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How about this truck for lawn maintenance

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Currier, Oct 6, 2002.

  1. Currier

    Currier LawnSite Senior Member
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  2. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
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    somebody on this site owns a truck like that. maybe they will respond.
  3. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Diesel will give you a few more MPG and the gas will have more get up and go speed. Both will pull their loads.
  4. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
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    I love my V10 F-250. It is a little thirsty though, at least it runs on regular.

  5. MikeLT1Z28

    MikeLT1Z28 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    not sure about the V-10 but i know the 'stroke makes like 525 lb ft of torque.
  6. MacLawnCo

    MacLawnCo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    To get back on subject, the truck will suit you nicely if you plan on only mowing with it. It really stands out. A local company has 4 rigs like that only they are on isuzu cab overs. The only drawbacks I can see are the following. 1) what do you do if you want to plow? 2) how do you haul mulch? 3)how are you going to haul clippings or even leaves if your customers want leaf removal.

    If you can afford to have a dedicated mowing rig, it is a great set up. You may want to check out how long the actual deck is on that truck. It looks like you wont be able to fit many mowers on that rig. I know if the company wants to haul anything other than two DC's, they have to have it sit on the dovetail. It does the job well, but its not for everyone.
  7. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    F-450 has terrible turning radius that is most likely the major draw back. Other than that it will work just fine for mowing.
  8. JimB

    JimB LawnSite Member
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    It's a nice lookin truck but do you really need to spend all that money for a lawn cuttin truck???
    That back deck looks like it will fill up real quick.
    What if a customer needs a yard or two of topsoil or mulch, how will you haul it there.
    I have 91 chevy low-boy dump and pull a Big-Tex 16 foot open trailer for all my equipment and it works out just perfect.
    If you are gonna buy a new truck or any kind, spend the extra bucks and get the diesel engine, you'll get almost twice the fuel mileage, the engine will have more pulling power and it will last at least three times longer than any gas engine, it's a no brainer.

  9. Currier

    Currier LawnSite Senior Member
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    I already have a good truck f-250 gas, and an excellent trailer, 16' tandem. I just ran across this one when I was browsing though the website and thought it might be good for some thoughts/conversation here.

    I was amazed at the number of 450/550 trucks for sale from this one outfit in Texas. They must have quite an inventory!

    I was also surprised that this maintenance truck was gas and not diesel. I think it has potential to be a good outfit but I'm betting the cost will be unbelievably high (even worse if it was diesel). I would imagine that the extreme price would outweigh many of the benefits.

    I'll call just because I want to know how much gold they think it is worth:)
  10. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    The one drawback is the truck is a gas pot if your gonna be driving the truck alot the V-10 isn't engine of choice for a 450 these trucks weigh 8000lbs empty. I had a F-Superduty with 460 gas the truck got a whopping 6mpg M/T I heard the V-10 is a bit better but still its gas :cry:

    For me gas is 3.42 imp gal and diesel is 3.10 imp gal so its a no brainer diesel is cheaper to operate.

    As for the deck on that truck its kinda useless for hauling anything else but a bobcat or small mini excavator or anything else thats roll on roll off. Myself I rather have truck that dumps and a trailer to pack the equipment a dumping flatdeck is a must on my truck I'am not unloading a truck by hand. I haul quite a few loads of brush per year along with hauling trash, dirt and lumber.

    The 450s don't turn that sharp and they are a bit hard to squeeze them into tight spots but you get used to it making narrow turns in two tries isn't uncommon.

    The 450s do pack alot of weight they can carry more than what the manufacturers gross is set at. I carried 9000 lbs on my old F-Superduty pushing the GVW to 17,000 pounds 2000lbs over on a F-550 I drove we loaded 10,000lbs on it.

    If you doing alot of work in residential areas where the truck never leaves hard pavement and requires a easy to manuever truck I would say get one of those small COE trucks. The GMC W-4500 or the W-5500 trucks carry a good load can get in and out of tight spots but don't try off roading with them not enough traction on the rear of these trucks.

    The lawm mowing bussiness must be good if your gonna buy a new truck like that the lawn mowing contractors in this area barely can afford to buy a beater P/U.

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