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Kmason714
02-02-2012, 06:07 PM
Do any of you have a f150 with the 4.2 V6? I trying to find a truck for mowing and I found a truck I like but it has this V6. My question is do you think it will handle pulling around a mower trailer day after day. The trailer is a single axle 6x14 and with all mowers and everything is probably right under 3000#.

DA Quality Lawn & YS
02-02-2012, 07:36 PM
It will pull a trailer and light load like that all day long.
I pulled trailer with a Ford Escape for several years with similar weight b/f I got a truck.
Didn't hurt it in the least.

unkownfl
02-02-2012, 07:52 PM
This is exactly what you're talking about with an auto. 9-11mpg in the city while mowing. I don't notice any extra performance going to a 3v 4.6 f150 while towing.
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a257/cobra305hp/Lawn%20equipment%20for%20sale/WrightStander36017.jpg

LindblomRJ
02-02-2012, 10:03 PM
Yes it will get er done. I would had a pickup like the one above with a 4.6 v8 and a 5 speed manual. It was a great pickup. Alas it was totaled when a deer ran out in front of it. I miss that pickup.

32vld
02-02-2012, 10:05 PM
Do any of you have a f150 with the 4.2 V6? I trying to find a truck for mowing and I found a truck I like but it has this V6. My question is do you think it will handle pulling around a mower trailer day after day. The trailer is a single axle 6x14 and with all mowers and everything is probably right under 3000#.

Do you know what the ford factory tow rating is for your truck?

Kmason714
02-02-2012, 10:42 PM
I havent looked into specs or anything. I havent bought a truck yet but have found a bunch of trucks for sale with that V6 so thats why i was curious if any had any experience. I have a newer ford with a V8 now but I dont want to work out of it anymore, I would rather buy a cheaper work truck for my mowing and stuff.

Patriot Services
02-02-2012, 10:53 PM
Do you know what the ford factory tow rating is for your truck?

3600 to 5000 in those years. 2012's are rated to 11000lbs in certain configurations with the 3.5 Ecoboost. How's that for innovations?:usflag:

unkownfl
02-02-2012, 11:39 PM
The one in the picture 4.2 auto 2wd was 6600lbs towing 2375 payload. If you buy one make sure it's not a 97-98. I have had 4 of those trucks all 97-98 model years. The intakes leak coolant down into the motor without notice and lock up the motor to bend a rod or blow the head gasket.

DA Quality Lawn & YS
02-03-2012, 01:13 AM
3600 to 5000 in those years. 2012's are rated to 11000lbs in certain configurations with the 3.5 Ecoboost. How's that for innovations?:usflag:

OK except for now the truck alone puts you on the DOT hit list.....

LindblomRJ
02-03-2012, 01:15 AM
This is exactly what you're talking about with an auto. 9-11mpg in the city while mowing. I don't notice any extra performance going to a 3v 4.6 f150 while towing.
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a257/cobra305hp/Lawn%20equipment%20for%20sale/WrightStander36017.jpg

That looks about mine, until it died.

http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc154/rjlindblom/Equipment/utf-8BSU1HMDAwMjYtMjAxMDA3MjAtMDYwMS5qcGc-1.jpg

Patriot Services
02-03-2012, 09:39 AM
OK except for now the truck alone puts you on the DOT hit list.....

If your running within limits and a correct setup what's the concern? DOT has very little prescence around here and you wouldn't believe the POS's rolling down the road.
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Deori
02-05-2012, 01:58 PM
I've got an '01 Supercab auto with the 4.2 and pull a 2K trailer with another 1000 lbs. in the bed all week. It definitely gets the job done, but lags pretty badly on steep hills. It's the only truck I've ever towed with so I don't have a basis of comparison. I also try not to drive it too rough, if I stomped on it it'll take those hills but it's getting older and I'm trying not to kill it lol. Other than the gasket issues mentioned in the early models (97-98), the 4.2 is a very reliable engine. I'm right around the corner from 180K miles and the motor has never given me a lick of trouble. It doesn't get much better gas mileage than the V8s and it lacks a little in power, but it's still a solid little work horse. Resale on V6 half-tons isn't great so there are a lot of cheap ones out there and a lot of them have probably been only lightly used. I definitely wouldn't mind some more power, but for a light work truck the 4.2 is great. Best of luck!
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