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laborador
07-22-2005, 11:17 PM
I have a ford f250 with 5.3 liter 8cyl engine, also I am pulling a 6by12 trailor with a 36 and basic lawn equip and soon I will be adding a ztr. The mileage sucks at 10 to 11 miles to gallon. Will getting a f150 6cyl be efficient for pulling my trailor and will the gas mileage make a big enough difference to switch. You f150 6cyl owners tell me your experiences and gas mileage you get.

topsites
07-22-2005, 11:21 PM
1 - go post it in trucks + trailers
2 - i wouldn't pull no 6x12 with anything less than a 250.
3 - my D-250 gets 14 mpg and it's a 1986 carbureted 6 liter, you need to take it easier on the gas, pretend that outfit is a tractor trailer or a train and start taking it real eeeeasy.

Thirdpete
07-22-2005, 11:25 PM
i pull a 6x12 with an 01 F150 V6. With just a couple mowers, trimmer, blower, a couple small boxes, plus rakes and sides on it, the truck handles it fine. I've pulled a pallet of sod on the trailer, a trailer of logs, bush, grass, dirt, etc... I'd avoid the heavier loads if possible but for just your normal duty, i wouldn't say its bad.

Ideally, i would say stick with what you have if you're pulling two big mowers and a lot of equipment each day. You can also load up your truck with a dump insert, which i owuldnt do with a smaller truck.

bobbygedd
07-22-2005, 11:36 PM
i pull my 6x12 with 3 mowers and equipment, with a 6 cylinder dodge. i do 70 lawns per week, my fuel is around $60 a week, for everything-that's truck, mowers, blowers, wackers, edgers, everything. low overhead=high profit

KINGjosh
07-22-2005, 11:43 PM
Yeah well, what you want to do is sell the truck to me and ill sell
you a f-150, JK.
Keep that thing because you never know when you are gonna need it. Plus you will most likely grow into it.

Itsgottobegreen
07-23-2005, 12:38 AM
A guy near me has a f-150 5 Speed 6 cyclinder. They used it as a back up truck. I have seen them pull a 16' with two zmasters. They say it can do it. But barely. I would keep the F-250.

erikdean
07-23-2005, 02:16 AM
i pull my 6x12 with 3 mowers and equipment, with a 6 cylinder dodge. i do 70 lawns per week, my fuel is around $60 a week, for everything-that's truck, mowers, blowers, wackers, edgers, everything. low overhead=high profit


how is this possible? are all 70 lawns on the same street?

bobbygedd
07-23-2005, 08:31 AM
how is this possible? are all 70 lawns on the same street?
all my lawns are within like a 7 mile radius. i laugh when i see people pulling an 18 ft enclosed trailer, with a bulldozer for a truck, and cutting lawns for less than i am. these are the guys working from 7 am till dark, just to scratch out minimum wage after paying for fuel and the rest of thier overhead. KISS!

J Hisch
07-23-2005, 09:01 AM
I knew 2 Guys that pulled 2 large ZTR's and a 36" walk behind with a ford ranger that had a V6 they did this for at least 2 years, the truck is still on the road. I know another company that pull 2 grass hoppers, with a 93 Dakota.

YardPro
07-23-2005, 09:35 AM
all my lawns are within like a 7 mile radius. i laugh when i see people pulling an 18 ft enclosed trailer, with a bulldozer for a truck, and cutting lawns for less than i am. these are the guys working from 7 am till dark, just to scratch out minimum wage after paying for fuel and the rest of thier overhead. KISS!

that's right bobby...

nobody is as successful as you... everybody works harder for less money.....LOL

but i do agree that a 3/4 ton is overkill for what tou tow....
we run several s-10's with the vortec v-6.
they do fine with a 6X12 with a hustler, WB, and all associated equipment......

