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Diesel or gas truck?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by F Haney, Feb 20, 2018.

  1. F Haney

    F Haney LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    I am looking to buy a used mowing truck. My last two were Chevrolet 3500 dually gas . I am considering trying a diesel. I don't know that much about them other than what I've seen while shopping online. I know they have more torque, last longer (supposedly). What are the advantages of having diesel? Disadvantages? Tell me why I should go diesel, or NOT. Thanks for input.
  2. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,391

    You’re not going to get the realized value from a diesel in a mow truck

    Higher cost of ownership alround without the payoff of lots and lots of miles out on in a short period of time

    There is no payoff to diesel in a mow rig
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  3. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,240

    Whys the dually need?
  4. kemco

    kemco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,608

    I've got 2 dually trcks. F350 gasser when pulling a trailer or a full tank as it is now set as my designated spray truck gets about 8 miles to the gallon. My dodge 3500 with a Cummins gets right at 15 pulling a fully loaded 20ft leaf trailer with maybe 4 to 6k pounds of wet leaves. Yeah I think it's worth it.
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  5. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,240

    I get it on heavy trailers full of gravel, stone etc...6/8 k is 6/8 K..never had that many leaves, ...my 3/4 ton Chevy diesel pulls 18ft lawn equipment around easy...no dually
  6. F Haney

    F Haney LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    Don't need a dually, just what I had in the past. They did pull nice. I'm moving to a 3/4 ton. Question is DIESEL or GAS ?
  7. F Haney

    F Haney LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    Yeah, my gassers were the same, a reason I'm looking at a diesel.
  8. bmc1025

    bmc1025 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 550

    A place I worked at had a 97 chevy 2500 2wd gas with a 5 speed manual. That thing would consistently get 15 MPG pulling a 16ft mow trailer. Empty highway runs would push 20MPG. I don't think you can find a V8 gas truck now that will do the same.
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  9. bmc1025

    bmc1025 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 550

    I own 3 diesel duallys a 98 GMC 3500HD 6.5 Diesel, an 03 Duramax and a 06 Duramax. Around town driving the duramax trucks get at best 13MPG and usually 11-12MPG with 3.73 gears. The 98 6.5 has 4.56 gears and consistently gets around 14. Maintenance is considerably more expensive on the diesels and you will never make up in fuel costs for it.

    Keep in mind all of the big 3 diesels can have head gasket issues, especially when bought used, most used diesels have had a programer or tune in a past life and you will likely be buying someone else's problems. HG job is 5K plus at a shop and about 1,500.00 and 35-40HRS worth of time on a Ford or GM if you decide to do the job yourself.

    If you only tow mowers and leaves around get a half ton 2wd with a V6. Purchase price is usually less than 2/3 of a diesel, maintenance is cheep and you should be able to get decent fuel economy.
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2018
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  10. Dawson

    Dawson LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,295

    If he's pulling a trailer all the time he needs a 3\4 ton.....1\2 ton trucks are not designed for towing full time.... Transmission, brakes, suspension is all much lighter duty.
    The difference between a 1\2 ton and 3\4 ton truck is a lot more than 1\4 ton.
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