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J&KLAWNSERVICE
03-13-2008, 03:57 AM
ford f250 a good work truck to start out with?? if not which one? chevy dodge ect.... Thanks

mowing grass 1111
03-13-2008, 05:14 AM
do a search

DK lawn care
03-13-2008, 12:46 PM
Well which year are we talkin bout? I would start out with a 250. Im lookin for a 250/350 right now.

Willofalltrades
03-13-2008, 01:22 PM
Are you plowing? There's a ton of factors that influence what kind of truck you should start with. If your just getting going and you don't plow get a V8 1/2 ton (depending on trailer size, a V6) 2wd truck and save a little on fuel, maintenance, and initial cost. If your plowing... yea I would start with a 3/4 ton 4x4 (I guess some 1/2 tons work too but everybody eventually moves up). I have a 2wd chevy (in my signature) that works great because I plow for another company. I like the brakes on the truck too... they stop my 12' utility trailer like its not even back there.

Oh, I'm a ford man too (yea please excuse the chevy, I got it for a steal), but there's a reason they are the number 1 selling truck in the USA...

Not starting a war, Chevy and Dodge have their respectable features too...

J&R Landscaping
03-13-2008, 01:43 PM
F250 or F350 4x4 is a good start. You could go with a GM or dodge 3/4 or 1 ton if you prefer...

4 seasons lawn&land
03-13-2008, 02:37 PM
Yes F-250/350 is the best work truck. I went with Chevy though, because the F-250 gasser was pretty slow in comparison. If you want diesel dont walk, RUN away from the Ford dealer. Be prepared for 13 MPG no matter what you get for a 3/4 ton. Like other guy mentioned get a half ton if you dont want to plow.

8307c4
03-13-2008, 03:23 PM
How much money you got?

BongoJim
03-13-2008, 05:07 PM
I have heard alot of good about the Ford f-250's. I am a GM man but I gotta say the ford are a heavier better built truck all around.

Enzo
03-13-2008, 05:11 PM
I own a 2002 Ford F250. It is a great truck. The suspension is modified a little to take mroe beating from plowing in the winter. I pull a 7x14 enclosed trailer with it and when i plow i got an 8ft boss sd plow on it. I love my truck but gas is the other issue, it takes about $100 to completely fill it up. Hope this helps

BongoJim
03-13-2008, 05:13 PM
How much is an F-250 now? I might trade in my 5500 bowtie on one soon.

CALandscapes
03-13-2008, 05:40 PM
I have both Dodge and Ford.

I think that the 6.7L Cummins in my 2500 is a hellovalot more powerful than the 6.0L Powerstroke in my F-250.

I personally drive the F-250, but, if the Dodge holds up well, I'll prob trade the Ford in on another Dodge in a few years..

BTW - Both are 3/4 ton 4x4's... I had a 1/2 ton 2-wheel drive before I bought the F-250 and will probably never go any smaller again...

Shuter
03-13-2008, 06:45 PM
I am very happy with my F-250. Pulls trailers no problem. Works great for plowing.

BongoJim
03-13-2008, 08:20 PM
Wanna trade it for my 5500 chevy

J&KLAWNSERVICE
03-13-2008, 10:42 PM
Thanks im going to be lookin for a truck pretty soon and fordf250 really catches my eye in lawn business with pullin the trailer and plow.. overall good work trucks i see!

Enzo
03-13-2008, 11:09 PM
I bought my 02 f250 for $16,950 with a plow and only 53,000 miles on it. They only used it for 2 seasons of plowing.

slowleak1
03-13-2008, 11:14 PM
Yes F-250/350 is the best work truck. I went with Chevy though, because the F-250 gasser was pretty slow in comparison. If you want diesel dont walk, RUN away from the Ford dealer. Be prepared for 13 MPG no matter what you get for a 3/4 ton. Like other guy mentioned get a half ton if you dont want to plow.

whats wrong with the diesel?

i have an 01 7.3, never had a problem. the international 7.3 was one of the best motors reliability wise ever built. 13 mpg? i can get way better.

the f250 is one of the best trucks you can buy. they are built like a tank, compared to GM's pathetic excuse of a truck. cant beat solid axles, especially in a work truck.

SpikeGT
03-13-2008, 11:21 PM
whats wrong with the diesel?

i have an 01 7.3, never had a problem. the international 7.3 was one of the best motors reliability wise ever built. 13 mpg? i can get way better.

the f250 is one of the best trucks you can buy. they are built like a tank, compared to GM's pathetic excuse of a truck. cant beat solid axles, especially in a work truck.

