How big for me?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Matts lawn care, Jul 23, 2007.


How big?

  1. 1/2 ton

  2. 3/4 ton

  3. Ford ranger!

  1. Matts lawn care

    Matts lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 829

    OK, my ford explorer is getting old and leaking 1 1/2 quarts of oil per month. It has come to the time where I want a truck for personal and business use. My mowing setup is in my sig and weighs about 2k max. Once a week I will Have a load of mulch (5 yards at a time yards all my explorer can handle 10 total) I will also have a trailer full of leaves in the fall along with a plait of sod every once and a wile. I also would to like to plow snow with it but not too much snow considering I live in MD. This truck will need to last my next two years of high school and 4 years of collage.

    I am looking to spend around 16k. I want a reg can long bed with 2 wheel drive for the 3/4 ton or 4 wheel drive for the 1/2 ton. If I was to get a 3/4 ton it would need to be about 2004 with 40000 to 50000 miles. But if I got a 1/2 ton I could get a new or almost new truck. I don't want to start a Ford vs Chevy war or anything just looking for size. Preferably I want a ford or Chevy. If I did not give enough info just ask.
  2. matt,
    i have a f150, my dad has a chevy 2500hd, and another guy by me has an 06 or 07 ranger. He has basically the same stuff as you have and can pull it all in one shot. With the mulch im not sure on how much he can get, ill ask him. I know he has a buddy with a dumper too.

    If i could choose over, i would get a newer ranger. They look good now and seem to pull a lot better than the older ones. I need my truck to last about the same as you has 120,000 on it 1998 bought for $8000 including repairs.

    I could put a 3/4 truck to good use, but with gas and other things, plus college, the smaller truck could end up saving you.

    just my opinion

  3. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,338

    Why not a 3/4 ton 4x4?
  4. IA_James

    IA_James LawnSite Silver Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 2,592

    IF you aren't planning on getting into heavy duty land scaping (hauling rock, mulch, dirt, blocks, sand, etc etc) get yourself a 1/2 ton. I had an '03 Chevy Z71, was a good truck. Try and find one without the Autotrac 4x4 set up on it, mine screwed up repeatedly.
  5. Matts lawn care

    Matts lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 829

    I am also interested in getting into doing work with slate and blue-stone may be paver's. I am working with some one now learning. I will probably wait until im out of school to get into that or only do a few installs in the winter when the Grass isn't growing.

    From what I have heard getting a 4x4 on a 3/4 ton comes more problems than its worth having the 4x4 or am I wrong?
  6. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,463

    why not a f-650??!
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    All depends how much you plan to tow, as a rule of thumb I like to never exceed half the truck's max rating, that is if a 3/4 ton is rated at 8000 pounds then I prefer to stay below 4000 towed. Because the rating of the truck includes all the weight, truck too! Another method would be to subtract the truck's weight from the rating, but I just do the rule of half, either way.

    It's not so much about playing it safe, but what you haul on a daily basis wears the truck out, and the closer you get to the max rating, the faster it wears. As things stand, I get 4-5 maybe 8 years out of a truck with my method, likely I'd only get 1-2 years out of it if I got closer to the max rating.

    More than a few guys hauling heavier loads here have 350's and 450's, some bigger.
    I always say if you plan to hitch daily, then get at least a 3/4 ton.
  8. IA_James

    IA_James LawnSite Silver Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 2,592

    If you're planning on working with pavers, and towing and/or hauling heavy, then get the 3/4 or a single rear wheel 1 ton. 4x4 would be nice if you plan on driving on literally anything but pavement. A 2wd 3/4 or 1 ton is absolutely capable of getting stuck on wet grass.
  9. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,783

    I like my chevy 1500 its got the 4.3 in it so its fuel efficient. Plus I got mine brand new for under $16,000. I have never had a problem with towing a load, even when I'm severly overlaoded. Get a 5.3 and 4x4 and it will last you a long time.

    This is my current setup 7'x14' enclosed trailer. And yes those are 20's with 32 inch tires.

  10. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,465

    For what you charge you can afford one!:weightlifter:

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