Engine size

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Keegan, Feb 1, 2007.

  1. Keegan

    Keegan LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 614

    This may be a stupid question but here it goes. Will a Ford 150 with a 4.6L engine or a Dodge 1500 with a 4.7L engine still be able to pull a loaded trailer and sometimes 2yds of mulch at the same time or would the larger 5.4L engine make it a lot easier?
  2. Rons Rightway Lawncare

    Rons Rightway Lawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,164

    My last pick up - a 05 Silverado with a 4.8 liter V-8 - pulled over 7000 pounds several times with no problems at all. The Chevys are more powerful than dodge or Ford, but any of them should do the job.

    I like the Chevys engines.... the Dodges interior.... and the fords suspension and tailgate.
  3. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,281

    If you are going to be pulling on more level areas with very small hills, you should have no problem. If your area is hilly or steep incines, etc, you may find the 5.4 to be better. I used to drive a 2000 f250 super duty with the 5.4 and an enclosed trailer with two walkers and a wright stander with some other tools in it. The truck also has a dump insert in it and it usually had 2-3 yds of grass in it. Sometimes on hills, it was a dog. I would almost need to floor it just to make it up hills. So if you are looking into getting a new truck, go for the 5.4 ford, 5.9 dodge or the 5.7 hemi, or 5.3/6.0 Chevy/Gmc. But that is my opinion
  4. GreenN'Clean

    GreenN'Clean LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,512

    I have f250 5.8 L motor that has an ez-dump insert and I've pulled my trailer with ZTR and WB ,carrying 3-4 yards of mulch in it with ease. Very strong motors
  5. Birdhunter1

    Birdhunter1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 312

    I had an 04 F-150 with the 4.6 and now have an 06 F-150 with the 5.4. The 5.4 will handle the load better but the 4.6 will do it. The 5.4 has almost all of it's torque at a low rpm (I think it's about 1700 rpms or so), the 4.6 is not well known for it's torque but it will handle it's load ok. Either truck will be fine and, no load there isn't much of a difference in gas mileage between the engines. I haven't bothered to ever check the mileage with a load only on it but figuring that I always get about 15 mpg with the 5.4 and the 4.6 I had it was usally around 16 average mpg. Unloaded or lightly loaded highway mileage was usally about a 1-2 mpg difference depending on how much of the pedal on the right I gave it.
  6. Snyderserv5060

    Snyderserv5060 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 194

    Until this season I had a 96 Dodge Ram 1500 (5.2 V8) with a 16" trailer... Id regurally get 6 yards on it and on occasion if the drive was not too hilly id get 7-8 yards. Some trips were with stone or even the mowers...Now im sure this was hard on my truck but thats why I got a new diesel truck.
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    You can pull with any size motor, your problem is in the gears, not the motor.
    Because they make 350's with 6 cylinders, as one example.

    A 1/2 ton is geared open like a car, so if pulling power you want, then get at least a 3/4 ton where the transmission is geared closer.
    You can add more horsepower, but all that does is put more strain on the bands / clutch.

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