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Hauled my first load on the 06

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by Gravel Rat, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    Well I got my first job with the 06 F-450 I bought :drinkup:

    Went to the pit to pick up a load of sand the climb up to the spot where they are screening the sand is steep. Get 3 yards approx put on the truck the load was 7068 lbs.

    Okay the automatic transmission is a big improvement it makes hill climbing easier I did a job today that would have been a real struggle with the 03 F-450 I have that has the 6spd. The downside of the automatic it freewheels down a hill even pulled in low gear.

    Second thing I noticed the 06 does handle a load better the stronger rear springs is noticable. I left the pit with a gross of 17,020lbs I was 1020lbs over weight :laugh:

    With this truck my legal payload is going to be 6000lbs which is good my 03 was 1000lbs less.

    My main concern would the automatic help the power out problem and yes it did I'am happier than a pig in chit. Where I took the sand to has a driveway with a 12% grade to climb the truck did just fine very impressed. With the standard I would be crossing my fingers if I would make it without powering out.

    Had to buy new drive tires the other day 1800 dollars and I have new rubber for 4 tires. I had no choice the tires that came on the truck were shot they were borderline blow out. I was going to transfer the tires off my 03 which are 80% they didn't come off the rims easy which caused tire bead damage.

    I was told I was taking a chance I took the chance and ended up with damage. Removing 225/7019.5 tires isn't a easy task.

    This time I went with Bridgstone M729F a guy I know has been using them has gotten 2 years out of the. Excellant in snow and wet roads.

    Now its time to start advertising topsoil hauling I know the truck is going to climb the hills.
  2. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
    Messages: 2,331

    shoot, around here 6K is common for 1 ton dumps, not legal, but common none the less.

    have you got any pics of this thing yet? im glad its working out for you though. good luck with it.
  3. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,246

    Yeah, where are the pictures?:laugh:
  4. hoeman376

    hoeman376 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 328

    GR ive been following this forum for a while and i really would like to see some of your pics I always see you putting your 2 cents in on everyone eles thread now lets see your work please....
  5. YellowDogSVC

    YellowDogSVC LawnSite Gold Member
    from TX
    Messages: 3,793

    I think an '05 f350 has a 5200 lb payload before you add a dump. Doesn't seem like the 450 can haul that much more?
  6. Caterkillar

    Caterkillar LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 995

    How much money did you make on this job.... $50? Congrats on your 30k purchase to make $50 a month!!!
  7. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
    Messages: 2,331

    "I know of a buddy" not me.... that once grossed out at 16,300lbs on a 3500 chevy 8' dump hauling #10 limestone....ssshhh!
  8. Blue Goose

    Blue Goose LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 448

  9. hvy 1ton

    hvy 1ton LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 582

    I know of a guy that has a 70 F350 4x4 conversion. He was working at a neighbors farm and using it as a site truck with his mini. Since i have a thing for old fords i stopped by during lunch to ask him about it. Anyway he said he regularly loads it up with 7000lbs when working on site.:dizzy: One cool thing about the truck he put a 391 and transmission out of f600 into this truck. Between low in the transmission and 2 speed transfer case it has some deep gearing.
  10. Cummins343

    Cummins343 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Kansas
    Messages: 2,468

    Did you see a tranny laying in the road in your rearview mirror?

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