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lawnman79
02-15-2006, 06:24 PM
Whats the best truck for the money to pull a mow trailer ???

Im looking into the nisan titan, I love the look and the power.weightlifter
Anyone else have one?

What do you have that works?
What truck diddn't cut it??hammer

qualitylawnmanagement
02-15-2006, 06:26 PM
G M C 3500hd pu.

rodfather
02-15-2006, 06:26 PM
we run f-350 psd's...nissan titan wouldn't cut it pulling the weight we do

lawnman79
02-15-2006, 06:29 PM
How much did you pay for your truck as well.

qualitylawnmanagement
02-15-2006, 06:40 PM
A new gmc 3500 gas will run you around $30,000.

NEPSJay
02-15-2006, 06:41 PM
I bought a new 2500hd for around 21,000.

befnme
02-15-2006, 06:41 PM
i have a 2005 f-150 4x4 s-cab lariat with the triton 5.4 and i pull a 8x16 landscape trailer with 15,000 lb axles and gate and ramps for me to pull my L3410 kabota w/ mower ,box blade , and disc .i pull all of this with no prob at all .i paid $21,000.00 with everything you can put in a truck , definately not a stripped down model .but i also have very good friends at the dealership .

ed2hess
02-15-2006, 06:45 PM
Any half ton does just fine. We pull both single and dual axle trailers with full load in town and on interstate. The F150 with long bed and small V8 is probably around $20K. We have a F250 and a F350 with Duals and both are essentially parked due to high gas usage. The best unit we got is a older chev 1/2 ton that sits low to ground, easy to get in/out and you can reach into the bed and tool box. All the big units are too tall for high use.

vanguard
02-15-2006, 07:30 PM
The Honda Ridgeline. aka the Gelding :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

REAL Trucks don't have there beds attached to the cab!!! :nono:

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Duck Dodger
02-15-2006, 07:36 PM
I would never buy new. Thats the worst investment anyone can ever make. I like fords so I drive a F-250. I would just look for a diesel with a little over 60k miles on it. I know its nice to have a new truck but once 1/4 of their life is gone you can buy for 1/3 of the new price. I would make sure to get a 1 ton or larger.

jtkplc
02-15-2006, 07:36 PM
How much will you be pulling?

My personal opinion is a Dodge Ram with a Cummins diesel, which I feel is the best diesel engine of any of the Big 3.

zim bob the landscaper
02-15-2006, 07:37 PM
CHEVY 2500 OR 3500 real nice trucks!!!!!!!

Cracker Station
02-15-2006, 07:41 PM
Chevy 2500!!!! Pull a house down and the good thing....was paid for when I drove it home!!!

mcwlandscaping
02-15-2006, 07:49 PM
Chevy 2500HD, im not an expert and have only done it for a short time, but ive driven one of those Titans and i didn't like it too much. Just me though, they do look good, but i didn't like the feel of it, the four wheel drive doesn't do much IMO. Just my .02

RedWingsDet
02-15-2006, 07:52 PM
If your just mowing and towing, and not plowing or doing any landdscape work...

Then I would opt for a 2 year old 2wd Halfton with trailer brakes. Doesnt matter if its a ford, chevy, or dodge to me, just as long as its an american car company.

captken
02-15-2006, 08:11 PM
If your just mowing and towing, and not plowing or doing any landdscape work...

Then I would opt for a 2 year old 2wd Halfton with trailer brakes. Doesnt matter if its a ford, chevy, or dodge to me, just as long as its an american car company.


Then both of you would be happy!:)

I started with a half ton truck, a Ford F 150. I still have it. It performes well towing.
I have a F-350 PSD dually flatbed to tow the trailer now.

Both are capable of doing the job. The difference in towing is like day and night between the two.

What is your budget? Both trucks are capable, but one has the extra capacity to do the job effortlessly.

South Florida Lawns
02-15-2006, 08:13 PM
Ford Chevy dodge

They will all get the job done at the end of the day

I have a Silverado now, its good at what it does, but these days I won't lean toward any specific brand.

If I were you get a cab over box truck used from say Office Depot and convert it to a mowing rig.

I like the NPR's, GMC's, and Mitsubishi.

Its enclosed so all you do is lock the gate at the end of the day.

And its short, shorter than a truck and trailer.

RedWingsDet
02-15-2006, 08:17 PM
Then both of you would be happy!:)

I started with a half ton truck, a Ford F 150. I still have it. It performes well towing.
I have a F-350 PSD dually flatbed to tow the trailer now.

Both are capable of doing the job. The difference in towing is like day and night between the two.

What is your budget? Both trucks are capable, but one has the extra capacity to do the job effortlessly.

I dont really understand your post because in mine I say nothing about me looking to buy another truck. LOL

But yeah, I started with a dakota, then halfton. Im into heavy landscaping and have a 20ft trailer so I need a 3/4ton.

