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Lawn Expert Lawn Care
01-27-2012, 09:20 PM
hey guys, just wanted to see how the trucks added up around here. we all know that landscaping takes a toll on whatever truck you use. but what does the best in yals opinion? of course we ALLLLLL know Dodge make the strongest/all around BEST trucks ;) but i wanted to see who all agrees with me haha

KrayzKajun
01-27-2012, 09:37 PM
i pull my trailers with a 11' Ram 3500 c/c dually 4x4 6.7L CUMMINS HO!!!!

i had a silverado, F150 & F250. i love my dually. just bought a used 1/2 sierra for a backup and for mowing!

DA Quality Lawn & YS
01-27-2012, 11:12 PM
None of the above, I run a 4.7 Dakota and until I need to start pulling heavy loads, I love how handy it is compared to those 10 ft tall truck beds on the full sized's.

ringahding
01-27-2012, 11:50 PM
Everything in the list below.

Jimslawncareservice
01-28-2012, 11:41 AM
I have an 06 dodge 2500 cummins. A 04 f350 with the 6.0 and a 97 Chevy 3500 dump with a 6.5 do I can't really answer the poll. By the way one is red another blue and the other is white
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clydebusa
01-28-2012, 12:22 PM
You need multiple button, 2 chevys and 1 ford here.

K&L Landscaping
01-28-2012, 01:24 PM
Most of the time a '07 Silverado 2500HD with Vortec 6.0 simply because it's easier on fuel than my '07 F-350 Powerstroke dump.

Lawn Expert Lawn Care
01-28-2012, 02:58 PM
for those with multiply trucks, i guess i was relaying which do you PROFER? which pulls and works the best?

DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING
01-28-2012, 03:11 PM
Mitsubishi
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Lefet
01-28-2012, 04:04 PM
Starting this year with a Silverado. The jury's still out on how it's going to handle things but we'll find out. Switched from ford, no particular reason, just a good deal on a badly needed vehicle. I'm hoping not to END the season pulling with the same thing. We'll see how it goes!!

Swampy
01-28-2012, 08:43 PM
1998 K3500 Chevy with a 6.5L Diesel. Though thinking of getting a Dakota. Realistically don't need the diesel for towing walkbehinds around. But its nice for trips and when ever I need to rent something heavier.

mowerbrad
01-28-2012, 09:35 PM
2007.5 Chevy Silverado 2500HD with the 6.0 Vortec. Switched from a '98 GMC 2500 6.5 diesel and wouldn't go back!

B&M
01-29-2012, 10:38 PM
Ford is the only way to fly. I have been using an f-250 for the past 5 years and before that a f-150. I guess I'm a ford guy. I can't remember the last time the 250 didn't have a trailer attached to it.

Matt attack
01-31-2012, 09:27 PM
I started 2 years ago with a Dakota with 35 inch tires. Wouldn't reccomend doing that if you wanna save on gas but it actualy pulled right good. I sold that though the end of last year and got an 03 dodge 3500 5.9 cummins... Love this truck and it sure can pull!!

Panhead
02-01-2012, 03:29 AM
1996 Dodge Ram with the Magnum 360, 5 spd. 168k and still shittin' turds...I mean Fords... Getting about 14 city, 16-17 highway...not too shabby for a truck that tips the scale at 5200 lbs. Recently purchase a Dodge Dakota with 180k, Magnum 3.9L, 5 spd...all original drivetrain and paint, I use it for a back up or to get around town.

jackal
02-01-2012, 07:58 AM
1500 silverado pulls my 4000 lbs around fine.

09daxman
02-02-2012, 01:20 AM
09 Chevy Dmax, couldn't be happier!! Pulls like a dream, and havent found a ford or dodge that have beaten me yet. I'm sure someday I will though.
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Landscape Poet
02-02-2012, 01:38 AM
1976 Ford Pinto - has a little trouble with the big hills...but safes me a fortune in gas. Thinking about getting a loan to get a Geo Metro to add to the fleet ....we will see if I hae a good year.

