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Old 11-25-2012, 12:08 PM
Ecoscapes Ecoscapes is offline
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right time to upgrade?

My biz is small, 1-2 guys usually, and its been 1 diesel pickup truck that does everything from towing, estimates, daily driver. Seems like I'm always overwieght hauling materials w/dump trailer, had a kubota 121 mini ex and that was very heavy for pickup truck, now its time to plow.. so for years I've been saying I've got to have a go around truck, daily driver for estimates, errands, etc. then have a dedicated work truck that will tow haul and do the work.. any one face this decision lately?
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:15 PM
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i had the same problem. I picked up up a '90 mazda 4wd truck and haven't looked back. cheap truck to buy and it has already paid for itself in fuel savings. it was a good move in hindsight. it has also minimized wear and tear on my larger trucks.
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Old 11-25-2012, 10:35 PM
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buying a dump tomorrow to take over towing and hauling. I had an older dump and sold it, and just like you said, I was overworking my f250 in the meantime. nothing like having the right tool for the job, efficiency is the best way to make money!
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:34 PM
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Same here. 2 guy setup but "need" 2 trucks. I couldn't think about how bad it would be to be out of a truck for a week for repairs. I also got tired of unhooking for errands, estimates, etc.

I plan to buy a second diesel in the spring and sell my 1500. I want the mileage, tow capacity, and engine longevity. The cummins will be my DD and extra truck and the new (used) diesel will be for the crew full time.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:23 AM
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Yep thanks guys that's what I've been dealing with; always on the edge with F350 pickup, it does the job but its pushin it to its limits and I'm overloaded. So I have the dump trailer now its just should I get the flatbed dually and stick withthe d trailer or get the dump? and plowing with a flatbed without spreader in back?
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