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Old 06-16-2013, 11:11 AM
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John Deere C series Rock trucks

Does anyone have any experience with the c series John deere trucks? I am looking at grabbing a few of them for an upcoming job but havent heard much about them. I have ran the 250D series trucks but not the C series. The ones i am looking at are between 1999-2001 , are the 250C model, all have tailgates, good tires, no leaks, and average around 8000 hours.

The motors are Mercedes Benz OM366LA series and the transmissions are Allison MD3560P series (6speed).

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Old 06-16-2013, 12:30 PM
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Weren't they made by Bell in South Africa then?
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Old 06-16-2013, 01:16 PM
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Yes they were manufactured by bell for john deere
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Old 06-16-2013, 03:17 PM
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Would you be better to rent them for the job rather than buy them? I know they are expensive to work on. Given the terrain out here, they are somewhat popular. Most guys try to rent them due to costs of running them unless they have a steady diet of that type of work. Volvo seems to be the most popular, although you see some of the Bell/Deere trucks.
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Old 06-16-2013, 03:24 PM
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Call me crazy but I hate renting equipment. At the end of the job you got nothing except a bill, and then next job back to renting again. I would much rather put the money towards paying them off for me, plus I am securing some more jobs they can be used on. I agree that the volvo adt are the best but if I can get these for the right price it is well worth it.
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Old 06-16-2013, 03:46 PM
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I here what your saying. I don't like to rent either. Sometimes though purchasing may not make sense, perhaps especially with something like haul trucks. If your lining out more work for them, perhaps putting newer trucks on an RTO would make sense. Then if the work continues for them you will have newer trucks and that hopefully don't have the MB engine and not as many hours, if there is no work for them you pay the rental and you don't have 25T of yard art to maintain. Just throwing out some options. I see them go pretty cheap at auctions at times. You might pull up RB and IP and see if there are any coming up. That could be another option.
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Old 06-16-2013, 04:21 PM
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Is there a lot of known problems with the mb engines? I tried searching and I couldn't find much info on them.
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:05 PM
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Our log truck has a 430hp MB engine in it with the Allison 4600 auto behind it...bulletproof.
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Old 06-16-2013, 08:34 PM
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My neighbor was the shop foreman for one of the largest truck fleets in the NW. He has nothing good to say about them. He has seen enough of them to know. I am pretty sure that the latest models of the Deere haul trucks went away from that motor.
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:08 PM
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Here is one on an upcoming IP auction. Hour meter is not working, a few things wrong with it, its on the East Coast.

http://www.ironplanet.com/for-sale/T...h=345-1%2C7912

They apparently did switch to a Deere engine later on.
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