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To get a diesel or not to get a diesel

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by John P., Mar 6, 2005.

  1. John P.

    John P. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    I'M in the market for a new truck this season and come to a fork in the road each time i think about it...........Diesel or gas that is my #1 problem and has been on my mind for a long time with the diesel prices going up will it even make that big of a deal with fuel millage? And the cost to fix diesel?
  2. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    I think it depends on the load on the trailer if ya need a diesel or not or should I say invest in the price of a diesel
  3. bushtrimmer

    bushtrimmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 351

    a lot of variables come into play in your equation. Do you drive many miles? Is it a lot of starting and stopping? I think overall maintenance on diesels if significantly less, just drive it forever.
  4. bayfish

    bayfish LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 641

    With the price of diesel here, about .25 per gallon higher than gas, it does'nt seem worth while anymore unless you are going to put a lot of miles on it. I bought a new diesel in 2000 and 5 years later have 54K on it. So I don't think it has saved me much. The last new one I bought, I got a gas motor for $6K less than the PSD would have been.
  5. ajmctree

    ajmctree LawnSite Member
    Messages: 68

    I personaly would go with a diesel over gas`any day of the week ,more power more torque better fuel economy and cheaper cost per liter or gallon,that is until i noticed the price of diesel latley.
    I ordered a new ford f350 lariatte dually diesel in January and expect it to show up this week .When i ordered the truck i was paying between $.69 to $.72 a liter thats about $2.70 /$2.80 a gallon,and now in eary march i see diesel prices running in the low .90's while gas prices are dropping daily.

    It's a shame when you spend that much money on a truck and also pay a huge premium on the motor and get totally screwed at the pumps .

    I think you have to wiegh your pros and cons against each other and decide if it's worth to you to pay the extra premiums of having a diesel or not.

    Good Luck

  6. ajmctree

    ajmctree LawnSite Member
    Messages: 68

    I was also going to mention as i'm sure you know FORD is the only way to go if you decide on getting a new diesel.(ha,ha,ha)

  7. John P.

    John P. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    yeah i hear fords are good, but i would not be getting a new one i have been looking into GM trucks with the 6.5
  8. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,889

    depends if you want to run the wheels off it or trade off in a couple years, if your going to turn over every 3 to 5 years go gas if your gonna run the wheels off go power stroking. see my current thread about my mileage sucks,
    I still love my powerstoke and i just keep pouring the fuel to it cause i ain't about to get rid of all that power.
  9. DLS1

    DLS1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,619

    How do you guys with diesel take the smell? That smell is atrocious sitting behind one at a light. Probably causes cancer/lung disease.

    Do you smell that stuff with your windows down at a light?
  10. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,889

    love the smell of diesel :waving:
    its really overpowering on a cold start or during warm up.

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