Help me buy a truck!

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by alldayrj, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    Looking at trucks lately to get around my dilemma of having a massive older international (empty weight 16,500, GVW 25,500 = payload 9000) and wanting something newer, automatic, and better suit for my business. Been shopping for F5fixme's (guessing here but empty weight 10k, GVW 19,5k payload 9.5k) but having a hard time finding an affordable one that isn't beat, old, or high miles and most of them are the 17.5 gvw.

    This gem caught my eye. It is currently over CDL but I can re register it under, buy it, and get my CDL and bump it back up later on when I have another driver with a CDL. I can also pull the compressor (don't need it every day but I can drea up all kinds of uses) leave it a skid mount, put it on a trailer, or just sell it! Then build a box wih a ramp and create a mini ETWMAN truck (the ideal hardscaper setup) for brick saws, tampers, wheebarrels, hand tools etc.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1998...4182?pt=Commercial_Trucks&hash=item19d440ba46

    Let me know what you think about the general truck (this is my first air brake truck, auto allison trans etc) and also if you have an idea of what that compressor weighs. Then I can run it over the scale and figure out my realistic payload under CDL. I'm guessing its around 13k without the compressor since its 4 feet shorter than my current truck but its all just speculation.

    What I'm currently working with if anyone wants it for mulch/cleanups/etc
    new batteries, tires, fluids, brakes etc 1988 - s1900 with the 466 and 5 speed. 17' fold down body with barn doors
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    I appreciate any input as I'm really flying solo here and its a big purchase!
     
  2. muddywater

    muddywater LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Price seems high.
     
  3. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    What do you think is fair? Probably buying cash and havent started negotiations yet
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  4. muddywater

    muddywater LawnSite Bronze Member
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    10k. My buddy has a 2000 international with 200k miles with a recent motor w 12' dump for 10k, and it is in perfect condition.
     
  5. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    Can't see location on mobile but I'm interested. I just got caught up on this truck since i can make an awesome tool carrying area too.
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  6. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Because that truck has air brakes you will still need a cdl regardless of weight. If the truck had hydraulic brakes then you could change the weight and drive it without a cdl. But the listing says that the gross on it is only 23400 so the weight is under cdl. You could drive it with a class c license then.

    Its not that hard to get a class B cdl. If you are used to driving that size truck with a manual tranny you will be fine.
     
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2012
  7. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    every dealer I went to has said that the air brake CDL law is obsolete. not about to start a CDL debate but I will verify and probably get my CDL anyway.
     
  8. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    That truck most likely has airbrakes but not what you would need a CDL for. If its air over hydraulic then you would not need a CDL, most likely what this truck has. I would be getting the same style truck if I were you also even with me having a class A CDL.
     
  9. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Another great thing about that truck is that you could do a small project easy with it. Remove the box off the frame install a flatbed that could support a couple of pallets. Load rock in the bed and a dump trailer behind you with sand and a Skid steer.
     
  10. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    anything over 2 or 3 pallets I usually get delivered and I pick up the loose materials myself. besides, I can reach 2 pallets deep in the truck with a skid steer and get the third one with a chain. Do it all the time. I like the dump box since its low and long. plenty of SF for different stuff, and easy to load.

    Whats a real offer for this truck? with and without compressor?
     

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