Ford claims a class-best front plow rating of 1,400 pounds.
Ford's F-Series Super Duty, including the Ford F-250 and F-350, are already some of the toughest trucks in the business. Now that we're in the thick of the winter season, the range is available with a Snow Plow Prep Package that gives it a claimed class-best front plow rating of 1,400 pounds for the gasoline model. Ford also claims a best-in-class 1,290-pound front plow rating within the diesel segment. Basically, it's about a million times more effective than a spade and your bad back.
Available engine choices include the third-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V8 with 475 horsepower and a mammoth 1,050 lb-ft of torque, or the 7.3-liter V8 gas engine with 430 hp and 475 lb-ft. The new Snow Plow Prep Package is only available with the 4x4 pickups and includes heavy-duty springs and an upgraded alternator.
Considering that snow-plowing is an $18 billion industry in the USA (according to a study by the Snow and Ice Management Association and Wolfworx/Singer Consulting), it's no surprise that Ford has invested a lot in endowing its Super Duty range with unmatched snow capabilities.
"Super Duty is a real workhorse in the snow removal industry," explained Mike Pruitt, the chief engineer for the Ford F-Series Super Duty. "With our Snow Plow Prep Package, we're really delivering for folks who clear the way after a big storm. Being able to hook up bigger plows means roads, driveways and parking lots are cleared quickly and drivers can move on to the next job."
Within the snow plowing industry, the Ford F-Series owns nearly 50 percent market share according to the 2019 SIMA survey data. Owners appreciate not only its rugged ability, but also features like a windshield de-icer, heated seats, and a heated steering wheel. The available ten-speed TorqShift transmission also boasts a Deep Snow/Sand drive mode - together with the powerful engines, this takes the strain out of snow plowing in challenging conditions.
With this latest Snow Plow Prep Package, Ford further ups its game in the truck segment, remaining a default choice for thousands of Americans requiring a hard-working pickup and fending off strong rivals like the Ram 3500.