First Truck

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Ben's Landscape, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. Ben's Landscape

    Ben's Landscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,438

    I am looking for my first truck to do my landscaping out of. I only have a little amout of equipment (I only do res. mowing). So i could get away with a short bed but would prefer a long bed. I like dodges. My dad says for me to get a 6 cylinder 4 or 5 speed. I was wondering what truck was your first?? What would be a good one for my situation??

    ** If anyone in RI has a Dodge(or any truck) for sale please let pm me**
  2. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,197

    I would keep trailer pulling in mind as you will most likely outgrow the bed of your truck:drinkup:
  3. Ben's Landscape

    Ben's Landscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,438

    Good point Duffster!!! I figured with a 6 cylinder 5 speed i should be ok with a small 6x10.
    Am i wrong??
  4. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,197

    No your not wrong

    But i wouldn't concentrate on looking for a 6 cylinder to much

    You will soon outgrow that little trailer also:drinkup:
  5. rfed32

    rfed32 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Hatboro
    Messages: 680

    i htink youd be fine with a 6cyl pullin a 6x12 trailer...i started out with a s10 and pulled a 6x10 with a wb on it....i would look into gettin 4x4 just in case u think about plowing...youd be alright doing driveways with a 6cyl and a little bit lighter of a plow...i would go with a 1/2ton

    i went from a s10 to a 1/2 ton, i have a v8 and plow commercialy with no problems...and pulls trailers with out any problems

    good luck
  6. ZTR_Diesel

    ZTR_Diesel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 371

    Start small - and with what you can afford. Heck, you can pull a nice little trailer with a Ranger, and I did so for many years.

    I have a dodge 3/4 ton with a Cummins in it. I get better mileage than a Ranger, however parts, maintance & repairs are much more expensive. I would encouage you to keep thinking small, likely a base line half-ton truck, to start with. American culture tells us we always need more - usually we don't. Check relaiblity and resale values on trucks, I would NOT own another Dodge truck unless it was a Cummins. Overall, small V8 Chevrolets are pretty desireable, reliable, and easy to repair. I just wish they would finally dispose of the useless 4.3L V6 that's been around since about 1975 or so. I would avoid that rough, underpowered, fuel guzzling engine if at all possible.
  7. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,377

    Buy what you can afford. A good idea is to start with a half ton truck. 1500/150 series and move up from there. A v-8 will work less then a v-6 when you decide to upgrade later on.
  8. Looking Good Lawn Service

    Looking Good Lawn Service LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    exactly what Petr51488 said, just get the best for what you can afford, and go from there, if you want to pm me your budget and what type of truck u are looking for I can find one for u, I love to shop for trucks, best of luck
  9. PhillipsBrosLawnCare

    PhillipsBrosLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 231

    A six cylinder and a 5 speed would be good for you - but it's called a CUMMINS!
  10. pitrack

    pitrack LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,048

    I would say you will be fine with a 6 in a mid sized truck (Dakota, Ranger, etc.), but if you can afford a half ton, go that route.

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