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Old 02-06-2013, 11:15 PM
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i guess for me it's hard to imagine having a skid and mini ex without some kind of dump truck. with that in mind it's hard for me to justify a truck payment for a 1 ton dump truck when starting a new business direction. when for less than half of the prices the op was quoting he could get a single axle and not worry about weights and towing. it does involve a cdl but those trucks are built to work hard and not complain. when the biz is established and making money get whatever truck can make the most money. the older gas C65 sized trucks can tow the skid or mini ex without breathing hard.
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:29 PM
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The problem is that I have a family to drive around too. I don't need a dump truck either, I do mostly mulching and some minor grading. Trucks are cheap enough you can hire out.

Cdl is almost $1500 around here
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:46 PM
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My question is longevity though.. How long will they actually hold up to pulling those kinds of weights.

Bought my 02 2500hd with a 6.0 with 70,000 miles from a dealership in 04. been pulling bobcats and things with it since then. Dont forget it was only a weekend thing up until this past year or so and its now got 193,000 on it and I dont dare put anything behind it unless I am just moving it from my house to the shop (4 miles)
I have a buddy with a 01 2500 with a 6.0 that has been abused waaaayyyyy more then the average diesel. Guy is 31 years old and drives like he's 16. even when he's pulling his dump trailer and plowing. 185k miles and motors never been touched. 2 transmissions and 1 rear end. Truck is lifted too. Best thing is when it goes you get a new motor for 3000 or less.
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:24 PM
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I have a buddy with a 01 2500 with a 6.0 that has been abused waaaayyyyy more then the average diesel. Guy is 31 years old and drives like he's 16. even when he's pulling his dump trailer and plowing. 185k miles and motors never been touched. 2 transmissions and 1 rear end. Truck is lifted too. Best thing is when it goes you get a new motor for 3000 or less.
Used motors are $600 because no one needs them. Try and buy a 5.4 and see what it costs.
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:26 PM
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My question is longevity though.. How long will they actually hold up to pulling those kinds of weights.

Bought my 02 2500hd with a 6.0 with 70,000 miles from a dealership in 04. been pulling bobcats and things with it since then. Dont forget it was only a weekend thing up until this past year or so and its now got 193,000 on it and I dont dare put anything behind it unless I am just moving it from my house to the shop (4 miles)
Ive got one with 217,000 on it now and you couldn't tell it from a new one.
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:43 PM
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Here's the latest casualty loaded up and ready for a one way trip.
My hard thoughts on any trucks is you don't make any real money with any of them. So why drop another 9K on a diesel? With higher fuel costs and maintenance it's hard to justify those costs to get there a few minutes sooner.
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:54 PM
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Well if a new one pulls like mine does now, I'll never have another one.
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Just run the god damn sh*t out of the machine and the hell with all the other crap, make money instead of worrying about crap that only accountants think about!
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:57 PM
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Used motors are $600 because no one needs them. Try and buy a 5.4 and see what it costs.
No kidding on the 5.4. I bought a low mileage used one for my wife's F150, and it wasn't cheap. Doing the swap without taking the cab off was not fun.
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:37 PM
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Used motors are $600 because no one needs them. Try and buy a 5.4 and see what it costs.
5.4 is the one gas motor in a modern hd truck that I would not recommend. The V10 and 5.4 are more expensive then the other gassers to rebuild or replace. Still a fraction of the cost to replace or do some repairs on modern diesel's. I know a guy who's 6.4 went down, not good
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Old 02-11-2013, 05:57 PM
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We have an 04 2500HD with the LLY Duramax and an 04 F350 with the 6.0 and I hate using the Ford to tow anything. It has only 150k miles on it, and I believe that we have put enough money into it to buy another new 350 at full price! It has left me on the side of the road three times while pulling a lawn trailer. The worst part is, it's not even worth trying to sell it because we have so much invested into it.

As for my Chevy, I have over 210K miles on it and so far no major repairs. I regularly tow our 853 and our TB135 (not at the same time mind you) and average about 12mpg while towing.
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