What kind of f350/f450 dump to get?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by recycledsole, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
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    Researching f350 / 450 / 550 dumps and wondering what I should look for when buying one used. Ive heard the 6.0 engine is bad, is that for all years? Other than that is there something good to look for? I want year 2000 and older and less than 120k miles.
  2. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
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    Powerstroke 7.3 is a great engine.
  3. GVL LLC

    GVL LLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 154

    go with a 7.3. There awesome and more room under hood to work on then 6.0
  4. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,388

    A 7.3 will cost you a few hundred when it breaks down . A 6.0 will cost you a grand every time it goes in the shop.
  5. caseysmowing

    caseysmowing LawnSite Silver Member
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    Good luck brother! People want top dollar for pre 6.0. I'm still looking for a cabover dump or 450/550 with a 7.3.
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  6. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,262

    Thanks casey, I saw a few on CL in our area or some more in PA
    thanks for everyone's responses
  7. GQLL

    GQLL LawnSite Senior Member
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    People keep on swearing 7.3 I have had two of them and one has been a money pit. Worst then bullet proofing a 6.0 the later 05 and on 6.0 are better. Problem is the newest 7.3 is a 12 year old truck so gaskets bushing rubber all that starts breaking down. Be ready to put some money into what ever used truck you buy. Most people don't realize when you move into the 450/550 repairs get expensive and your average dealer is not equipped to work on them, you have to take them to a truck shop
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  8. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
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    I'm looking for a new dump truck, since my old one died. I'm not a Ford guy, but...a friend of mine had thought about selling his 2000 F450 12 ft dump with a backpac, and 65,000 miles on the odometer. He was thinking $ 18,000. The good ole 7.3 has a whopping 200hp. What do you guys think.
  9. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    6.0 for life. And get a 550. You can't haul anything in those
  10. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,262

    350 can haul around 4k pounds that's fine fore me
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