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Gas vs. diesel

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by bcg717, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. bcg717

    bcg717 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    I recently just partnered up with a long time friend in his landscape business. I am looking to buy a truck. This truck will be a personal truck as well as a work truck so i don't want to get an older truck. Right now we have a 2006 duramax crew cab that hauls a 16' enclosed trailer and it works perfect. My new truck will be the second truck in our company and will pull a 14' open trailer with a exmark turf tracer walk behind, and a exmark navigator and a couple other small stuff. I'm trying to spend around $20K and under.

    My question is....
    Do I get a slightly used (2007-2010) 1500 crew cab fully loaded and get horrible gas millage when pulling the trailer, OR
    get a slightly older (2004-2006) Duramax crew cab with not so many features.

    I know the Duramax is the best answer, but will i have trouble towing the rig if i get the 1500? I pretty much made up my mind on the truck , just want reassurance.

    The reason i picked the Duramax over other diesels is because A) the cummins seem a lot higher in price and B) The powerstrokes i hear about problems with all the time.

    Thanks in advance
  2. doubleedge

    doubleedge LawnSite Senior Member
    from ND
    Messages: 911

    A 1/2 ton truck would pull the load fine, but do you really want to beat up such a nice vehicle?

    I would recommend buying early 2000 basic gas 3/4 ton truck if you plan on working it hard. A diesel is not necessary, even for the enclosed 16' trailer.
  3. bcg717

    bcg717 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    Found a 2006 Duramax crew cab 4x4 with 80k miles that i'm pretty much decided on.
    Didn't really want to get into an older vehicle since this will be both work and personal for this season.
  4. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,377

    Go for the older 2500hd. The daily abuse will catch up with you and it will cost you more in the end. I used my 1500 in the beginning for everything, because i had to. After a good 3 years i paid for it. I ended up replacing alot of things due to my daily use on the truck. The 2500hd is made for working and will last you alot longer. Plus with the duramax, you'll have a strong truck and will hold its value.
  5. bcg717

    bcg717 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    Thanks for the advice
  6. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Messages: 3,614

    you can get gas in a 3/4 or 1 ton too. Thats your best bet unless your towing heavy equipment or heavy material.

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