Whats your choice for a Mid-size pickup truck?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by TimTim2008, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. TimTim2008

    TimTim2008 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,772


    I'm thinking about a solo crew truck for next year (for the tons of small 2000sf yards we have in my city). Some of the big companies won't touch them.. (i'm talking, no trailer, just 2 or 3 21" mowers, blower and trimmers)

    I'm seeing tons of Rangers & S-10s Etc. on ebay and craigslist very cheap

    (I'm talking 80k - 120k miles on them for like $2500-$3000 cash)
    1 New Account, could pay for the truck alone in 12months.

    Wanted to know whats you guys thought on them..

    i know we have TONS of talks about Ram VS F150 VS Silverado threads, but not too many.

    Plus a little side truck just in-case (or when) gas goes back to $4 a gallon.

    Whats the expected life span of them??
  2. beano

    beano LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 425

    I personally think you'd be better off getting a half ton. You could still get them in tight places but the payload and towing would be so much more if you needed to pull a trailer. It would also help with larger jobs if you needed. Not to mention, you could fit a lot more bagged mulch in them if you couldnt pull a trailer to smaller yards. Find an mid 90's for the same money and get more truck. Just my opinion, only you know what works best for you
  3. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,464

    This is a great idea. Build an aluminum flatebd on it with a dove tail. You can letter it up all nice, and still have a very efficient truck. Rangers can get 25 mpg! You could even get a walk behind on it.
  4. buttaluv

    buttaluv LawnSite Senior Member
    from MidWest
    Messages: 565

    I don't think that's a bad idea at all, even if you just use is as a run around more than anything else. something you might also think about, I know Chevy/GMC 4.3 6 cyl. get very good mileage, probably as good as the little trucks, and you'd have a full size bed! Good Luck
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Hmmm, I wonder why...

    Oh, then again that's not what I would call cheap.

    Probably about the same as every other vehicle.
  6. genesis215

    genesis215 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 795

    The Ford Ranger with 5-speed and the 3.0L V6 is probably the most reliable small truck combination possible for the money. The 3.0L V6 is bulletproof, and extremely reliable, with many engines still running great at 350,000+ miles. It's rated to get 25 MPG too. 24 MPG with automatic. The 4.0L V6 gets 24 MPG with the 5-speed, automatic is 23 MPG. The '94 and later Chevy S10 and GMC Sonoma with the 4.3L Vortec V6 is also excellent, and the automatic transmission in them is the 4L60-E which is used in the fullsize pickups, so there is no worry about blowing up the transmission pulling a load. 96's and 97's got the best mileage, with 25 MPG with 5-speed, 24 with automatic. Yes, the '96 and later 1/2 ton Chevy's and GMC's get very good mileage for being a full-size pickup. 22 MPG with 5-speed or automatic, with '99 and newer models getting 23 MPG with the 5-speed, so they might be better for you; plus they come with an 8' bed.
  7. shepoutside

    shepoutside LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,208

    The Rangers have worked well for me, and I'd Recommend them, for what your thinking of doing with them.
  8. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    Hopefully Ford doesn't discontinue building the Ranger but I heard somewhere that they were.

    The Ford Ranger is probably one of the better selling 1/4 ton trucks you would never get a half ton to get the mileage a Ranger would get. The old 4.0 engines were a little thirsty thou I don't know what the newer ones have.
  9. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Messages: 4,162

    My son in law has a 95-6 Ranger with just over 200k on it. Still runs well. When I first started out I had an 86 Toyota. It was a really tough truck. In the right situations there is a lot to be said for the smaller pickups.
  10. TimTim2008

    TimTim2008 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,772

    thanks guy, just bought a 2000 v6 3.0 lt ranger!

    now time to mod it, lol

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