New Chevy/GMC C4500 Kodiak med-duty

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Albemarle Lawn, Aug 10, 2002.

  1. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    This is a really nice new truck. Sat in one today with the Duramax. 16,000 GVW should be great for a Millenium enclosed landscape body or an open landscape body.

    Here's a link:

    The motor is partially in a doghouse. It's snub-nosed but more nose than a van. GM claims a tighter turning radius than a midsize car.

    Thinking of buying one to replace the Mitsubishi-Fuso below, although it would break my heart, the Mitsu is just a baby with 17K original miles.

  2. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    Personally I wouldn't buy one of those new 4500s the cab is way to large for getting into tight spaces with it actually I would buy a 550 instead. If I was going to spec a landscape truck it would be a T-300 Kenworth with a low side box or a dumping flatdeck atleast with this truck you could carry a load.

    Just my personal opinion is if the truck doesn't say Ford or Kenworth on it I won't buy it.
  3. cat320

    cat320 LawnSite Senior Member
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    you left out mack .they are one hell of a truck :D
  4. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    And, GM claims the turning radius is LESS THAN THE AVERAGE MIDSIZE CAR!!!

    Guys I parked my Mitsubishi-Fuso next to one of these and the cab is not that much longer, plus cab to rear axle offers more usable space because the engine is not under the cab like the Mitsubishi or Chevy/Isuzu W4500 Cabover.

    The minimum gross is 16,000 which is comparable to the Mitsubishi or Isuzu's 14,500 gross.

    Here is a link...this is a NEW NEW 2003 model, click on it you probably haven't seen this beauty yet.

    AND a 4X4 is supposed to be offered starting in January.

  5. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    No offence or Chevy bashing but I looked at the attached photo and it looks like they cut and pasted in the trailer with the mini on it. You look at the truck and you can tell it was moving when the picture was taken by the blurryness on the wheels but look at the trailers wheels they are at a dead stop.

    I would probably wait a year before considering buying one of these new ugly looking trucks by that time the bugs might be worked out or Chevy will scrap the idea of these trucks. If they are trying to aim these for Work/Personal use trucks its not gonna work not like F-450 and F-550 where you can use these trucks for a daily driver if you choose todo so and they look like a P/U truck from a distance. You could spot that chevy from a mile away it sticks out like a sore thumb a real DOT attractor better watch out for being overloaded.
  6. about the pic, the jack on the trailer is also on the lower positition.
  7. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
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    What you see is the mudflaps...
  8. Brickman

    Brickman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I would have to agree with Ford, KW, or Mack.

    The F 550 is rated at 26K lbs gross. A lot more than the 16K lbs for the 4500.
    My F 250 is rated at 20K and I have had 29 and 30K lbs plenty of times.
  9. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That would be the GCVW, Gross Combined Vehicle Weight, meaning truck and trailer.

    Try to put 16K on your F250 without a trailer. You would have to pour the bed full of lead to get that much weight on given the space of a pickup. And if you did, you might be able to putt around a parking lot a few laps before the truck died.

    Yes I like Mack and KW. But I'm talking about just enough truck to haul 3 ZTR mowers or a bobcat, etc. ON THE TRUCK not on a trailer behind it.

    Here we have a lot of cramped properties where a trailer is a real PITA so what I'm getting at is eliminating the trailer.

  10. Brickman

    Brickman LawnSite Bronze Member
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    16K lbs in the bed would be extreme. The motor wouldn't die the suspension would give out. Shoot I have had 30K lbs. gross plenty of times and the PS will drag that just fine.

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