How much can this truck pull?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by stuvecorp, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. mxridernorth

    mxridernorth LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'm in the hunt for a small truck for exactly the same reasons. I already own the tandem but need another truck for the smaller jobs. I can't believe how low the 550's tow rating is!? Are you sure you didn't get it mixed up with the max payload?
  2. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
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    I will clarify that- I just feel behind the 550 the limit was pulling a Takeuchi 153 which was just under 13,000 pounds plus the trailer. Not sure what the 'official' rating is?
  3. mxridernorth

    mxridernorth LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'd be tempted to stick with the 550 and then go for the tandem. What motor is in the 550? Have you done a fuel consumption/maintenance comparison between the two?
    Aside from my tandem, I have an '01 F350 DRW (which is too small) with the old 7.3 because I fear the newer motors. My next go around I'm fairly certain I will be switching to a cabover for a small truck as they are generally: well built, maneuverable, fuel efficient, and dead easy to work on.
  4. Danny Boy

    Danny Boy LawnSite Senior Member
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    Local guy here pulls a 120 sized hoe with a dt 466 single axle, has done for years legally.
    I have the same truck and can load a tak 230 track loader and my 161 on ot and it tows great on the flay but is a dog in the hills, always gets there though...
  5. Hollowellreid

    Hollowellreid LawnSite Senior Member
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    Agreed- Single axle could probably tow a 80 size + excavator without trouble.

    We will move a TK TL130 and a Deere 35D on a tandem axle deckover that weighs 5k. Slow sometimes but not an issue.

    Do you know what spec DT466 it is? Our smaller truck is a 190hp 466 that is turned up. Pretty strong truck for what it is.
  6. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
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    Mine has the 6.0 diesel and overall not complaining how it towed the TK. It's just if I move up and get the 75 size with a deckover trailer, I don't think that would be safe or good for the 550. From what I could find the fuel mileage would be very close. I also would like to be able to have an additional 6,000 pounds of carrying capacity.

    Those cabovers really don't have a towing capacity?

    Fortunately it's not hilly here. I also remember guys use to haul their TLB's around with single axles(and alot were gas with 5&2...).
  7. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    These guys have me second guessing the lo pro with the 444. But every one I've found with the 466 is a manual
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  8. david bailey

    david bailey LawnSite Member
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    I have an F 750 with a c-7 Cat and a 6 speed tranny. it's a 33.500 gvwr and I have it licensed for 45k. I can load 9 tons and be legal and can pull my B 26 sitting on my 10 ton deck over. I have electric brakes on the trailer,air on the truck. the Cat has a lot of power and torque. I can ramble down the hiway fully loaded and easily maintain 70 mph. braking isn't a problem either. I can haul my Tak 140 and a little less tonnage in the dump bed. I need to figure out how to upload some pics.
  9. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
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    I like those old ChemLawn trucks but am scared of the 444 being really slow and can it tow decent?
  10. david bailey

    david bailey LawnSite Member
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    heres what my dumptruck looks like

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