New Tandem Dump Truck purchase?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by rflandscape, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    I wouldn't buy any truck with under 400 horses that didn't have a 13 speed or better tranny. I'm a little biased toward high horsepower or a long legged tranny living in the PNW, we deal with quite a bit of elevation gain. I drive a truck with 400 horses and a 10 speed, most days it's not even close to enough dragging a trailer.
     
  2. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,664

    That should be the perfect truck for what you want to do. I have a slightly smaller version of that truck, a 92 Kodiak. Mine has the smaller, 3116 Cat engine and a 10 spd trans. I can run up and down hills, towing a heavily loaded tandem dual gooseneck full of firewood, at 65-70 mph, with no problems. My truck, trailer, and load, are grossing about 35,000. I never have to shift out of 10th, even on long uphill grades.
    The price sounds good too. I would really say that might be the deal for you now. You can always upgrade to a larger truck later if you need to.
     
  3. NEUSWEDE

    NEUSWEDE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 1,147

    That's an aweful deal run away, can I have his number so I can call and tell him what an aweful deal it is and buy it from him so no one has to get that aweful deal!
    Joking aside, not a bad price but the motor is a downside. It has the same motor that is in my F650 and I can't imagine being a tandem with that motor. I get different transmission but I bet with that truck your always going to want more hp.
     
  4. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,214

    If it is a '90 then it would be a 3116 not the 3126. What is the transmission? If it's in decent shape it sounds good.
     
  5. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,195

    I would really hesitate on a GMC truck of that vintage. My dad just sold his '89 5 yard, which ran well but he found it nearly impossible to get parts for it. GM is not providing parts support for many of the parts that are unique to heavy trucks. For example, he needed a throttle cable and ended up having to get one custom made.
     

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