Ford F-Series Chassis Cab vs. Econoline Cutaway

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Chilehead, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Stockbridge, GA
    Messages: 1,956

    Anyone ever use both? What are the differences considering both may be the 350 Series? Thanks.:)
  2. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    The cuttaway chassis is what you mount a cube box on something like a 14 or 16 foot box. The E350 cuttaway isn't heavy enough you need to step up to the E450.

    The electricians around here use E350 cube vans they are heavy and overloaded. Fairly durable these guys use and abuse these trucks they seem to last.
  3. bighornjd

    bighornjd LawnSite Member
    Messages: 215

    The E's can be setup for a walk-through to the body a lot easier and i imagine may be a bit cheaper? Probably easier for some people to drive also, especially inexperienced.

    The F's are a hell of a lot easier to work on as the engine is actually under the hood and not the dash.
  4. doubleedge

    doubleedge LawnSite Senior Member
    from ND
    Messages: 911

    The F series can have 4wd; the E series is 2wd only.
  5. wvmike

    wvmike LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    Have you seen under the hood of a new f truck? The suck to work on to
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  6. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee LawnSite Member
    Messages: 144

    I prefer E350 because turn radius is great.

    You could work on engine. If you remove back housing inside cabin.

    They last forever. Our Neighbor own heating and cooling company so they have 3 08 E350 with cutaway with 5.4L. They have over 100K miles now.
  7. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    The E Series with the 460 gas engine is a biatch to work on the engine is shoe horned in there the 7.3 PSD is the same way.

    The E series cube vans the tires don't last long the electricians get 6 months out of a set of 6 tires. I know one of the contractors gets 15,000 kms (9400 miles) out of a set of tires. The little 225/75R16 rubber just peals off like cheap toilet paper with the weight they are carrying on them.

    These E-350 cube vans are easily carrying 3 tons in them 24/7 365 days a year.

    A house that was built down the road from where I live the access road is steep and was slippery. The contractors with the E-350 cube vans would start flooring it at the bottom of the hill and spin wheels all the way to the top. Like I said these vans are carrying 3 tons in the back the tires slinging mud like crazy. A 4x4 pickup would have troubles with this driveway the 2wd vans with weight had no problems.

    The E series Fords are tough as chit it is amazing how much abuse they can take.
  8. VAMower

    VAMower LawnSite Member
    from VA
    Messages: 78

    The F-series usually have a bench seat so you can take two other people with you. The E-series usually have two captains chairs which limits you to a driver and a helper. If you normally use a crew of 3 you might want to consider the F-series.

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