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Which is the better value?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Electra_Glide, Apr 14, 2006.

  1. Electra_Glide

    Electra_Glide LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    Both of these trucks are at a dealer about an hour away from me. Gonna' cruise over and take a look at them, but on the surface, which one is a better deal?

    Truck #1: 1988 GMC 3500, 350 V8, 4spd. manual, 68000 miles, 2WD, brand new electric over hydraulic dump bed, 11k GVW: $8500

    Truck #2: 1990 Ford F450, 7.3L diesel, 5spd. manual, 100k miles, 2WD, brand new electric over hydraulic dump bed, 15k GVW: $10500

    Both trucks are in good condition with brand new dump beds. These are the dealers asking price, so I'm sure there's some room to move.

    I've given up trying to find a decent 5-yrd truck (bigger than I really need right now anyway), and I've decided to focus on trying to find a smaller truck. Looked at a bunch of them, and this is the best thing I've come across so far.

    Use for the truck is light excavation (skidsteer and mini-ex). I'd like to go for the F450, but the GMC is a better fit for my price range.

    Take care...

  2. grassmanak

    grassmanak LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 792

    Id buy the GMC, the one ton will be plenty, maybe be a bit more costly on gas, but its 2000 less, plus lower miles.
  3. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    Lets put it this way if both truck have the same size bed on them the Chevys max payload will be 3500lbs the F-Superduty (F-450) will be 7500lbs.

    When I went to my first F-Superduty which was a 88 and I found out how good they worked I would be very hard pressed to go back to a smaller truck.

    The 1 tons have very very poor braking power they don't handle a load very well either. The first load of gravel I hauled on my 88 was 8000lbs and it handled it fine I was sold never again going to a 1 ton for heavier hauling.

    So to sum it up I wouldn't even consider the 1 ton Chevy especially if you want to haul gravel with it for your jobs.
  4. zim bob the landscaper

    zim bob the landscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,706

    id get the chevy definatly. our truck has hauled over the gvwr or w/e we pulled alot and hauled about a ton with a 3/4 ton and it did fine just a little more gas.
  5. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    Another way to put it I have grossed my F-Superduty trucks to almost 18,000lbs you definatly can't do that with the Chevy. The rear axle in the F-Superduty has a 11,000lb capacity so it techically could carry the weight of the loaded Chevy.

    The F-Superduty has 4 wheel disk brakes it will stop any size load the 1 ton Chevy has drum brakes on the rear you will get major brake fade.

    Its up to you but you would be wasting money buying the Chevy.
  6. zim bob the landscaper

    zim bob the landscaper LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,706

    wel there is a f-250 on here or f-350 that was squatting and he had a crap load of trees which was maybe 12,000 punds cant remember but maybe the guy that posted the pics can tell you.
  7. efaubert1

    efaubert1 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 109

    There is no comparison between a 1 ton Chevy with a 350ci motor and a 1.25 ton diesel with 4 wheel disc brakes and a GVWR that is double the Chevy's. They are not even in the same class. Maybe if it was the new chevy gasser maybe, but not the old 350.
  8. lwcmattlifter

    lwcmattlifter LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 859

    F-450, You'll overload the 3500 quick plus the F-450 has overdrive, and a diesel engine. No matter which engine the Chevy has the 7.3IDI will out pull it.
  9. PerennialSuccess

    PerennialSuccess LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    I think the Ford is the best bet, despite being more costly, I believe it has a far greater earning potential. Even if mainly used for what you currently want, a truck that size can do a heck of a lot more. Both trucks have very good engines, but the 350 is just no match for the 7.3 in power or durability.
  10. start2finish

    start2finish LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 497

    also the diesel will have a better resale value.

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