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Advice on 2-3yard Dump Trucks

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Axl, Apr 14, 2006.

  1. Axl

    Axl LawnSite Member
    Posts: 233

    I am looking at getting into either a 5.4L gas F350 chassis body with a dump or a 5.4L gas Silverado chassis w/dump. I want to know if anyone has experience with these or can give me some advice. I will mainly be towing my lawn trailer with occassional landscap job.

  2. echovalley

    echovalley LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 91

    We had a 04 F350 4x4 dump with the 5.4 9ft blade and 2yrd sander it pushed snow very well but its a little heavy on the fuel,but allways had good power.

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  4. Axl

    Axl LawnSite Member
    Posts: 233

    Keep em coming guys, These are the deals I got so far......
    • 05 3500 Silverado Dump w/drop down sides..33100..550/mo for 72months
    • 06 3500 Silverado Ext Cab Dump w/drop down sides 35500..approx. 600/mo for 72mos
    • 06 F350 Single Cab Dump w/drop sides 577/mo...72mos
  5. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,177

    DUDE you must be on crack. Why in the world would you want a 5.4L V8 in a F-350 dump truck. The V10 at a minum. Better yet a diesel. You are going to over work that 5.4 motor hauling any amount of weight. The dump bed alone is going to add 1000-1500 pounds of weight.

    I got a 7.3 diesel in my F-350 dump and its still doesn't have enough power. Heck put 4 yards of dirt in the bed and then try to tow a skid loader. The 7.3 is bogging. The 5.4 wouldn't be able to make it over 45 mph while it was redlining.
  6. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,799

    Yeah, its pretty counterproductive on both productivity and the wallet to have a gas powered dump.
  7. bobcat9957

    bobcat9957 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 92

    There is no 5.4 in the silverado, the smallest motor in a 3500 is the 6.0. I like both trucks but would say the chevy and the ford are about equal in the power department, both 300 horse and about 360 ft. pounds. But i will agree that the chevys comfort and interior is much nicer.
  8. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,823

    Last fall we bought a gasser, Chevy 3500, 6.0 .All the rest the trucks are duramax, Kodiak's and 3500 Chevy and Gmc's.It was mistake getting a gasser, the truck when loaded with just lawn clippings, or schredded leaves, pulls it like a crippled old lady, in comparsion to the D-Max.
  9. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Posts: 3,556

    I have the V10 in my F350 Dump with fold down sides too. Its great, tons of power, but drinks the gasoline.
  10. Axl

    Axl LawnSite Member
    Posts: 233

    AWWWWWWWW MANNNN, you guys are starting to burst my bubble. I was all excited about getting a DUMP and now Im starting to have second thoughts. Ive got one dude who says that the little gasser does a good job and everybody else says its TERRIBLE. I wish the diesels werent so dam expensive

    Anymore opinions/experiences

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