What can a 1/2 ton truck do?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by dave80, Aug 10, 2003.

  1. pottstim

    pottstim LawnSite Senior Member
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    Like the other fella said, "a trade-in worth 7,000" Also, you have to remember the incentives are very high right now on new vehicles. For instance, I can trade for a new '03 Silverado and get the following: 3,000 rebate, 1,000 Chevy/Gm Loyalty, and they just announced an additional $750 cash back. That is a total of $4750. However, all of these incentives tend to make the value of your trade-in go down the toilet. The local Chevy dealer has an '03 Silverado 1500 4x4 long bed with the 5300 V8, towing pkg, cruise, a/c, rubber floor, etc. , and I have been thinking about going down there to see what he can do for me on trade. The way it is set up, it would make a great work truck for me. I love my current Silverado, but it is only a V6, and I am longing for more power to pull my trailer around. Also, it is really a pretty truck, and I hate to beat it up. The new '03 is pretty much a plane-jane truck, but still looks decent. I should probably just keep what I have and probably will, but I may check into it anyway. Best of luck.
     
  2. lawn perfection

    lawn perfection LawnSite Senior Member
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    You can't go wrong with the 3/4 ton. If pulling alot this would be the right choice. Nothing wrong with 1/2 ton its just not built as heavy.
     
  3. Randy J

    Randy J LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Holy cow! I'd sell you my '97 F350 dually, with a 12' flat (stake) bed & Powerstroke diesel for about that much! And it has gooseneck and rear hitch hookups as well as a trailer brake setup. Of course it isn't loaded, but it's an awful nice work truck. I'd say you better look around some more.

    Randy
     
  4. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
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    If you are on this forum, then there is nothing that a 1/2 ton can do that a 3/4 or 1 ton can't do better.
     
  5. landscapingpoolguy

    landscapingpoolguy LawnSite Senior Member
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    i have a dodge ram 1500 1/2 ton it has an easy dumper, air lift springs, and a 318 magnum motor. i can do almost anything anyone else can but its still limited.....it is a great truck for getting started but i am retiring it to grass only duties and am purchasing a full dump prolly an NPR or international....if all you can affors is a half ton the buy it and beef it up a bit.....put some extra heavy duty spring in teh rear and youll be set to go but know your limits.

    Chuck
    Perfect Property Services Inc.

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  6. Frosty_03

    Frosty_03 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have no problem pulling my trailer load with all my stuff. I think I will purchase a 3/4 ton or 1 ton for next season. I leaning toward a Chevy or GMC Durimax Diesel with the Allison Trans, Test drove a Chevy today and liked it. It was smooth and quite, but it did come with a good price. My 1/2 Dodge Ram has gave me good service it has 118,000 and still looks and runs good. Here it is loaded down ready for work.
     
  7. Frosty_03

    Frosty_03 LawnSite Senior Member
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    THis was early in the season
     
  8. Randy J

    Randy J LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The 318 is a real good motor, those things will run forever. What you need to do is keep that truck for estimating, and then buy a nice F350 dually flatbed diesel, like the one I'm selling:).
    I'm not a GM fan, but I really haven't heard anything bad about the Duramax.

    Randy
     
  9. Frosty_03

    Frosty_03 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I wish I could get a flat bed. Randy I will keep the Dodge I just need something bigger to tow with, I am buying an enclosed trailer soon and I think with the weight and the air drag I think I will be better with a 3/4 ton or 1 ton for more pulling power. I am also thinking about getting a fifth wheel travel trailer so I can go south for the winter.
     
  10. pottstim

    pottstim LawnSite Senior Member
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    Frosty,
    If you are interested in a GM truck, they are supposed to offer a single rear wheel 1-ton truck for 2004. In the previous years, the heaviest truck you could get with single rear wheels was the 2500 HD with 9,200 GVWR. The 3500 Single rear is supposed to be rated at 9,900 GVWR.
     

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