heres a quick background on my situation: In past years i worked off my 6x10 trailer that i was pullin with my old CJ7 (i know...). I never took things seriously enough to buy a truck for the business. However, now i want this to be a career for me. I have a 98 Monte Carlo Z34 that's worth about $7K right now. I'm enrolled in the turf program at Uconn and have one more year to go after this semester. I'm definitely buying a truck this season. the question i have is which one? I almost automatically assumed i want a F250 or F350 Diesel. Right now i do mostly lawncare, but i want to expand into projects like patios and large plantings. I'm wondering if a F350 is what i really need/want. They both can pull a lot of material, however a ton of material in the bed is almost nothing in the grand scheme of things. So the things i have "in mind" right now are: I would like to pull an enclosed 7x16-18 trailer for my daily rig. I also would like to end up with a 7x10 or 7x12 dump trailer to haul materials in for projects (down the road). The F350 will pull each of these very well. If i buy a 350 w/ a bed i can also use it as a personal truck as well and sell my car to use as part of the down payment. I have also been looking at the flatbed's because of the versatility they offer. a flatbed isn't much of a personal vehicle so i'd probably end up keeping my car. I was flipping through a truck trader magazine and spotted a 2000 F450 Diesel dually flatbed. This truck has a 12,500GVRW for $27K. I think a F450 would be a great all around work truck for anything i would be handling for the next 2-4 years. I guess my question is this: Does it seem illogical to buy a F450 for my mowing business? i don't see too many 450's around, 90% of the time will be spent pulling an eclosed trailer. but it also has such a large payload that i can tackle large projects that would require a skid steer or a couple yards of material I don't want to buy a truck and then find out down the road that its too small for what i want to do, or find out that its just too much for what i'm doing on a daily basis. What do you guys think i should do?