First Work Truck

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Townhouse Yards, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. Chris_NC06

    Chris_NC06 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Sanford, NC
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    I see 20 year old Ranger's on the road daily. So they must hold up pretty good.
     
  2. JDGlandscape

    JDGlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    for what you are planning on doing a ranger will be ok. my cousin had a ranger 4.0 from when he was 17 til 23 and beat the living crap out of the thing, full throttle or no throttle, 120 on the highway and stuff, no mercy. very few oil changes or maintenance or anyting and it lasted forever will almost no problems until he totaled it last year
     
  3. ecurbthims

    ecurbthims LawnSite Senior Member
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    The ranger is a pretty good little unit ,but every one I owned ,s10 and Dakota's too ,honestly didn't save any gas over a modern full size truck ,and I couldn't put anything in it because they have small boxes .And being able to get comfortable in it for a ride around the block ,is way different than owning it and having to fold yourself into it like a lawnchair every day .Your almost as big as me and my son ,the ranger isn't a good choice for a guy your size .
     
  4. CGros31

    CGros31 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Townhouse, I have a 4.0 Ford Ranger 4WD. I used to pull a 6x12 trailer with a ZTR, 21 inch walk behind, a blower, two trimmers, and a cargo box on it. It pulled it extremely well. Like someone else mentioned, the fuel economy will be no different than a full sized truck. I was getting about 15 MPG pulling the trailer. I recently upgraded my trailer because I bought a John Deere 1 Series Sub Compact tractor. The trailer is a 6.5 x 18 ft. Tandem. The Ranger handles it surprisingly well, but it is a little over loaded. I will be upgrading to a larger truck soon. But to pull the trailer that you have, that 4.0 will walk with it like nothing is back there.
     
  5. Townhouse Yards

    Townhouse Yards LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
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    Thanks for the testimonial, that sounds like a good little work truck.

    Thanks again to patriot, tlc, jdg, gallihergreen as well.

    I am meeting with another guy on Friday to look at an 2005 ford ranger with v6, 4wd, FX4 package, and a toolbox, with only 120k on it. In budget as well.
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  6. Townhouse Yards

    Townhouse Yards LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
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    I fit ok actually, it wasn't bad. My dad is now convinced I fit in one. The tilt wheel is a great feature.
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  7. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Is your dad helping you buy it?

    I'm 6ft. I couldn't drive one for more than an hour at a time lol
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  8. Townhouse Yards

    Townhouse Yards LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yeah, he is. That's why no v8. He is actually buying all of it but I am paying for half insurance, all of gas and repairs.
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  9. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    That's a nice deal.
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  10. Townhouse Yards

    Townhouse Yards LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
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    Yeah, it is pretty sweet. Especially since we just put a deposit down on a 2005 Ford Ranger last night. We will own it officially early next week. I am so excited to actually be getting one. I will post some pictures next week.
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