Chevy 3500 dump Vs Isuzu NPR dump

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by jbailey52, Jan 30, 2009.

  1. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hey guys..were looking at adding a new dump this year.. but I cant decide if were better off with a chevy gas 3500 stakebody dump or an isuzu. We are getting an extended cab with either we choose as well as Gas engine.

    Any suggestions between the two?
  2. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    I don't think cabovers come as a extended cab. There is a big difference between a cab over and a 3500 with a stake dump. One the cabover will carry more weight even if its a 3500 Isuzu/GMC. I would look at a 4500-5500 cab over those little trucks will carry the weight. The 3500 stake dump will ride better thou.

    If you need a truck with a good turning radius then go with a cabover and if your doing lots of city driving or working in city neighbourhoods go with the cabover. If you were doing lots of freeway driving and working in rural areas go with a 3500 Stake dump.
  3. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Im lost with the terms.. Cabover is the isuzu type with the cab over the engine?? Ha Im assuming.. the isuzu actually does have a crew cab model...

    The prices are about the same, and I like the look of the Isuzus im just worried about my guys driving it.. seems like it would be a lot different to drive... I know the sales guy says "Oh you see so much more in this truck so its easier" But I dont know if that all true...
  4. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
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    Personally I like having a HOOD infront of me, and the NPR Cabs are small for me their dedicated work trucks nothing else. no gas either:nono:
  5. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    The one thing about a cabovers especially the 1.5-2 ton trucks your pretty much dead if you get in a head on. Your first on the accident scene.

    The second problem is the ride you sit over the steer tires so your azz feels ever bump in the road.

    I wouldn't buy a gasser cab over.
  6. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    no to the gas cab over even though they are the proven 350 chevy engine. They do ride bumpy but not terrible. Of course our roads never see rough winters. Some are fast I been in one with three 2700lb pallets of salt for water softeners and we could keep up with 60mph traffic. I never thought about the danger's of being in an accident, makes sense though.

    For lawn maintenance with hundreds of stops a week they are ideal.
  7. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    For working in the city a cab over is great. Driving on the freeway doing 60 mph or more yikes :dizzy:
  8. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
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    I have two degree's in healthcare, spent over 15 years in XRay/CAT scan, worked for several Level 1 trauma centers, and have seen alot of death, and stories of miracle's.

    These Cabforwards/NPR's are dangerous you WILL get hurt in a frontal collision. Your like a Bug hitting a windshield, in that the last thing that goes trough your head is your ARSE.

    As far as training a crew man to drive one their a "nobrainer" zero learning curve.

    GR did you check out the Ford 4500/5500 chassis cab prices!!! their under 45K here in the USA:waving:
  9. lawn king

    lawn king LawnSite Silver Member
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    The cabover will out work,out haul and out last the 3500. This is not just wild conjecture, i own and operate both trucks. If you crash head on at high speed on a weekly basis, perhaps you should buy the 3500.
  10. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,552

    we have on of the crew cab mitfusos, love it to death. the only catch with these crew-cab-cabovers is when something major needs to be worked on they'll actually have to take the whole cab off, they don't flip forward like the 2-door variants. I'm sure this will add to the cost of repairs, other than that WE LOVE IT. carry 7 guys easy, easy to drive.

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