Terrastar, f-550, dodge, 5500

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by bck, May 17, 2013.

  1. bck

    bck LawnSite Member
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    Anybody have input on the new terrastar, f-550, or the dodge 5500. I feel like new diesel trucks are over priced and a gamble with all the problems they have. Are we better off looking for older proven models?
     
  2. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The terra star runs the 6.4 I believe. That alone would make me run. The new 6.7 Ford has so far proven to be a good engine. The Dodge will have some nice new features when the new ones come out.
     
  3. bck

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    That's what I heard, but I also heard that they are fine. I do know that the new ford 6.7 is a nightmare to work with under the hood. And dodge is just dodge, I'm not sold on them. Do you know any thing about the payload?
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  4. Chris_NC06

    Chris_NC06 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Dodge 5500 gets my vote. Only one with a proven powertrain. I also like the GM 45/5500's, but they are hard to come by in good shape and are expensive.
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  5. bck

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    Do you own a dodge 5500 or have worked on for some time? Do they hold up?
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  6. Chris_NC06

    Chris_NC06 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Nope don't own one, but it's pretty common knowledge that the Cummins motor is a good one. I prefer the Duramax/Allison, but GM doesn't play in the medium duty game anymore (may change in the future though). Kelly's Landscaping has two new Dodge's (one a 4500, the other a 5500) and I'm sure he'll chime in here soon.
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  7. CLARK LAWN

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
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    The new terrastars gave a maxxforce 7. We see them very rarely at the IHC dealer I work at. They do however have a light steer axle. If you are thinking about plowing I would step up to a duastar with a maxxforce DT. The high cost on new diesels is all in the emissions.
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  8. bck

    bck LawnSite Member
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    I'm looking for a truck that can take close to 5 tons daily and tow a trailer also
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  9. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Then buy a heavier truck than a 450,550,4500,5500. It will cost less in the long run. Tons of options out there, 4300 with a DT 466 will easily 2x outlast any of the above trucks, Do you have a CDL ?
     
  10. bck

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    No cdl, not worried if I had to get one. I don't put tons of miles on my truck now, around 10,000 a year. I don't know if I need a truck that is built to go for 300,000 miles, and the next step up is a lot more truck and I like having a lighter footprint, and a class 5 truck isn't as juicy of a target for the DOT pricks. I have a f-550 now and it can work. It can take 5 tons of stone no problem, 15 yards of chips and the chipper, ext. I'm
    focused on the 19500 range and I have no clue which truck will take the abuse for 10 years before it is sold or traded in. Every new truck is junk with all the emission ****. Thanks for the input.
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