Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by southside, Mar 17, 2000.

  1. jb lawn

    jb lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    i use a 96 f-250 with a 351 pulling a 20' trailer,it does a good job , but for the loads we pull it is underpowered. i am purchasing a 2000 f-550 with a 19' landscape body.
  2. Hardy Enterprises

    Hardy Enterprises LawnSite Member
    Messages: 116

    I have a 99 F350 with the powerstroke diesel. I have a 16' tandem axle bumper pull for residential and small commercial jobs. For the big industrial jobs I pull a 36' tandem dual gooseneck.<p>Jay
  3. grasscapeinc

    grasscapeinc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 175

    2000 Chevy Blazer 2-door 4x4<br>2000 Haulmark Vnose 6x15 enclosed trailer<br>
  4. mikeslawncare

    mikeslawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    I use a 1997 Ford F-350 4x4 Dump Truck with a Powerstroke diesel, auto trans, and 4.10 gears to pull a 6x18 10,000lb. custom made equipment trailer. Nothing beats a Powerstroke for economy and durability.
  5. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    Economy leader and durability leader,what do you have to back your claim?You must be going downhill a lot (LOL),because I bet my truck that I can go farther on a gallon of fuel in my 96 Cummins,and it will outlast your PSD a couple of times over.I think the PSD is a good motor,dont get me wrong,but its not in the same league as Cummins.These are problem areas:Cavitation,turbo's going out,bolts falling out of turbo's,leaky valve covers,glow plugs(real diesels dont have these)injectors$$$at 3000 a set,and too high EGT's from too small an intercooler.If you think yours is more durable,I'd like to show you some million mile 5.9's that run as good as new.A PSD could never go that far,its not designed to.<p>----------<br>John D<br>
  6. mikeslawncare

    mikeslawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    John D.,<br>I have not had any of these problems with my PSD. Like your Dodge, Ford's warranty also covers the diesel engines for 100,000 miles.<p>P.S.<br> I'll see you in my rearview mirror when the time comes to go up a hill pulling close to 16,000 lbs. GCW
  7. mattingly

    mattingly LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    I just bought an 88 IVECO 14' box truck. It's diesel 4 cylinder, runs like a champ, and best of all I have a 14'x10' rolling advertisement. Basically, I am going to make it into one of those Superlawn Trucks. Any of you guys out there know who I should get to put up the racks and things like on the superlawntruck? I am not going to do it myself, that's out of the question.<br>Later,<p>----------<br>Integrated Landscape Solutions<br>Lexington, KY
  8. Order a custom made handy ramp end gate<br>for the 14' box truck.
  9. QLC

    QLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    Mattingly,<br>Looks like we are neighbors. I live in Versailles and do most of my work there. Are you strictly landscape or do you mow too? We could be competitors also. I'm running an add in the Herald next week. I work in a factory too, but in the next couple of years I would like to be able to go full time lawn service.<p>Brook Haynes<br>Quality Lawn Care
  10. John DiMartino

    John DiMartino LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,555

    Mike,my truck is putting 635ft/lbs of torque and 250HP+ to the wheels,You have no chance of seeing me in your mirror,I eat PSD's for lunch,stock,you are right id lose,but 300 bucks later you dont have prayer,and without an intercooler(big$$$)You are very limited as to gains.The only reason the cummins isnt fast stock is so it wont rip itself out the LD pickup frame with abusive driving,simply putting in the torque plate out of a higher HP application from Marine or MD truck will make it blow away the PSD.I'm glad yours is trouble free,My dodge has been better than most give credit for too.<p>----------<br>John D<br>

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