Gas vs diesel ... Diesel worth it?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by grassmasterswilson, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
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    get one before the next gen emissions that require the truck to drive around within its own big plastic bubble.
     
  2. Green-Man

    Green-Man LawnSite Bronze Member
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    haha thats funny! but I agree with him!
     
  3. Ray_Lawns

    Ray_Lawns LawnSite Member
    from NE AL
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    I would personally like to stay under 10k with as few miles as possible but I also know that's rare these days. I have been looking for a 7.3 truck and I have looked at a 1500 Chevy with a 4.8 in it. Still lots of looking to do.
     
  4. skorum03

    skorum03 LawnSite Senior Member
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    The 7.3 is great. The power in a diesel is so easy to love. Since gas has gone up so much (after the election what a coincidence) lately, based solely on fuel savings I would go with diesel. If you asked me this like 2 months ago when gas was $3/gal I would say go Gas so who the hell knows. Lots of factors come in to play.

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  5. Ray_Lawns

    Ray_Lawns LawnSite Member
    from NE AL
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    Too many factors, I am done turning grey and I am about to pull it all out. I have a good friend that owns a lot and he is gonna get me something at auction when I get it narrowed down but right now I am more confused than a newborn in a topless bar.
     
  6. Green-Man

    Green-Man LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would say depending on how much you want to spend and how long you will keep your vehicle would factor what u get.
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  7. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
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    The diesel wins in every category for me except the fact that starting and stopping the motor 12-15 times a day will cut the life expectancy of the diesel. Im certainly not going to let my truck idle for 30 minutes while I mow either, thats not good for it either.
     
  8. mowcrazy

    mowcrazy LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a 97 powerstroke diesel. Everyone swears by them. I swear I wont own another one I can tell ya that. Every time I turn around its something else with that thing. These trucks of the old body style only had I think 195hp..... We have several 6.0 litre gassers. Never need maintanance like the diesel. Im all about whats easiest and needs the least amount of maintanance. When you get a miss in a gasser its always something simple and cheap. Diesel another thing as Ive learned the hard way.

    Im not doubting what everyone is saying about Diesel power.... I know I have the dog of all dogs when it comes to diesel power. Hell I had a 80hp towing chip burned for it and my chevys still pull hills just as good. Fuel mileage on the gassers are worse but it all evens out when you gotta do a freakin injector job on a diesel and unless your buying cummins your gonna be doing injectors sooner or later. IM TALKING ABOUT IN HIS PRICE RANGE OF 10k..........

    With all this being said im pulling 6,000lbs or less all the time. Im not saying my gassers will out do diesels by any stretch but if all your planning on doing is some grass mowing, gas is just fine. Has been for us for YEARS.....

    Also what the fella said above. We start and shut our trucks off on average 20 times per day and Ive gotta have the starter in the Diesel rebuilt every year it seems........... Those 7.3's are some starter eatin SOBS.......
     
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  9. mowcrazy

    mowcrazy LawnSite Senior Member
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    Ill tell ya something that I find crazy........ Everyone talks about these diesels doing so much better on fuel and Im not saying for the average person the mileage savings wouldnt show.........

    I average right at 10 mpg with my 7.3 powerstroke but my uncle which drives like a grandpa (mows because hes retired and bored) has a 2008 chev 1500 with the 5.3 and gets 14 hand calculated...... I have seen this calculation. This is pulling a 16ft open with 48 exmark 60" exmark and 61" tiger cat......

    We took this truck to ky speedway once and hand calculated it got 17.9 mpg...... I cant get that out of my 7.3 if it were being pushed downhill!!!! LOL

    With all this being said, a normal person such as myself that wants to get work done and has better things to do than drive 45 in a 55 like he does would prolly get a lot less out of this truck when pulling a trailer. He babies that thing so much just trying to get super mileage..... Makes fun of me when my mileage is way worse than his.... LOL
     
  10. precision8m

    precision8m LawnSite Senior Member
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    There is plenty you can do to your 7.3 to make it much better on your wallet. 10 is bad. 16 is a realistic goal.
     

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