View Full Version : 26,000 GVW Truck

09-04-2008, 01:20 AM
What would be my best option for a 26,000 GVW truck and engine? I will use the truck to haul material and pull an 11,000 lb mini. and or track skidsteer.

I currently pull the mini and skids with a 2002 F-350 7.3. It is a great truck but I think the engine is going to explode one of these days when I pull up a steep hill.

09-04-2008, 01:46 AM
i am also looking for a 26k or 33k truck to do the same thing with. the new mini is going to be to much for my old dodge gasser to pull.

i have been looking into a f-750 with a allison 3000 series auto and a c-7 cat.

Gravel Rat
09-04-2008, 02:19 AM
Get your CDL and get a truck with a 33-35,000lb gvw your going to be overloading a light duty truck with a 26,000lb gvw. If you have a 11,000lb mini I assume a 161 Kubota you want something that can pack a load.

09-04-2008, 02:49 AM
Go get yourself a nice Sterling Acterra with either a Caterpillar or Mercedes Benz diesel. Keep in mind with a 26k truck, you can only haul a 1lb trailer behind it before needing a CDL.


09-05-2008, 12:56 AM
Thanks for the respones guys. It looks like I am going to need to get a CDL this winter. Can anyone give me the pros and cons of taking the step to CDL. I assume costs such as licensing, insurance....... go way up.

Also, is there going to be a big discrepency in price betweenthe different brands of trucks in the 26,000 to 33,00lb trucks? I want a solid truck at a reasonable price.

Gravel Rat
09-05-2008, 01:21 AM
If you found youself a International 7400 or a Sterling 8500 or a Pete 332 or Kenworth T-300. The cheaper option is the International and Sterling. The International has a better engine over the Mercedes usually found in the Sterlings.

If your going to a CDL you might aswell get a tandem they are just as cheap to run.

09-05-2008, 01:38 AM
DT466 @ 215+hp is a solid engine too.

09-06-2008, 01:32 PM
go with an international and 466. I have a 92 pre electronics usually around 40-42k gvw and get around 8-9 mpg. I can haul a lot more better brakes and better mileage towing than my 07 dodge cummins.

Gravel Rat
09-06-2008, 04:48 PM
Heres ones I would look at



CAT powered
09-06-2008, 05:08 PM
I'd avoid a truck from Massachusetts. This is coming from someone that has seen a lot of trucks from there.

They have very loose weight restrictions and the trucks wear out much more quickly than trucks from other places. I see dump trailers coming out of Mass. on a regular basis that have saggy frames from all the weight put in them.

Gravel Rat
09-06-2008, 05:45 PM
I wouldn't buy a truck from the rust belt or ex plow trucks but I'am using the ads as a example look for a heavy single axle with a 8spd or 10spd stay away from the 6spd and 7spd or 5+2 gearing. A 8 or 10 speed is so easy to shift and strong enough to take some abuse they also keep the engine from over revving or lugging.

The best transmission behind a 466 or 530 International is a 13spd you will have a hard time finding one like that because they were custom ordered.

A 13spd you can split the top gears which is good for the 466 as its a lower rpm engine and you want to keep here pulling in its zone.

If you can't find a dump truck already put together build one from a cab and chassis truck. If you found a good spec'ed single axle that has a frame that is too long you can move the axle forward easy enough to shorten the wheelbase. It is easy to shorten a long wheelbase chassis to suit your needs.

Who knows a dumping flatdeck might suilt your needs better you could have ramps for it to get the excavator on or a skid steer.

A rolloff truck is the best bet when you have a small machine like a 161 Kubota size because you can put the machine in a rolloff box and winch the box onto the truck no trailer needed. You do need a tandem axle rolloff thou a single axle isn't heavy enough. You dump the rolloff box onto the ground unload the machine go do the job load the machine back into the box off you go. Also with a rolloff if you have a lowside box you can drop it on the ground load it up with dirt etc .