View Full Version : T6500 opinions

01-02-2006, 10:29 PM
hey all,
i appreciate the feedback on the truck search. was wondering what were the opinions of a gmc T6500 as a lite medium duty dump truck. it has a cat 3126 engine and a 6speed manual transmission. no details on the tranny. looks like a good truck. i like the room behind the seat for storing the transits and things i wouldn't want outside in a box. and am a bit partial to cab overs. it has a 10 ft. 4-7 yard dump box on it. fire away with the opinions.i enjoy hearing the other views.

Gravel Rat
01-02-2006, 10:57 PM
Is the truck on air or juice brakes if juice is it 4wheel disk ?

You are dealing with a 3 ton truck but if you only need a dump that can haul 4 yards of material it would be a okay truck. Does the truck have 22.5 wheels or is it a low pro 19.5 wheels. What does it have for a rear axle 19,000lb or 21,000lbs ?

The one thing you have to watch with those cab over GMC is the cab is a little rattly I know a few people with them and thats one of the compliants with them.

01-02-2006, 11:51 PM
22.5" Budd wheels, 24,500 gvwr. don't know axle ratings or gearing yet.

Gravel Rat
01-03-2006, 12:04 AM
If the truck has 10-21 axles you will have a decent truck then you can raise the gvw up to 30,000lbs.

01-03-2006, 08:31 PM
thanks for the feedback.

01-06-2006, 02:23 AM
i guess i should add the 3126 puts out 185 HP. that seems kind of low to me. i would be pulling a 14,000 lb. trailer with it often. maybe the gearing would make up for that. just doesn't seem like much. wondering if this is enough.
thanks for the help with this,

Gravel Rat
01-06-2006, 06:19 PM
You can have that turned up a little bit more you should easily get 210 out of it. A Cat dealer that deals with truck engines can fiddle with the computer and tweak it up.