M & MD Lawn
02-02-2012, 02:43 AM
97 GMC Sierra 454

bls47303
02-03-2012, 01:16 AM
None of the above, I run a 4.7 Dakota and until I need to start pulling heavy loads, I love how handy it is compared to those 10 ft tall truck beds on the full sized's.

Ive used my 2000 4.7 reg cab 2wd dakota since 2003 to pull a 12 foot trailer. have over loaded it many times and had always done the job. last year in the winter i rebuilt the origional trans for the frist time at 202000 miles. it currently has 222000 miles on it and going strong. I now have a 1 ton that i do the heavy hauling with.

DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING
02-03-2012, 01:20 AM
Am I the only one that runs a Mitsubishi cab over to pull with?
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PlantscapeSolutions
02-03-2012, 01:31 AM
hey guys, just wanted to see how the trucks added up around here. we all know that landscaping takes a toll on whatever truck you use. but what does the best in yals opinion? of course we ALLLLLL know Dodge make the strongest/all around BEST trucks ;) but i wanted to see who all agrees with me haha

It's a shame you wasted the 2500 chassis by putting a Hemi in it. Cummins all the way (06' & 09'). Buying an HD truck with a gasser is like buying a castrated truck.

GOOSEIDI
02-09-2012, 11:29 PM
I use my 1991 F350 4x4 5 speed. 4:10 gears, 7.3 idi with ATS turbo. 265,000 miles on the ticker. Truck tips in at 7500lbs. and always gets 13-16 mpg's, trailer or not. The engine is stupid simple and the 5 speed will make autos puke. When I have to go to fleet status I plan to import 89-94 F350's or F Superdutys from rust free parts of the country. I have seen these trucks perform wrecker duty with over 870,000 logged and documented miles on them.

tread lightly services
02-10-2012, 12:06 AM
lol nobody voted cadillac truck so i voted for it because i have been forced to use it a couple times.....

gmc sierra c3 soon to be in the driveway.

PlantscapeSolutions
02-10-2012, 01:04 AM
I use my 1991 F350 4x4 5 speed. 4:10 gears, 7.3 idi with ATS turbo. 265,000 miles on the ticker. Truck tips in at 7500lbs. and always gets 13-16 mpg's, trailer or not. The engine is stupid simple and the 5 speed will make autos puke. When I have to go to fleet status I plan to import 89-94 F350's or F Superdutys from rust free parts of the country. I have seen these trucks perform wrecker duty with over 870,000 logged and documented miles on them.

I'm in rust free Texas and I can tell you most of the IDI's are all worn out and junked. The IDI trucks on the road still are worn out and in pretty rough shape. You have to be a patient person to like IDI's because the 0-60 time is probably 30 seconds. Trying to pull out into traffic is lots of fun. I test drove one but it was just too slow to even consider buying it.

OUTLANDER
02-10-2012, 03:44 AM
so whats up with you guys hauling around a mowing trailer with these 1 ton trucks (is this very smart?)...i mean either you spent all your money, or credit whatever on it and dont have a 2nd truck, or you have some real big shoes to try and follow...hahahahahaa.....I have my big truck when i need it, but anyways i pull my stuff with a Ford F150 300 straight 6, and i will be pulling with that as long as alot of you deisel owners will be, or untill the truck falls apart. :laugh: (and that is true if you are familiar with these motors (one of the best ford made)

Swampy
02-10-2012, 08:47 AM
so whats up with you guys hauling around a mowing trailer with these 1 ton trucks (is this very smart?)...i mean either you spent all your money, or credit whatever on it and dont have a 2nd truck, or you have some real big shoes to try and follow...hahahahahaa.....I have my big truck when i need it, but anyways i pull my stuff with a Ford F150 300 straight 6, and i will be pulling with that as long as alot of you deisel owners will be, or untill the truck falls apart. :laugh: (and that is true if you are familiar with these motors (one of the best ford made)

See other side of the coin, I believe the 1 ton is the better option for my business. But I have mine in a small package, my truck is a standard cab long box single rear wheel K3500 with the 6.5L Diesel (It is even whirlpool white). If you put a 3/4 ton next to it, they are almost the same.

