PDA

View Full Version : First Truck


Ben's Landscape
03-23-2009, 05:38 PM
I am looking for my first truck to do my landscaping out of. I only have a little amout of equipment (I only do res. mowing). So i could get away with a short bed but would prefer a long bed. I like dodges. My dad says for me to get a 6 cylinder 4 or 5 speed. I was wondering what truck was your first?? What would be a good one for my situation??

** If anyone in RI has a Dodge(or any truck) for sale please let pm me**

Duffster
03-23-2009, 05:52 PM
I would keep trailer pulling in mind as you will most likely outgrow the bed of your truck:drinkup:

Ben's Landscape
03-23-2009, 06:39 PM
Good point Duffster!!! I figured with a 6 cylinder 5 speed i should be ok with a small 6x10.
Am i wrong??

Duffster
03-23-2009, 06:51 PM
Good point Duffster!!! I figured with a 6 cylinder 5 speed i should be ok with a small 6x10.
Am i wrong??

No your not wrong

But i wouldn't concentrate on looking for a 6 cylinder to much

You will soon outgrow that little trailer also:drinkup:

rfed32
03-23-2009, 06:51 PM
i htink youd be fine with a 6cyl pullin a 6x12 trailer...i started out with a s10 and pulled a 6x10 with a wb on it....i would look into gettin 4x4 just in case u think about plowing...youd be alright doing driveways with a 6cyl and a little bit lighter of a plow...i would go with a 1/2ton

i went from a s10 to a 1/2 ton, i have a v8 and plow commercialy with no problems...and pulls trailers with out any problems


good luck

ZTR_Diesel
03-23-2009, 07:55 PM
Start small - and with what you can afford. Heck, you can pull a nice little trailer with a Ranger, and I did so for many years.

I have a dodge 3/4 ton with a Cummins in it. I get better mileage than a Ranger, however parts, maintance & repairs are much more expensive. I would encouage you to keep thinking small, likely a base line half-ton truck, to start with. American culture tells us we always need more - usually we don't. Check relaiblity and resale values on trucks, I would NOT own another Dodge truck unless it was a Cummins. Overall, small V8 Chevrolets are pretty desireable, reliable, and easy to repair. I just wish they would finally dispose of the useless 4.3L V6 that's been around since about 1975 or so. I would avoid that rough, underpowered, fuel guzzling engine if at all possible.

Petr51488
03-23-2009, 11:14 PM
Buy what you can afford. A good idea is to start with a half ton truck. 1500/150 series and move up from there. A v-8 will work less then a v-6 when you decide to upgrade later on.

Looking Good Lawn Service
03-24-2009, 12:12 AM
exactly what Petr51488 said, just get the best for what you can afford, and go from there, if you want to pm me your budget and what type of truck u are looking for I can find one for u, I love to shop for trucks, best of luck

PhillipsBrosLawnCare
03-25-2009, 04:40 PM
A six cylinder and a 5 speed would be good for you - but it's called a CUMMINS!

pitrack
03-26-2009, 12:19 AM
A six cylinder and a 5 speed would be good for you - but it's called a CUMMINS!

:laugh:
I would say you will be fine with a 6 in a mid sized truck (Dakota, Ranger, etc.), but if you can afford a half ton, go that route.

kylefiroe90
04-03-2009, 12:53 AM
Ya ud be fine with a 6 cylinder. Oh ya cummins are 6 cylinders!! lol go for whatever you can get your hands on.

Ben's Landscape
04-03-2009, 05:01 PM
I wish that i could afford a Cummins!! I like them a lot!! But they have to bee like a 92-2002. I don't like the new ones!!

kylefiroe90
04-03-2009, 11:58 PM
Awh hell! the new cummins are wicked man. I have a 1997 cummins flatbed for my work truck.

Ben's Landscape
04-06-2009, 09:20 PM
I don't like the 6.7 liter!! Granted i like all the power and torque that it has but i like the fuel miliage out of the 5.9!! Rember the days of getting 19-22 mph?? what color is your flat bed??

addictedtolandscaping
04-06-2009, 09:25 PM
I've got a 07.5 with the 6/7 and I get awesome mileage. I average 19 around town and have run at 29-31 on the highway, how do you beat that without a hybrid??

kylefiroe90
04-06-2009, 09:40 PM
its got a white cab with a newly painted flat black bed.

Ben's Landscape
04-07-2009, 09:13 PM
Cool!! do you have any pics on the site??

mdlwn1
04-07-2009, 09:28 PM
Doubt they're still around, but ford had a 300 cubic inch 6 cylinder and when mated to the 5 speed would out pull the 5.0 v8...by a LOT!! 300,000 mile were common to see.

pdenney11
04-07-2009, 09:35 PM
I'd buy a 1/2 ton atleast if you can afford it. 4x4 comes in handy, but if you arent going to keep your first truck for too long then you should be fine with just a v-6 anythings. I worked at a dodge salvage yard and I don't think I would buy one unless it was a cummins. Stay as far away from the dodge v-10 as possible.

Ben's Landscape
04-07-2009, 09:40 PM
Doubt they're still around, but ford had a 300 cubic inch 6 cylinder and when mated to the 5 speed would out pull the 5.0 v8...by a LOT!! 300,000 mile were common to see.

I think that they were discontinued in like 96. But i was looking into them because i can get one pretty cheap. Does anyone know what the miliage is expected with the 300 ci with the 5 speed??

kylefiroe90
04-07-2009, 11:39 PM
Cool!! do you have any pics on the site??

na i dont yet but as soon as the rain lets up ill snap a few pics and let you know!

Ben's Landscape
04-08-2009, 09:21 PM
OK sounds good!! Look forward to seeing it. I like looking what other LCO's are running for trucks and equipment.

kylefiroe90
04-08-2009, 10:39 PM
OK sounds good!! Look forward to seeing it. I like looking what other LCO's are running for trucks and equipment.

my me too. Gives me a feel for how gay my company looks haha jk.

Brothers_Landscaping
04-09-2009, 12:02 AM
I've got a 07.5 with the 6/7 and I get awesome mileage. I average 19 around town and have run at 29-31 on the highway, how do you beat that without a hybrid??

I'm sorry but my brother gets 30 to 35 mpg with his 6.5 liter gmc diesel, and thats stock, and I don't like dodges, and yes cummins are good but no better then a powerstroke, CAT's are the best!!!