2012 F-550 or Ram 5500?

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

  1. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Nice, now if you dont mind me asking whyd you stay with a 350 over a 450 or 550? dont need to carry the extra weight?
     
  2. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
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    This is more of a tow truck,crew carrier,tool carrier,a truck I wanted to build. We only use our 450 - 550 trucks when we need to carry the weight, need the dump, you know mulching , leaves, patios stuff like that. They are to expensive to just tow a grass trailer all day. The tires brakes and fuel will hurt your bottom line big time. My thinking now is to run diesel pick ups , since they have the most miles put on them, about 15 - 25 k per year and gas 450 dumps as we only put 9 - 11 k per year on them
     
  3. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hmm that is an interesting concept. I have heard of some guys going with gas engine larger trucks.
     
  4. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I vote for the Ram 5500. These are my babies my 4500s and for us we love the ability effortlessly do lawn crews with them on mowing days then put 3-4 yards of top soil on them or 3 pallets of fertilizer or lime on them the next day.

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  5. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What do the trucks weigh each and what type of weight are you towing ? What type of mpg are you getting empty and when you are using them on grass days? I dont see plow frames on them , how come ?
     
  6. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Id like some more info on your Ram trucks. Miles, problems?
     
  7. Picture Perfect Landscape

    Picture Perfect Landscape LawnSite Member
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    Do you have anymore pics of your trucks?
     
  8. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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  9. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    They are 16000 gvw and low 9000s empty

    mpg will differ depending on which of the 3 gear ratios you choose I have the middle one the 4.10 and Iv seen on a long trip all the way to New Hampshire and back and average of 17.1 mpg. But empty I get 12-14 normally. Towing I start out around 11 but as the grass adds up and I am hauling 2000 pounds of that around on top of nearly 6000 pounds of trailer that drops to 9-10 mpg.

    I currently do not plow but the 2012 was bought with that in mind and it has 4wd the plow prep package and the ambulance prep package. That's the truck on the right, the 2011 on the left is just rear wheel drive I didn't want to plow at the time I got her.
     
  10. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Nice looking trucks. I like the look of the Dodge and the engine speakes for its self. Around here there are no dealers close by that will work on them when they do go down. You have got your hands full keeping those bad boys clean. All of our trucks are white.
     

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