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iamthelawnman
03-20-2007, 07:38 PM
hey guys i am wondering what you use for a work truck and why? i am thinking if getting a one ton dumb bed or just a f150? what is the best work truck?:confused: :confused: :dizzy: :drinkup:

stroker51
03-20-2007, 08:19 PM
When I first started out in 2003 I had a 1984 F250 4x4 351 V8 flatbed. This truck did everything I ask of it, it was just by 2005 I wanted something newer/nicer, and a diesel. I love my Powerstrokes, I have very little complaints with them. If you are in the market to get a tonner dump in good condition, i would do that, an F150 just isn't heavy enough to grow into in this biz. My 3/4 tons arent' enough truck sometimes. Right now I have a 1996 F250 4x4 PSD extended cab (daily driver), a 1997 F350 srw PSD 4x4 that I am currently pulling the mowers, dump trailer, etc. with, and my old 84 with a plow and soon to get a salt spreader. I think I'm going to sell my 97 tonner just to get rid of one payment, and buy another 97 3/4 ton. I like to be able to keep my personal pickup relatively nice, and I can afford to have an additional truck for work. In any event though, I would say at least a 3/4 ton truck, and if you can afford a diesel, I would, there is pros and cons to them but as I said I've been more than happy with my Powerstrokes. Good luck in the hunt.

Swampy
03-20-2007, 08:32 PM
we have a ford 1 ton Dually for our spray rig. Don't about a dump for it considering it has a just a pick up bed on it right now. But it pulls and anything we put behind it.

FearThisDeere
03-20-2007, 08:53 PM
I bought my F250 because I like the styling the best out of the big three, and really like how capable it is. The biggest factor was the V10. I love this engine.

Drew Gemma
03-20-2007, 10:24 PM
when i started out f150 an 02 not enought truck at all then went to a 1992 f250 ext cab 4x4 wow what a great truck then we made it better by putting a hidden dump hoist under the bed so nice for grass mulch and leaves. right now we have a 02 f350 drw v10 what a beast just got it lettered doing some work on it then it is getting about 5,000 dollars worth of work new dump body with metal sides barn doors undermount tool box mud flaps 7.5 ton hoist bow ties and tarp. basically this truck is gonna be the last pickup we buy for awhile next purchase is a cab over mitso fuso

tthomass
03-20-2007, 10:30 PM
how about......what do you do and what will you be using it for?

without an answer I can tell you that a 1/2 ton isn't going to cut it in this industry (for the most part) so forget the F150 and 1500's.

FearThisDeere
03-21-2007, 08:07 PM
I mostly use my F250 to pull my 12K lb. loaded dump trailer once a week and haul my race car on the weekends. Then I use it for light landscaping work. I baby it to death. For the rough work I use my friend's/partner's '96 F250.

Gravel Rat
03-21-2007, 08:26 PM
I started with a 79 F-150 then went to a 77 F-350 flatdeck then a 80 F-350 flatdeck then to a 88 F-450 dump then a 89 F-450 flatdeck then a 95 F-450 flatdeck to my current 03 F-450 which I'am buying a 11' dump for it.

A 1/2 ton is pretty much useless for carrying anything the suspension is too light along with the rest of the truck.

lawnboy dan
03-22-2007, 09:15 AM
toyota tundra . i want a work truck that works-not spenda all the time at the dealers repair shop!

SHADESOFGREENLAWNCARE
03-22-2007, 11:40 AM
The Ford F150 is definitely too light duty for this business unless you are only pulling a light weight open trailer. Of particular concern is my truly unimpressive payload of 700 lbs. This really limits what you can carry around in your truck bed. I was interested in the new Toyota Tundra but it may not up to the task of supporting a growing landscaping business. The new Tundra can pull over 10,000 lbs however the maximum payload is only 2,060 lbs. The Ford F250's payload is about 3,000 lbs a bit beefier.:walking:

GreenN'Clean
03-22-2007, 11:44 AM
I have a Ford F250 with an EZ-bed dump insert and air bag rear suspension to compensate for heavy loads. Awesome truck and planning to add another one sometime this year

Ramairfreak98ss
03-22-2007, 02:20 PM
I started with my 91 F150 5.0L gas v8.... yeah it will get the job done, usually but i wouldnt buy a new f150 for this business.... Ill keep using the f150 of course but any more trucks for this business will be diesels either GM/Chevy or Ford Superdutys. My 06 f350 is like a brick, open lawn trailers are nothing, even my 24' enclosed, then you feel like your pulling something at least. I always over loaded the weight rating of my f150, 2700lbs of sand sags the back down terrible, but it always managed, id pull 8-9k in weight sometimes with my car in the 24' trailer or lots of equipment or 3000lbs worth of plants and trees..

Eitherway, a 3/4 or 1 ton truck will take the beating much better over the years. I bought my 06 to ease up the heavy loads on my 91 f150 lol, i can use that for lighter duty stuff or a 2nd truck for the open lawn trailer. It wont be pulling the enclosed trailer or anything very heavy anymore since my 6.0L diesel pulls a tank and still doesnt complain. 0-60 with my gas 5.0 liter took about a minute!

johnnywill08
04-16-2007, 01:49 PM
first year i had a rack body f-350 dump that died on me- the dump frame cracked not worth fixing on such a hunk a junk. but i'll tell ya, being in this business that first year without some type of dumping truck (whether its an ez dumper or dump truck) wore my a$$ out.... i'd nver recommened working in this biz w/o a dump of some sort. saves time (=money) and wear and tear on you & the crew.... i'd rather a beat up dumper than a fancy pick up any day. imo....