Which box truck for lawn service route??

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by PLS-Tx, Aug 31, 2011.

  1. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
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    I'm looking at these two trucks, also looking at a couple of other similar trucks.

    04 GMC 3500, 6.0 gas, 125k miles, 16' box, 4' dovetail with 5' split ramp. $11,500.

    06 Isuzu NPR, 5.2L L4 FI Turbo diesel, 111k miles, 14' box, 2' dovetail with 7' split ramp, $21,000.

    Both are white. I will try to add pics of both.
     
  2. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
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    Anyone have thoughts on this?
     
  3. CALandscapes

    CALandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
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    I've been looking at similar trucks to both of those, and we currently have trucks with both motors; we're happy with both. Both of the prices that you've been quoted sound pretty standard... I'd say go with whatever your budget allows.
     
  4. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Defenately the 04 GMC, The 6.0 gas burner has a great reputation.

    I have a 2000 chevy cutaway 18' box with dove tail. THe engine is the old style 350. The thing is great. I get 11mpg, most pickups with trailers dont get much more. Plus if you ever need to sell the GMC should retain more of your 11500 while the Isuzu will likley bring a lot less than 21000.
     
  5. rollman

    rollman LawnSite Member
    from Bear DE
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    I have a 2007 3500 with a 6.0 with a 12' box, not a bad motor . I don't use it for lawn work . I get around 13 mpg out of it . I was getting closer to 15 until I put cheap tires on it . I'll be switching over to a better tire to see if I get back the mpg I lost .

    Bought my truck used 2 yrs ago with 18k on it , paid right around 19k , new it was about 30.
     
  6. pinto n mwr

    pinto n mwr LawnSite Senior Member
    from gr8, mn
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    isuzu NPR hands down. It is a TRUCK compared to the chev. Bullet proof diesel, litte less miles bus miles hand to hand, gas to diesel, the diesel is better. dove tail is good also. I would never buy a truck/trailer combo but if i did, NPR would be the way to go. Plus, NPR has a bigger payload compared to similar WEIGHT class trucks
     
  7. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
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    So that's two votes for the GMC and one for the Isuzu and one for either.

    Hmmm, I like the price of the GMC but I sure like the fact that the Isuzu is more compact.
     
  8. CALandscapes

    CALandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
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    The size factor does come in to play - the isuzu is definitely more
    compact. IMO it also looks better... I really think it comes down to budget... Personally, I'd probably lean toward the Isuzu; not because it's better, persay, but just because I prefer it.
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  9. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Go for the extra 2', I thought my box at 18' would be too big, but its not. I can load 50 bails of pine straw and still work my regular route.
     
  10. SNAPPER MAN

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
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    Isuzu for sure. Isuzus go for 300,000 miles easy. You will never get that many miles out of that gmc. The gmc would save money in the short term but in the long haul the Isuzu is a easy choice.
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