350,450,550 - really what are the differences

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by meets1, Aug 8, 2013.

  1. precision8m

    precision8m LawnSite Senior Member
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    Another difference is axle gear ratio.
     
  2. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    That's a lot of options! Another concern is class D lic. I think at this point I would go either 350 or 550. After looking the 450 is grey compared to white or black in regards to 350-550 debate. Thanks for the all the info.
     
  3. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
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    550 all the way, you just can't haul anything with a 350. I also liked the bigger brakes with the 550. My 550 is around 9800 empty so hauls 10,000 pounds. It has the 84" cab to axle with a 11' box, I think that is about the perfect size on a 550.
     
  4. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
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    Plus 1 on the 550.
     
  5. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
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    not much diff between 450 and 550 big diff from a 350 though. I looked at so many overpriced 1 tons but glad I never found one the 5500 is so much better. Hard to find any used, reasonably priced
     
  6. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
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    You do have to check because there is some 550's that are only 17,500 gvw.

    I would like to know, what is 'reasonably priced' for a 550?(although that could be a whole 'nother thread...)
     
  7. goel

    goel LawnSite Member
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    When starting out, found a great deal on a 350.

    Very short sighted, but you live and learn.

    Have added 2 550's since then. 350 is great for mulch, but sooo easy to overload with anything else.

    350 can take some equipment to site. 550 can take equipment and materials.
     
  8. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
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    new cost minus age, miles, and condition. That's a pretty broad question. When I look at used items I look for half the cost of new and add or subtract additional value as needed.
     
  9. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
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    Are you looking for a cab chassis or one set up?
     
  10. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    At this point if I can find used would be best - what is used you may ask - not sure. So in that regards I would entertain the thought of a complete set-up.
     

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