Pickup truck

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Frontstreetlawns, Dec 4, 2005.

  1. Frontstreetlawns

    Frontstreetlawns LawnSite Member
    Posts: 168

    just curious what all of you have, i need to get a new truck and just contemplating weather or no i need a 3/4 ton pickup or not, i have a single axle trailer and a small gravely zero turn i want to step up to an exmark 48 or 56, just seeing what you all think
     
  2. METRO 36

    METRO 36 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 324

    I ave a chevrolet z71 with a v-8
    on a daily equipment on a 6-8 trailer is a emark mtero 36-commercial snapper
    trim mower- trimmer's-etc.Which is very much weight but i haul horse's at least twice a week in and it pull's fine just this morning I had 1600 pounds of hay loaded on the truck and had no problem running 70 mile's an hour.In the spring im going to by a 1 ton, for hauling my 30 foot horse trailer half ton will do it but it doesn't like it.but for what you want to haul a half ton will be fine
    but a three quarter ton would be better because when you get a bigger trailer
    and more equipment, or do land scaping you have the power to pull 3 ton's of dirt,mulch, etc and it will be easier on your truck.
     
  3. Sharp Services

    Sharp Services LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 268

    I have a 2003 Ford F-150 with the 4.2 V-6 Super Cab. It gets great milage and pulls everything I have tried it on. Had it for 40,000 miles and not one problem.
     
  4. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Posts: 2,207

    If thats all you'll be pulling then a half ton will be fine but if you plan on expanding and pulling more equipment or plow snow or anything like that then you would be better off to go ahead now and step up to a 3/4 ton truck.
     
  5. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,776

    Unless you plan on hauling rock or dirt a 1/2t sould bhe fine. I have two. I pull a 12ft tandum trailer with no problem. You might want to consider trailer brakes just to save some where on your trucks brakes. The only time I wish for a bigger truck is when hauling rock or dirt or maybe alot of mulch.
     
  6. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,278

    A 1/2 ton will be fine, But personally I prefer a 3/4 ton.
     
  7. MOZE4MUNY

    MOZE4MUNY LawnSite Member
    from NW Fla
    Posts: 31

    For what you described a half ton is fine. My mow rig is a single axle trailer hauling a Walker and associated trimmers, I tow with a 1500 Silverado, 5.3, auto and hardly know the trailer is back there. Since I bought the truck I've expanded some and the heavy duty 18ft skid steer trailer is more than I like to tow. Thank gawd for trailer brakes but it's still too much load for towing with a half ton.
     
  8. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,278

    I don't care what size chevy you get it 's gonna be a workhorse, it's in there heritage. I've seen c10's do the work of 1tons
     
  9. Trinity Lawn Care  LLC

    Trinity Lawn Care LLC LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 946

    For what you are hauling 1/2 ton should be no prob. If you are buying used just make sure that it hasn't been beat to heck. I have a Chevy 1500 4x4 and a F350 Dump and both pull a full trailer just as easy.
     
  10. POPO4995

    POPO4995 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,206

    My Dodge 360 pulls everything fine and the F-450 pulls anything and everything and you cannot even tell. I am going to replace my Dodge with one of the following this next year: 2500HD, F-250, or F-350 SRW. I just like big trucks!:D
     

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