I have a 2000 f250 with 7.3L diesel. Great truck with a great engine. Get a used f-250 with a 7.3.

procut
03-13-2008, 11:27 PM
Here is all I'm going to say:

I've tried all three brands of trucks (Ford, Chevy, Dodge) with an open mind, and have had the best luck with Chevys. And the sad thing is I'm really not a big GM fan.

J&KLAWNSERVICE
03-13-2008, 11:28 PM
i was looking on ebay for f250 and seen some good ones and some that are new 2000's era but have high mileage!

DK lawn care
03-14-2008, 12:25 AM
Yes F-250/350 is the best work truck. I went with Chevy though, because the F-250 gasser was pretty slow in comparison. If you want diesel dont walk, RUN away from the Ford dealer. Be prepared for 13 MPG no matter what you get for a 3/4 ton. Like other guy mentioned get a half ton if you dont want to plow.

Why run from the ford dealer if u want a diesel? The 7.3 is very reliable and gets 14 city and 18 highway. It gets even better gas mileage with a chip.

DK lawn care
03-14-2008, 12:26 AM
whats wrong with the diesel?

i have an 01 7.3, never had a problem. the international 7.3 was one of the best motors reliability wise ever built. 13 mpg? i can get way better.

the f250 is one of the best trucks you can buy. they are built like a tank, compared to GM's pathetic excuse of a truck. cant beat solid axles, especially in a work truck.

It would suck to plow with a independent front suspension

bigw
03-14-2008, 12:27 AM
I love my 2004 F250 super duty

Wrobel#1
03-14-2008, 12:37 AM
I have a 6.0 F-450 awesome truck with a ton of power. But filling it up sucks. I'm looking for a small truck maybe a 1500 or a ranger.

Cutting 4eva 21
03-14-2008, 08:35 AM
Here comes another Ford vs. Chevy vs. Dodge thread again. Damnit!!!

TXNSLighting
03-14-2008, 08:53 AM
ha lets be proffesional and dont argue this time! Probably 90% of the people you will talk to will say ford is the best work truck hands down. the others will say the dodge cuz of the cummins. Personaly i believe the ford is the best for the job. I finally got to demo an 08 Super suty. had it for the weekend. All i can say is wow...What an unbelievable truck. SO much more comfortable than my Gmc and previous fords. i actually drove it for about 380 or so miles. it still had well over a quarter of a tank, so i dont know where people are getting these things dont get good fuel mileage...you know ive always been a ford fan but wow this one is so much better than any previous ford. and so quiet. I really have to hand it to ford here. I thought their quality was goin down hill but they have definatley made a rebound.

4 seasons lawn&land
03-14-2008, 06:10 PM
yes ford is the best work truck and the 7.3 WAS a good motor. To bad they dont make it anymore. Since they went to the 6.0 in 05 its been a nightmare. Im not a Ford basher, I would have got the 08 F-250 gasser but the power was so much better in the Chev 2500 w/ the 6.0. This truck has some balls, but sucks some serious gas too. The 5.4 ford might be a bit better on gas. It wasnt worth the 1 or 2 mpg cause it was a bit of a dog but if you dont mind that its a bullet proof motor to go with a bullit proof chassis. Dont get a Power Joke!

DK lawn care
03-14-2008, 11:33 PM
ford went with the 6.0 in mid 03. 03 and 04 Model year aer the problematic ones. International improved the 05 HG problems but improving the bolts that hold on the cyl heads. They also improved the HG's themselves. What gets me, is why didnt international use studs inthe first place instead of bolts?

J&KLAWNSERVICE
03-15-2008, 12:28 AM
when are they coming out with a toyota Dually??

4 seasons lawn&land
03-15-2008, 03:43 PM
ford went with the 6.0 in mid 03. 03 and 04 Model year aer the problematic ones. International improved the 05 HG problems but improving the bolts that hold on the cyl heads. They also improved the HG's themselves. What gets me, is why didnt international use studs inthe first place instead of bolts?



what country? the 04's were 7.3 in the states

DK lawn care
03-15-2008, 07:41 PM
No they werent. Again, the 6.0s were switched out mid 03 year. Ebay and auto trader have 03s that are 6.0s and 03s that are 7.3s. Go to www.fordtrucks.com/forums and theyll tell u the exact same thing as me. If the 7.3 was in the 04 MY then i would be deff lookin for a 04. (im kinda lookin for a ford 3/4 and up pickup). But i am looking for a 99 to a mid 03 (for the 7.3).

bibbo
03-15-2008, 09:58 PM
id say a v10 f250. the only reason i don't like Chevy is because the IFS on them, fords solid. v10 so you have that extra power and torque

