Skiers and snowboarders were all atwitter with this year’s Farmer’s Almanac, which predicted “piles of snow.” This also means that the folks who get up early to plow parking lots and side streets may be busier than usual too.
Fortunately, Ford says it has them covered with a new Snow Plow Prep Package it introduced Friday for the 2020 F-Series Super Duty capable of handling a plow and the supporting hardware of 1,400 pounds, the tops in the industry.
The new Snow Plow Prep Package, available for 4×4 pickups, is $250 and includes heavy-duty springs specific to each configuration and an up-rated alternator to deal with heavy electrical loads.
Separately, Ford recommends some “make sense” add-ons that aren’t included in the package, like a preheating windshield wiper de-icer, a heated steering wheel, and heated rear and front seats. Also white or amber LED strobe lights are optional on XL, XLT and Lariat trims.
“Super Duty is a real workhorse in the snow removal industry,” said Mike Pruitt, Ford F-Series Super Duty chief engineer. “With our new Snow Plow Prep Package, we’re really delivering for folks who clear the way after a big storm. Being able to safely hook up bigger plows means roads, driveways and parking lots are cleared quickly and drivers can move on to the next job.”
Ford says the package is the heaviest in the class of full-size pickups more than 8,500 lbs. GVWR. The rating is good on 4×4 F-250s and F-350s with single rear wheels, gas engines, short boxes, and regular, crew, or super cabs.
Ford also says its 1,290-pound rating for diesel models is also best-in-class amongst full-size pickups over 8,500 lbs. GVWR. The diesel rating covers 4×4 F-250s and F-350s with regular cabs and the 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 engines.
Additionally, Deep Snow/Sand drive mode is available on models equipped with the all-new 10-speed heavy-duty TorqShift automatic transmission. The special drive mode changes throttle mapping and traction control settings to allow for added control and greater confidence in snowy or slick conditions.
Plow operators can rely on the quality and craftsmanship of a high-strength steel boxed frame and high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body that provide a sturdy backbone.
Customers have a choice of engines, including a standard 6.2-liter gas V8, an available all-new 7.3-liter gas V8 with best-in-class1 430 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque and an available third-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V8 with best-in-class2 475 horsepower and 1,050 lb.-ft. of torque.