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Truck for fall clean-ups

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by oakwdman, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. oakwdman

    oakwdman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,297

    Like the title says I am in need of a truck for this fall. I don't care what manufacture, just as long as it is a 3/4 or 1 ton. But the reason I started this thread was to ask what you guys thought about this truck- I would only be using it for this fall (leaves and clean-ups) and then get rid of it in the spring or even during winter. Maybe keep it through the spring mulch rush to make scheduling easier (no waiting for deliveries). It is from a local landscaper (some of you around cary might know Tomasello's?) and looks to me like it has at least 3 months of life left in it if not more. How many of you beg to differ?

    BTW he is asking $7800 but I would love to see this at $5000.. but who knows.
    Also yes, I do realize it is an SRW but for fall debris I think it would be fine.

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  2. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,322

    i to am looking for a similar truck but intend on keeping it for good. i think that truck is over priced at 7800 maybe at 5000 but only if the plow comes to. you may want to look at used 450 and 550 a lot of dealers have right now that are former trugreen trucks. they are going for around 10k but are a faaaaaar better truck.
  3. oakwdman

    oakwdman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,297

    I have about $6k in cash dedicated towards a good truck for clean-ups, I want to pay cash for whatever I end up buying. don't really want to spend much mroe than $5k though.
  4. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,322

    dont you think you could keep it busy year round?
  5. oakwdman

    oakwdman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,297

    I'm Sure I could, but would rather replace this in the spring with a nicer 3/4 or 1ton pick up that would also be my DD. Who knows maybe I would keep it but the plan right now is to sell whatever I get in the spring.
  6. Riley Lawn Service

    Riley Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Posts: 70

    yea even 5000 is way to much for that thing and i agree it looks like it has seen much better days and will probably kick the bucket within the next thousand miles or so if you do buy it work the heck out of it and get what you payed for it out of the thing.
  7. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,322

    why not just take the 6k you have saved up to the dealer and get the truck you want?

    M RASCOE&SONS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,475

    i think if you can get it for $5000 and put a leaf box and colection system on it you will make your money back and some.change all the fluids ,make sure the brakes are good and run it.going into the winter i wouldnt saddle yourself with a new truck payment not unless your fully established.
  9. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,785

    i think its a nice looking truck. you havent told us how "bad" it is, mileage, problems etc. considering the v-plow and dump, id say its at least $6K truck if its up and running, no major problems. and for that price, its worth keeping for a spare or for mulch and leaves next year. how many miles will you put on it of a month in the spring and fall?? my f550 only gets about 6k miles a year on it.
  10. oakwdman

    oakwdman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,297

    mileage is 176K. This guy is the second owner, first owner was RA Adams which is a trailer/plow/dump body dealer close to me. The first people were the ones that put the stake bed on it and the plow. interior isnt too bad, but the latch for the glove box is missing... not a huge deal IMO. The only rust is on the fender where there is that chrome part that I can just replace pretty easily. Picasso, reason I don't take the $6K into a dealer is because I dont want a loan going into winter. I don't really get into plowing that much because of school and just would rather pay cash to have it done with. Spuercuts- I have put 7,000 miles on my dd in the last year. I don't drive a whole lot and this truck wouldnt be running all over the place. The tires would only roll when it is making $.

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