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JMiller08
05-01-2010, 03:30 AM
How effective will a 1/2 ton truck be at towing a 14 ft open trailer with a 36 in walk behind, a 60 inch ztr, and all handhelds, gas cans, etc. Im thinking of buying a 1/2 ton for now as i am growing my business. Then in a couple years stepping up to a 3/4 ton. Im working out of a 1995 nissan pickup that is basically the size of an s10. It pulls my 5x8 with 52 in ztr and 21 in push mower fine but struggles with any highway pulling at all.

buttaluv
05-01-2010, 09:38 AM
Might as well get a 3/4 now!

but a 1/2 ton should pull that fine

kevinreilley
05-01-2010, 10:27 AM
I have a 1/2 ton chevy and i tow a 12' trailer with a 48 walker and a 61 rider and it doesn't feel like I am towing anything. I also have towed about 2 tons of dirt on my trailer many times, I think you should be fine.

rcslawncare
05-01-2010, 06:05 PM
It should be fine, but if you got the money to invest, a 3/4 ton will be a better bet.

dhunterd08
05-01-2010, 06:11 PM
1/2 ton no problem I have had 2 pallets of sod on mt trailer and one in the bed at 1800-2000plds a piece without an issue and that day i drove 189 miles.....2004 F150 5.4

unkownfl
05-01-2010, 09:11 PM
I have three half tons I've pulled my trailers without issues from them for almost two years. Here is my Ford pulling my smaller rig. This is a 98 4.2 v6 Ford F-150 I currently use a 01 silverado with a 4.3 all the trucks are autos.
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a257/cobra305hp/WrightStander36018.jpg

dhunterd08
05-01-2010, 09:25 PM
I have three half tons I've pulled my trailers without issues from them for almost two years. Here is my Ford pulling my smaller rig. This is a 98 4.2 v6 Ford F-150 I currently use a 01 silverado with a 4.3 all the trucks are autos.
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a257/cobra305hp/WrightStander36018.jpg

Wow. I am impressed. My 97xl, big red(1997-2009 RIP) as I called it, didn't do well with a 5x10, 26inch snapper, and the gravely walk behind.....

unkownfl
05-01-2010, 10:44 PM
Wow. I am impressed. My 97xl, big red(1997-2009 RIP) as I called it, didn't do well with a 5x10, 26inch snapper, and the gravely walk behind.....

I've had 2000lbs of concrete in the bed before. I know its no where close to being safe doing so but it did it.

topsites
05-02-2010, 10:21 AM
My 97xl didn't do well with a 5x10...

That's what I keep hearing from the locals concerning 1/2 tons and towing, let me guess, tranny?

unkownfl
05-02-2010, 12:18 PM
If you get a 3/4 ton with a 5.4 you get the same transmission as a 4.2 1/2 ton.

doubleedge
05-02-2010, 12:36 PM
I currently use 2 f150s to pull trailers. My 2004 5.4 f150 pulls the equipment (16 ft trailer, 2 zero turn mowers, push mowers, etc; probably over 4500 lbs total). My 1996 5.7 f150 pulls the leaf trailer (10 ft dump trailer with high sides and Billy Goat leaf loader). They both work well.

MileHigh
05-02-2010, 12:43 PM
I must be spoiled with the powerstroke...cause my gas half ton can't tow squat anywhere fast.

punt66
05-02-2010, 12:59 PM
My dodge 1500 tows a ztr with bagger, walk behind blower, hand helds, hand tools and fuel everyday in an enclosed 12' trailer. It also tows my 20' bass boat and car trailer with cars on it. Its rated to tow 7100lbs. The tow package comes with electric brakes. You will have no problem. By the way, i went from towing everyday with a 3/4 to 1/2 ton because i was sick of the bumpy ride. Go for it. I even plow with it.