Purchasing a dump truck

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by nmf392, Jan 17, 2005.

  1. nmf392

    nmf392 LawnSite Member
    from Ma
    Posts: 17

    I have been looking in to buying a dump truck. The old company I've worked for is selling a 96' Ford 350 7.3 diesel dump w/ 118,000 mile for $10,000 app. They took care of the truck and it runs well w/ no rot. Is this a good price? Thanks for your input.
     
  2. Lawnchoice

    Lawnchoice LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sounds alright. Is it 4 wheel drive??

    Auto?

    What kind of dump bed?
     
  3. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,929

    118,000 is a liitle much. I know its a diesel, but you probably will be lucky to see 150,000. I would pass and get something a little newer and more reliable.

    Chris
     
  4. Lawnchoice

    Lawnchoice LawnSite Senior Member
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    I don't agree with that. I have owned 6 Powerstroke diesels that all went over 200k with us and they are still purring along just fine.
     
  5. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 1,309

    Get a dump truck you won't regret it, one of the best purchases I've made, but like the others said keep looking.
     
  6. Pecker

    Pecker LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,454

    I'd kinda like to get a dump truck as a work truck to pull my equipment. I was wondering what I kinds of uses you guys use yours for. Do you advertise hauling?
     
  7. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
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    I have a 1993 Chev diesel with over 300,000 kms. It runs every single day. Only thing I've done in the couple of years I have run it is 2 alternators (1 lemon) 2 new back tires and brakes on the rear. I installed a flat bed dump on it last year. It's driven every day.
     
  8. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Lawnchoice - I've had 2 psd's and the both sucked! One was even the same year as the one in question! They are the main reason I switched to Chevy. I guess you got a good run of them. To each his own.

    Chris
     
  9. Currier

    Currier LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 564

    Take it to a mechanic and have them check the engine. A new engine will run you about $10,000.00. If the engine is solid and there are no hints of problems with the transmission, I think you have a good deal on your hands!
     
  10. TheKingNJ

    TheKingNJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 781

    Has the truck been used to snow plow with?
     

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