Help-first truck

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by NEWGUYRI, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. NEWGUYRI

    NEWGUYRI LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 594

    OK big problem.
    I am purchasing a first truck.
    Price Range: 6-12,000 $
    Brand: Open
    Year: Open
    Model: Open
    Miles: under 150k

    I am just wondering what year would be best, and what specifically would be good for me, I was thinking Ford F-250.
     
  2. Jpeg lawn maintenance

    Jpeg lawn maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,638

    Depends on what you are going to do with it. Do you plan to install dump bed and haul mulch. I would say f350 if so. You can find a decent 2500 for around 10000 with say 80k miles. good luck search craigslist.
     
  3. NEWGUYRI

    NEWGUYRI LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 594

    Well, I do plan to do some mulch hauling, but I thought the F-250 would have plenty of power for that. Main use is pulling the trailer with stuff in signature.
     
  4. Jpeg lawn maintenance

    Jpeg lawn maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,638

    are you considering a dump insert or no ?
     
  5. hondarancher4435

    hondarancher4435 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 307

    Buy a dodge ram 94-02 with a cummmins and don't look back. The truck will keep on running no matter what you throw at it. However if diesel is not an option then i would get a ford gasser. With the amount of money you have you can get basically anything you want. I just bought a 1996 dodge ram 2500 cummins 4x4 auto with 170,000mi for $5500 and the truck is great in mint condition and there are plenty of other deals just like it around.
     
  6. DRBLawnBuster

    DRBLawnBuster LawnSite Senior Member
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    a f-150 is plenty, but it is nice to have the f-250 sometimes
     
  7. NEWGUYRI

    NEWGUYRI LawnSite Senior Member
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    Eventually.
     
  8. Jpeg lawn maintenance

    Jpeg lawn maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,638

     
  9. hondarancher4435

    hondarancher4435 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 307

    Maybe an f150 is ok for you but anyone who does things other than just having a mower in the bed or pulling one or two around is much better suited to a 3/4 or 1 ton truck for heavy hauling and towing jobs.
     
  10. motorscot

    motorscot LawnSite Member
    Posts: 133

    Try and go with a diesel if you can find one. Rule of thumb when buying used equipment: Buy the best, most well cared for, lowest mileage that you can afford.

    In addition, I would rather buy a diesel with 175,000 miles on it if the owner had all of the service records since new and can show that it was maintained properly. A diesel will go 300,000 miles easy if cared for.

    Also, you get better mileage, better towing, better hauling.

    2500 series (3/4 ton) at minimum. Don't get into the ford vs chevy vs dodge debate. Find the best that you can and don't look back.

    FWIW, Dodge and Ford probably have a better (and longer) record for diesel than Chevy. Dodge has been using the proven Cummins package for 20+ years IIRC.

    Finally, a diesel can grow with your business and haul almost anything. Gas (in 2500/3500 3/4 or 1 ton) do okay, at the expense of more wear and tear and worse mileage. A diesel can pull 10,000 lbs at 65 mph on the interstate at 2200 rpm and never downshift to go up a hill. A gas will do it at 3500+ rpm and then downshift to 4500+ to make the hill. It's all about the low end torque.

    Good luck.
     

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