Power Take-offs for Ford Transmissions: Specifications, Applications, and What to Expect
For over 25 years, Muncie Power Products has offered a complete line of power take-offs (PTOs) for Ford automatic transmissions. From the start, our PTOs for Ford have been developed with a focus on creating a positive user experience through quality performance, easy installation, smooth engagement, and industry leading noise abatement technology. Regardless of which PTO manufacturer you prefer, it is important to understand your Ford transmission to make sure you make the appropriate selection.
In this article, we will lay out important specifications on each Ford transmission with a PTO opening, along with which Muncie Power PTOs are applicable. Whether you already have a truck ready for a PTO or are looking to build a new system, this will help properly identify the best PTO for your application.
Starting in 2020, the 10-speed 10R140 Torqshift® transmission became standard on all Ford Super Duty F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 trucks. Below are some important details to know when configuring a PTO on these models.
- It features a unique 10-bolt PTO mounting pattern, offering more strength in PTO attachment versus the 6-bolt pattern. This change required new PTOs to be developed.
- 300 lb. ft. of torque available from the transmission.
- The Ford Super Duty offers adaptive technology that changes drive modes based on driver behavior such as tow/haul mode and deep sand/snow. This allows better PTO performance based on your application.
- PTO provision is standard on diesels, whereas a PTO provision must be ordered for all gas models
PTO SOLUTION: F20 Series
Muncie Power’s F20 Series clutch shift PTO is specifically designed to fit on the Ford 10R140 10-speed transmission.
The F20 Series features patent-pending noise abatement technology that ensures long-lasting, quiet PTO performance. This PTO series utilizes the full transmission torque output of 300 lb. ft. for an output of 261 lb. ft. from the PTO. The F20 Series’ housing was designed to give installers better access when torqueing the mounting bolts. Along with internal pressure lubrication and plug and play, preconfigured wire harnesses, the installation is quick and easy for this PTO.
The F20 Series PTO is commonly used on applications such as snow plows, dump trucks, refuse trucks, tow and recovery, and utility trucks is also compatible with our Muncie Start® option to protect your system from torque spikes.
Beginning with model year 2011, the 6-speed 6R140 Torqshift transmission replaced the 5R110 transmission in Ford Super Duty F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 diesel trucks which required Muncie Power to develop a new PTO to accommodate the increased torque capacity and new gear design. This transmission also required a new adapter gear to reach further into the transmission. Below are some important details to know when configuring a PTO.
- This transmission introduced live drive functionality, which means the PTO output gear turns as long as the engine is turning. This enables the capability to have either a mobile or stationary application.
- With this new live drive functionality also came the issue of gear rattle. Muncie Power has combatted this noise concern with a patented rocking mechanism with the FR6Q Series PTO.
- Since the PTO output gear is now linked through the torque converter, this introduced new applications that were previously unavailable on a Ford chassis, such as salt spreaders and snow plows or any frequent start-stop operation application.
- Increased torque and horsepower means the FR6Q Series PTO is capable of working on larger applications with longer duty cycles.
Ford Super Duty Trucks with 6R140 Transmission:
- 2011–2016: Super Duty F-250–F-550 diesel engine, 4x2 or 4x4
- 2013–2015: Medium Duty F-650–F-750 gas engine, 4x2 only
- 2016–present: Medium Duty F-650–F-750 gas or diesel engine
- 2017–present: Super Duty F-250–F-550, gas or diesel engine, 4x2 or 4x4
PTO SOLUTION: FR6Q Series
This transmission also saw the development of Muncie Power’s patented noise reduction rocker assembly. The FR6Q Series encompasses a patented noise abatement mechanism that eliminates virtually all gear rattle noise, making it the quietest PTO on the market for this transmission. The FR6Q Series PTO has a max torque output of 200 lb. ft. for intermittent applications and is compatible with our Muncie Start to reduce torque spikes throughout the system.
With the release of the 6R140 transmission, service became highly technical with the changes Ford made to the way the PTO wired to their transmission. With this change, Muncie Power developed a plug and play wire harness. This eliminated the confusion that surrounded the 6R140 wiring setup both for our customers and our teams. This technology extends to the F20 Series PTO.
The important note on the 6-speed is making sure that you know the year, make, and model of your truck. Having that information available will better equip you to order the correct PTO.
In 2003, the 5-speed 5R110 Torqshift transmission was released for Ford Super Duty F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 and first introduced the term Torqshift on Ford automatic transmissions. Its primary reason was to replace the 4R100 transmission and increase torque capacities.
- It is actually a 6-speed transmission with a “hidden” gear only used in extreme cold weather.
- Ford’s first automatic transmission to feature a PTO provision as a standard option.
- PTO available only on the left side of the transmission
PTO SOLUTIONS: FR63 and fr67 series
Muncie Power’s FR63 and FR67 clutch shift PTOs were designed to fit on the Ford 5R110 Torqshift 5-speed transmission. The PTO opening is still optional on this transmission.
- The FR63 Series only goes on a 4x2 chassis.
- The FR67 Series only goes on a 4x4 chassis.
- Both the FR67 and FR63 series PTOs have remote and direct mount pump options.
- The FR67 Series has an integral solenoid design which decreases installation time.
In 1998, the 4-speed 4R100 automatic transmission was introduced for the Ford Super Duty F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 gas and diesel as Ford began to see more need for heavy-duty truck applications that could handle increasing torque capacities.
- The transmission went in Ford trucks F-250–F-550 starting model year 1998. At this point, the PTO offering is optional so be sure to check for a PTO opening before looking in to utilizing one of our PTOs.
- Muncie Power is one of the few remaining PTO manufacturers in the industry that continues to offer PTO options for the 4R100 transmission. This can be beneficial if you have an older truck that is looking for a new life. We also offer rebuild kits and gasket kits for both units, providing continued support regardless of how old your system is.
PTO SOLUTIONS: Fa62 and fa64 series
Both the FA62 and FA64 series PTOs were Muncie Power’s first offerings for Ford automatic transmissions. As technology changed in the transmission, so did the PTO. While both PTOs are clutch shift units, these most likely ran a driveline application, such as a winch or a small dump bed.
- The FA62 Series only goes on a 4x2 chassis.
- The FA64 Series only goes on a 4x4 chassis.
- The FA62 Series is available with direct and remote pump mounting options.
- The FA64 Series is available as a shaft front direct mount pump model only.
Things to Remember and Looking Ahead
Historically, Ford vocational applications have been constant and it was safe to say that relying on what has been done in the past is a safe option. In today’s landscape, that is not the case. Relying on what has always worked can create inefficiencies and could be a slippery slope especially when you are working on a new chassis.
Defining your application, operating conditions, and most importantly what auxiliary equipment you are going to power are all critical in building a successful hydraulic system on a Ford truck. Not knowing what your transmission is capable of doing when a PTO is installed can be costly, inefficient, and force you in to unnecessary downtime.
Looking ahead, expect continued innovation and changes when working with a Ford vocational truck. At any point in your process of building a system, whether it is a brand new application or if it is one you’ve been doing for years, always be sure to keep up-to-date on the specs of the transmission, your application parameters, and the PTO you are using to power your equipment.