TXNSLighting
03-15-2008, 11:12 PM
yes ford is the best work truck and the 7.3 WAS a good motor. To bad they dont make it anymore. Since they went to the 6.0 in 05 its been a nightmare. Im not a Ford basher, I would have got the 08 F-250 gasser but the power was so much better in the Chev 2500 w/ the 6.0. This truck has some balls, but sucks some serious gas too. The 5.4 ford might be a bit better on gas. It wasnt worth the 1 or 2 mpg cause it was a bit of a dog but if you dont mind that its a bullet proof motor to go with a bullit proof chassis. Dont get a Power Joke!

wow you really lost your credibility saying the 6.0 came out in 05...

TXNSLighting
03-15-2008, 11:13 PM
what country? the 04's were 7.3 in the states

no they werent big guy.

TXNSLighting
03-15-2008, 11:14 PM
when are they coming out with a toyota Dually??

doesnt matter.

4 seasons lawn&land
03-15-2008, 11:18 PM
yup your right, I was a year off, sorry. So much for my credibility! What a dipshitt

TXNSLighting
03-15-2008, 11:38 PM
a year and a half off! how dare you.

stroker51
03-15-2008, 11:43 PM
Texan, it's good to hear that the mileage didnt seem too bad in that one you drove. A friend of my dad's has an 08 with 10k miles, and i saw him at a farm sale today, ask him about his mileage. he said 15 tops, wishes he had the 99 7.3 he traded two trucks ago. Hopefully they will improve on that as they either get broke in or as they get the bugs worked out, either way, i've got a 96 with 210K that will get 15 mpg, pulling my mow rig in town.

DK lawn care
03-16-2008, 01:19 AM
Id say that the MPG on the 6.4 MIGHT get a little bit better after they brake in. But that takes what 90k?? Plus ppl who dont care about their warrenty or if their warrentys are up, are takin off there DPF's and they are gainin better MPG's.

J&KLAWNSERVICE
03-16-2008, 01:38 AM
doesnt matter.

it will when your truck breaks down.

slowleak1
03-16-2008, 10:39 AM
it will when your truck breaks down.

no it wont, toyota will never make a diesel dually that can work like the ones we have now. there is a prototype, and it was nothing but purtiness. who wants a pretty work truck? not me! i will stick with my solid front axle, 4wd 7.3 liter workhorse

J&KLAWNSERVICE
03-16-2008, 01:01 PM
not what i heard, toyota's are long lasting vehicles. im sure one day they might come out with somethn.

TXNSLighting
03-17-2008, 08:58 AM
it will when your truck breaks down.

o so toyotas never break down? come on. No it will never matter to me way crapota puts out. They dont know how to build work truck and never will. They need to leave it to the real HD's. Ford, Gm, Dodge.

4 seasons lawn&land
03-17-2008, 01:55 PM
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TXNSLighting
03-18-2008, 10:36 AM
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ha! toyotas rely on chevys! there ya go!

invistone53
03-18-2008, 04:40 PM
Hello guys, the new K10 diesel fuel is why you are getting bad mileage on your trucks.

TXNSLighting
03-18-2008, 05:09 PM
k10? huh? you mean ultra low sulphur diesel? maybe all the emmisions junk on the new trucks? thats the reason for crappy fuel mileage.

cutall1
03-22-2008, 08:49 PM
I would go with the f250, you can tow what u need when u need to, reliable and they look sick. Im not into dodges and I do like chevys though

HVC
04-12-2008, 09:47 PM
Chevy's were better up to the early 80's. I drove an 83 Chevy Custom Deluxe, I plowed with it, bent the frame, overloaded it with item #4, hauled junk and couldn't kill the 5.7 liter V8 or the Turbo350 transmission. All I hear from newer year Chevy owners is that their front ends are broken and their transmissions can't handle the forward/ reverse necessary for snow plowing.

I cannot comment on older Dodge or Ford because I was a Chevy guy back then.

Yota's are good for towing and luxury. Put a plow on one and you'll probably crumple the frame! I owned two Yota's, one a 97 Tacoma and another was a 00 Camry. Great for the purpose! When I was looking at the Tundra and mentioned a Fisher plow to the dealer, all I heard was that Porky Pig sound.. "ba deeb ba deep ba deep say what" "We don't recommend that".

Now I am a Ford guy. I have an 02 F-250 and have no complaints other than the turn radius but that has been taken care last year with stronger and quieter coil springs . I recall someone in here stating that the coil springs out performed the leaf springs so not only is Ford WAS good but IS good and getting better.