3500HD GMC/Chevy or Ford F450?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by mkwl, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,700

    Hey Guys-

    First off- I know these trucks are in different classes (1 ton versus 1.5 ton). I'm a die hard GM guy at heart, and if GM still made a 4500 truck, I'd jump right on it. However, they don't. So I'm torn between a GMC/Chevy 3500HD and a Ford F450. I'm looking for it to be able to pull 10K everyday without any hiccups. Will load with mulch, leaves, topsoil, and occasionally stone- looking for one with a 10-12' dump body on it.

    I guess my question is- is it worth it to go to ford for a "little" weight capability increase? Or are the new GM 3500HD's comparable in actual payload to an F450?

    Thoughts? I'd likely be going gas with either as I'm deathly afraid of Ford Diesels and not in love with all the emissions stuff on either the Duramax or Powerstroke Diesels.

    Thanks guys
  2. Jaybrown

    Jaybrown LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,160

    Ram 4500 cummins diesel You can put any box u want on it and the new model comes with the biggest rear ever ! And now 850 ft/pounds of torque !!! That will tow 10 k easily 20 k easily. Inside is all new as well
  3. Jaybrown

    Jaybrown LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,160

    The price is unbeatable
  4. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,700

    I might have to look into the dodges.... not sure I can really/want to swing the extra cost of a diesel though...
  5. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 6,309

    You are wanting to buy a 3500 gas? The 3500hd will pull 10k everyday, but a diesel in the 3500 will do it with ease, no matter what brand. I like the ram 4500 is a good choice as well.
  6. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,137

    Since when did GM stop making the 4500's?
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  7. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,763

    Both trucks will do what you want, I'd go with a diesel if you plan on pulling 10k on a regular basis.
  8. Jaybrown

    Jaybrown LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,160

    Diesel more torque. Very long lasting engines and better fuel economy when hauling.
  9. Chris_NC06

    Chris_NC06 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Sanford, NC
    Messages: 6,825

    2009 was the last year for 'em, BUT rumor has it GM will be debuting a new 1-ton based 4500/5500 Silverado/Sierra with the 2014 HD pickups.
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  10. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,388

    What GVW do you want ? A 450 is 16k and a 3500 is around 13,400. For towing a 450 will also give you larger brakes as well. Remember either diesel would be a derated version of the pick up trucks.

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