What do you think of these two trucks?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by mcwlandscaping, Aug 19, 2006.

  1. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
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  2. PerennialSuccess

    PerennialSuccess LawnSite Member
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    the tan gasser is nice. 6.5 diesel is one of the worst diesels ever.
  3. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Go read my second reply in your other thread thread. Then, if you must go this route, go for the tan truck. Cheaper, gas, less miles, and doesn't have the worthless 6.5 diesel.
  4. TWUllc

    TWUllc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Let me ask you this. Why do you need a 3/4Ton pickup? I saw your shed pictures a while back, and all you had was a 48"WB. Start off with a lower priced, low mile truck, like an S10 or Ranger, until you NEED the larger truck.

    The only reason I say that is from experience. My old S10 worked wonders for me when I first started. Just have a V6. Those trucks you're looking at will be great, until they don't start or run.
  5. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
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    Im plowing and im putting a dump insert in the back, i don't just do mowing the majority of my work is landscape maintenance and new landscapes and hardscapes
  6. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
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    i don't want to make it so dad has to find another vehicle for himself. Even though he's the one that said we could do that, i know he'd sell himself short and get something he really didn't want to just to save money and i really would feel like a total azz doing that. Its best for both of us if i get a truck
  7. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
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    my thoughts as well........i like the tan one, ill be looking at it tomarrow or early next week!
  8. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sorry to bust your bubble man, and don't take this wrong way man because I was your age once. I'm 20 now, and I wanted all the landscaping business when I was 16, but it never happened. Focus on mowing, it's the most money you can make for a kid your age. Trust me dude, I've been there. I got into landscaping when the time was right and from there I got into excavation. At 16, the lawn maintenance is a big undertaking, don't try to take on the whole world. There's alot more money to be made in mowing for a kid your age than landscaping. Focus on getting a lawn empire built by buying the right trucks and equipment, don't get yourself spread out buying equipment for multiple divisions when you should just be focusing on one at this point. Do one thing well first, then expand from there. Once you have the lawn maintenance thing hammered down, a good customer base and a steady income, then extend yourself into other lines of service. Right now, you're trying to do it all. What happens if you get into the landscaping market and the demand goes soft? Get the lawn business extremely well structured and steady, then when you're ready to take on a new challenge you can afford to make some mistakes because they will happen, believe me on that. There will come a time where you screw something up or something comes along that is going to cost you out your @$$ and if you don't have that steady income from your lawn customers, you're outta biz bro.

    Like I said, I'm not trying to shut you down because that always pissed me off too, people telling me I couldn't do stuff and I ended up proving them wrong, I'm just trying to help you out because I've been through it.
  9. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
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    Go with the tan one. Stay away from the diesel. Headaches and repairs are expensive.
  10. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    The 6.5 isn't bad if the maintenance is kept up it gets decent fuel mileage and works fine in a 3/4 ton P/U. The only way I would buy one in a higher mileage truck is with records on what has been done to the engine. The injection pumps on the 6.5s were not that great and expensive.

    Myself I don't buy Chevs only Ford trucks for me :canadaflag:

    You have to watch Chevy 3/4 tons you want the heavy duty version which has the 14 Bolt Full float rear axle the lighter gvw truck has a semi floater rear axle. If you plan on putting any weight in the truck you want the heavier rear axle (Full Floater).

    If the truck has a 454 for power it will have a healthy appetite for gas but it has the power you need. Just every time you tromp on the power there goes 5 gallons of gas and the gas gauge needle drops.

    For a newbie I would stick with a gas pot you may not want to buy a diesel if you never had experience with the 6.5 or if your not mechanically inclined.

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