powerstroke or cummins?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by bibbo, Feb 22, 2008.

  1. bibbo

    bibbo LawnSite Member
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    :help:i was wondering what you guys like more. the 7.3 powerstroke or the 24 valve cummins? what has more power? what can you get more "bang for your buck for" performance wise? whats more reliable and easyer to maintain? i love the ford but i know guys that swear on there cummins. thanks for the help :waving:
  2. fastcutter

    fastcutter LawnSite Member
    from west tn
    Posts: 241

    Left one out... You better get a Dmax.. We run them all this is far the best..
  3. kps2389

    kps2389 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Cummins all the way!
  4. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    I favor the 7.3 only because it's attached to a Ford. However, the Cummins is a fantastic motor. The only thing I have against Dodge is the fact that the rest of the truck falls apart around the motor and we all know Dodge's automatics are garbage unless you drop $6-7K on a custom built tranny.The Cummins will get better mileage than the Powerstroke, that's my beef with the 7.3's, terrible mileage for a diesel. My dad has an F350 that gets maybe 17 on the freeway on a good day, we also had an F450 with a flatbed that never broke 15 MPG. That was a heavy truck and was a work only vehicle, so mileage wasn't as important, I never drove it more than 70 miles a week but it took everything I threw at it.
  5. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    You buy a Cummins you got a piece of junk Dodge wrapped around it.

    I prefer Ford the truck is built better which is what your buying the truck for. The 24 valve has its problems.

    My choice is 7.3 PSD.

    I have a 03 6.0 and like the way the truck runs. It is in stock form and makes my F-450 feel like a sports car the truck weighs 9300lbs empty.
  6. kc2006

    kc2006 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I'd go powerstroke because of the truck. Cummins is a better engine I think but like others said, the truck sucks. Guy I sub for with plowing runs dodges, he always has to get rid of the trucks at 80-100K miles because the truck it self is costing too much.

    Do some things to the 7.3's and you can get good mileage out of them. My 96 gets 20-21mpg around town. Even with my 4,000lb trailer it still gets 18ish running the mowing route which is all stop and go.

    GSPHUNTER LawnSite Senior Member
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    Like others have said, look at the whole truck. Even guys that run Cummins will tell you the rest of the truck is not up for the task. I know three guys with 12 valves, and they swear by the motor but hate the rest of the truck.

    This would be like buying a mower that had a great Kawi engine, but cut like crap, or buying a house just because you liked the kitchen but hated the rest of the house.

    It's a big purchase. Go drive any of the big three trucks out there and see what you like. All three diesels on the market are good motors, and they leap frog from year to year as far as power goes.

    Good Luck
  8. Mowinforaliving

    Mowinforaliving LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Cummins, Cummins, Cummins. But........it's like they said, in order to get the best engine on the market you have to be willing to get the worst cab/truck. I bought mine new last March and the windows are already sucking air when I go down the highway (pretty bad too), I had a skid plate come loose, and the front seal on my automatic tranny is already leaking at 60,000 miles. Not bad, but it is leaking a little. Before this I had an 04' 6.0 liter Powerstroke and before that I had the 7.3 Powerstroke. I've got nothing but good things to say about the 7.3. Mine had 180,000 on it when I sold it and all I ever had to do was replace a fuel line under the hood.

    GSPHUNTER LawnSite Senior Member
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    I went back and read your post again.

    Maintenace, the Cummins is by far the easiest to work on at home.

    Power, like I said in my last post, they leap frog trying to one up each other every year.

    As far as performance, I've been told that the Dmax is supposed to get great gains from mods, but any diesel is going to cost big bucks to get really modded up.
  10. UrbanGreen

    UrbanGreen LawnSite Member
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    I have a 06' duramax and love it! However i am looking to buy another diesel but cannot afford another new one. I have always heard the powerstrokes are great especially the 7.3, but its hard to find one that hasnt been beaten to death it seems like. I keep finding plenty of the 6.0. Do you guys recomend the 6.0 or keep looking for a 7.3?

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