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f350 dump or 3/4 ton

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Kings of Green LLC, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. Kings of Green LLC

    Kings of Green LLC LawnSite Member
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    I purchased an lco and a f350 dual 4x4 dump 7.3 diesel came in the package. I pull a 20ft trailer with a billy goat on it. Obviously its all set up for bagging which he bagged all 70 properties! I bag 0 unless the grass is real high.I'm thinking of selling the 350 and going with a f250 diesel. Am I crazy for down seizing?
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  2. JDGlandscape

    JDGlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    I dont know about other jobs that you do, but i have a 350 pickup and a 350 dump, I use the dump full time spring and fall and about half the time in the summer.. The dump is more important to my business than my pickup is...

    Do you do cleanups? Bark mulch? Side jobs? tree jobs? trimming jobs? ever need to bring loam to a job? all of these will require a dump or paying for delivery.


    also, how upset are the customers since you stopped bagging all 70 that were previously bagged? I would most certainly lose 50% of my lawns if i told them i would no longer bag the lawns.
     
  3. JDGlandscape

    JDGlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    I did just realize you said you will bag if it is really high. I know when i bag places in the spring, I cannot even make it a full day before my 8 ft f350 bed is full and mounded with grass, and this is at about 230pm, I have to go unload before I can mow more, so i take the dump instead.
     
  4. Kings of Green LLC

    Kings of Green LLC LawnSite Member
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  5. Kings of Green LLC

    Kings of Green LLC LawnSite Member
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    I didn't loose any believe it or not! I do some mulch and of course fall clean up. It just seems to be a lot of truck to drive around the rest of the year.
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  6. JDGlandscape

    JDGlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yeah I hear ya there.. I wish I didnt need the extra costs of having the extra trucks but they come in handy when you have other unforeseen problems. The dump has been extremely helpful for my business, but if you can get by without it, then you could save yourself quite a bit of money.

    But in all honesty, I have two fairly similar trucks in my signature, and the mpg difference is only like 1.5 mpgs between the dump and the pickup.. and 250s do not get ANY better mileage than the 350s.
     
  7. Kings of Green LLC

    Kings of Green LLC LawnSite Member
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    Did I mention it was a one ton! Lol
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  8. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If you only going to have 1 truck, keep the best. I would say once I have a dump truck it is hard to even think about going to a standard truck, mileage or not.
     
  9. marksj

    marksj LawnSite Member
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    If you don't need a "pulling vehicle",how about just a dump trailer.No motor less insurance license etc.Just a thought.It does seem like you need something else.As long as you don't haul much weight(grass clippings, some mulch) maybe that would work?
     
  10. JDGlandscape

    JDGlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    I seriously considered this when I was first starting up, but for cleanups i need the mowing trailer also and It seemed sily to have to bring two trucks to one jobsite when only one dump was needed..

    But again, this is just for my business, just sharing my thoughts. Everyone elses business might be fine and everything i say might not apply to them
     

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