PaulJ
07-23-2005, 12:09 PM
I run a 96 f-150 with a straight 6 and 5 speed. I pull a 6 x 12 tandum wiht a 700 lb mower on it and sometimes another small mower. It does fine. I towed a different trailer hauling 2 ton of rock wiht it the other day and it did ok but I don't do that often. the straight 6 has great low end tourq but not much top end. great for around town up to 45,50 mph but not much power out on the highway. Don't expect great things with gas milage either. I probably average about 11-13 and maybe 15-16 empty out on the highway. What your using now dsounds like a better fit if your hauling two big mowers.

RedWingsDet
07-23-2005, 12:50 PM
I used to have a dakota with a v6, I pulled a 16ft trailer with it, and had a dixie, exmark viking, and some other stuff on it. It was not fun. So I got a f150, still wasnt fun, so I got a 2500hd, glad I got the 3/4 ton because 2 weeks or so later I bought a 20ft enclosed. I would say, stick with the f250, you'll be glad.

ClippersLC
07-26-2005, 01:15 AM
I own a 1990 Ford F-150 with a 300 I-6 bolted up to a 5 speed manual, 2 wheel drive with a 3.73 rear end and dual fuel tanks 25 gallons each. I pull a 6x14 with 2 John Deere ZTR and 3 pushmowers, and 2 line trimmers and 2 back pack blowers, a bunch of hand tools. around 6k pounds a day, with no problem. I also have a horse farm which i have to haul bailed hay to from a different county about 70 miles away. Keep in mind these bales are between 80 - 110 pounds a piece. I have had 53 on the truck itself and 75 on a trailer (a 16 tandem axle) and it pulls it, its a little fishy with the way it maneuvers with that much weight. but it does it no problem. I've literally put big V-8 motors to shame with my truck. and I'm more than willing to put it up next to any other truck its size. I average around 20-22 miles per gallon city 24-25 highway with my 6x14 trailer behind it. so go for it man, 1/2 tons are good if your not having to pull more than 2 ztr's and a few line trimmers and blowers and small hand tools, i do it all day long. any more weight and I would seriously consider a 3/4 ton, which i'm fixing to have to buy cause my work load is expanding wicked fast. I might even get a Ford Ranger with a v-6 to pull my 5x10 enclosed with 1 ztr and a few trimmers and blowers (around 3K pounds) just to work with when i am just gonna be mowing locally, or use it to run errands, and go bid jobs and things like that. a ranger might even be better for you if you can keep you pull weight to 4K pounds or less, but these small trucks are useless when it comes to hauling a heavy load such as mulch or something like that. so i would just stick with a 1/2 if i just had to buy only one truck. hope this helps.

LawnScapers of Dayton
07-26-2005, 07:30 AM
I pull a 6x12 tandem with a 96 Toyota 4 Runner. It carries a 36" Toro, 52" Stander, 21" LB, trimmers, edger, fuel, and blowers. The only reason I am OK with this is because of the electric brakes. I get 17-19 mpg. I want to upgrade but it is not in the buget right now..... The next vehicle will be a 3/4 ton.

bobbygedd
07-26-2005, 08:36 AM
that's right bobby...

nobody is as successful as you... everybody works harder for less money.....LOL

but i do agree that a 3/4 ton is overkill for what tou tow....
we run several s-10's with the vortec v-6.
they do fine with a 6X12 with a hustler, WB, and all associated equipment......
i believe you are beggining to see the light

Rstosh
07-26-2005, 11:42 AM
Dont Forget That some people might use those "bulldozers' To plow snow as well.

Itsgottobegreen
07-26-2005, 01:10 PM
Dont Forget That some people might use those "bulldozers' To plow snow as well.
Yep. I don't need a 4x4 F-350 dump PSD to haul a 16' enclosed. (my 2wd V8 F-150 handled it just fine with a sway bar control system.) But I sure as heck need it to push a 8.5' plow with wings on it. Plus haul a couple tons of salt to spread around when it snows.

bobbygedd
07-26-2005, 01:26 PM
Dont Forget That some people might use those "bulldozers' To plow snow as well.
well then get the right tool for the right job. bulldozer for snow, something more economical for grass.