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neversatisfiedj
10-01-2006, 09:41 PM
I currently have for towing a 1996 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel that needs repairs , afterall it is a Dodge . Thinking of getting Chevy 3500 Duramax Dually or an International 4700 Dump truck. I usually tow 10-15ooo pounds everytime I go out to work. What are you guys running.

Mike33
10-01-2006, 10:16 PM
Your in for some great debate:clapping: It wont help you what i run i just pull bobcat and hydro-seeder around with 350 ford srw diesel i dont have the weight your talking about. I have others haul my material.
Mike

cgland
10-01-2006, 11:20 PM
(2) 2003 Chevy 2500HD P/U w/ EZ-Dumpers, 2001 Chevy 3500 Dump, 2004 GMC 4500 Dump, 2001 Chevy 3500HD Dump, 2006 Chevy 3500 Dump, 2006 Ford F150 P/U, 2006 GMC Canyon P/U.

Chris

Dirty Water
10-01-2006, 11:36 PM
Chris, is the Canyon your "PR" truck for bids and estimates?

I've considered doing the same thing to cut costs.

Travel'n Trees
10-02-2006, 12:25 AM
I have a duramax, powerjoke, international dt 466, anything but the FORD, would I buy again.

paponte
10-02-2006, 07:16 AM
FL70 with a 3126 CAT, Fords with 6.0's, cabovers with 6 cyl imports.

noseha
10-02-2006, 07:31 AM
I still run late 80 earily 90 fords 1 tons and 3/4, same for plow trucks but dodge.

neversatisfiedj
10-02-2006, 09:45 PM
I heard the Powerstroke 6.0's are no match for the older 7.3 - lots of problems with the turbo's. Thinking of an f550 w/7.3 or International 4700.

cgland
10-02-2006, 10:25 PM
The Canyon is my personal truck for estimates and running around. It makes too much sense fuel wise. 19mpg compared to 6mpg.:dizzy:

Chris

POPO4995
10-02-2006, 10:30 PM
2004 F-250 6.0L Powerstroke....can do anything I ask of it. But you need atleast a 1 ton

forestfireguy
10-02-2006, 10:32 PM
We run 1 2004 Int single axle dump.....Very underpowered....the rest are 2 01 and 05 F550s one 05 f450 and 3 f350 Pickups. 2 2004 diesels, 1 1999 gas and a 2003 ranger All of the diesels arer 7.3s . We've done well with the fords, only minor issues, mostly a/c problems and not that it's fords fault but the back up alarms seem to crap out every few months.

RockSet N' Grade
10-03-2006, 12:45 AM
For me, I have a 1997 International 4900 high side dump. The oldest thing in that truck is the driver (me). It is basically new from front to rear.....I use it to tow my track-hoe and use the dump bed to carry my "stuff". Occasionally, I put a load in it....most of the time, not......heck, I even have a 1/2" bed liner in it!
One of the reasons I like my little grinder is that I run vegetable oil or waste vegetable oil in one of the tanks and my basic fuel costs are down around 35 cents a gallon. Been doin' this for over two years now and it's a hoot! I drive up and it smells like someone is cooking Chineese food nearby and folks can't figure it out.
About 3 months ago a food manufacturing company GAVE me 1,800 gallons of brand new canola oil that expired so they could't use it in food.....never opened containers and it works awesome in my rig!

CrewCutEnterprises
10-03-2006, 10:37 PM
are you running that stuff in the 466?? or 444?? I just wonder as Im in the market for a international at some point, or frieghtliner
For me, I have a 1997 International 4900 high side dump. The oldest thing in that truck is the driver (me). It is basically new from front to rear.....I use it to tow my track-hoe and use the dump bed to carry my "stuff". Occasionally, I put a load in it....most of the time, not......heck, I even have a 1/2" bed liner in it!
One of the reasons I like my little grinder is that I run vegetable oil or waste vegetable oil in one of the tanks and my basic fuel costs are down around 35 cents a gallon. Been doin' this for over two years now and it's a hoot! I drive up and it smells like someone is cooking Chineese food nearby and folks can't figure it out.
About 3 months ago a food manufacturing company GAVE me 1,800 gallons of brand new canola oil that expired so they could't use it in food.....never opened containers and it works awesome in my rig!

Travel'n Trees
10-04-2006, 02:09 AM
I forgot I do have a f 550 useless don't waste money. I do have international 4900 dt 466 like it to. But go duramax.

RockSet N' Grade
10-04-2006, 02:20 AM
CrewCut......For me, a bobtail dump is really useless - but I have it so I use it. It would be better if it were just a flat bed. I run veggie in one 75 gallon tank and have diesel on the other side in the other 75 gallon tank. If I were to trade out, I would get a tandem axle dump.......there is work for them, but no real work for the bobtail and insurance on a dump truck does not come cheap.

