Opinion on trucks

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by deitleman, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. deitleman

    deitleman LawnSite Member
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    Hi- I'm in the market for a used pick up truck. I need it to be able to pull a 12 foot open trailer, with a 60" ZTR, push mowers, trimmers, etc. I will eventually want to put a plow on it too. I was looking at Ford F-150's, V8 engine, between the years of 2000-2004. A friend recently suggested that I consider the F-250, for fear of the 150's transmission not holding up for what I want to use it for. What do you all think? (I know not everyone's a Ford guy, so feel free to change the question to a Chevy or Dodge 1500 vs 2500). Thanks

    BJWLAWNCARE LawnSite Senior Member
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    you'll be sorry if you don't get a 250 believe me. Bigger brakes, axles everything you name it. I wouldn't even think of plowing witha 150. I use a 03 250 it has 50,000 on it. I bought it with the off road package snow plow package and the tow package and am very happy.
  3. silverado212

    silverado212 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I run a 2500 Chevy 4x4 6.0L gas. Wish I had the diesel, but otherwise love it. If for nothing else get a 3/4 ton or 1 ton for the brakes.

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
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    A F-150 is more than adequate for that. We have a F-150 we use alot. Sure it doesn't have the power of my 250 diesel but it also cost alot less. Start with a 150 and work your way up.
  5. Impressions Landscaping

    Impressions Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    I don't understand why everyone thinks that a 3/4 ton or one ton pick-up for that matter will PLOW better than a half ton truck. Other than being able to hang a bigger plow off the front of a 3/4 ton truck, a half ton does just fine. I have a half ton chevy with a million miles on it, and it plows great, tows great, of course it doesn't haul as well as my 3/4 ton or 1-ton, but for someone that needs to tow a small trailer and maybe use the truck as a daily driver, a half ton truck is more than enough for some people. If you need to upgrade in the future you can always look into a one ton dump for work and use the pick up for smaller jobs and personal use.
  6. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
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    you cant haul that equipment with a 150. you will really open your self up to a law suite
  7. Lazer Cut

    Lazer Cut LawnSite Senior Member
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    I pull a 16ft trailer, blower/trimmers, grandstand and toro proline, 3 ft walls on my trailer, (trailer weight 1820lbs empty) and my f150 4.6 pulls it just fine.
  8. Lawn Shark prop mgmt LLC

    Lawn Shark prop mgmt LLC LawnSite Member
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    With that equipment and trailer you are well under the towing capacity of a v-8 equipped f-150. It will tow it easily, dont have any idea why someone would say that you would open yourself up to a lawsuit. ?
  9. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,220

    It's Very Simple..... It's called stopping
  10. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
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    Plowing is not recommended for 1/2 ton trucks.

    It usually consists over loading your front end (FGVW)

    My f-150 has a 3600# front end axle rating...I overload it everytime the truck gets sent out to plow...My personal plow truck is a f250...can basically put any plow I want on it, and still have 2500+ pounds of salt back there.

    If you wanna plow...stay away from the independent front end suspension of half tons, and go with a solid front axle truck like a f250.

    Don't forget about diesel.

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