buying a new truck

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by peeklandscaping, Jun 29, 2013.

  1. peeklandscaping

    peeklandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 306

    Hi everyone,
    Just joined after over a year of browsing as a guest!
    Looking at buying a new truck... either a Ford F250 or Ford F350. Any advice? Any noticeable difference between gas and diesel? Thanks for any help:)
  2. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,105

    Get a 350 diesel. If you going to plow snow during winter. If not I would gk with a 250
  3. nismothunder

    nismothunder LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    F350. Get the plow prep and be sure too get real tires before winter if your plowing. The factory stuff is junk.
  4. peeklandscaping

    peeklandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 306

    Thank for the advice! Yes I will be plowing in this winter. By real tires, nismothunder, what do you mean? Pretty new to all this stuff!
  5. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 6,309

    The tires from factory are for highway use and will shed quick in most cases, get some heavy duty all terrain tires with some meat on them. Put them on just before the snow season to make sure they are ready for the snow. Good to see a fellow CT'er on here. Do you have customers already? When you say you are new to all this do you mean the industry? A brand new truck is alot of money if you arent for sure making money with it.
  6. Chris_NC06

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

    What are you planning to do with the truck? Just mowing? Towing equipment? Is it going to be a work truck, daily driver, or both? Do you plow snow?
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  7. kawakx125

    kawakx125 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,130

    diesel will cost more but get better fuel mileage towing and have more torque
  8. Bautieri

    Bautieri LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    Unless you absolutely need the torque from the diesel, which you might considering you want to plow, I'd go with the 6.2 gas if we're debating new trucks.

    Better fuel economy is a moot point when you consider the the engine option itself is close to 9k, diesel sells for 20%+ more per gallon (local markets will vary), you'll have higher maintenance and repair cost for anything not covered under warranty. Nine grand buys a whole lot of gas. You'll get better resale when you trade the diesel in.

    My vote: New truck, the 6.2. Used, Diesel.
  9. Chris_NC06

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

    Another question is: how long do you plan to keep this truck?
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  10. JDGlandscape

    JDGlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 513

    That is a good comparison, I do like the new 6.2. BUT The price difference isnt really as big of a thing as people seem to think.

    Per year I put on around 22k a year towing a trailer. mostly work, some of it for camping or boating. But still. on average i tow around 8k but sometimes well over 10 k.

    I have a 5.4 gas ( not much worse on gas vs 6.2)

    Here is my reasoning why the cost difference isnt that big of a deal if you keep the truck for at least 2 or 3 years.


    22k per year. avg 7.8 mpg. $3.5 per gallon

    22,000/7.8= 2,820.51 gallons per year.

    2,820.51x 3.50=9,900 dollars a year to keep fuel in the gas engine.


    22k per year. average 14.5 mpg. $3.82 per gallon

    22,000/14.5= 1517.24 gallons per year

    1517.24x 3.82= $5795.85 dollars a year to keep fuel in the diesel engine.

    The difference per year in fuel is 4104.15 per year. so in just two years you have paid the difference in the cost of the engines and then each year after that you are saving money. Not to mention you get get at least 25% more resale value with the diesel engine when you decide to sell it

    And the biggest and single most deciding factor in the differences is how they drive. I thoroughly ENJOY driving my deisels, I do not like driving my gas engine, especially towing. I feel like a road hazzard. It isnt fun at all. I love being able to tow anything I want and accelerate decently and actually drive up hills without redlining it and screaming the engine as you SLOW down.

    All that being said, I do like the simplicity of the gas engines.

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