Plus I plow, personally I will NEVER get a 1/2ton for work again unless its strictly towing a 14ft open trailer for lawn's.
But that will never happen because I will always plow and landscape. I hate cutting grass.

I was just explaining to him that if hes not plowing or landscaping then no need for a big hd truck like everyone is saying.

Im selling my 3/4 ton so I can get a 1ton, ext cab, diesel. Not sure if its gonna be a chevy dodge or ford, but what ever is cheapest will be the winner.

Jpocket
02-15-2006, 08:23 PM
Mid - Late 90's Chevy 2500 - 3500 Single Cab or EXT. with a 5.7 Gas. I would never use a new truck to pull mowers. I prefer old Early to late 80's GM.

My other choice would be an early Ford like 93-94 with a 7.3 N/A Diesel.

These trucks make good work trucks and are very reliable IF you find a good one.

I think ANY NON BIG 3 Truck Looks SIlly As a work truck other than a Cab over.

meets1
02-15-2006, 08:30 PM
I have 4 chevy 2500hd. Reg cabs, ext cab and 4 door cabs. 2 half tons. They are strictly residential yard work trucks - each has a dump on them and they haul out bagged grass, trimmed bushes, tree branches - biggest trailer is a 16ft open trailer with no bigger than a 44 inch WB.

As I trade - they will be all 3/4. I plow, landscape, mow, spray - need them for the weight, engine, and overall power.

Either way - go with one of the 3 auto's at least.

Joey bag a' donuts
02-15-2006, 08:35 PM
ford f-250, I love this truck and it looks cool too:cool2:

captken
02-15-2006, 08:51 PM
I dont really understand your post because in mine I say nothing about me looking to buy another truck. LOL

Im selling my 3/4 ton so I can get a 1ton, ext cab, diesel. Not sure if its gonna be a chevy dodge or ford, but what ever is cheapest will be the winner.

In your signature line you state that you have a truck for sale....lawnman79 appears to be looking to buy...hammer ...just for fun.
If you look under my avatar, in my last post, you can see that I said "why don't you sell him yours?"

muddstopper
02-15-2006, 09:06 PM
Get the biggest truck you can find. Heres a good one that should fix the bill weightlifter

qualitylawnmanagement
02-15-2006, 09:36 PM
Get the biggest truck you can find. Heres a good one that should fix the bill weightlifter


Now that's a truck there. That could haul my future trailer pretty good 24ft enclosed.

qualitylawnmanagement
02-15-2006, 09:41 PM
I wouldn't go anything below 3/4 ton. My next two trucks will be 3500hdsrw pick-up and a 3500hd dump. The 3/4 ton and bigger will help you in the future if you plan to haul a bigger trailer. Much easier to stop the trailer. Easier to tow with too.

Doogiegh
02-15-2006, 11:10 PM
Go for a 1500. Save gas money, it works fine for pulling a mow trailer.

If you get bigger, you can always trade the truck in and get a bigger one later.

Unless you're doing plowing or pulling around loads of stone/mulch all over the place, then I believe that a 1500 is more than fine.

captken
02-15-2006, 11:36 PM
Go for a 1500. Save gas money, it works fine for pulling a mow trailer.

If you get bigger, you can always trade the truck in and get a bigger one later.

Unless you're doing plowing or pulling around loads of stone/mulch all over the place, then I believe that a 1500 is more than fine.


good advise

no1knosme12203
02-16-2006, 12:04 AM
Go for a 1500. Save gas money, it works fine for pulling a mow trailer.

If you get bigger, you can always trade the truck in and get a bigger one later.

Unless you're doing plowing or pulling around loads of stone/mulch all over the place, then I believe that a 1500 is more than fine.

Agreed! it all depends on what you are towing and plan to tow with it. I just bought ( its under my parents name and I am paying the note ) a Chevy Silverado 1500 and its all I will need. I don't plan on going any bigger than a 6X12 Open and I don't think I would ever use 4wd so I stuck with a 2wd. I think the 1500 will pull it fine. Only go as big as you need. I plan on going no bigger than 21" Push,32-36" WB and maybe a 52" ZTR when I go to college and start cutting some larger lawns, and I think the 1500 will pull that fine.

I guess it all depends on your situation and how much you plan to upgrade while you still have the truck.

