Operating cost differential 3/4 or 1 ton

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by zabmasonry, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. zabmasonry

    zabmasonry LawnSite Senior Member
    from C. VT
    Messages: 316

    Starting up a business here in the next few days, going to be buying a truck to yank around a 12,000 GVW trailer. I have basically narrowed my search to one of the following trucks. I won't buy a truck without a full 8 foot bed. i expect to drive 20-30k a year

    12V dodge cummins 1 ton. likely an extended cab

    I won't buy a V8 diesel, after looking a dozens of them 7.3, 6.0, 6.4, 6.6Dmax. A v8 is great for higher rpm horse power, which is great for a few applications like tub grinders or boats, but stupid for a truck. I get why people buy them, but I'm not interested in owning one.

    Chevy/GMC 2500HD with a 6.0L roughly a 2004-2006. probably a regular cab.

    All things being equal I really only care about yearly operating cost. Any input on a rough estimation, or difference between the two?
  2. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,725

    All things being equal so diesel vs diesel gas vs gas. 2500s have 4 wheels 3500s can either have 4 or 6 so with the miles your talking its a set a year so thats 400 dollars right there. But you normally see 8 lugs per wheel on 2500s and 3500s so other than and extra leaf spring or 2 they very close in weight and components.
  3. Ethanslawn

    Ethanslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    gas is cheaper to maintain, fairly easy to maintenance on as well basic fuel filter plugs and wires and etc. Avg l uses 6qts of oil an avg uses 12-15qts if i remember right and you doing 20-30k miles a year my 2500hd is rated for i believe 14,000 towing and i had a plow on it and a skidsteer with a plow and a 2k lb trailer and freeway driving wasnt too bad aroung 10mpg and around town was 6-8mpg depending on what i was driving on (hills or straight shots). I ve had better luck with my chevy then dodges yeah they have the cummins but the dodge trucks themselves dont hold up very well.
  4. 01thump

    01thump LawnSite Member
    from orlando
    Messages: 200

    You will never get the answer you would like on this forum or any other for that matter..your question has WAY to many variables to have a positive and truthful response...the only way to get your answer would be to buy the two top pics of truck you want and run them the exact same way for a while to get the answer you are looking for .. I run a 04 Ram 4x4 4 door dually diesel and love it great fuel mileage and will pull anything I hook to without issues..I recommend that...I am sure you will have others tell you get something else..get the truck you want and roll with it thats all I can tell you..operating costs vary a great deal with every company and how much use the truck gets and how hard it is worked so the answer to your question has no answer..
  5. 4 seasons lawn&land

    4 seasons lawn&land LawnSite Gold Member
    from NY
    Messages: 3,613

    are you talking about dual wheel 3500?
  6. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    That's probably one of the oddest things I've seen on here. Any one of the V8 diesels you named on here has more torque than a stock 12V Cummins, and much more than the 6.0 Chevy gas.

    I actually own a 2005 Chevy 6.0 gas, and it's the perfect truck for what I do. Diesel would have been a big waste of money for me. But I would not want to tow 12,000 pounds with it on a daily basis. I would scratch that off your list. The newer ones have much better transmission gearing for towing and would probably be fine.
  7. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,760

    Is it safe to say that the step-up from a 1/2 ton to a 3/4 ton is larger than from a 3/4 to a full 1 ton?

    Lots of stop-n-go driving favors a gasser.
  8. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,725

    If you were to get new truck brochure from dodge you'd find the 1500 has its very own brochure. Where as the 2500 and 3500 share one. And the final step up the chassis cab has the 3500 4500 and 5500 in one brochure.

    So yes the 3/4 ton and 1 ton are closely related where the half ton is really its own breed. That said if they ever put a diesel in a half ton I think it would be an instant best seller.
  9. 01thump

    01thump LawnSite Member
    from orlando
    Messages: 200

    Half ton diesels have been around a while chevy had the 6.2 in half tons years ago...
  10. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,725

    Interesting to know and considering I have a 6.2 diesel in my 89 gmc I feel its the wrong motor for that size . It's over kill what I want is a 4 cylinder diesel 1500 that gets 35-40 mpg. Hence the reason for wanting one with a diesel is the mileage.

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