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1/2, 3/4, or 1-ton? What do you use?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by josh_evans66, Feb 22, 2007.

  1. josh_evans66

    josh_evans66 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    In my defense I looked 10 pages back to see if this thread was anywhere...I plan on starting a landscaping/lawncare business in the next few years. Right now i'm just planning ahead and learning from other's mistakes. For example; start out with at least a 6x10 box trailer.lol
    Anyway. I plan on hauling the usual one or two man lawncare operation equipment. Could I get by with a 1/2 ton? Or do I need to go ahead and invest into a 3/4 or even 1?
  2. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 863

    If your just mowing and don't get snow, go with a 1/2 ton, just make sure to have trailer brakes. You'll save money on gas and on the truck.

    If you are going to be doing landscaping get a 3/4 at a min.
  3. chuck bow

    chuck bow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 701

    i run 2 one tons power and pulling is there if i ever need it ! maybe over kill but so what it works for me
  4. mow king

    mow king LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 571

    I use a one ton dually diesel...but the lightest load I pull is about 9,000 pounds.
  5. green horizons

    green horizons LawnSite Member
    from zone 5
    Messages: 144

    If you can afford a 3/4 ton, get one. Mowing ONLY can be done with a tiny trailer and a 1/2 ton, but you stated lawn and landscaping. It's the "landscaping" that will kill the 1/2 ton.
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I've been using 3/4 tons since day 1, the initial cost hurts bad, but the heavy duty transmission and brakes make up for it in time... Even then, so far I've only gotten 4 years out of a used truck, and that was taking it easy (it still runs, but I got another one because I don't think she'll make it another year).

    The reason I started with 3/4 tons is because I have a friend who went through this learning experience, figuring it was cheaper to buy 1/2 tons and fix or replace them whole vs. the cost of a 3/4 ton... He got so good at fixing things, he could replace a clutch in 45 minutes with nothing but hand tools, if that gives you an idea as to how many he must've went through. Sometimes, he'd get 6 months out of a tranny / clutch, other times they wouldn't last 30 days before they crapped out again. These were old trucks, I do suspect newer ones might last a year, but they also cost a lot more.
    It's almost funny, but he hasn't driven a 1/2 ton in many years (and I never tried).
  7. Travel'n Trees

    Travel'n Trees LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 631

    I recomend a tax attorney about light duty trucks, they limit you and draw flags at tax time, because of how many people have half and 3/4 ton trucks for personal vehichles.
  8. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    I use a 1/2 ton and mainly pull a 6x16 foot trailer. I also have a 10foot dump trailer that I use for mulch and leaf removal. 8-10 yards of mulch is alot more than the truck wants and is hard on the tranny.
    mowing= 1/2 ton
    landscaping = 3/4 ton

  9. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,808

    if all your doing is pulling a small 6x10 with a mower all you need is a ranger. if you put mulch/brush, tools in the truck, you will need a 1/2 ton. if you plan on growing and getting a bigger trailer, 2nd mower etc, you'd might want to get into 3/4 ton. if you are doing true landscaping, pavers, plantings, sod, etc, you might opt for a 1 ton, even a dually. it all truely depends on what your needs are. if you are plowing 1/2 tons do work but take more of a beatign on the drivetrain. they make heavy duty springs to hold the weight of the plow and you will need weight in the back. if your not plowing you might need a 4x4 which will save you fuel money.

    i have an f250 gas, 350 diesel and 550 diesel. i preffer bigger because if you need it, you have it
  10. GreenN'Clean

    GreenN'Clean LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,512

    I have f250's 3/4 ton trucks and they have all the power I need and then some. Its great for pulling ,hauling, plowing etc. I have a ez dumper insert with heavy duty air bad suspension

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