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Old 09-21-2004, 12:00 AM
Drew Gemma Drew Gemma is offline
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Truck for work

How many guys run diesels how many run gas. I am thinking of purchasing a 3/4 -1 ton diesel. I would use this to pull my mower trailer everyday then when i need to haul mulch I would hook it up to my dump trailer. Thus I could eliminate the need for a truck and a dump truck plus I would have a truck that could handle all of my needs work or play. Just a thought and probably a year away purchase since they run $40,000 new. Nice tax write off!
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Old 09-21-2004, 12:06 AM
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Stuttering Stan Stuttering Stan is offline
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I have both a diesel and a gas ford, the gasser is a true worktruck, and the diesel is a newer luxury truck, but it can be used as a work truck if needed
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Old 09-21-2004, 08:30 AM
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I used a gas engine 1/2 ton truck for 8 years and it did good. Sometimes the breaking was bad, but handled all I did with it.
This febuary, I bought a used dodge 2500 with the cummins. I got a good deal on the truck and a real nice trade in on my used 10 year old truck. I see the savings in fuel usage every week, I get double the mileage with the diesel. when pulling a trailer with a lazer 52 inch and a 48 inch, blowers, trimmers, gas, etc, you don't enen know it is back there. The handling of the 3/4 ton is amazing. The power of the mighty cummins is awesome. I am very happy with my purchase and plan on getting a new dodge/cummins in about 1 1/2 - 2 years when it is paid off.
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Fell down on my knees
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Old 09-22-2004, 11:39 AM
Dig-it Landscaping Dig-it Landscaping is offline
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i use a cummins diesel 130,000 and not a singal problem. all i have replace are tires and filters and oil. it runs great has all the power i need to pull 14K. it also gets 18 mpg puling a dump and mowing trailer around town. gets 24mpg highway. i will never own another gas truck.
Dig-It Landscaping: 2006 Ford F-350 6.0 PSD 4X4 Dump, 1989 F250 flatbed, 2001 Escort Sales Vehicle, 60" John Deere Quik-Trak, 48" Gravely Walk-Behind, PJ Dump Trailer, 5x8 Mowing Trailer, 16' Mowing Trailer
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Old 09-22-2004, 01:41 PM
Randy Scott Randy Scott is offline
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Originally Posted by Drew Gemma
Nice tax write off!
It's a deduction and you still have to generate the revenue to pay for it.
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Old 09-22-2004, 01:44 PM
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I've used gas trucks at other companies and they were spending way too much in gas and it was alot of work for the trucks. I bought a 96 ford with a powerstroke and it has 240,000 miles and this is like retirement for the truck. Pulling my trailer or anything else that i do is like nothing for the truck and i still get about 16mpg towing. Hoping to get a chip to get a few more mpg
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Old 09-23-2004, 11:32 PM
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I run a f250 7.3L powerstroke and that is one hell of a truck... best thing ive ever driven would definetly recomend the truck to anyone who is lookin for a great diesel
Andy Barnard
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Wichita, KS
Manhattan, KS
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Old 09-24-2004, 01:05 AM
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A dodge diesel is the way to go. I've owned 2 powerstrokes prior to purchasing this 03 cummins 6 speed HO and I absolutely love this truck. Here lately that's all I have been buying from my wholesale friend is cummins and reselling them. It's crazy what people pay for 94-02 cummins especially the 96-98 12 valve 5 speeds.
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Old 09-24-2004, 09:16 PM
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I have a Ford V-10 and a Ford Powerstroke. The V-10 gets about 7 mpg and the Diesel gets about 16 mpg with the trailor. The Diesel will out pull the V-10 hands down and it gets alot better mpg. Go with the Diesel
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