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Looking for new truck

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by jglawnmowing, Sep 19, 2007.

  1. jglawnmowing

    jglawnmowing LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    I'm in the market for a new pick-up truck. I wanted to get the opinions of you guys and see what you thougth about a new vehicle for my business. Currently my business is made up of my brother and I. We have two trucks mine is a 1993 Ford F-150 with 151,000 miles and 5.0L motor with an automatic transmission, 2wd. My brother has a 1995 F-250 with 242,000 miles with a 7.3L and an automatic transmission with 4wd. The 1995 F-250 is starting to give my brother some issues. So I'm looking at replacing my vehicle the 1993 F-150. Our trailer weights around 3,000 pounds with all our equipment and is a 6x12 utility trailer. We do some mulch and topsoil usually around 2-4 cubic yards for our customer. I have talked to some other people and they have told me to upgrade to a 3/4 ton truck, because I recently have damaged the suspension with the F-150 by putting to much weight on it. We usually put around a total of 5,500 miles a year between our two vehicles for the business. I also use my truck for as my personal vehicle too and I put around 8,000 - 10,000 miles a year on it. My commute to my full time job is around 18 miles round trip, 5 days a week.
    Do you think I need a 3/4 or 1/2 ton truck?
    Which brand/model would you go with and why?
    Would you do gas or diesel?

    If you have any questions let me know
  2. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 2,548

    If you do not plan to push snow and you are not going to be hauling more than 6,000 pounds or so I would save yourself some gas and just go with a 1/2 ton.

    I am assuming you are looking to get brand new?

    I am very happy with the setup in my sig, but time will tell. I just got finished researching for weeks before I purchased my truck and Toyota and Ford are the best out there IMO.

    Go test drive the Toyota with the 5.7 engine and let us know what you think:clapping:
  3. Capemay Eagle

    Capemay Eagle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,752

    Get a real Truck a F-250
  4. GreenN'Clean

    GreenN'Clean LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,512

    I got a 91 f 250 with 74,000 original miles with an ez-dump bed insert. Just put new u joints, throttle sensor, new computer, alternator and battery. Has a 5.8L motor that has a lot of power and will last a very long time. I'm selling it due to re injuring my back and got to have a second surgery in a few weeks so I won't be needed a second truck

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