Opinons on an old Army 5-ton for work

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by S&S Outdoor Services, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. S&S Outdoor Services

    S&S Outdoor Services LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    Hello all,

    I posted a simliar thread on Plow site and had mixed reviews about these trucks I found, just wondering if any of you guys would consider these for a work truck.


    I think they're super cool and well suited for our needs but I know they have their downsides too. I figure the price isn't bad and for another 5k or so it could make a great work truck with new paint, maybe some better seats, radio etc. I also think it could be a good marketing tool because obviously there's not many people around with something like this. I did e-mail these guys and they can be licensed in MN for GCWR 44,000, not bad.

    Downsides: hard to find parts, lack the comforts of a more modern truck, ??

    I would like to have a truck that can haul a 20-25,000 lb equipment trailer along with 5-10 yards of gravel, rock, whatever else. I would also like the truck to be able to have a plow on it for larger parking lots. I want to spend around 25k for the truck and the plow would come later. Any other suggestions for type of vehicle I should be looking for? I am a cummins fan and I also like manual transmissions. It seems like these old 5 tons fit all the criteria and have the super cool factor but I would like to know what other people think. - Sam
  2. DiyDave

    DiyDave LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,695

    Keep in mind that most will get about 2-3 MPG, are geared so low that they barely do 55MPH. You decide if you want to go that route!

    MOREDIRT LawnSite Member
    Messages: 119

    You really need to quit hanging out with Hanau don't you think there is a reason you don't see guys running these trucks? I used to run one with a dump bed on our farm it was very uncomfortable and slow little things were always breaking like hoses, bolts and switches. The brakes suck parts are hard to get and expensive tires are expensive. They make good site service and lube trucks I would walk before I drove one all day.
  4. Bleed Green

    Bleed Green LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,515

    How much does the bed on that truck hold? Doesn't look as big as a normal dump truck to me.
  5. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 4,721

    All the above reasons NOT to buy one are right on the money.
    Besides, those trucks, in really good condition, can be purchased for
    $5000.00, sometimes less. Those prices are outrageous.
  6. PetesLandscape&Supply

    PetesLandscape&Supply LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    No way No how could this be practical..........pete:)
  7. treemover

    treemover LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 427

    Any tandem will do what you want. Look for an older muni truck set up with plow already. Only downside abuse to salt and usually low powered. I think with a tandem you will look more professional than with an old army truck. And trust me you will miss those creature comforts. I know and been there. I bought a 2001 mack fdm 6x6 (think front discharge cement truck) and put one of my tree spades on it, sure do miss those comforts
  8. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,245

    We may need to see that Mack.

    I would think an old International would be nicer than an old Army truck?
  9. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    Those things are way over priced and as stated already they are not that good.

    My familly has had couple forklifts that have had some of that old army stuff and its hard to even get parts for them.

    The only thing those old army trucks would be good for is a site truck. Put a 10,000 gallon fuel tank on it and use it as a offroad fuel truck.
  10. treemover

    treemover LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 427

    I have been wanting to pst some pics, but never seem to remember to take any:confused:

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