It’s not a plow truck but it should work fine for property maintenance.
Not to mention the extra weight and frame reinforcement.The Lightning has the best 4 wheel drive system of any F150. It is perfect for plowing.
If it supports a plow, I would gladly destroy my $40,000 Pro as the payback would be pretty quick. Plows and snow pushers can be disconnected as well for the remaining 8 months of my year.If you want to lose access to the frunk, destroy your $80k vehicle, and kill your range, have at it.
I passed on ordering an $80k vehicle... twice. Nothing wrong with one but at that price I would buy something else.If you want to lose access to the frunk, destroy your $80k vehicle, and kill your range, have at it.
Oh I want a Lightning and will happily buy an XLT for $60k but I am not willing to pay much more for a toy. I completely see the value at $80k for some but to me the price to performance ratio is much better on a Pro or XLT.There are plenty of trucks out there at a better price point to do truck things...just not EV yet! But hang on, the Chevy Avalanche is coming, but the initial price for the first to be delivered starts at $100k
Not really sure why you hang out on an EV forum when they are still a bit expensive just to tell us they are too expensive...and you turned them down twice
I have not found anything on a front receiver hitch yet. Hoping to have a truck delivered by the end of the year and will see what I can figure out when I can spend some quality time underneath it.I'm also curious if anyone has found a compatible front receiver hitch (class III or IV). This would be ideal for a basic at home plow.
Really well said! I know all my friends who plow often work 20+ hours straight after a big snow.Professional plow trucks get beat up because plowing quickly means ramming into snow banks at higher speeds and backing at higher speeds. There is the constant risk of hitting something a lot harder at higher speed than intended such as an unexpected concrete curb hidden under the snow, or a snow bank that looks soft, but turns out is a solid lump of tons of ice. Also quite common to back into signs, poles, curbs, buildings, dumpsters, other vehicles.
A lot of pro plow trucks also have a salt spreader added in the back. Or at the very least, carry bags of salt to manually clear sidewalks. If you think your vehicle corrodes from the salt from the road, imagine being the vehicle that puts the salt down
Then there is the repeated change of direction from forward to reverse and back to forward at maximum torque on the drive train (limited by traction).
The Lightning will fare about the same as any other truck on those first set of factors, but the simpler drive train might actually be more durable on the constant direction changes - no transmission constantly shifting in and out of reverse, and no transfer case.
The high torques available will be a great advantage for constant direction changes and slow speed, high load of pushing snow.
But as mentioned, battery range will be a limiting factor. In the pro plowing business, the day might be a lot longer than an 8 hour shift - you make money getting the snow removed the day it falls, not the day after that. Stopping to wait for your truck to charge will cut into profitability.
I built myself one of these out of wood and a drop hitch a couple years ago. Works OK for clearing the end of my driveway but I wouldn't do much more than that with it. Way cheaper than the purchased versions. I haven't really used it much since I got an electric snowblower for a great deal off of Amazon ($120). Used it more often when I was just shoveling everything.I use a snow blower, so I don’t know anything about plows. If you’re only doing your own driveway would a rear hitch mounted plow work? Seems like it would answer most of the concerns raised and could be easily removed when not in use. https://www.motorbiscuit.com/trailer-hitch-snow-plows-are-a-thing/