Looking For A Truck

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Imager, Dec 20, 2004.

  1. Imager

    Imager LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    This is going to be my First truck purchase, so I'm looking around for something nice has good gas mileage. I'm going between a Chevy and a Toyota 1/2 ton, year model 2000 and up, whats your recommendation.
  2. i_plant_art

    i_plant_art LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    a ford 2000 or up f350 or up 7.3 or 6.0 PSD. thats my recomendation..... LOL i would not buy a toyota if you plan on being in the landscape business... look around how many landscapers much less people do you see driving toyota trucks? i would go for the chevy if i had to choose b/t the 2 of those otherwise i would buy a ford. just my .02
  3. Guthrie&Co

    Guthrie&Co LawnSite Senior Member
    from nc
    Messages: 784

    tit for tat just whatever you like. as for the toyota unless you need the full size truck go for it
  4. TurfGuyTX

    TurfGuyTX LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW
    Messages: 648

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  5. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 1,796

    How many lawns are you doing? Will you be hauling a trailer? Will you be hauling clippings? A toyota may work for you if you won't be hauling much. If you plan on using this very few yards it should be ok. On a larger scale I think you would be happier with something larger. It all depends on what you are trying to do. A full lawn trailer and heavy hauling will make the purchase of a 3/4 to a one ton more attractive. Will this be for work only? Are you going to write off the expense? Just some things to consider. Match tool to the job. jmy.02
  6. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,459

    Don't get a toy truck because someone told you the HD trucks used more gas. Gas is not a factor unless you are driving a lot of miles each day. The HD truck has better brakes, tires rated for a higher load, better cooling, stronger frame and is much safer when pulling a load.

    I tried smaller trucks for towing and spent a lot of money on brakes & clutches. We just retired a (twice wrecked by empolyees) 1998 GMC 2500 with 235,000 miles on it. A HD unit with an automatic transmission is a lot less trouble, especially, if you have hired help driving it.

    If you are buying new, have a look at the Ford with factory installed trailer brakes. I have an '05 Ford F250 SD CC KR 6.0 with towing package w/trailer brakes and have to check the mirrors to make sure my trailer (3500#) is still there.

  7. bdemir

    bdemir LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 610

    A toyota tundra is a good choice. its a full size truck and you can add springs to it making it a 3/4 ton if you like and it will just about pull anything you can throw at it. Its also make in US. Unless you want a 1 ton you cant go wrong.
  8. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,459

    Just adding springs won't automatically change the GVW of a vehicle. If that was true, everyone would buy 1/2 ton trucks and just add springs which would save thousands of dollars.

  9. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 1,796

    I know Cal emissions are strict can you purchase a deisel there for what you want? I was going to recomend comming here to get something and then I remembered the emission problem. You could probably get one cheaper here than there but not sure how it would work out. Tax, title and lic. might be cheaper over there. My arborist friend went all the way back to Illinois to get his Power Stroke Ford and saved a bundle.
  10. ForeverGreen

    ForeverGreen LawnSite Member
    from NW Ohio
    Messages: 50

    Have you put enough miles on the 6.0 PSD (05) to tell how the mileage is ??I have an 05 supercab F350 6.0 that has 3500 miles on it and is getting 8mpg.(no trailer) Dealer states put 5000 on it and if not better will do a warranty claim.Bought Lariat package and when I couldnt find the compass and fuel calculator was told I needed to order the "enhanced" Lariat even though they were standard on the 04's. For $40.000 X-plan not a great value to date, Ted

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