***what to look for in an npr/w3500/w4500

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by mudwisr2, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. mudwisr2

    mudwisr2 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have been looking to add one of these trucks instead of truck trailer. I know the diesels are "hard to kill" and I've seen many of the gas versions with 150-200k miles for sale. I'm looking for opinions from people who have experience with these trucks.
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  2. rcslawncare

    rcslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If its in the finances, the diesel will be the better choice, I don;t like the gas versions. One Guy I work for has two Diesel and one gas cabovers. The gas version sucks the fuel bigtime.
  3. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    Go with the 4500 the 3500 isn't heavy enough I know a guy with a 3500 Cabover and it doesn't carry enough weight. Also go with the diesel the cabovers are geared low the gas pots are not that good.
  4. mudwisr2

    mudwisr2 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I know the 6.0l are gas guzzlers but are the 350's?
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  5. Drew Gemma

    Drew Gemma LawnSite Bronze Member
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    i just bought a 5500 diesel 07 should be here tuesday pm
  6. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The 350 will suck the gas as bad but not have nearly the power. The 6.0 actually has lower gearing than the diesel (5.12 rear axle ratio in the HD) but of course it makes it's power at a higher engine speed. Drive them both loaded, I think you'd find that the gas probably will outrun the diesel. On the other hand the gas will burn near double the fuel and the engine lasts about 2/3 as long as the diesel.
  7. mudwisr2

    mudwisr2 LawnSite Senior Member
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    The only reason I was thinking about the gas burner was all the shutting off and cranking up between customers. figured it would be easier on the gas engine than the diesel. ?????

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