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Just Bought an F-450

Youngbeginner

LawnSite Member
Location
Mitchell, IN
I just bought a second truck for my landscape design/build company. It's a red automatic 1990 Ford F-450 SuperDuty with a 460 and a dump bed. It has 94,000 miles on it. I bought it (with hauling) for $4,600. It matches my 1990 red F-150, which worked out REALLY well. I can't wait to use it!!!!
 

mini14

LawnSite Member
Location
long island
i bet u cant wait to gass it up either....get ready to take a loan out to keep that fueled up...did u ever stop to think that the money saved on using a new diesel truck, would pay for most of the payment vesus what u are going to spend on gas.
 

supercuts

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
CT shoreline
i bet u cant wait to gass it up either....get ready to take a loan out to keep that fueled up...did u ever stop to think that the money saved on using a new diesel truck, would pay for most of the payment vesus what u are going to spend on gas.
as negative as this comes across i was thinking it but didnt want to say it. hope its not a daily driver and only for work other than pulling the landscape trailer.
 

wallzwallz

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Cape Cod,MA
A new diesel engine will save you $700-800 a month in fuel over a 460 gasser? Not. If you are a beginner,and young the used truck was a good deal. What do you think the Insurance difference would be on new truck over a 17 year old truck? When you first start out strapping your self w/ big payments isn't always the best route.
 

GreenN'Clean

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Pennsylvania
You gotta start somewhere and I think you made a good choice keep doing what your doing and in time you'll have the money to buy all new trucks. Your 17 and you don't need a new truck with huge payments start off small so you can afford it and then upgrade when your business picks up
 

The Yard Barber Inc.

LawnSite Member
Location
North Carolina
my grandpa always said you got to crawl be fore you walk, and I used that strategy when I first started and it worked very well for me. low overhead means more profit and if your not going to use the truck to make long hauls then its perfect for you.
 

DBL

LawnSite Silver Member
those trucks are sweet we got a 91 f350 4x4 witha 12' stake and a 9 ft plow those 460's are tanks theyll pass anything...but a gas station
 

Gravel Rat

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
British Columbia
The 460 is heavy on fuel but if your only using it to haul sand gravel and topsoil burning a little extra gas isn't going to be the end of the world.

I had a 88 F-450 with a 11' dump 460 5spd yes the truck guzzeled back gas I sold the truck for the reason. I use the truck as a daily driver so its 6 mpg was getting a little expensive.

For 4600 dollars you will never find a diesel powered truck with a dump box I paid 8 grand for the 88 I had about 7 years ago.
 
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Youngbeginner

Youngbeginner

LawnSite Member
Location
Mitchell, IN
i bet u cant wait to gass it up either....get ready to take a loan out to keep that fueled up...did u ever stop to think that the money saved on using a new diesel truck, would pay for most of the payment vesus what u are going to spend on gas.
Buying a new diesel truck would not be a good investment for me. I am in college, and only work 12 weeks out of the year.
 
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