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Need help with purchase of a truck

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by MOWSTAUG, Aug 12, 2008.


    MOWSTAUG LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Just started a new business and I'm looking for info on trucks.
    Here's the deal I have a 2006 GMC 2500 6.0 withe a 4:11 rear. I can pull a house down but the gass is killing me.
    I'm not bragging the truck is a left over from an old business where I did not have to pay for gas!!!!
    I'm thinking of trading for something with a different rear and a smaller v-8.
    I tow a 17' duel axel covered trailer with all the goodies. Nothing to fancy. I will need the payload to carry a ton of fert. or a pallet of sod.
    I see lot's of guy's in the area with trucks that I think are overkill. Like f-350 towing a 16' trailer with 1 z-mower and some other supplies.
  2. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    In my opinion bigger is better. You just never know when you will need the extra power or payload. But fuel prices are really hitting people with larger vehicles hard. Those people that you see with the 350's that you think is overkill may not be for them, you only see them pulling one trailer, for all you know they could pull heavier trailers and more equipment at other times.
  3. mybowtie

    mybowtie LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 683

    So you need it to haul a ton of product in the bed as well as tow the trailer?
    I dont see how you can get a smaller truck and safely tow/haul that weight.
    Even if your putting a pallet of product in the bed without towing your trailer,
    you need a 3/4 ton..Maybee trade for a diesel..I get 14mpg's towing a 4500# trailer around town..Ya I know diesel is more $ at the pump. My nephew has the same truck as mine with the 6.0 gasser...It costs me LESS$$ to go the same miles as him..It just hurts to see that $130+ fill up(34 gal tank)..lol:usflag:
  4. BarrFarms

    BarrFarms LawnSite Member
    from Ne Ar
    Messages: 143

    Man it sounds like I drive the same truck! It does do bad on gas, mow high-end and don't worry about it. lol. I did put cooper discover s/t's on it (mud) in 285/75's and it shot my gas milage, don't do that! It looks alot better now tho! On the farm we use 2 new 1500's, the active fuel management is a great tool but I like a big responsive truck! 3:73 is good in 15's don't go
    to 3:42, and make sure you buy a 5.3 engine for towing.


    MOWSTAUG LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Thanks for the advice. Like I said in my post the old business I had I would fill up at the shop and never get the sticker shock at the pump. That first time you fill up to the tune of $125 or more makes you start asking questions. I'ts not just the $125 or so at the pump I'm filling up every 3-4 days. This is why I question the 4:11 rear end.
    I love having the power I think I'll keep it and mow more grass.lol
  6. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    i'd love to have your truck! keep it!!! nevr downsize a truck!

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