1/2 Ton vs 3/4 Ton

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by TaketheMoneyandRun, Nov 30, 2009.

  1. TaketheMoneyandRun

    TaketheMoneyandRun LawnSite Member
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    Looking into either buying a '94 Chevy 1500 or a '92 Chevy 2500. The 3/4 really wouldnt be neccesary for my operation. Also I feel there is something disruptive about a huge clunking truck pulling into a neighborhood to cut a lawn. However I am still considering it as an option. Any opinions?
     
  2. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    well if someone ever asks you to do more than cut their lawn, say haul some gravel or mulch in, that little 1/2 ton is going to be underpowered. A 1/2 ton truck is also not equipped to pulling a loaded trailer everyday for a few years without breaking. I started with a 1/2 ton van and moved up to a 1/2 ton truck, and now have a 3/4 ton truck. the cost of running the 3/4 is actually less than it was for the 1/2 ton, as with the 1/2 ton I was replacing parts all the time, hubs, axles, the auto T case was always needing repair, brakes went on it wayyyy too quickly. I would never go less than a 3/4 ton ever again.
     
  3. Hanau

    Hanau LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I started this business with a half ton. You'll be fine. I've built decks, moved gravel, river rock, built patios, retaining walls, all kinds of stuff with my 1982 F-150. Still my favorite truck out of all the rigs I own. Never let me down. Over 400K on it. The truck is a legend.

    Half tons ride nicer. Get a good trailer brake controller, manage your loads, and you'll be fine. Yes, you may have to make 2 trips or pay a delivery charge on big projects.

    Know the limits of the truck, know your limits as an operator of the truck, stay within them and you'll survive.

    Heaviest load I've moved with my half ton was 18,000lbs. You don't want to do that everyday, but once in a great while is manageable.
     
  4. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    1500 all the way not a fan of the old chevy diesels.
     
  5. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
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    Half tons are pu$$y trucks. Just admit it.

    Get the 3/4 ton and thank me in the future.

    Disruptive?????Your nuts. Your about to mow someones grass with a disruptive as hell mower, and even worse trimmer.

    BTW...the chevy half tons are the same body as the 3/4 and 1 ton trucks man...

    My lord. Get it together.
     
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2009
  6. cochino12

    cochino12 LawnSite Senior Member
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    If it's going to be your only truck why would you buy one that cant do EVERYTHING? If you are only going to have one of a certian peice of equipment "overybuy"!! No regrets

    You will never regret having a truck that can do everything, but I guarantee you will regret buying a truck that cant.
     
  7. Hanau

    Hanau LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If that were true we'd all be driving Class 8's.
     
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    As far as a big clunking truck, they're both the same size...

    Now if you think you can predict your truck's limitations then by all means get a 1/2 ton,
    everyone else probably likes to drive 3/4's because like the guy said it's actually cheaper
    when you got the beef to handle it.
     
  9. STIHL GUY

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
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    if you go with the 1/2 ton and down the road a time comes that you need more out of your truck your going to be kicking yourself
     
  10. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
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    1500 vs 2500.

    If you want a V8 gas, you might as well go with the 2500. Right now, GM has a nice 6 speed combo that works great, and GMs are the smoothest riding trucks, in either 1/2 or 3/4 ton form. If you want diesel, get a Dodge. The I6 will outlast you. If you want a powerhouse, go for the Ford Diesel, although reliability isn't that great unless you can find a used 7.3L TD powered truck.

    If I bought a 1500 for WORK. It would have the V6. Gm offers the largest V6 (4.3L), has a lower purchase price, oil change of 5 quarts (versus 6-8 quarts for V8 engines), and has nearly as much payload as Dodge in similar extended cab short box form. Ford half tons are V8 only, so I wouldn't consider one for that choice alone. If you want a 4x4, then choices are limited to V8 only, and again, you'd be better off going with a 2500 truck.

    A 2500 is more capable, but it's also heavier, in weight, and weight decreases fuel economy. For a smaller trailer, a half ton will serve you just fine. Hell, I use a '00 Dodge Durango R/T to haul my toys and tools around. I did a round trip to Destin Fl this past spring with no problems, and it returned a respectable 16.2mpg overall for 2900 miles. Parts are relatively inexpensive and performance modifications are a plenty should one decide to upgrade parts that wear out (or fall off). Including fuel, and all maintenance it runs me a few pennies a mile more than my '99 Ford Taurus does! ...and that car can TOW as well!


    Hey, my Freightliner Coronado does a fine job of hauling around my 4x8 utility trailer. It's just a shame that I have to chain everything down, or it'll fly out even going over highway expansion joints! I6 engines have the torque, afterall. 14L is a bit overkill, I agree. Once I upgrade to a six ZTR operation and a crew of six, plus a couple of backhoes, I'll be all set to tow'm.
     

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