Opinions-What do you think of this truck?

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by srl28, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. P.Services

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  2. P.Services

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  3. srl28

    srl28 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I agree! Makes it tricky sometimes, but I, nor any of my employees except 1 part timer have our CDL. Yes I could get one and think I might anyways but I like this truck just for the size, capability, and the fact that all of us can drive it ya know. The truck will be hauling logs, brush, mulch, leaves, clippings, etc when not used with our hardscape/excavating/etc projects so sure we will have to keep an eye on weight from time to time but not entirely.
     
  4. srl28

    srl28 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Picasso- I've seen both of those trucks in my search on truckpaper, truck trader, etc. Really sharp looking trucks!! And for the price, they are great!
     
  5. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
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  6. P.Services

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    offer him 40k, thats a nice price for both. Hes never gona get 49k
     
  7. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
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    In the case of the employees then I do lean towards that truck. What I would do is get that, so your guys can drive it. Then you can get a CDL so when you need a heavy load, you can overload it and at least not be looking at a ticket for being over cdl but just for overweight.
     
  8. srl28

    srl28 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    ^^Exactly my thinking in this. And I would then be able to pull trailers with it and what not.
     
  9. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
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    Its a good idea in theory, assuming a ticket would cost a few hundo. But I have seen the term "a buck a pound" floating around here more than once. So if your around 33, thats 7000. If they do actually get you for $1 a lb then that would be a bad day
     
  10. icex

    icex LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'd rather have air brakes, but if you do buy the truck spend the extra $1500-2000 and have a exhaust brake put on it. You'll save money down the road by not having to buy brakes often.

    Dad had around 220,000 miles on his Kenworth t800 with a engine brake (alot differnt from exhaust brake) and just replaced the brakes on it before it was wrecked.



    My freightliner fl70 has a exhaust brake and using it properly I barely have to use the brakes unless some dumbass pulls out in front of me or turns off without a signal.

    I haul 15,000-16000 pounds on the freightliner fl70. We have very steep hills here, I put it in 1st-2nd gear and let it go, the exhaust brake keeps the rpms at a steady 1000-1500 and I don't get my brakes hot at all.

    If your going to just pull a trailer, its a differnt story because youll have brakes on the trailer, but still a exhaust brake would make it easier stoping with a loaded trailer behind you.

    PS: I've got my brakes hot before, learnt my lesson when learning to drive the truck. Got them hot going through 3 redlights, came up on the fourth final one and it all of a sudden changed to red and skipped yellow, I slammed the brakes and dident have any. I learnt how to use the exhaust brake afterwards ;)
     

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