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zr2 for pulling

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by I MOW ALONE, Jan 20, 2009.


    I MOW ALONE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,961

    lookingt at a 2002 s10 zr2 with 4.3 do you guys think it will pull a 6.5x14foot tandem axle with a 60" lazer and a 34" gravely? or will it be too much for the truck? the gvwr is pretty close to my silverado z71 with 5.3. should i go for it or no
  2. Scag413

    Scag413 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,287

    I am not sure how much mowing you do exactly but the ZR2's are built really nice in my opinion. I would think that it would pull your trailer and mowers fine as long as you dont rag on the truck ofcourse. I would buy the ZR2 for the simple fact that they dont make them anymore. I have always liked those trucks

    I MOW ALONE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,961

    gvwr is 4900 should be fine anyone know what the hp is on the 4.3 vortec?
  4. DoetschOutdoor

    DoetschOutdoor LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S. IL
    Messages: 1,818

    The hp on that motor was 190/200 or somthing around there and would have no problem at all towing what you mentioned. But the hp and torque is noticably less than on the full size. I pull my 6 x12 v nose enclosed with a 48ztr and 36" wb. Great truck but the gas mileage is not very good. I get about 11 around town pulling that trailer all year. Love the truck but its my only truck so Im looking to get a work truck this year and keep the zr2 for personal use.
  5. TXNSLighting

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

    Just get a half ton, or better yet a 3/4 and be able to grow.
  6. DanManofStihl

    DanManofStihl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 64

    I would get a half ton the fuel mileage is not that different from a half ton chevy and you will be able to haul more and tow more with out worrying. You can trust me on this I have been there before and have never looked back.
  7. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    That truck sounds like a fun toy or daily driver but with the oversize tires and soft off-road springs it will be a lousy work truck. You'll just tear it up and ruin it trying to work with it. For the same money you can find a clean 3/4 ton work truck that will pull your trailer effortlessly day in and day out without tearing it up and have enough capacity left over to haul something in the bed. It's all about the right tool for the job.

    I MOW ALONE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,961

    well i already have a 99 silverado z71 package with a 5.3 but i was thinking of downsizing the fuel mileage is terrible with the 5.3. and i would be getting the 02 zr2 for a super price. if i could get by with the smaller truck and get a little better mileage i would be happy. is'nt the zr2 built on a full size frame.
  9. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    I use my 01 4 door S-10 with the 4.3 for a lot of landscaping stuff. I know the frame is bigger on my truck, but fundamentally it's the same as the ZR-2. Just smaller tires and sits a little lower.

    175,000 miles, and I trust it to do anything.

    I have found that yes, the truck will pull just about anything I want it to but the fuel mileage isn't that great loaded. One of the reasons why is that you want to pull in 3rd and not drive, because you'll shift in and out of OD and it wears your forward clutches.

    Unloaded - 18 city, 21 highway.

    Loaded in 3rd- 14- 16 mph everywhere.

    Sometimes it gets down 12 if I'm doing a lot of Jockeying around.

    I MOW ALONE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,961

    exactly what size trailer and what equipment do you pull with yours?

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