Power Take-offs for Ford Transmissions: Specifications, Applications, and What to Expect
Muncie Power Products' power take-offs (PTOs) for Ford are 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’s capabilities to ensure 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: F22 SERIES
The F22 Series PTO is specifically designed for applications utilizing the new 10R140 Series transmissions in model year 2024 and beyond Ford F-650 and F-750 diesel trucks. This medium-duty PTO series features an 8-bolt mounting pattern unique to this transmission and includes Muncie Power’s patented noise abatement technology. The F22 Series is compatible with the Muncie Start® and has a robust torque rating of 300 ft.lbs. at the transmission gear.
The F22 Series also features a plug and play wire harness module that makes installation and configuration much easier. An LED light—located on the back of the module—provides diagnostic information for you to better diagnose any issues that may arise in the install process.
The F22 Series PTO is commonly used on applications such as snowplows, dump trucks, refuse trucks, tow and recovery, and utility trucks.
PTO SOLUTION: F20 Series
Muncie Power’s F20 Series clutch shift PTO is specifically designed to fit on the Ford 10R140 10-speed transmissions on F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 trucks.
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 torquing 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
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.
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 can do when a PTO is installed can be costly, inefficient, and force you into unnecessary downtime.
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.