Nick

Jamesgateslandscaping
02-16-2006, 12:26 AM
I wouldn't go anything below 3/4 ton. My next two trucks will be 3500hdsrw pick-up and a 3500hd dump. The 3/4 ton and bigger will help you in the future if you plan to haul a bigger trailer. Much easier to stop the trailer. Easier to tow with too.
The new 3500 ARE NOT HDs. They stopped making them a few years back, they had a GVW of 15,000LBS and were only available in 2wd.
James

CutRight
02-16-2006, 12:32 AM
3/4 ton

hes right about the 3500s, theyre not HDs, just 3500

qualitylawnmanagement
02-16-2006, 07:32 AM
The new 3500 ARE NOT HDs. They stopped making them a few years back, they had a GVW of 15,000LBS and were only available in 2wd.
James

Thanks james for pointing that out. Well then it's just the 3500 then.

qualitylawnmanagement
02-16-2006, 07:33 AM
3/4 ton

hes right about the 3500s, theyre not HDs, just 3500

Thanks cut-right for pointing it out also.

DSIM
02-16-2006, 10:20 AM
I went from a 3/4 ton chevy to a 1/2 ton dodge v6! I pull a 6x10 cargo trailer weighing about 2400lbs. I have lost my ability to take off from traffic lights quickly but I have almost doubled my mpg.clapping (15 mpg while towing)

Its a 04 rc short bed 5sp and it was only $11,4 with only 15k miles on it.

I may change out the rear axle from 3:55's to 4:10's and see how that boosts my towing rate.

grass_cuttin_fool
02-16-2006, 11:06 AM
This is my work truck, 1/2 ton 2 wd, good on gas and wasnt bad to purchase either. I purchased it from a customer, an older couple that really took care of it, a creme puff.

wayne

DSIM
02-16-2006, 01:52 PM
those old silverado's are some good work trucks. Mine was an 85 Scottsdale 3/4. 350 ci and 400 turbo auto tranny. That was a tough old truck. Wish I could have kept it.

PROCUTSLAWNCARE
02-16-2006, 11:24 PM
Apperence is everything!! Buy new or newer and make it shine. Letter it up and be noticed! We just bought a enclosed trailer and you can bet that it will be lettered from front to back. All 24 feet of it!!!!!

DSIM
02-16-2006, 11:42 PM
Apperence is everything!! Buy new or newer and make it shine. Letter it up and be noticed! We just bought a enclosed trailer and you can bet that it will be lettered from front to back. All 24 feet of it!!!!!

If appearance is everything, you better learn how to spell it first.:laugh:

Jpocket
02-17-2006, 10:12 AM
those old silverado's are some good work trucks. Mine was an 85 Scottsdale 3/4. 350 ci and 400 turbo auto tranny. That was a tough old truck. Wish I could have kept it.

They are the IDEAL WORK TRUCKs I own 3 of them

Jpocket
02-17-2006, 10:16 AM
[QUOTE=PROCUTSLAWNCARE]Apperence is everything!! Buy new or newer and make it shine. Letter it up and be noticed! We just bought a enclosed trailer and you can bet that it will be lettered from front to back. All 24 feet of it!!!!![/QUO

The old Chevys are a good way to keep your overhead down, I get as much work as the guys mowing with 05' 2500 and 3500 Diesels, and I am saving $500-$600 a month on that Payment. IMO A work truck isn't supposed to be all Fancy and new. As long as they are painted and have a set of chrome inserts im good.

PROCUTSLAWNCARE
02-17-2006, 03:33 PM
If appearance is everything, you better learn how to spell it first.:laugh:

Whoops!!! HeHe

sporter96
03-06-2006, 11:41 PM
Back in ancient times, When I was first in the business I had a 1978 4x2 Ford Courier truck. It had a 1.6 liter 4 cylinder engine that on a good day put out a wooping 60 hp. In those prehistoric days (pre- ZTR's) I towed a 5x9 utility trailer with solid sheet metal sides, that weighted over 1000lbs. I carried a garden tractor, usually a Wheel Horse or Cub cadet that was in the 750 to 900 lb range with my home made vacuum system. I usually had a couple of old bobcat push mowers (at least 80lbs each), wheelborrows, trimmers and a couple of brooms (mostly pre-blower days, at least for me). Occasionally I'd throw on a aerator or tow spreader or even a york rake.

I used to get firewood with it and my trailer heaped higher then the side walls. However when doing that stopping had to be a pre-planned event. No trailer brakes!

With it I literally did a tons of work! It was a tough little bugger. Power is nice but I used what I had and made it work. After I got a Dodge W100 (a beefed up half ton) I sold the Courier to buy a car for my wife. We had actually camped out in the Courier traveling through New England for our Honeymoon. I sometimes still miss that truck. But now I have my Titan to console me.

South Florida Lawns
03-07-2006, 12:02 AM
My truck dammit!!!!

lawncuttinfoo
03-09-2006, 11:20 PM
I have been having trouble with my 93 chevy 1500 V6 4.3L towing a 1500 lb trailer and 1000 lb of mowing equ.

I also would like to add a 1500 lb 72" w/bagging system to the rig.

The truck specs says it can handle 5,000 lbs but honestly I can not see it happening. I really don't want to buy a new truck but I think I may need a v8.