1/2 Ton Trucks?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by JMiller08, May 1, 2010.

  1. JMiller08

    JMiller08 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 349

    How effective will a 1/2 ton truck be at towing a 14 ft open trailer with a 36 in walk behind, a 60 inch ztr, and all handhelds, gas cans, etc. Im thinking of buying a 1/2 ton for now as i am growing my business. Then in a couple years stepping up to a 3/4 ton. Im working out of a 1995 nissan pickup that is basically the size of an s10. It pulls my 5x8 with 52 in ztr and 21 in push mower fine but struggles with any highway pulling at all.
  2. buttaluv

    buttaluv LawnSite Senior Member
    from MidWest
    Messages: 569

    Might as well get a 3/4 now!

    but a 1/2 ton should pull that fine
  3. kevinreilley

    kevinreilley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I have a 1/2 ton chevy and i tow a 12' trailer with a 48 walker and a 61 rider and it doesn't feel like I am towing anything. I also have towed about 2 tons of dirt on my trailer many times, I think you should be fine.
  4. rcslawncare

    rcslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,684

    It should be fine, but if you got the money to invest, a 3/4 ton will be a better bet.
  5. dhunterd08

    dhunterd08 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    1/2 ton no problem I have had 2 pallets of sod on mt trailer and one in the bed at 1800-2000plds a piece without an issue and that day i drove 189 miles.....2004 F150 5.4
  6. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,837

    I have three half tons I've pulled my trailers without issues from them for almost two years. Here is my Ford pulling my smaller rig. This is a 98 4.2 v6 Ford F-150 I currently use a 01 silverado with a 4.3 all the trucks are autos.
  7. dhunterd08

    dhunterd08 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    Wow. I am impressed. My 97xl, big red(1997-2009 RIP) as I called it, didn't do well with a 5x10, 26inch snapper, and the gravely walk behind.....
  8. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,837

    I've had 2000lbs of concrete in the bed before. I know its no where close to being safe doing so but it did it.
  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    That's what I keep hearing from the locals concerning 1/2 tons and towing, let me guess, tranny?
  10. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,837

    If you get a 3/4 ton with a 5.4 you get the same transmission as a 4.2 1/2 ton.

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