Help me buy a truck!

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

  1. zak406

    zak406 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Isnt the guy who owns that truck on lawnsite? I believe in the heavy equipment forum??
     
  2. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    I found it at a dealer, link to thread?
    the picture at the loading dock is my actual truck.
     
  3. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
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    Just to give you a feel for what my trucks are like, the 550 dump is around 9800 empty, 19500 gvw so you are right on the 10,000 pounds capacity. I also have a 'two ton' Kodiak contractor truck that is 15,600 empty but is good to 33,000 gvw so you have just over 16,000 pounds capacity.

    I personally like the 550 a lot better but you definitely pay to play with those. I also think having fold down sides is a necessity, you can carry so much stuff(pallets or attachments).
     
  4. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    fold down is great, and I was so pumped to have this truck with all the fold downs however I haul a lot of broken concrete and have managed to bend every pin so they can't be folded anymore. I used to cut out the pins and put new ones in but now I don't bother. If I had a lighter truck like a 550 I would probably use it more, but this truck is a hauler.

    How long is the bed on the kodiak? diesel? just looking to compare apples to apples.
     
  5. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
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    That is the hard part when the truck has to be 'versatile'. I have hauled concrete, boulders and stumps with the box on my 550 but it has been pretty hard on it. The 550 box is 11' and the Kodiak is 13' long. The Kodiaks box is heavy duty for a fold down box, I would have preferred it to be lighter. The only thing that I would change on the Kodiak box would be to have a high lift type tailgate. I've got pictures of it if you want to look for it on here, it is a diesel/auto truck.

    I've wondered about going to a truck like the old LowPro Trugreen/Chemlawn trucks with a contractor box like I have on the 550? They don't have 'big' power but would be cheaper maybe?
     
  6. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    a couple pics I took when looking at it the other day
    very clean cab
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    some light showing through the floor but the sides and gate are good
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    showing off the boxes and compressor
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  7. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    I originally went to look at a Lo profile International, this dude
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1998...7527?pt=Commercial_Trucks&hash=item19d4b18a87
    Same dt466 motor, 6 speed eaton fuller, and tons of hydro goodies but Its almost too small with all that power! needs like a 12' bed. and I really want an auto. tired of eating a bagel, drinking a snapple, talking on the phone then having to shift
     
  8. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
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    I personally think automatic trucks are the only way. Seriously, who wants to shift anymore?

    That green truck looks 'too' clean to me. I am bothered by trucks(or equipment) that just got a 'fresh' coat of paint, I think it can hide problems/issues.

    Out here there alot of mid 90's single axle county trucks for around $10,000. The boxes are usually 10' or 11' though.
     
  9. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    are these autos solid or are they on their way out after 150k and thats why they are for sale?
    I know it has an allison sticker on it but thats all I really know.

    This place paints all their trucks. even inside the dump body lol
     
  10. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm not sure? On ours, we changed the fluid and I think the filter back when we got it. We have never noticed anything weird with it.
     

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