Pulling the trigger on a Ford F-450 4x4 with a 12' landscape body on it in the next few days. Can't find anything in our NJ area so we're purchasing from a dealer either in MD, VA, or MA and they mostly have gas engine trucks in stock now (6.8 V-10) with a few diesels still available. The truck will mostly be used for mulch in the spring, pruning, hauling brush, and will tow a leaf vac in the fall. Would probably plow with it in the winter as well. We're obviously about $10k lower going the v-10 route vs. diesel. We're concerned about not only the upfront diesel engine cost but the maintenance and DPF/Emissions stuff of course. It should be noted that 95% of our work is within 10-15 miles of our yard. We have a few trucks that are 5 years old with under 50k on them. Any real world experience with these V-10s as far as power and towing goes. Not terribly worried about fuel economy.