Looking to buy over the cab. Opinions Wanted

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Harry0, Feb 10, 2004.

  1. Harry0

    Harry0 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 223

    We just got rid of a 94 GMC gas guzling stake body. Now we want to purchase a more gas efficient more mobile lawn dump truck. Other companys around here have the Izusus.We presently pull a 12 ft. open trailer loaded with Skaggs-Great Danes ect. and use the truck to dump clippings ect. At times it might haul small loads of mulch ect. but we have other trucks for that. Any opinions on what company(Isuzu, ect) and where to look. What are the biggest diferences with an over the cab compared to a GMC or Ford Stake bodiesThanks Harry
     
  2. Harry0

    Harry0 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 223

    I mean cabover. See I need all the help I can get-lol
     
  3. GTLC

    GTLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 700

    Well, the Japanese cabovers aren't nearly as durable as the American trucks. They may be cheaper, but I wouldn't even touch one myself. The Isuzus, etc. they would wear out pretty quickly. that is was told to me secondhand from somebody who used to own a few Mitsubishi Fusos, but quickly replaced them b/c they wore out and broke down too much. Now all of his 250 units are American trucks, no cabovers. They are either International, Mack, or Peterbuilt.
     
  4. scottt

    scottt LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 269

    Yeah, there junk. That's why you don't see many around.:rolleyes:
    n1alx,
    Do a search on this site or do some other research on the net and get a few more opinions, you may change your mind. Never take one persons word for fact.
     
  5. lbmd1

    lbmd1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 462

    LOL........................
     
  6. DUSTYCEDAR

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Posts: 5,137

    i looked at both and have driven both
    i like the fords but they r hard to turn tight
    that is where the cabovers rule
    just remember the cabovers only come with 4 cyl in the smaller trucks so get the biggest engine u can get
    the Isuzu's also come with a Chevy 350
     
  7. Harry0

    Harry0 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 223

    I just bought a Mitsubishi -I test drove a Isuzu and liked the Mitsubishi better-It is a 5 speed with a low dumpbody I can build up to my specs-it is a demo model 2000 with 1500 miles on it-cd player-hitch- trailer light plug and a real nice self retracting tarp set up-deisel- I was real happy with the price-$27500-It was on the lot so I took it. I know what you mean about not alot of power -It will only go 70 mph-empty-but I have other trucks (Ford) that can handle heavy hauling. They gave me the 3 year guaranty(as if it was new), and are giving it a complete maintenance service. I am located in south jersey(flat as a pancake) if i was in a hilly location I do not think I would have bought this truck. Thanks for your input. Ask me how I like it in 2 months or better yet 2 years-Harry
     
  8. Victor

    Victor LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hello Dusty, and Harry. That lack of power issue doesn't hold true with all of these trucks. I don't want people reading this to be mislead. My 99 Isuzu NPR held 80 MPH coming from Memphis, all the way back home to Columbus, OH. 10 hour drive, and not a single problem with it not doing a thing I asked it to do, whether I was on a hill, or not. It has plenty of power, and will do 80 loaded, or not. I can't speak up for Mitsis on this, because I've never tried doing this in one, but the newer NPR's sure don't have a lack of power.

    Vic
     
  9. Harry0

    Harry0 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 223

    Vic-Thanks for your response-I know the Mitsu-fe-sf maxed out at 70-75 (Started redlining the tach)Maybe it can reach 80. But I will be using more for city driving so no need to go that fast. Thanks Harry
     
  10. Victor

    Victor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,637

    You'll wonder how you ever lived without it once you start running your routes with it. That's great that you got it!

    Vic
     

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