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lawnboy82
07-19-2001, 12:45 AM
hey guys, i hear so many of us talking about the chevy 3500 HD or the ford F550 or whatever it may be. however over in my area a very popular truck is the mitsubishi fuso. personally i dont like it because of the low GVW and the lack of power. however i was just wondering how many of you guys own em? and what you use it for?

1MajorTom
07-19-2001, 12:57 AM
You might want to post this at plowsite.com over on the truck side also.

LAWNGODFATHER
07-19-2001, 06:14 AM
all i can say is you need deep pockets

the parts for these trucks are 2 to 3 times the cost what they are for the big three

but most of them will give you about 14 to 16 mpg

Grapevine
07-19-2001, 06:56 AM
There's a company in my area (not landscape) that's going under and selling a 2000 Mits/fuso diesel 4x4, 5 speed with 12 ft bed. This truck is nice and I see more and more of them in this area, mostly GMC and Isuzu.
It has 11,000 miles and the owner says it will take a plow. He paid 33,000 for and wants 23,000 to pay off his note. It sounds like a great deal and if I had any balls I'd scoop it. Does anyone plow with these, I do a ton of driveways.

southside
07-19-2001, 09:56 AM
That model is called the Mitsubishi Canter over here. They are
a very strong and capable truck. Good torquey motors.
Not quite in the raped ape category but they move along pretty
well.Remember it's not just hp. that counts you also need a good
torque figure. Canter has 4.2 litre 4cyl diesel.

Stonehenge
07-19-2001, 07:41 PM
Lawnboy, you hit the nail on the head. Throw a few shrubs in the thing and you're over the GVW. It's be fine if all you hauled was brush.

thelawnguy
07-19-2001, 10:00 PM
You can get them anywhere from 11,500 lb gvw up to 21,000+. Whats the problem?

Albemarle Lawn
07-22-2001, 01:58 PM
I Bought a new Fuso FE639-HD.

The manueverability is impressive. It has an exhuast brake that reduces the use of wheel brakes.

The GVW is 13,500. I carry two zero turn Gravely 260z mowers plus a 54" JD walk behind. Total weight=1300/each zero turn=2600, plus 700 walk behind, total 3100 lbs+hand tools. Well under gross.

Anti-lock brakes work perfectly.

Problem area: The rear axle ratio is 5.73:1, so going down the highway is tedious. Best kept in town. Four cyl has good torque but is weak on horses.

Look also at a truck called Bering, and at Ford E-450 cut-away vans.

KB

southside
07-24-2001, 09:03 AM
1990 Mitsubishi Canter FE444 13500lb GVM. I can fit the Walker and a Dingo loader and still have room to spare. 3.3 litre direct
injection diesel @ 100hp. 5 speed syncro,diff ratio 6.166.
Cruises on 60mph an full GVW.

Jerryjks
07-24-2001, 11:39 AM
Bought new 92 Mitsi 4X4 with 9' fisher plow, A/C, 2' back-pack tool box and 10' dump. Paid $33,000. back in '92. Truck now has 100,000+ miles, with very few problems. Really like it for plowing. Does have some drawbacks...11,600 GVW (truck weighs 9,200), Takes bumps hard and top speed of around 65-70. Good fuel mileage, loaded or unloaded, around 14 mpg. Really shines in low speed situations where you need alot of power. Pulls our Finn T90 II hydro-seeder in off road conditions with no problems.

jeffyr
07-24-2001, 07:01 PM
Karl,

Does that bed drop to the ground to load the equipment or do you just lift the Walker up and set it on the bed.

jeffyr

southside
07-26-2001, 08:20 AM
Jeffyr, The truck has a normal flat fixed alloy tray. I have 2 ramps
that I can hook onto the side or rear of the tray to unload the Walker. I've also loaded small cars on the back occasionally.
The 4WD version would be fairly heavy in the tare. The 2WD model,however is very good.



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lawnboy82
07-31-2001, 03:17 PM
yes, these trucks are good for cutting grass, because they have good fuel mileage. however what about for those of us who do heavier work? such as moving a pallet or two of pavers, moving a skid steer with some fill on the back of the truck, moving top soil, stone, chipper with brush or wood, those kinds of things. cutting grass there are a lot of trucks that can do that. also, the mitsubishi fuso FG (4x4) does not have much of a payload. the 550 has a much larger payload. yes if you get into the bigger models you can put a lot more on there. really, for doing the cutting, and smaller work i dont have a problem with this truck. its just when you start doing the heavy stuff that i see the problem

corey77
07-02-2005, 09:59 AM
aby one every thought of buying a car carrier to haul lawn mowers around sound like it would be easyer than hauling a trailer around just tilt the bed down and drive off?

Rollacosta
07-04-2005, 06:57 AM
Mitsubishi trucks are very good ,i would say they are much better than Ford etc,i personaly run Nissan and Isuzu trucks ..japanese buiild quality is much better than ford etc,yes the parts are expensive but you need a darn site less of them compared to Dodge GMC and Ford

lawn king
07-04-2005, 11:06 AM
People love to trash talk cabovers. These trucks are built to work, not to race. They are cheap to run (diesels) very capable and easy to service. We have been down the ford,gm,dodge road over the past 32 years, they all have their strong points,however, they all take a backseat to the isusu n series diesels. It will be all cabovers for us! Just our 2 cents!

BMFD92
07-05-2005, 10:51 AM
yes, these trucks are good for cutting grass, because they have good fuel mileage. however what about for those of us who do heavier work? such as moving a pallet or two of pavers, moving a skid steer with some fill on the back of the truck, moving top soil, stone, chipper with brush or wood, those kinds of things. cutting grass there are a lot of trucks that can do that. also, the mitsubishi fuso FG (4x4) does not have much of a payload. the 550 has a much larger payload. yes if you get into the bigger models you can put a lot more on there. really, for doing the cutting, and smaller work i dont have a problem with this truck. its just when you start doing the heavy stuff that i see the problem

Hey lawnboy22 I am in westchester county too. All I see is the fuso's driving around. I never see them loaded with anything but little stuff. I think they would be good for a grass cutting crew and I would like to get one but I don't think that they are good for big stuff. I know a guy who runs a big outfit in westchester and he has all 3500 and 4500 chevy dumps.