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Opinions on upgrading trucks

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Mt. Zion Lawn Care, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. Mt. Zion Lawn Care

    Mt. Zion Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 27

    I've recently had a strong urge to replace my current truck with a bigger truck. The truck I have now is a 1996 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 ext. cab 2.7l Auto. Its a slick little truck with new black paint. It just clicked over 253,000 miles. At 246,000 the motor spun a rod bearing and I tore the engine down and replaced everything except the block and head. I had the block bored .20 over also, so needless to say the motor is only 7,000 miles old. I currently tow a 5x8 trailer with a 717 john deere zero turn. I get about 16mpg towing and about 17mpg just regular driving. I'm looking to sell or trade for a 94-98 Dodge 2500 4x4 12v Cummins 5 speed. Some may say that is overkill but I'm looking to add another mower and use my 18ft car hauler for a lawn care trailer. Would a 12v Cummins suite me a lot better than my Tacoma?

    I also live on a farm and the Cummins would be hauling a few tractors, a rock crawler, and cattle.
  2. Chris_NC06

    Chris_NC06 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Sanford, NC
    Posts: 6,832

    I don't think a 3/4 ton diesel is overkill, in fact I wouldn't own anything smaller than a 3/4 ton for landscaping. Better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. IMO :)
  3. TruSomethingOrOther

    TruSomethingOrOther LawnSite Member
    Posts: 171

    Around these neck of the woods every legit landscaper / mowing crew doesn't use anything less than a 550. I use a 450 myself, and wish I had the extra hauling capacity sometimes. It is better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.

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