what do you use and why?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by iamthelawnman, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. iamthelawnman

    iamthelawnman LawnSite Member
    Male, from inverness,FL
    Messages: 73

    hey guys i am wondering what you use for a work truck and why? i am thinking if getting a one ton dumb bed or just a f150? what is the best work truck?:confused: :confused: :dizzy: :drinkup:
  2. stroker51

    stroker51 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 819

    When I first started out in 2003 I had a 1984 F250 4x4 351 V8 flatbed. This truck did everything I ask of it, it was just by 2005 I wanted something newer/nicer, and a diesel. I love my Powerstrokes, I have very little complaints with them. If you are in the market to get a tonner dump in good condition, i would do that, an F150 just isn't heavy enough to grow into in this biz. My 3/4 tons arent' enough truck sometimes. Right now I have a 1996 F250 4x4 PSD extended cab (daily driver), a 1997 F350 srw PSD 4x4 that I am currently pulling the mowers, dump trailer, etc. with, and my old 84 with a plow and soon to get a salt spreader. I think I'm going to sell my 97 tonner just to get rid of one payment, and buy another 97 3/4 ton. I like to be able to keep my personal pickup relatively nice, and I can afford to have an additional truck for work. In any event though, I would say at least a 3/4 ton truck, and if you can afford a diesel, I would, there is pros and cons to them but as I said I've been more than happy with my Powerstrokes. Good luck in the hunt.
  3. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,435

    we have a ford 1 ton Dually for our spray rig. Don't about a dump for it considering it has a just a pick up bed on it right now. But it pulls and anything we put behind it.
  4. FearThisDeere

    FearThisDeere LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,154

    I bought my F250 because I like the styling the best out of the big three, and really like how capable it is. The biggest factor was the V10. I love this engine.
  5. Drew Gemma

    Drew Gemma LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,508

    when i started out f150 an 02 not enought truck at all then went to a 1992 f250 ext cab 4x4 wow what a great truck then we made it better by putting a hidden dump hoist under the bed so nice for grass mulch and leaves. right now we have a 02 f350 drw v10 what a beast just got it lettered doing some work on it then it is getting about 5,000 dollars worth of work new dump body with metal sides barn doors undermount tool box mud flaps 7.5 ton hoist bow ties and tarp. basically this truck is gonna be the last pickup we buy for awhile next purchase is a cab over mitso fuso
  6. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Messages: 3,498

    how about......what do you do and what will you be using it for?

    without an answer I can tell you that a 1/2 ton isn't going to cut it in this industry (for the most part) so forget the F150 and 1500's.
  7. FearThisDeere

    FearThisDeere LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,154

    I mostly use my F250 to pull my 12K lb. loaded dump trailer once a week and haul my race car on the weekends. Then I use it for light landscaping work. I baby it to death. For the rough work I use my friend's/partner's '96 F250.
  8. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    I started with a 79 F-150 then went to a 77 F-350 flatdeck then a 80 F-350 flatdeck then to a 88 F-450 dump then a 89 F-450 flatdeck then a 95 F-450 flatdeck to my current 03 F-450 which I'am buying a 11' dump for it.

    A 1/2 ton is pretty much useless for carrying anything the suspension is too light along with the rest of the truck.
  9. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,718

    toyota tundra . i want a work truck that works-not spenda all the time at the dealers repair shop!

    Messages: 99

    The Ford F150 is definitely too light duty for this business unless you are only pulling a light weight open trailer. Of particular concern is my truly unimpressive payload of 700 lbs. This really limits what you can carry around in your truck bed. I was interested in the new Toyota Tundra but it may not up to the task of supporting a growing landscaping business. The new Tundra can pull over 10,000 lbs however the maximum payload is only 2,060 lbs. The Ford F250's payload is about 3,000 lbs a bit beefier.:walking:

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