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Ford E-250 or E-350? Deisel or gas?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by vikingcompany, Jan 8, 2007.

  1. vikingcompany

    vikingcompany LawnSite Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 10

    I am getting back into property maintenance and am planing on getting either a Ford e-250 or e-350 4x4 diesel. Which one of these two would you suggest? I really like the Ford brand. I plan on pulling a 7 x 16 Wells cargo, hauling my grass clippings in a dump insertion from Truckcraft with the leaf box and also doing plowing. I would like to know your opinion on if you think the E-250 is heavy duty enough and/or if the E-350 is an overkill on the durability side and a gas waster. Thanking you guys in advance for your answers in this important decision.
     
  2. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    do you mean F-250 or F-350? the E-250 and E-350 are work vans.
     
  3. grassmanak

    grassmanak LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 792

    I've never seen a plow on a van before, and how are you going to put a dump insert in a van, i dont think the roof will support it.
     
  4. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    if you're set on a van I would look at the MB/Freightliner/Dodge Sprinter Vans. I was eyeballing one and they are very efficient, strong (MB turbo diesel) and look to be reliable for the most part.

    hmm, I just re-read it before I posted... you mention a dump insert and leaf box, which would be impossible to use with a van. Also, hardly anyone plows with a E250/350. Did you mean F250/F350?
     
  5. vikingcompany

    vikingcompany LawnSite Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 10

    Whoops, I meant F - 350 and F - 250. :hammerhead: I still have the cobwebs from the weekend
     
  6. qualitylawnmanagement

    qualitylawnmanagement LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    I would go F-350 Diesel if you are planning on adding a dump insert.
     
  7. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    I second that
     
  8. MysticLandscape

    MysticLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    350 diesel is what I got now. Had a 250 gasser and the diesel is alot better when its under a load.
     
  9. GG386

    GG386 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    Viking,

    You did not mention if your looking at new or used.

    If new, find an 07 NOT an 08. Ford no longer manufactures the 07 model. Starting this year emissions has put a stranglehold on diesels (Chevy and Dodge inc.) Ford's new 6.4 is a recipe for disaster. There is some really heavy rebates out there for the super duty's, take advantage if you can swing it!

    If used, opt for either a 7.3 turbo or go with an "05" or later 6.0 litre. I have both models, the 6.0 is a little more snappy but tends to eat a liitle more fuel than the 7.3, but I do have a lead foot:nono:

    Don't even mess w/ the 250's if not just for the brakes and cooling upgrades
    good luck on your search
     
  10. vikingcompany

    vikingcompany LawnSite Member
    from Toronto
    Messages: 10

    GG386,
    Why go with an '05 or later 6 litre? Was there something the matter with earlier models like the '03 six litre? That is actually the model I was considering.
     

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