Now I look at it as I have room to expand into other ventures, I can feel comfortable putting on a heavier/wider plow. Fuel wise I'm making out, the 6.5L I'm getting closer to 20 on the freeway vs. my old 1500 dodge 5.9L gasser I was lucky to get 12 on the freeway. Also just fuel consumption for plowing, with diesel I can stay out longer, instead of looking for that next gas station to fill up the truck.

The other reason I went to a diesel, when I was shopping around I got a screaming deal on the truck vs all the other used trucks I was finding (rusted out, high mileage, wanted a ton of cash cause it has a plow).

I'm not saying diesel is the way to go or 1 tons are the best. Find out what you want to do and where you want your business to go. Then find the best truck out there for you. I'm really looking at getting another 1500 sized truck, use as back up for plowing and for mowing.

PlantscapeSolutions
02-10-2012, 10:20 AM
If you service hilly areas and pull a 16' enclosed trailer with several machines you need a truck that makes lots of torque at 1600 rpm's instead of 3500+ rpms. For a small trailer a gas sixer is OK or even an eight but if you want a truck that can haul mulch and do a multitude of hauling tasks with ease and still get good mpg's you can't beat a Diesel. I don't miss my V8 360 gasser and it's lack of towing power at all.

A dually 3500 for mowing is more trouble then it's worth most of the time but a 3/4 ton works great. It's also nice that where as Cummins came out with a 100K warranty in 1940 the gassers 72 years later still only offer a 36K warranty. What's up with that?

DoetschOutdoor
02-10-2012, 02:24 PM
I pull my 18' enclosed trailer with an 06 cummins 3/4 ton. Its nice to have all the power I ever need, it reliably gets 12-13 mpg towing, and I know after running it for 4 or so years that I will get awesome resale value. I like having a newer truck and being that i drive about 20k a year, its nice to know that even when the truck has 130k on her that I will still be able to get alot my initial purchase price back. Buddy just unloaded his 06 cummins with 135k on her for 21,500. While I would never pay that much for a truck with that many miles, everybody and their brother is looking for these trucks around here and willing to pay. I searched around and found a good deal on mine when it had only 65k on it so after driving it for 4 years I will not lose too much money when I go to upgrade. I'm sure I could get away with using a gasser but similiar gas rigs would be getting about 8-9mpg and are not worth crap when they have high miles where the diesel holds value pretty well.

StihlMechanic
02-12-2012, 09:36 PM
A 1992 Ford F250 Diesel 2wd auto. and a 1990 D150 Dodge ram with a 318 V8, 4 speed. Both are fuel hogs but I dont owe a penny on either truck.

StihlMechanic
02-12-2012, 09:40 PM
If you service hilly areas and pull a 16' enclosed trailer with several machines you need a truck that makes lots of torque at 1600 rpm's instead of 3500+ rpms. For a small trailer a gas sixer is OK or even an eight but if you want a truck that can haul mulch and do a multitude of hauling tasks with ease and still get good mpg's you can't beat a Diesel. I don't miss my V8 360 gasser and it's lack of towing power at all.

A dually 3500 for mowing is more trouble then it's worth most of the time but a 3/4 ton works great. It's also nice that where as Cummins came out with a 100K warranty in 1940 the gassers 72 years later still only offer a 36K warranty. What's up with that?

Wow, I never knew that. I thought 100k mile warranties were a modern thing. Thats interesting. I bet an old cummins could go 500k-1 million miles with bare bones diesel technology. No turbo or computer.

Jimslawncareservice
02-12-2012, 09:40 PM
A 1992 Ford F250 Diesel 2wd auto. and a 1990 D150 Dodge ram with a 318 V8, 4 speed. Both are fuel hogs but I dont owe a penny on either truck.

