mitsubishi fuso

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by lawnboy82, Jul 18, 2001.

  1. hey guys, i hear so many of us talking about the chevy 3500 HD or the ford F550 or whatever it may be. however over in my area a very popular truck is the mitsubishi fuso. personally i dont like it because of the low GVW and the lack of power. however i was just wondering how many of you guys own em? and what you use it for?
     
  2. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
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    You might want to post this at plowsite.com over on the truck side also.
     
  3. all i can say is you need deep pockets

    the parts for these trucks are 2 to 3 times the cost what they are for the big three

    but most of them will give you about 14 to 16 mpg
     
  4. Grapevine

    Grapevine LawnSite Member
    Posts: 126

    There's a company in my area (not landscape) that's going under and selling a 2000 Mits/fuso diesel 4x4, 5 speed with 12 ft bed. This truck is nice and I see more and more of them in this area, mostly GMC and Isuzu.
    It has 11,000 miles and the owner says it will take a plow. He paid 33,000 for and wants 23,000 to pay off his note. It sounds like a great deal and if I had any balls I'd scoop it. Does anyone plow with these, I do a ton of driveways.
     
  5. southside

    southside LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 790

    That model is called the Mitsubishi Canter over here. They are
    a very strong and capable truck. Good torquey motors.
    Not quite in the raped ape category but they move along pretty
    well.Remember it's not just hp. that counts you also need a good
    torque figure. Canter has 4.2 litre 4cyl diesel.
     
  6. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 1,277

    Lawnboy, you hit the nail on the head. Throw a few shrubs in the thing and you're over the GVW. It's be fine if all you hauled was brush.
     
  7. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,412

    You can get them anywhere from 11,500 lb gvw up to 21,000+. Whats the problem?
     
  8. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,544

    I Bought a new Fuso FE639-HD.

    The manueverability is impressive. It has an exhuast brake that reduces the use of wheel brakes.

    The GVW is 13,500. I carry two zero turn Gravely 260z mowers plus a 54" JD walk behind. Total weight=1300/each zero turn=2600, plus 700 walk behind, total 3100 lbs+hand tools. Well under gross.

    Anti-lock brakes work perfectly.

    Problem area: The rear axle ratio is 5.73:1, so going down the highway is tedious. Best kept in town. Four cyl has good torque but is weak on horses.

    Look also at a truck called Bering, and at Ford E-450 cut-away vans.

    KB
     
  9. southside

    southside LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 790

    1990 Mitsubishi Canter FE444 13500lb GVM. I can fit the Walker and a Dingo loader and still have room to spare. 3.3 litre direct
    injection diesel @ 100hp. 5 speed syncro,diff ratio 6.166.
    Cruises on 60mph an full GVW.

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  10. Jerryjks

    Jerryjks LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    Bought new 92 Mitsi 4X4 with 9' fisher plow, A/C, 2' back-pack tool box and 10' dump. Paid $33,000. back in '92. Truck now has 100,000+ miles, with very few problems. Really like it for plowing. Does have some drawbacks...11,600 GVW (truck weighs 9,200), Takes bumps hard and top speed of around 65-70. Good fuel mileage, loaded or unloaded, around 14 mpg. Really shines in low speed situations where you need alot of power. Pulls our Finn T90 II hydro-seeder in off road conditions with no problems.
     

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