I need some advise

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Wrobel#1, Dec 12, 2005.

  1. Wrobel#1

    Wrobel#1 LawnSite Member
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    I 'm looking to buy a dump truck I want 4X4,diesel because I want to plow. Should I get a cabover or a ford. What do you think?
  2. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 4,771

    Are you looking for something used? If so, you might search on eBay, particularly the no reserve auctions. The only real bad thing about that though is sometimes you have to look for a long time. I looked for 4 or 5 months and never found something I was real comfortable with, when the truck I ended up with was $8,000 below bank loan value. Just because you buy it off eBay doesn't mean you have to pay before you test drive either.
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    UNISCAPER LawnSite Bronze Member
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    "I 'm looking to buy a dump truck I want 4X4,diesel because I want to plow. Should I get a cabover or a ford. What do you think?'

    Cab over 4x4's seem too unstable, front heavy, and pretty gutless. Since Ford quit making trucks that do real work and entered the hobby market I would stick to GM, particularly the 45-5500 series. Hands down, sitting next to the Ford, you can see the difference in how much better built they are. 100,000 PSI frame is optional, 80,000 is standard.

    This brings me to price. Budget 50K for something but plan on between 40 and 50, plow included..
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  6. NNJLandman

    NNJLandman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,306

    Yea definently check out ebay there always seems to be a good deal in the area. If you want a solid rig look at a Chevy 3500 Duramax Diesel or I would go with a F-450/550 Mason Dump Powerstroker. Both are great work rigs.
  7. earthmover

    earthmover LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 122

    JBLawn....Awesome Truck.payup That thing have the snowplow prep pkg.?
  8. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,278

    If I were you i'd be looking at Gm 3500 or 4500 D-MAX. The 4500 4X4's look like awsome
  9. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    So your going to spend 50 grand on a truck to plow with is it really going to make enough money to pay for itself before it rusts out ?

    For the 50 grand that would buy a pretty decent backhoe or 50 grand would buy a decent used medium duty 5 ton you can put a plow on. If you want to plow buy yourself a old beater 4x4 just for one purpose to plow snow.

    As for a cab over 4x4 the only manufacture offers that is Mitsubushi and I agree with the others no power and front axle heavy just the way it sits you add a plow it would be even worse.

    When it snows here any contractor with a 4wheeldrive backhoe is busy the highways dept is plowing the main roads the private contractors are plowing the parking lots of grocery stores etc. Most home owners shovel their own driveway or they have a 4x4 so they just drive through the snow.
  10. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 850

    this is why I love florida, it never snows here. though I'd be buying an old Cat like a 950F wheel loader or something of that kind to plow with. rig up a plow to replace the bucket, and youve got a VERY good plowing unit that you really have a hard time killing.

    I know a guy used to plow the driveway for my family back in maine, he used an old Cat 930 loader that was like 20 years old when he had it.

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