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NEWGUYRI
01-02-2010, 12:37 AM
OK big problem.
I am purchasing a first truck.
Price Range: 6-12,000 $
Brand: Open
Year: Open
Model: Open
Miles: under 150k

I am just wondering what year would be best, and what specifically would be good for me, I was thinking Ford F-250.

Jpeg lawn maintenance
01-02-2010, 12:42 AM
Depends on what you are going to do with it. Do you plan to install dump bed and haul mulch. I would say f350 if so. You can find a decent 2500 for around 10000 with say 80k miles. good luck search craigslist.

NEWGUYRI
01-02-2010, 12:45 AM
Well, I do plan to do some mulch hauling, but I thought the F-250 would have plenty of power for that. Main use is pulling the trailer with stuff in signature.

Jpeg lawn maintenance
01-02-2010, 12:47 AM
Well, I do plan to do some mulch hauling, but I thought the F-250 would have plenty of power for that. Main use is pulling the trailer with stuff in signature.

are you considering a dump insert or no ?

hondarancher4435
01-02-2010, 09:16 PM
Buy a dodge ram 94-02 with a cummmins and don't look back. The truck will keep on running no matter what you throw at it. However if diesel is not an option then i would get a ford gasser. With the amount of money you have you can get basically anything you want. I just bought a 1996 dodge ram 2500 cummins 4x4 auto with 170,000mi for $5500 and the truck is great in mint condition and there are plenty of other deals just like it around.

DRBLawnBuster
01-03-2010, 03:56 PM
a f-150 is plenty, but it is nice to have the f-250 sometimes

NEWGUYRI
01-03-2010, 04:54 PM
are you considering a dump insert or no ?

Eventually.

Jpeg lawn maintenance
01-03-2010, 05:36 PM
[QUOTE=NEWGUYRI;3344043]Eventually.[/QUOT

Then I would definitly go with f250 or f350 250 will be fine tho.

hondarancher4435
01-03-2010, 09:42 PM
a f-150 is plenty, but it is nice to have the f-250 sometimes

Maybe an f150 is ok for you but anyone who does things other than just having a mower in the bed or pulling one or two around is much better suited to a 3/4 or 1 ton truck for heavy hauling and towing jobs.

motorscot
01-03-2010, 10:56 PM
Try and go with a diesel if you can find one. Rule of thumb when buying used equipment: Buy the best, most well cared for, lowest mileage that you can afford.

In addition, I would rather buy a diesel with 175,000 miles on it if the owner had all of the service records since new and can show that it was maintained properly. A diesel will go 300,000 miles easy if cared for.

Also, you get better mileage, better towing, better hauling.

2500 series (3/4 ton) at minimum. Don't get into the ford vs chevy vs dodge debate. Find the best that you can and don't look back.

FWIW, Dodge and Ford probably have a better (and longer) record for diesel than Chevy. Dodge has been using the proven Cummins package for 20+ years IIRC.

Finally, a diesel can grow with your business and haul almost anything. Gas (in 2500/3500 3/4 or 1 ton) do okay, at the expense of more wear and tear and worse mileage. A diesel can pull 10,000 lbs at 65 mph on the interstate at 2200 rpm and never downshift to go up a hill. A gas will do it at 3500+ rpm and then downshift to 4500+ to make the hill. It's all about the low end torque.

Good luck.

TXNSLighting
01-04-2010, 12:26 AM
Maybe an f150 is ok for you but anyone who does things other than just having a mower in the bed or pulling one or two around is much better suited to a 3/4 or 1 ton truck for heavy hauling and towing jobs.

How old are you?

South Florida Lawns
01-07-2010, 03:28 AM
Get a mid 90's Tacoma for cheap pay it off and once you out grow it buy a bigger truck. The toyota will last you a long time so don't get rid of it.

MAD87
01-07-2010, 02:08 PM
Get a mid 90's Tacoma for cheap pay it off and once you out grow it buy a bigger truck. The toyota will last you a long time so don't get rid of it.

Well said!

mike lane lawn care
01-08-2010, 09:26 AM
you obviously should get a Chevy F-250 with the Cummins diesel engine, but make sure you get the one with Allison transmission. but whatever truck you do go with, make sure it's headlight fluid has been changed at least one in it's life.

MAD87
01-08-2010, 10:13 AM
[QUOTE=mike lane lawn care;3350680]you obviously should get a Chevy F-250 with the Cummins diesel engine, but make sure you get the one with Allison transmission. QUOTE]

That would be a good choice! lol