Sunscaper
10-04-2006, 11:00 PM
2000 F-250 diesel 7.3 and a 2004 6.0 F-350 dump 4x4. I love both and have no trouble with either one. Highly recommended!!

Total Landscape Solutions
10-05-2006, 09:00 PM
Just ordered for next year:

'07, F550 XLT, diesel, 4x4, I-Pack, 12' stake dump bed

tthomass
10-05-2006, 09:42 PM
'02 Chevy 2500HD 6.0L w/ 4.10 rear @ about 50,000 miles pulling a 10,000 GW dump trailer.

Next truck most likely will be a 4500/5500 with a 14' dump.........gas or diesel I don't know yet.

CrewCutEnterprises
10-05-2006, 11:57 PM
CrewCut......For me, a bobtail dump is really useless - but I have it so I use it. It would be better if it were just a flat bed. I run veggie in one 75 gallon tank and have diesel on the other side in the other 75 gallon tank. If I were to trade out, I would get a tandem axle dump.......there is work for them, but no real work for the bobtail and insurance on a dump truck does not come cheap.

My insurance to trade out the insurance on my 99 f350 to a 99 fl70 or 4700 with a gvw of 25995 or so will make it go up about 900 a year, not too large a jump. I run a 10,000 lb gvw 350 right now, so I think a 4700 would suit me just fine, 14 ft body., what do you have.

O I run a 99 F350 4x4 supercab dump insert

CrewCutEnterprises
10-06-2006, 12:00 AM
I want to upgrade to this...switch n go system or hook lift. Enough storage for all tools on the truck.

Or a 550, but Im not sure if the 550 is going to be big enough, Ideas, pros, cons, > Im triing to plan out my next purchase
http://www.lawnsite.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=53727&d=1143421820

neversatisfiedj
10-06-2006, 12:06 AM
I like the grill Jason . I think I am going with an F-650 Dump truck

CrewCutEnterprises
10-06-2006, 12:09 AM
you know, If I can get a good price,IE under 40k for a 650 supercab xl with a auto tranny and a switch n go or hook lift, Ill go that route, I would really like a supercab as you "CAN" throw more people in it if needed, not too big , but not too confortable in the back either.

CrewCutEnterprises
10-06-2006, 12:15 AM
27,000

http://www.royaltrucks.com/displayitem.asp?stockno=3506

DVS Hardscaper
10-06-2006, 10:03 AM
Crew Cut -

Not to be nosy or arrogant....


....but I see you dumped a small pile of mulch on the driveway!


Its my experience that, doing so only makes MORE work!

Unless its a new property and the lawn is not in, we use bagged mulch, even if it's 13 cubic yards. No forkin mulch into a wheel-burr, no shoveling and brooming mulch and mulch dust off the client's pavements.

Way Far More Productive!





Sorry for veering off topic :nono:

neversatisfiedj
10-06-2006, 06:07 PM
Really. But you spend so much more $$ on material.

mrusk
10-06-2006, 08:24 PM
Bagged mulch?? Come on? I always have the mulch delivered and dumped on the driveway/ After everything is mulch, i blow the dust off the drive with my redmax eb8000.

I think the switch and go is not as good as a system as people make it out to be. I think in the long run you would be better off spending the money on a hook lift or a roll off system.

However, i doubt either system would acctually make you money on any truck smaller then a tandem.

Matt

CrewCutEnterprises
10-06-2006, 09:14 PM
yep, small pile is 5 yards, max for that truck. normally we shovel it out lil by lil but I went to get another 5.

But wait, what are you costs for bagged mulch?? I pay 21 a yard bulk. There is a reason we dont use bags, and it is cost. bags are 3 to 350 a bag.9 bags per yard.. so yea it costs more.

But what are your costs? no offense taken
Crew Cut -

Not to be nosy or arrogant....


....but I see you dumped a small pile of mulch on the driveway!


Its my experience that, doing so only makes MORE work!

Unless its a new property and the lawn is not in, we use bagged mulch, even if it's 13 cubic yards. No forkin mulch into a wheel-burr, no shoveling and brooming mulch and mulch dust off the client's pavements.

Way Far More Productive!





Sorry for veering off topic :nono:

forestfireguy
10-07-2006, 03:55 PM
Our "mulch truck" is an f550 with a 10 ft grain body 5 ft. sides. It takes alot of mulch. It also has the GVW needed to tow a bobcat or haul stone or a couple pallets of pavers. It is also a reasonable size, though I'd upgrade mirrors to a larger size if I was buying one.