new service truck

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  1. JB926

    JB926 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
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    i know I have asked this question before but Im going for a new truck this week and was wondering everyones thoughts. The truck will be my main service truck and prob will see about 100 miles per day. I will also pull my pipe puller on a 20 ft trailer. This truck will also see time as a plow truck, if it ever snows again. My question diesel or gas. It has been covered 100 times on here, but with diesel at 3.50-3.75 per gallon a gaser is starting to look more attractive. I want a diesel for the power, MPG, & the longetivity. What is everyones thoughts. truck will prob be a ford f-350-450 or a dodge 3500 or maybe 4500. Thanks for taking the time to read this post.
     
  2. I have a 2004 f-250 gas and she pulls my 5000lbs trencher with zero problem....
     
  3. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    I've always been partial to diesel for the same reasons you listed, but fuel prices (over $4.00 here) makes one hesitate. Guess the question you need to answer is if the savings of gas over diesel is going to pencil out over the long term (mileage & maintenance).
     
  4. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    If its in the budget to have a second service truck , heres a good one.

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  5. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
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    I personally wouldn't want to mix that all into one truck. Service vehicle doesn't need to be a 350 or 450. Or a 3/4 or 1/2 ton either. I'm looking for a 2wd little Toyota, Ford Ranger, Nissan, Mazda kind of truck due to lots of miles. If done right you can easily service with a smaller truck. Sounds like you'd be spending a lot in fuel for service work with that truck. Stiff ride also going home to home to home to home all day long.
     
  6. DUSTYCEDAR

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
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    gas is cheeper and so is the engine so i dont know
     
  7. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
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    I may be slightly off on the numbers but if a diesel costs about $8,000 more than a gas engine i dont think the longevity argument is a valid one. even if the gas engine had to be replaced after 100,000 miles it still wouldnt cost as much as the diesel did. a gas engine will do much more than 100,000 mile so that shouldnt be a concern. on the mpg issue if you took the $8000 you saved from buying the gas truck and divided it by 208 (the number of weeks in your 4 year loan) you would have $38.46 a week for fuel. And as an added bounus you wont have to listen to that horible racket a diesel makes.
     
  8. Ditto unless you drive 100,000 miles a year diesel is pretty overrated. I considered getting a diesel and the more I looked into it the more I couldn't justify it. Besides my pet peeve are the a-holes who park their racket right outside the supply counter and leave the friggin engine running so nobody can have a conversation.
     
  9. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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    Man that deisel engine noise goes right thru me. Ive walked over to other peoples trucks at supply houses and shut them off before.
     
  10. Ferti-man

    Ferti-man LawnSite Senior Member
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    I was glad when my neighbor got rid of his last summer. Noting worse than waking up tot he sound of a warming diesel outside.:cry:
     

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