2000 International low pro--opinions?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by srl28, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. srl28

    srl28 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Was at a recent landscape and nursery trade show, the NJNLA show for those of you who are close by :waving: And I met with a truck dealer who had a nice looking international low pro mason dump for sale. We re looking to add to our fl-50 and chevy 4500 or possibly replace the 4500.

    It was at one point a chem lawn truck. Its a 2000, has 93k on it, alison auto trans, brand new low side mason dump body, 23,500 GVW, very clean inside and out, looks almost new. Guy puts it thru his shop and makes sure they re all good to go with no problems and so forth.

    Now this truck has the 444 engine in it, the 7.3 diesel. Now is this too little of an engine for a 23,500 GVW truck? it will need to pull our 10k enclosed mowing trailer and occasionally our 10k equipment trailer, stone, topsoil etc. Is this enough truck? The colors were right, price was really great and the guy wasnt a jerk to deal with. Is the truck worth it in your mind? It has been seemingly well maintained and all, just looking for some input on it.
     
  2. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    The truck will be slow but so is the Freightliners with the 5.9 Cummins. The 444 was used in school busses they swing fullsize 22.5 rubber.

    I would say if the truck is in good shape go for it. When you put a load on the truck maybe a little slow. The truck itself is pretty heavy with a truck cab on a lighter chassis not much legal payload left.
     
  3. srl28

    srl28 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Well ive heard that the truck like this weighs around 12k empty, so that leaves about 10k for payload, give or take. my freightliner has the CAT 3126 and is a little slow but not too bad. This is the low pro model international so it sits on 19.5s. Just hoping that the 444 will have enough "testicular fortitude" to do the job. Will it?
     
  4. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well its definatly not going to have the power as your Freighliner. One of the septic companys has a 4700 International with 444 power and 6 spd manual with fullsize 22.5 rubber. The truck does suprisingly well with a 500 gallon poo tank and pump etc.
     
  5. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We had a International with the 444 and a 16' mulch body. Empty it was ok but with any sort of load it couldnt get out of its own way. There are tons of others out there to choose from. Go to truckpaper.com and look around. My brother in law has over 20 larger trucks and said he would never own another International, he said parts are expensive. With his Freightliners he said he can get anything in a matter of a few hrs. A local tow co. has been trading there low pros for Hinos, the owner said they were costing them to much to keep on the road and the Hinos get much better mpgs.
     
  6. srl28

    srl28 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Ive heard that FLs are made cheap and suck, i must disagree for one but to each his own ya know. Every ones got an opinion.

    Marek- a 16' body seems like it would be somewhat overloading a 444 Ill admit that. but the truck in question has a 10ft mason dump on it and that seems to not be as much of a load ya know.
     
  7. srl28

    srl28 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Heres a picture of the truck from the dealers website.
     
  8. srl28

    srl28 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    having trouble getting the pic up but

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  9. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    Not a bad little truck couldn't go offroad with it thou the front bumper would become a dozer blade :laugh:
     
  10. AintNoFun

    AintNoFun LawnSite Bronze Member
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    a coast cities special?
     

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