I would hope your not making payments on trucks that are as old or of not older than a lot of members on here.
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larrylawns
02-12-2012, 10:27 PM
Wish I had a Cadillac anything I'm using a GMC Sonoma 4banger with a five speed . We all have to start somewhere
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JMK Lawn Service
02-13-2012, 01:12 AM
2006 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Duramax with a programmer. Runs 13.6 quater miles and puts down 461 hp and 823 tq on the dyno. But still pulls my trailer everyday and pushes snow (whenever is snows) all winter. Nothing better

stuffdeer
02-13-2012, 09:11 AM
2011 F250 4wd

PlantscapeSolutions
02-13-2012, 09:37 AM
2011 F250 4wd

Is that a 6.7 and if so how many miles? Any issues or has it been smooth sailing.

stuffdeer
02-13-2012, 10:02 AM
Is that a 6.7 and if so how many miles? Any issues or has it been smooth sailing.

6.2 Gas. Heard good things about the 6.7. Seen a few over 100k with no problems.

I have 32k on the 6.2 and i love it. I can get 17 MPG on the highway. Usually get around 11 or 12 in the city.
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precision8m
02-13-2012, 10:20 AM
I have a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 that I have used for the last four years and have been able to pull everything I needed to. I have had no problems with the truck and i'm at 140k miles. I give big props to Dodge rams for this. When you start looking at long term costs for trucks that always pull, the diesel wins. You can keep your 6cyl whatever for single axle trailers or pulling one zero turn, but how does it handle 10 yds of mulch or three pallets of sod? Most v8s get 8-12 mpg when pulling 3-8k lbs, and the engines crap out by 200k miles. Most diesels get 15-22 mpg pulling 5-10k lbs and will last at least 200k miles and sometimes as much as 600k miles. I will only be buying diesel from this point forward, and I highly respect the Cummins and the 7.3 powerstroke.

GQLL
02-13-2012, 01:30 PM
Were running three fords 2005 f150 a 2002 f450 and 2010 f350. love the low end power on the diesels, but the price of fuel makes me wonder some times.

32vld
02-13-2012, 03:07 PM
2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. 3,500 lb tow rating works for me.

Nothing better then riding around with the doors and side curtains off in the summer.

JMK Lawn Service
02-13-2012, 03:52 PM
I have a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 that I have used for the last four years and have been able to pull everything I needed to. I have had no problems with the truck and i'm at 140k miles. I give big props to Dodge rams for this. When you start looking at long term costs for trucks that always pull, the diesel wins. You can keep your 6cyl whatever for single axle trailers or pulling one zero turn, but how does it handle 10 yds of mulch or three pallets of sod? Most v8s get 8-12 mpg when pulling 3-8k lbs, and the engines crap out by 200k miles. Most diesels get 15-22 mpg pulling 5-10k lbs and will last at least 200k miles and sometimes as much as 600k miles. I will only be buying diesel from this point forward, and I highly respect the Cummins and the 7.3 powerstroke.

I also respect Cummins and 7.3 powerstrokes. The 6.0 PS is junk. The only problem with a cummins is its in a dodge. Duramax and GM is where its at. I know everyone has there opinion and prefference so im not telling anyone to switch brands. I have over 130k on my Duramax and i have put it through a lot. I take care of it inside and out, maintain it and fix anything on time. If you take care of anything it can last a long time. Diesel is the best for towing or doing this kind of work.

lawnspecialties
02-17-2012, 09:46 PM
'04 F250 5.4L and '11 F450 6.7L

watatrp
02-18-2012, 08:53 AM
I also respect Cummins and 7.3 powerstrokes. The 6.0 PS is junk.

My 6.0 has given me 229k of relatively trouble free miles. I'd be happy to get that type of service from any manufacturer.

PlantscapeSolutions
02-18-2012, 11:52 AM
My 6.0 has given me 229k of relatively trouble free miles. I'd be happy to get that type of service from any manufacturer.

My neighbor is up to 300K on his companies 6.0 but after getting towed several times they did the EGR delete and had to have the head resurfaced after it blew a HG.

