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Fuso 4X4 Trucks

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Rsails, May 4, 2008.

  1. Rsails

    Rsails LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Posts: 37

    I am thinking about purchasing a new Fuso 4X4 and have a couple of questions for individuals that currently use this truck:

    -cost of routine maintenance
    -how reliable
    -Gas mileage
    -how is it plowing snow( I have mostly residential driveways)?

    I would like to use the truck to pull a landscape trailer, small Kuboto tractor, 5 yards or so of mulch at a time

    Your thoughts are greatly apprecitated
  2. TPS

    TPS LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 363

    I drive an older Fuso at my full time job. 2 wheel drive though. Its been very reliable. Stranded me once, at a wawa, the starter went at about a 130K. Also one king pin is bad, but my shop is to cheap to fix it, about a 1100 job to do both sides. But other then those two things its been a good truck. Now has a 160K on it and I have been driving for the last 2 years since it had 90K on it. Its a little bit of a dawg when hauling. I've had about 6 thousands pounds of steel in it and it was very slow. Also, the brakes are very weak with a load. I also drove an Isuzu 5.2L and it was a very nice truck. Lots of power and great exhaust brake. The Isuzu was brand new compared to a 2000 Fuso. Good luck to you.
  3. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,279

    I plow with my isuzu no problems at all. I run good rubber, ample weight in the dump body and push a 9 foot blade! I can pull my trailer with my kubota (5000 # machine) or haul mulch,loam,stone,etc. in the body. Look at what you sacrifice in payload for the 4 wd in that truck, its crazy!
  4. Rsails

    Rsails LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Posts: 37

    Thanks guys.
  5. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,195

    I test drove a new Fuso 4x4 a couple of years ago. I liked the way it handled and drove, but even empty it was pretty slow. I thought the brakes were lousy. The 4x4 I drove had drums all the way around and even with the exhaust brake I didn't like the way it stopped (or rather didn't) at all.
  6. TPS

    TPS LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 363

    Yea, on the one I drive, the exhaust brake is non existant, even when it says its on. I thought it was just because it was old.

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