would you buy 2wd?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by highlander316, Feb 8, 2011.

  1. highlander316

    highlander316 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    this is what I'm wondering, if I actually need to buy a truck with it. I'm looking at buying a 1-ton dump (Chevy/GMC) and am wondering if I actually need 4wd. New prices and used prices (especially used) are lower. Here is what my plans for the truck are. From end of March to beginning of December the truck will be our main work truck. Pulling a mowing trailer, hauling debris, mulch, etc. I don't drive on peoples' lawns, so no getting stuck there. If I get stuck at the nursery/landfill, I doubt they are gonna leave me stuck (I might use 4wd once per season to get out of a situation like that).

    I'm undecided for the winter what this truck will do. Either it will plow wide open lots and potentially carry a v-box or the sidewalk crew will use it and carry blowers, pallet of ice melt (and some stone for weight). What would everyone else do? I realize resale value on a 2wd 1-ton dump will be lower, but I plan on running this truck for quite some time. Thanks.
  2. SimonCX

    SimonCX LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 731

    I was in the same spot and ended up getting a 2wd 1-ton, rarely does it ever drive anywhere it can get stuck. Where there could be a problem you just have to be alittle careful, just because a truck has 4wd doesn't mean it will never get stuck.
  3. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 42,049

    So long as it's not your only truck, you should be fine.
  4. highlander316

    highlander316 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    yea, I have a 2007 2500HD NBS that's 4x4 and a 97 3500 pickup that's 4x4 (that might get traded in), so having 4x4 isn't a problem. I'm just trying to decide if I would regret not having 4wd in the future? Do locking rears help?

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    if you have enough weight in the bed and your only plowing flat perkin lots it should be fine with only 2wd
  6. Puddle of Oil

    Puddle of Oil LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,203

    I would get a 4x4, no way would I ever buy a 2wd.
  7. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 27,061

    I own 1 4x4 and 2, 2wd. That being said , I would never plow with a 2 wd.
  8. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,783

    Well if you live in the city and don't plow snow you really don't need 4x4 for grass cutting. Heck you get better ride bigger towing capacity (on some trucks) and slightly better fuel economy. I have been doing this a long time and I have never once wished I had 4x4.
  9. MDLawn

    MDLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,284

    Really depends on your location. The place I dump debris can vary greatly between dry wood chips to large mud ruts made by a front loader. Even in 4x4 it was slipping around, although with a dump trailer attached. Necessary? Is anything? Convenient....you bet. Yea there is a difference in price for sure but I'll take the flip of switch or lever any day. I don't plow but with the lake effect snow here in western new york I couldn't imagine not having a 4x4. Again I like the convenience of it but whatever works with your situation.
  10. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    if your plowing get a 4x4. You will regret it if you dont. Think resale as well.

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