What are the advantages of the F-550?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Matt .B, Dec 10, 2001.

  1. Matt .B

    Matt .B LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I am wondering what the advantages of the F-550 is over the Chevy 3500 duramax diesiel are? I would be plowing with the truck. Does anyone know if the Ford diesiel is better than the Ford V10? Thanks...
  2. strickdad

    strickdad LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 544

    the f 550 is better suited work truck than the 3500 duramax.. (especially for hauling a heavier loads) the 3500 is a one ton truck the f 550 is almost a two ton truck and yes the diesel is better for this type application
  3. Kansas Turf Man

    Kansas Turf Man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 47

    Definetly go with the Powerstroke Diesel.:cool: I have one and love it. It gets much better milage than the v 10 anyway. When you get it by a hypertech Power Programmer III I have it and pull around 18 tons of sod with the thing on my 36" gooseneck. I have no problems pulling this even 80 mph down the interstate. If your going to be doing heavy pulling get the right gears I have 4.10 and am getting along great.:D
  4. Atlantic Lawn

    Atlantic Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Outer Banks NC
    Messages: 950

    Not really a Ford man but in this instance it's the only way to go.
  5. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 1,517

    Maybe I missed something from a previous post, but it seems plowing is your main concern from this post. The Powerstroke is a monster, I have one in a 95, and it is a beast. I have heard good things about the v10 as well, but it will not have as much grunt as the Powerstroke, nor will it as good of mileage,nor will it have as high a resale. The stroke would be under warentee for the first 100,000, or 5 year, as opposed to 3 year 36 if I am not mistaken for the v10. When the diesel is out of warentee, it will be more expensive for parts, and labor then the gasser. The v10 will be cheaper up front.

    Kind of like apples and oranges with a 3500 compared to a 550. The 550 I believe has a gvw of 17,500. while the chevy, depending or whether or not it is a dually would be a 2-3 TON'S lower then the 550! I would think with the front suspension, the 550 would be a tougher plow truck as well.

    Will the 550 cost more then the 3500? Probably by a good amount.

    What type of plowing you going to be doing. A big 550 will be great in an open lot, but if you are in tight areas, or doing residencial, I don't know how happy you woud be with a monster like that.

    You could go with the 3500 HD, which I think has a gvw around 14, 500. Probably pretty similar to a F450.

    It really all depends on your application. What will you haul, what type of plowing you are going to do, and how much you want to spend.

    I wish I were in your shoes, truck shopping is FUN!
  6. Randy Scott

    Randy Scott LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,915

    You tell us, you have more trucks than most guys on here!Don't waste your time answering this kid guys, he's full of it!
  7. I agree with shady brook the f550 is a for all practical purposes a two ton truck and the 3500 is a one ton
    Gm is in the process of bringing out new 1and half and two ton trucks
    Unless you have big parking lots that are wide open i dont see getting a 550.
    The 3500 is good for hauling a trailer load of equipment and grass and leaves in the dumpster.
    We have a 1997 with the big pushrod gas in it and thats right for us because when we dont do a lot of heavy landscapeing
    Our 2002 duramax pichup will pull a mountain.
    I dont know how its gonna do with snow yet because around here we aint got none yet,
  8. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 611

    Go over to www.plowsite.com and either post this in the Ford forum or e-mail GeoffD. He knows everything there is to know on Ford SDs.

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