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Would a 3/4 or 1 ton truck be better?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by NYH1, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. NYH1

    NYH1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    I'm looking at getting a new truck. It's going to be my work truck as well as my daily driver. I'm going to go with a new '13 or '14 crew/ext. cab short box, gas engine, 4x4, auto trans. (limited slip/locking rear diff., tow & plow pkg.) I'm not sure if I should go with a 3/4 or 1 ton? Price wise they're about the same. With gas engines their towing capacities are about the same. Their payload capacities are higher in the 1 tons. I will be hauling stuff in the box, but I don't think I'd over load a 3/4 ton.....I don't think.

    I'm going to use the truck for plowing and towing trailers. My regular trailers won't weigh more then 4-6,000 lbs. so they're not really a lot. Although I'll most likely be towing daily in the warmer months, so I guess the stress of day to day towing can add up over time.

    I'm probably going to go with a Fisher or Western 8 1/2 ft. plow. I'll be doing a lot of residential plowing so I can't go to big. The last two winters here in Central New York have been real mild. Some years have some pretty bad winters here with some serious plowing. I want to make sure I get a truck can handle everything I'm going to use it for. Would it be worth getting a 1 ton just to have a heavier duty truck?

    Thanks, NYH1.
  2. Chris_NC06

    Chris_NC06 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Sanford, NC
    Posts: 6,832

    I'd go with the 1 ton if they are the same price.
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  3. 360lawncare

    360lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 962

    3/4 would ride better then a 1 ton if that matters to you.
  4. Woodman1

    Woodman1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 326

    I agree with gallihergreen and 360! I would go with the ton truck. If you need a SMOOTH ride for any reason (short-term0 you could put some sand bags in the back and there ya go!! I have both. I love both of them for different reasons!
    Compare all the details and make sure you are looking at apples and apples. I know gear ratios will affect fuel mileage!!
  5. nashlawn01

    nashlawn01 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 463

    1 ton for sure. I thought 3/4 ton would be big enough but hauling salt and plowing I had to beef up springs and it was hard on it. I bought a Chevy 3500 dually this time. Had it 2 years now and I will never buy a smaller truck again
  6. JDGlandscape

    JDGlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 506

    For the price difference im not really sure why they even make a 3/4 ton anymore.. pretty much just stronger springs for the one ton. The two trucks are so similar in ride quality and pretty much everything else im not sure why there is still a difference. Test drove two 2012 f250 and 350 trucks last year and honestly could not tell the difference in ride quality at all. only difference is the 350s are slightly higher and can haul a lot more weight
  7. JDGlandscape

    JDGlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 506

    if you plan on throwing a sander on it at all then you will be more limited with the 3/4.

    I will say that if you got a 3/4 ton it wouldnt be absolutely game ending. If im not mistaken i think you can get new 250's with like a 10k gvw, which is more than my old 99 f350 that had 9900. My 2002 f250 only has a 8800 gvw. My 2005 f350 has an 11500 gvw which I am really liking
  8. a937539

    a937539 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 82

    A one ton will have better suspension and more payload capacity. Its good to plan ahead if you anticipate future growth.
    Is this going to be a diesel?
    Is this going to be a single axle or dual?
    If you are going to use this as your personal transportation you might see if there will be a MPG difference(unloaded) between the two.
    Also sounds like you are going to have a nice truck.
  9. KTM

    KTM LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 492

    Just remember that there are some different rules when licensed over 10k... There is a reason why Ford offers two different GVWR on F350's. Especially if you cross state lines.
  10. NYH1

    NYH1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    Thanks for the replies. I should've been a little more specific. I'm going to be mowing in the warmer months and plowing in the winter. I have no plans on any real landscaping or salting/sanding.

    Obviously gas mileage isn't my main concern. However, I'm wondering what type of mileage I should expect compared to my current 2007 Ram 1500 Quad Cab 4x4, Hemi, auto trans. 3.92 gears. I get about 10 mpg city and 16 mpg highway.

    Also, would there be much of a difference in mileage between 3.73 and 4.10 gears that the trucks I'm looking at come with? The towing capacity go's up quite a bit by going with the lower gears, even though they're not much lower. I'm looking at the Ram's and GMC/Chevy's.

    Thanks again, NYH1.

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