told that it just beats the crap out of your truck, but I know I could make some money with the rig. Will the transmission and transfer case hold up if you go in and out of gears gently, without jamming from drive to reverse? I guess it could, but I have never plowed before and would like everyones opinion. I love my truck and don't want to kill it. It was way too expensive to beat on, but I would like to recoup some of my money invested. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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I would have to say that on the posotive side of things if someone was going to put a plow on somthin new the best would be the Ford 6.4. This is because of the larger components in the chassis and the dana 60 axle.
The downside is that some plows are really heavy and if left on for entire seasons can damage the springs causing some undesires squat earlier than designed.
I personally like the western plows and I would reccomend a quick mount plow. This way if you are not going to use it for a while you can have it off in a couple minutes easy.
Also an air bag or air shock kit are not completely nessary but would prolong the life of the springs.
My knowlege of plows in mosttly from observations but if you use some preventive measures you can help the truck.
Oh, not likely with the 60 but there is a posibility with prolonged plowing of wearing out the front u-joints prematurely.

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I have had a plow on my truck for 4months no with no complaints, I had one trans blow up but, I also drive my truck, hard.

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well we got one on our farm truck witch is a 99 crew cab v-10 and i can tell the plow has been hard on it but its because i have plowed out all our farms and binsites and thers the ocasional rock/stump/ w.e else that u hit and that seems a bit ruff but if your on cement and ur the one using it u should be fine. Our v-10 also pulls our fuel barrell for farming witch is a hell of a load for it
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You won't have any issues. I plow with mine and while things may wear a little sooner than without one, u joints, etc. I haven't had any issues. Everyone says that it is rough on a truck, well if I can't "use" it then why do I have it? Best advice with a plow, just use your head. Chris.

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There Are Some Program Enhancements If You Did Not Order The Snow Plow Pkg. For Fan Control Etc;
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i have a 8ft western pro plus plow on my 07 6.0 Crew Cab. I have not have any problems at all, but i typically just take it easy and slow with it. The plow weights 805 lbs and it only squats it one inch or so when i raise it up. I put about 700lbs in the back. As far as plows go western is by far the best. They are strongest and I havnt had any problems with either of mine.

Also I recommend setting the truck back to stock before plowing.
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Hi guys I have been thinking about possibly plowing with my 6.4, but I am worried that it will ruin the truck. I would like to get your thoughts on plowing and if there is a safe and non damaging approach? I've been told that it just beats the crap out of your truck, but I know I could make some money with the rig. Will the transmission and transfer case hold up if you go in and out of gears gently, without jamming from drive to reverse? I guess it could, but I have never plowed before and would like everyones opinion. I love my truck and don't want to kill it. It was way too expensive to beat on, but I would like to recoup some of my money invested. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
get a fisher minute mount II, go for the stainless if you can afford it, drive sensible and you'll be fine. only thing a plow wears is axle joints/ball joints, so just grease them or grease the 2nd set when they have grease fittings.

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To each, his own. I bought it as a luxury vehicle.


I plow snow, but not with my $57,000.00 Ford crew cab.
Too long, too tall and too expensive to use for the few bucks that is made on plowing. The truck is more than the toughest of the bunch, but it's just not something I would do with something this long. I like to plow with short trucks that don't cost much to own. I drive a 99' Dodge SC SB that I bought this year. 43K miles for 8K. I also bought a new Fisher MMII plow, which I feel has the easiest mount system and is proven to be the best..
I've got 12K in the truck, including the plow. I'll sell the whole thing in four years for about 9K, so it roughly costs me a tad over a grand a year (with upkeep) to use it.
There is no way in hell I am going to scratch my expensive truck up on someone elses branches and ice piles, or beat it up on someone elses curbs..


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