It’s been a miserable winter for much of the US this year, especially the Northeast, and although there are plenty of car wrecks caused by the bad weather, here’s something more positive for you. Whether you’re a Ford guy or not, you’ll appreciate the power on display as a Good Samaritan pulls a semi out of the snow with his trusty F-150 FX4. Now, you’d probably agree that an F-350 pulling this off wouldn’t be too surprising, but the fact that an F-150 does it is pretty impressive considering a semi can weigh anywhere from 30,000-80,000 pounds, depending on whether it’s loaded or not.
the Ford F-150 Truck Engine
OK, so this truck is on a level surface and it’s not like it’s pulling the semi up an incline, but it was in some pretty deep snow. Taking a look under the hood of an F-150 FX4, you’ll see what makes it capable of a feat like this despite not being a large truck. A 5.0 L V8 engine comes standard, and it generates 360 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque. Among all small-displacement V8 engines, the FX4 has the most torque and horsepower. It also has the best towing capacity in it’s class, as it’s capable of towing an impressive 11,300 pounds. Believe it or not, that’s actually a little more than the much bigger Toyota Tundra can tow.
Other Specs on the F-Series Pickup Truck
Of course, the engine is a big part of towing capacity, but there are other factors at play as well. The F-150 is clearly designed to tow, as it has the following features in addition to that powerful engine:
- 6-speed transmission with tow/haul mode, which improves power delivery based on grade and load
- Electronic-locking rear differential for improved traction
- Roll Stability Control (RSC) uses sensors to make adjustments, ensuring that all four wheels are firmly planted on the ground
- Trailer sway control, which builds on the RSC system to improve trailer-towing stability.
- Electronic Shift-on-the-Fly 4-wheel drive, which speaks for itself
- A fully boxed frame made of high-strength steel
The Best Towers
By now you might be wondering what trucks can haul the most. Well that honor would easily go to the International CXT, which actually looks more like a small semi than a truck. This thing can tow an amazing 40,000 pounds, so you could easily hook an unloaded semi up to it and tow it around. But if you want one, it’s going to set you back about $120,000. Some of the other top towers that can tow anywhere from 16,000 to 19,000 pounds include the following:
- Ford F-350 Super Duty
- GMC Sierra
- Chevy Silverado
- Dodge Ram 3500
It’s pretty crazy that the semi was stuck on the road for four hours until this guy came by and saved the day. And odds are this isn’t the last guy he will help considering the snowfall that Chicago sees in the winter. According to currentresults.com, Chicago averages 10.8 inches of new snow in January and 9.1 inches in February, and it’s not uncommon for most of that snow to come over the course of just a few days, as was the case here.
Some of the comments on this say that giving a semi a little nudge isn’t that difficult and basically any truck can do it, but I would doubt that’s true with the amount of snow on the ground. What do you think? Are you impressed?