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Ranger vs. Tacoma

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by tamo, Nov 4, 2006.

  1. tamo

    tamo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    I'm just finishing up my first looking to get a pickup. right now I only have 2 21" mowers, weedeater, and blower that I'm tossing in the back of a pathfinder. now I need a truck and trailer. I also do plan on doing aeration in next year.

    I thinking about a smaller size truck for gas mileage and that's all I need right now. I'm looking at late 90's ranger or v6 tacoma, what would you guys go with? I've never had a ford before, is a ranger reliable? How many miles are too many? Is a v6 Tacoma enough power to tow and haul?

    I know I can get a lot more truck for my money with a ranger and I assume it is a stronger truck than tacoma.

    thanks for the input
  2. mike lane lawn care

    mike lane lawn care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,707

    look at bare bones silverados, with the V6. But i'd go with the tacoma for reliability. A guy i know, uses an 80's 4 cylnder tacoma with almost 300k on the origanal everything, and tows a large commercial WB daily.
  3. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,656

    I'd go with the Tacoma.
  4. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    I have had 4 Tacomas..........go with the Tacoma...
  5. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    There is no comparison between a ranger and a Tacoma. The Tacoma wins hands down.
  6. tamo

    tamo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    thanks for the input so far. I was expecting most people to bash tacomas for being soft.

    how much are you all capable of hauling/towing with the v6 toyota?
  7. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Messages: 3,497

    The Toy wins but in this industry they are both just that, a "Toy" good for running around.

    This is coming from a landscape and hardscape construction point of view. Pull a small trailer around and never nothing more sure, its okay but don't get a ranger..............2 bags of mulch and you're close to GVW.

    If you are any good at what you do you will out grow the "Toy" in just a few months. Think ahead and get yourself something like a Chevy 1500 4.8L V8.......and don't think about how cool this or that is, get the 8ft bed.
  8. tamo

    tamo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213

    I'm going to look bigger, but just curious, would a 1/2 ranger be a pretty good work truck?

  9. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Messages: 5,407

    I don't know man. I have had several Rangers, and they have all been good trucks. The Toyota will be double what a Ranger will be. They are a great truck, but I think a Ranger will do you just fine unless you plan on keeping the Toyota till the tires fall off. You will not find a better bang for your buck w/ a Ranger. I would try to get a deal on a ranger, and then sell it when you need something bigger. For instance, I bought a 99 Ranger 4-cyl 5sp w/ 80k off ebay for $3200. When I get tired of it, I can sell it for at least what I have in it and maybe more. Granted I just use it for daily driving, but when I started 10 years ago I used a similar Ranger to pull a 60" Dixie around.
  10. guven

    guven LawnSite Member
    Messages: 205

    I have a Tacoma , I put 33''wb and 21'' pb in the bed and next year I am going to use trailer with it, I hope I can make it , because I am going to haul scag tiger cub and 33'' wb with it.I love my truck , I haul 3 yards mulch in the bed no problem , mine has 4 cyl and 4x4
    go with Tacoma , very good truck , I hope it can handle 6x10 trailer .

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