First Work Truck

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

  1. Yardvarkman

    Yardvarkman LawnSite Member
    from NE Ohio
    Posts: 20

    In my opinion, go with at least a 1/2 ton v8 with a 8 foot bed. 4x4 is up to you but if you don't buy it now you can't add $500 to $1000 and get it later.
    We run both 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton ford gassers. 95% of the summer we use the 1/2 tons for mowing, mulching and running around (made a 1000 mile trip and got 22mpg at 75-80mph). I plowed 3 years with a 98 f150 reg cab 8' bed and a Meyer 7.5 with wings without a replacing a single part. 04 and above 150s are rated to tow 9,400 to 9,900 lbs and handle it with ease. I got a load of asphalt grindings in my dump trailer and the yahoo loading had his buckets mixed so he gave me way too much, turned out the 7,000 I was suppose to get was actually closer to 14,000lbs. The f150 pulled it fine. Anything over a 1/2 ton is just accessorizing a truck that can do the job just fine. Don't get me wrong, everything about a bigger truck is better for some reason. One huge advantage of having a 3/4 ton or larger, is if you have to rent equipment like a skid-steer, you can haul it yourself.
     
  2. Townhouse Yards

    Townhouse Yards LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 818

    Thanks for the advice. I will probably go gas if I get a 3/4 ton. Ford f250 for sure.
     
  3. Townhouse Yards

    Townhouse Yards LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 818

    If you could that would be great, thanks!
     
  4. Townhouse Yards

    Townhouse Yards LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 818

    Ok, I don't think I'll be towing heavily on a daily basis, so it'll be gas if I get a 3/4 ton. Thanks for the advice!
     
  5. Townhouse Yards

    Townhouse Yards LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 818

    I thought I might update the thread. I take behind-the-wheel drivers ed starting this Monday. Hopefully, at the end of the course, I receive a temporary paper license. In Feburary/March I am actually shopping. The top of my list is the Ford F-150, followed by the Toyota tundra, and the Nissan titan.
     
  6. RonWin

    RonWin LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 661

    How much liquid cash do you have? 10k? or are willing to finance 10k? If you have the cash, go big or go home! Invest now, not later!:usflag:
     
  7. Townhouse Yards

    Townhouse Yards LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 818

    This would be liquid cash.
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  8. ecurbthims

    ecurbthims LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 468

    My son and I are both 6'5" and we like our gm truck cabs just fine ,the fords not so much as we have to duck to see the traffic lights .I find the ford seats are taller ,or the front of the cab roof curls down more than the gm trucks ,either way the fords are a pain in the neck for us .
     
  9. Townhouse Yards

    Townhouse Yards LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 818

    That is very interesting, I have never heard that before. I will defintely look into that. Thanks!
     
  10. Cody S

    Cody S LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 753

    Put my 08 F150 through hell and back and I have to say I've been more than happy with what I've asked from it, even plowing commercially.
     

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