The trick to the 6.0 is not to wait for problems to happen. Be proactive and take care of the heads with ARP studs and get the after market EGR cooler or delete. The divider for the engine/injector oil is a failure point that needs aftermarket attention as well. The after market oil cooler is a good idea as well. The funky International injector system pressurizes the oil and heats it up.

watatrp
02-18-2012, 08:51 PM
My neighbor is up to 300K on his companies 6.0 but after getting towed several times they did the EGR delete and had to have the head resurfaced after it blew a HG.

The trick to the 6.0 is not to wait for problems to happen. Be proactive and take care of the heads with ARP studs and get the after market EGR cooler or delete. The divider for the engine/injector oil is a failure point that needs aftermarket attention as well. The after market oil cooler is a good idea as well. The funky International injector system pressurizes the oil and heats it up.

Exactly. My motor is completely stock. I change the fluids religiously including the coolant. I think the key is to make sure the delta between the oil and coolant is always within spec.

JPNHigh
02-21-2012, 08:13 PM
07 Dodge Power Wagon and a 1993 Dodge W250 12 valve. Both have done a lot of work for me and needed nothing. I do all maintenance and preventative maintenance on both.

JMK Lawn Service
02-21-2012, 09:47 PM
My 6.0 has given me 229k of relatively trouble free miles. I'd be happy to get that type of service from any manufacturer.

I shouldnt say they are junk. If you take care of it, and be proactive about things that you know are going to be a problem anything can last a long time. I know someone with a 2006 LBZ duramax with over 965,000 miles with only 1 trans and one set of injectors. Never had the heads off the motor. And with a programmer on the truck. Now thats the longest lasting most dependable truck, ha (had to throw that in there). Like i said take care of it and it will take care of you.

scotts lawn care
02-21-2012, 10:57 PM
I like my 2004 chevy 2500HD DMAX. Crew cab, LT, white, loaded, with 109k miles. Hope it lasts - no truck payments! :dancing:

Cummins343
02-21-2012, 11:09 PM
06 Chevy 2500HD 6.6L duramax

DirtworXcc
03-09-2012, 07:22 AM
older thread i know....i pull with a 1994 cummins 12valve, big injectors, 5 inch stack, big turbo.....larger fuel lines .......long chasis with a dump bed and job box between the cab and bed.
works all summer pulling a 16 foot trailer and pushes all winter with a 9'2" Boss VXT and a swensen spreader {3800lbs of majic salt}

i'd love a new truck but this old girl just goes and goes and goes....cant get rid of her and justify a 50,000 dollar truck in any way shape or form

looking at a chevy P30 box van {bread truck style} to turn into a residential mowing rig.......the ram and trailer are pretty long for little driveways and streetside parking

Blades Lawn Maintenance
03-11-2012, 10:27 PM
2002 Dodge ram 1500... Just started last April but u gotta start somewhere
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DieselHolic
03-20-2012, 04:13 PM
2 Cummins'

APLUS LAWN CARE
03-20-2012, 05:01 PM
1997 F-150 4x4

kirkmbrown2001
03-20-2012, 10:00 PM
Had a 2007 ram 1500 with the 3.7L V6 and it couldn't pull a trailer of feathers uphill! I would have to put my pedal to the floor on some hills to get it up to 35mph while only towing a 12ft single axle trailer with one zero turn. That thing was a DOG! Now I upgraded to a 2008 Ram 2500 4x4 quad cab long bed with the HEMI and the difference was night and day. That thing hauls like a boss! To bad I didn't get an 09' or newer Ram with the Hemi. The 09's and up have the multi-cylinder shut-off which shuts the engine down to 4 cylinders when highway driving or stopped automatically. Then when you need the power, all 8 cylinders kick in instantly. It saves you around 30% in gas compared to an engine without multi-cylinder shut-off.

Dodge was also working on a hybrid hemi for the 1500 that was set to be released in 2010. It was supposed to have all the power of the hemi you would expect but with the fuel savings that come with a hybrid. To bad they went bankrupt before they could release it. I guess Fiat put the brakes on the project. :( They have the hybrid hemi currently on the new dodge durangos though.

