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Manual Transmissions

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC, Jun 7, 2004.

  1. MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC

    MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 840

    What is the opinion on pulling trailers with a manual transmission truck? Im going to be buying a truck, but the one im looking at has a stick. Looking for input on this.
  2. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,697

    A manual will hold up far better than an automatic, especially with heavy loads, stop-and-go traffic, etc.
  3. Old Red

    Old Red LawnSite Member
    Messages: 187

    The last truck I bought is an automatic, and it will be the last automatic I buy. Part of the problem might be that I need a bigger truck but regardless it's the last auto. The other thing is that I'm probably an old fart who grew up driving standard and still feel more comfortable with a pedal under my left foot.
  4. specialtylc

    specialtylc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,656

    Manual will work just fine. My pickup that I use for snowplowing had a manual when I bought it. I put in a auto after plowing with a manual for 2 years. I will never buy another stick. Our main mowing truck is an Isuzu NPR diesel with the auto. Its the only way to go for all the stop and go city traffic.
  5. Potchkins

    Potchkins LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 570

    that's all i run in my trucks
  6. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,774

    My truck is a stick. No problem.

    It's a ford f 150. with 6cl and 5-speed.

    Somthing interesting I found in the owners manual though. The same truck with same engine and rear end but an auto, had a higher gross combined weight rating.
  7. MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC

    MJLsLawnCareNmoreLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 840

    Yeah PaulJ, one of the trucks I'm looking at is a 98 F-150 with a six cyl and a 5 speed. I need something that will get good gas mileage, because I will be driving 90 miles(1 way) every weekend to get back home from college to cut on the weekends. What do you get with yours? I will be pulling about 4,000 lbs, think it can handle it?

    Thanks to everybody that has given some thoughts.
  8. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    I used to pull around 3,500 pounds with a V6 Explorer with a 5-speed. On the flat it was just fine. Getting started on a hill was murder on the clutch. Your F150 probably doesn't have a "granny" gear like 3/4 and 1 ton trucks do. If you don't have a lot of hills your truck should do well. If you do have a lot of hills you may want to reconsider.
  9. GrassFearsMe

    GrassFearsMe LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 340

    Manual ha lots of luck, i love pulling my trailers with an auto so much ease of operation, but then again i run into 4 stop signs,12 traffic signals, and 30-45 mins of bumper to bumper traffic on the way to work, so why would i want to drive stick while at work especially pulling a trailer. I am only 20 and have had 3 manuals and one auto and the next will be automatic.
  10. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    In a light duty truck (1/2 ton) the auto is the better way to go. In heavy duty the new 5 & 6 speeds are great for pulling. In most cases the auto will have a bigger tow rating (light duty).

    150 6 cyl 5 speed with 4000# trailer Will it work? yes If that is what you are stuck with but I would not buy one to do the job. I would check Fords website for tow ratings to be sure because that is probilty close to the limit if not over.

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