What size Truck to buy?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by poipuyardcrew, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. poipuyardcrew

    poipuyardcrew LawnSite Member
    Messages: 42

    Looking for advice on the right size truck. I dont want to spend too much on gas and I need enough horse power to pull a 5' x 10' trailer with 3 weed wackers. 36" quick mower, 48" scag tiger, usually 2 full trash cans, 1 blower, rakes- shovels, etc.

    Dont want to be swaping out transmitions every 3 years either.

  2. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    If you don't plan on growing too much, a 1/2 ton pick-up should be fine. If you plan on getting larger, or doing mulch jobs and other stuff a 3/4 or 1 ton truck would be the thing to get. Pick your brand, each is good in different ways.
  3. mybowtie

    mybowtie LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 683

    1/2 ton v8 at least. Whatever brand u like. the V8 will not work as hard as a 6 cyl...............:usflag:
  4. LedgedaleLawn

    LedgedaleLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 377

    These threads are so pointless. People have 1000 different opinions.
  5. me.

    me. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    the guy above is completely right..nobody really knows your situation...really depends on how many lawns you are mowing i guess..from my angle at least..if you are doing like 3 days of mowing, i would get a small truck, V6 auto (this way when your not towing, you will get better gas mileage)...if your doing full mowing 5-7 days a week, it will be benefital to have the v8 with power.

    just my opinion, i drive a 4L V6 ranger for 9 lawns, works great
  6. RLC LLC

    RLC LLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

  7. flairland

    flairland LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    Who cuts grass 7 days a week?! I'd be a very miserable man..

    Staying on topic, I think a 1/2 ton v8 would be a good fit for you. Maybe like an F150 with the small V8 (4.6)
  8. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,463

    you need an f-550 with a 500 horse cummins with twin turbos for that 5x10 and walk behinds. ha! no, 1/2 ton with the 4.6 v8 would be plenty.
  9. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    An F-550 with a Cummins engine! That would be nice (24V of course). It would be even better with a CAT diesel, Why wont any of the big 3 trucks strike up a deal with CAT??? That truck would sell like crazy!
  10. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,463

    O yes it would. Oooo The cat and cummins as an option on the same truck... o yes...

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