View Full Version : Best gas engine?

07-14-2008, 11:37 PM
I need to buy a 2500/250 for next year. It will only be hauling 3 people, a bed full of grass (with sides), and towing less than 3k #. What engine would provide the best gas mileage while still being able to handle the weight easily? The truck that the engine is in has to be cost around $10000-$12000 with an extended cab and long box.

Albery's Lawn & Tractor
07-14-2008, 11:51 PM
You only need a 1/2 ton for that little of weight.

07-14-2008, 11:54 PM
Chevy 1/2 ton, V8.

07-15-2008, 12:07 AM
I'd go with the 5.4L Triton but the 6.0L Chevy is also a good engine with good power.

07-15-2008, 12:15 AM
How much would a full bed with sides of grass weigh? Im not sure if a 1/2 ton has enough payload for that.

07-15-2008, 12:29 AM
Chevy 6.0

Hell I put one in my 1/2 ton :weightlifter:

07-15-2008, 01:47 AM
both Ford and Chevy make reliable and fuel efficient V8s

07-15-2008, 07:59 AM
I just love the old chevys. there easy to find and body parts are eveywhere around here.

07-15-2008, 12:53 PM
Ive always loved the Triton V8.

07-15-2008, 08:51 PM
If you're going to put sides on it, then fill it with grass, that's way too much for a half-ton. Might work for a while, but you'll be visiting Mr. Goodwrench a lot. I've owned Fords and Chevys. Keep the oil and filters changed and either will last a long time. My 00 F350 gets as good mileage as a lot of the lighter trucks, cause it's hardly working. I've filled it over the top with grass and shredded leaves, and it's a good load, but not a problem. It has a 5.4 V8, 5-speed and 4.10 gears. (It's for sale on Lawnsite, but maybe too far for you to travel.)

07-15-2008, 10:09 PM
FYI the weak point on the half ton Chevys is the transmission. The 3/4 ton has a completely different much stronger transmission. IF youre gonna be loading it down often, Id defiantly get the 3/4 ton

07-15-2008, 11:56 PM
You're crazy for getting a 1/2 ton with a full pickup load of grass with sides, plus a 3k trailer. Last year i used to pile up the grass into my 8ft bed too, and trust me, it wore the hell out of the truck. I didn't even have sides. They squat quite a bit, and wet grass isn't really the lightest thing. 1 rain fall can double the weight in your bed. IMO a 3/4ton with a 6.0 is your best option. You'll tear any 1/2 ton into pieces with that type of load.

mike lane lawn care
07-16-2008, 01:23 AM
GM 8.1L V8 or Ford 6.8L V10

07-16-2008, 07:38 AM
6.0 Chevy!!!!

07-17-2008, 04:33 PM
GM 8.1L V8 ......Too bad there won't be anymore built in the 1 tons.
I'll have had mine for 7 years next month.

07-17-2008, 11:36 PM
A 2500HD with a 6.0 V8 would be perfect. I have one with a Maxi-dump insert, and I tow an enclosed trailer that weighs around 2,200 lbs. I can easily haul 2500 lbs in the dump insert and tow the trailer with little or no strain on the truck. I can go as fast as I want up pretty much any hill. I average about 10 mpg. You may do a tiny bit better with a 1/2 ton but you'll beat it up faster. Unless you drive 50,000 miles a year, your load is too light to justify a diesel.

07-20-2008, 02:55 AM
1/2 ton might do it, but I like the heavier suspension and brakes of a 3/4 ton.