Terra Star, F-550?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by vtscaper, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. vtscaper

    vtscaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 159

    We are going to be purchasing a heavier truck. We have an f-350 diesel dump which is great but needs to be put on lighter duty. The new truck will do most of the heavy material hauling for our landscape/masonry business as well as equipment moving etc. All of our other trucks are fords and they have kept us happy for the most part so when thinking of a newer heavier (at least 19k gvw) truck is automatically thought f 550. But recently I have also been looking at the international terra star which is a solid medium duty truck for just a tad more than a 550.

    I just wanted to get some feedback from others out there that have medium duty trucks. Mits, ford, freightliner whatever and hear what you have to say.

    Does any one specifically own a new terra star with the max force engine?
  2. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,388

    The Terre star will have the same 6.4 that ford used to have in thier trucks. That right there is a hudge turn off. Right now Ford and Dodge have a ton of rebates. The Dodge 4500 - 5500 chassis look nice too,you may want to take a look at them.
  3. 4 seasons lawn&land

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

    the 6.4 is supposed to be a good engine but a pig on fuel...
  4. tnmtn

    tnmtn LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE Tn.
    Messages: 1,022

    the terrastar seems to be the closest thing to a replacement for the Gm medium duties. same tranny. similar body and size. in my opinion i would look for a used low mile GM. similar truck with what in my opinion is a much better engine.

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    I would take a step up to a durastar 4300.
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  6. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,627

    F750 or 650
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  7. EA Quinn

    EA Quinn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 393

    We too are in the same boat. We just demoe'd a terrastar yesterday and I think we are going to go with this over the F550. For us we felt the added little bit of payload and a bit beefier truck overcame the fact of needing 4x4 with the f550. The terrastar with a plow and sander loaded shouldn't really need 4x4. We are still on the fence about the new ford diesels and don't hear many good thinngs. The terrastar diesel is apparently internationals own diesel and we have had good luck with our other three internationals and it looks a hell of a lot easier to work on. Let us know what you decide. I am awaiting final numbers on the truck we are spec'ing. Perhaps we should compare?
  8. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,388

    What are you hearing on the new fords ? Is what you are hearing coming from people you know or stuff you are reading ? My ford tech has only seen two come back so far but I need to figure out now if I should dump my 6.0 truck and go to a new 6.7 or buy another duramax. This will just be my personal work truck other wise I would just buy a gas truck for the guys as my crews dont really rack up alot of miles per year.
  9. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,814

    when i looked at new trucks in 06-07 ford guys said the 6.0 was great. when i bougth my 08 with the 6.4 the ford guys said they are great. now the ford guys say the suck and i had to go through the lemon law with mine. stay away form the 6.4 unless you chip and dpf delete it. they smoke like crazy and mine is almost always in regen

    not to mention...ford cannot even put a fuel tank in a commerical truck without it delaminating. im on my 3rd in my f550. nothing like replacing sending units, fuel pumps, injectors, a $980 fuel tank, etc all because after 100 years ford cant get it right and blame in on fuel. well now that they know there is bad fuel why cant they correct my replacement tanks?
  10. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,388

    They have a new poly tank out now in the aftermarket . Ford has metal problems, look at the oil pan problems or brake lines that rust out , same goes for the trans oil cooler lines. I would not buy a international terrastar simply due to the problems I have had and seen with the 6.0 and 6.4 ford trucks.Having a tilt front end would be a nice to have. Does International have a better fuel filtration system than the ford ? How about brakes are the terrastar brakes larger ? If we were to buy an International it would be one with the DT466.

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