Here are some pics of my new truck:

http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p291/kirkmbrown2001/260291_10150254721910747_97115250746_7469352_5200226_n.jpg

http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p291/kirkmbrown2001/260291_10150254721930747_97115250746_7469353_1654713_n.jpg

http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p291/kirkmbrown2001/268108_10150254722510747_97115250746_7469363_4973979_n.jpg

JMK Lawn Service
03-21-2012, 12:26 AM
Had a 2007 ram 1500 with the 3.7L V6 and it couldn't pull a trailer of feathers uphill! I would have to put my pedal to the floor on some hills to get it up to 35mph while only towing a 12ft single axle trailer with one zero turn. That thing was a DOG! Now I upgraded to a 2008 Ram 2500 4x4 quad cab long bed with the HEMI and the difference was night and day. That thing hauls like a boss! To bad I didn't get an 09' or newer Ram with the Hemi. The 09's and up have the multi-cylinder shut-off which shuts the engine down to 4 cylinders when highway driving or stopped automatically. Then when you need the power, all 8 cylinders kick in instantly. It saves you around 30% in gas compared to an engine without multi-cylinder shut-off.

Dodge was also working on a hybrid hemi for the 1500 that was set to be released in 2010. It was supposed to have all the power of the hemi you would expect but with the fuel savings that come with a hybrid. To bad they went bankrupt before they could release it. I guess Fiat put the brakes on the project. :( They have the hybrid hemi currently on the new dodge durangos though.

Here are some pics of my new truck:

http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p291/kirkmbrown2001/260291_10150254721910747_97115250746_7469352_5200226_n.jpg

http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p291/kirkmbrown2001/260291_10150254721930747_97115250746_7469353_1654713_n.jpg

http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p291/kirkmbrown2001/268108_10150254722510747_97115250746_7469363_4973979_n.jpg

Should have got a cummins if your going to be in a dodge, would have twice the power and way better gas milage with all 6 cylinders running all the time.

BOSS LAWN 2343
03-21-2012, 05:17 AM
1 Chevy K1500, 1 Ford F-150

dixiechopper1999
04-13-2012, 01:22 AM
2006 chevy 2500 duramax

Fast Eddy
04-14-2012, 05:49 PM
2004 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7L
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mattman90
04-16-2012, 11:46 PM
Im a believer in the 1st gen powerstrokes (1994.5-97). They are cheap, parts are cheap, and they dont make them like they used to. I run 1 reg cab single wheel ton and 1 crew ton. Sometimes I consider buying a newer one, not because I like them or want one, but because I am self conscious about my appearance running '97 model trucks (even though they are both very clean and nice looking). Then I remember that in the past year, I drove 65k miles. In all those miles, I put in a clutch and ball joints on one and a neutral safety switch in the other, and they are paid for. That makes me content with my 15 year old trucks.

OakNut
04-17-2012, 01:48 AM
2001 Silverado SLT 4x4 5.3 V-8

It's a work truck with leather, heated, 6-way power seats. :laugh:
I just turned over 52,000 miles last week. :p

Summer wheels...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Shrub%20Rescue%20Monroeville/IMAG2345.jpg


Winter wheels...

http://i802.photobucket.com/albums/yy309/IntegrityLawnCare/Lawn%20Care/Equipment/5%20by%208%20Trailer%20Refinished/104_5870.jpg

O.C LawnCare
04-17-2012, 10:11 AM
I use a 95 F250 7.3 powerstroke. I would like to buy either a new ford 6.7 or a duramax 6.6 LML
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lawnboy dan
04-17-2012, 07:16 PM
2003 tundra long bed 2wd and v6-most reliable truck i have owned .3 battery and 1 set of brake pads. thats it no repairs in 9 years of towing trailer. its a gas hog but what truck isnt

Swampy
04-18-2012, 12:43 AM
2003 tundra long bed 2wd and v6-most reliable truck i have owned .3 battery and 1 set of brake pads. thats it no repairs in 9 years of towing trailer. its a gas hog but what truck isnt

3 batteries? :confused::confused::confused: something isn't right. In my 98 diesel I still have the orginal two.