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Truck Size

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by Blades Lawn Maintenance, Apr 30, 2012.


What is th truck size you use

  1. 1500/f150

    59 vote(s)
  2. 2500/f250

    90 vote(s)
  3. 3500/f350

    30 vote(s)
  4. Other.. Please name

    21 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Ford4Ever

    Ford4Ever LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    For years I used a Ford Ranger with the 2.3 liter 4 cylinder. Only had a 32 inch mower though that I used ATV ramps to put in the back. Great setup for my part time business.
  2. nnusskern

    nnusskern LawnSite Member
    Messages: 214

    I just bought a ford f250 on Tuesday. Its going to be my first ride when I turn 16 in September.
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  3. BOSS LAWN 2343

    BOSS LAWN 2343 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 407

  4. nnusskern

    nnusskern LawnSite Member
    Messages: 214

    Thanks I be even more excited once I get it inspected and replace brakes rotors and tires. And it should be rather inexpensive since I found the tires on craigslist and a buddy of mine owns a towing company/ garage so hes going to show me how to do everything.
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  5. Bautieri

    Bautieri LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    The only thing a tug of war proves is who broke traction first (the loser), so it's not a good measurement of a truck's capacity. A Tundra is still a half ton, but even the 1/2, 3/4, and 1 ton classes are almost meaningless these days.

    I run a F-150 with the 5.4, it does everything I need it to do. Next truck will be an F-250, it's a bit more pleasant to tow my toy hauler with. Not to mention I can get the super crew cab with an 8'' box.
  6. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,504

    since i started full time the only truck i run is an f350. it was only 3500 it has a 7.3 turbo diesel in it, pretty clean body for having 265,000 very very little rust on the body. needs 2 fenders but they are just starting to flake. and the truck has been a plow truck its whole life. extremely reliable, and I do landscape maintenance and installation. in the spring time I tow 10,000lbs multiple times a week, and even when i'm just towing the chipper which was 2-3 days a week, that is still 6500lbs. so anything lighter duty wouldn't work well, and the chipper has no trailer brakes. only surge. also i was doing quite a bit of tree removal and hauled away a lot of logs and wood. 3-4 times a week the bed would be filled to the top of the cab with wood, sometimes the 16' landscape trailer would be filled too, with logs. for bigger stuff, like when i need haul 15 yards of mulch or 3-5 yards of dirt i would use my dads 05 Mitsubishi cab over dump truck 12ft long 4ft high sides and 7 ft wide which can hold the same as an f450. it gets great fuel economy, holds 15 yards of mulch, and a lot of shrubs and flowers. but I really need to buy a newer f350 like 08-10 or even an f450 dump 08-10 or a dump trailer and a newer f350-450 pick up something with more power then my 96 7.3 which tows 10,000 lbs alright, but i would like another truck for plowing, and something with dual wheels that is 4x4 and i can put a sander on. i'm really considering an 08-10 f450 crew cab dually 4x4 pick up truck as my next major purchase, not having a sander prevented me from giving bids to over 6 commercial accounts last season alone which was my first year plowing in a pick up truck, and this year i have increased my advertising alot. dollar amount last year per month was 188, this year its up to 600 a month except i paid for all it in full when i had the money because i knew the summer would be slower for me. so i'm expecting to double the amount plowing accounts i have this year so a back up f-350 wouldn't be a bad idea, anything lighter probably won't push well if we get some wet snow.
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2012
  7. Blades Lawn Maintenance

    Blades Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Montague, NJ
    Messages: 1,235

    Does any one use a f250 just for lawn care and landscaping
  8. MR-G

    MR-G LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    S-10s with 12 ft trailers for res. maint....f-150s for light landscaping and irrigation....f450s for heavy hauling and tree work.....isuzu npr's with dump for comm. maint...using the right trucks makes us more efficient all the way around....
  9. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,645

    F-250 7.3l
  10. vanncann

    vanncann LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    Now I'm running the 2011 Dodge 2500... I'v just bought a 95 Isuzu NPR with a landscape bed and will be running that for the next 2 years...

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