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Chevy mason dump vs Ford mason dump

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Frank2, Oct 28, 2003.

  1. Frank2

    Frank2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 102

    Just wanted to see if anyone had an answer to this question. Not trying to start a ford vs. chevy debate either.
    Looking around for a new mason dump (currently run a '95 chevy 3500 mason dump)
    The Chevy 3500 dump is around $8000 to $10,000 cheaper than the ford F350 dump. Why? Mostly everyone around here is running the ford's as well....Am i missing something or does everyone pay an extra $10k for looks?
  2. cat320

    cat320 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 823

    In the 4x4 I think alot of guys like the solid front axel .Right now you can get a new f350 xlt 4x4 aluminum wheels stanless steel dump with a 6.0l diesel /auto.
  3. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    Most people buy a cab and chassis and install the body themselves and not let the dealer do it they probably tack on extra charges.

    For nowwadays standards you may even consider running a F-450 you can carry more weight safely that you can with a 1 ton. You start putting 2-3 yards of gravel onto a 1 ton truck you are pretty much overloaded you can't make any money hauling 1-1.5 yards of material.

    You know what people are like they ask can you haul 2 yards of sand of course you have to say yes because they seen you carrying 2 yards of topsoil which is light.

    I was considering going back to a F-350 so I could have a 4x4 I can't afford a brandnew F-450 4x4 but I thought about it long and hard. I decided no I can't go through the being overloaded truck ordeal when I had 1 tons before. Once a person has gone to a F-Superduty (old version F-450) its pretty hard to go back to a lighter truck. It nice not worring about being overloaded when leaving the gravel pit with a load of sand or gravel.

    Back to your question I don't know why there would be that much difference in price I don't think there is that much difference in Ford and Chev cab and chassis.

    If the box is good on your truck you might be better off transfering it to a new truck.
  4. alanRC51

    alanRC51 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    I used to be a service writer at a very large chevy dealership. Chevys are cheaply made inside and out. I would never ever own one. I almost got fired when I worked there for buying a new Mustang GT instead of a Camaro. I told the owner if I ever wanted a poorly engineered vehicle that burned lots of oil and the paint peeled off of, I would give him a call.

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