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2012 F-550 or Ram 5500?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by ClassicLawnCareInc, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 736

    I bought 2 plows from the guys in Boonsboro. They had the best price twice. The second time was right in the middle of the 3 big storms we had 2 years ago and they took care of me last minute and got me in and out even though I wasnt a regular customer.
     
  2. Turfenvy1

    Turfenvy1 LawnSite Member
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    I purchased a Ram 5500 earlier this year and much to my surprise I love it. I was Pretty much a ford guy all through the 90's and up to 2008. I have had Six different trucks from ford. The early 7.3 was a strong engine but the trans was light. the 6.0 we dont even need to say what is wrong with them. and the quick fix of the 6.4 was not much better. Bring it in we need to re flash the computer for fuel milage. I decided rather than waste another 60k on the newest motor I decided to go Ram/Cummins. Glad I did the Truck Pulls nicely gets about 11 MPG empty, and 9.5 loaded with 7 ton of stone. I do believe the Gross combined weight is up to 30,000 lb. The base line interior is very nice and makes you feel good. Comfortable. Not saying the new Ford motor is junk at all, in fact Ive heard very good things about the truck. I Have 9200 miles on the Ram as of today and Im quite happy. Have not been back to the dealer yet.*trucewhiteflag*
     
  3. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Turfenvy thanx for that info! That makes me feel better. After pricing both the Ford is about 1500$ cheaper, but Id feel more comfortable with a Ram...
     
  4. LibertyFarmLandscaping

    LibertyFarmLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE TX
    Posts: 1,062

    There is definitely a difference. In the pickup version 3500 you have no def fluid, the Cab and Chassis trucks have had DEF fluid since 10' I think. All 2013 trucks are supposed to have DEF fluid. The auto transmission in the pickup is a 68RFE which tends to have problems when worked hard regularly or tuned with high horsepower on a emissions deleted truck with a tuner. The 6 speed manual is a G56 which is the same in the Cab and Chassis all models 3500,4500, and 5500.

    All cab and chassis have the Aisin automatic trans which is supposed to be a heavier duty transmission similar to the Allison in the duramax. The 4500 C&C has 19.5" wheels and beefed up suspension. The only difference in the 5500 is 1 additional leaf in the rear springs.

    I have an 11' 2500 with a 6 speed manual with deleted emissions, and 5" straight turbo back exhaust with an H&S XRT pro tuner.

    Go to cumminsforum.com and you will learn more than you ever wanted to know about a diesel. If you don't put very many miles on a truck I would go with the V10 Ford option. :drinkup:
     
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2012
  5. LibertyFarmLandscaping

    LibertyFarmLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE TX
    Posts: 1,062

    Forgot to mention I have 28000 on my 11' bought 9/31. I deleted around 10k. Never been back to the dealer.
     
  6. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Nice, I want to delete the dpf on my 12 3500.

    Is the Ford really built with more heavy duty parts like the axles?
     
  7. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Sure someone could answer that . If you look at the front axle capacity on the pick ups there is a hudge difference. The 4500 -450 and up couldnt tell you
     
  8. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
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    This Ram would come with a PJ's all metal 12' landscape dump body. Ive never heard of them, they are out of North Carolina. The pics and info on their website look great, but it's hard to tell looking at pics. After comparing the Ford vs the Ram the Ram is about 1500$ cheaper by the time we are all done and out the door.
     
  9. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The PJ body is a good body they are a hudge company . Start looking at tandems going down the road and you will see alot of PJs bodies. What was the price on the body ? What size hoist under it ?
     
  10. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 736

    GS615HD - Scissor Hoist. Its a metal 12' landscape dump. 10,500$

    From looking at their website they look well built.
     

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