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Truck hunting question

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by committed2grow, May 31, 2009.

  1. committed2grow

    committed2grow Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    I've been landscaping for 5 years and plowing for 2 and am looking for a truck of my own to start out on. I've got the wheel base and suspension understood but looking for a specific motor has my head spinning. From what I've read deisel or gas will work and each has their followers, but which deisel or gas is where I get lost. I haven't been able to find a ford 7.3 Deisel with a reasonable amount of miles, and Chevy and GMC engines I have no clue about. I have found a 2003 Chevy 3500 with 50,000 miles 4x4 (engine is an 8 cylinder gasser and the engine pic shows vortec on it if that helps). I also have found a 2005 F250 Superduty 8 cylinder gasser with 49,000 miles. If these aren't right I can keep looking but I just want to specify what I'm looking for.
  2. BigDave12768

    BigDave12768 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,446

    I would buy the Ford gasser if you are only looking between Ford and Chevy. Fords sit higher and dont need the added help to carry a plow.
  3. committed2grow

    committed2grow Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    The brand isn't as important as the engine tranny and suspension setup is to me. I have no brand loyalty.
  4. larryhd

    larryhd Senior Member
    from vermont
    Messages: 213


    chevys carry plows very good they don't need any help to carry plows

  5. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,320

    Did you crank the T-bars on that? I had a 2005 the was HORRID with the plow on it, sold it once the frame cracked and had to be fixed! NEVER AGAIN
  6. FordFisherman

    FordFisherman PlowSite.com Addict
    from 06611
    Messages: 1,593

    Don't be afraid of the higher mileage 7.3 motors. If the truck was maintained they can go 250-300k + without major issues. Ford, Chevy, Dodge it doesn't matter as much as atruck that was taken care of IMO. Good Luck:drinkup:
  7. committed2grow

    committed2grow Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    Well I found a 2004 F250 with 45k miles 4x4. Meyers Minute mount 2 plow. light ontop of the cab and a diamond plate tool box. All this for 14k dollars from a dealer so I got the lifetime oil changes. hopefuly this will have been a wise choice. The carfax came back clean as well
  8. SuperdutyShane

    SuperdutyShane PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,517

    Awful lot of sag..... :p I'm just glad he made the right decision and went with a Ford. At least he will be happy with his choice, and be happy to know he can put a blade on and only sag an inch.... Or, is that just me? ussmileyflag
  9. chcav1218

    chcav1218 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    i will agree that the fords sag a little less with a plow one them. My chevy dropped ALOT before i added timbrens, cranked the bars up, and i still needed a good 1000lbs of ballast. That aside, it had no problem pushing snow
  10. committed2grow

    committed2grow Junior Member
    Messages: 11

    The auto loan that I had secured fell threw they said that it was a 1 ton and that it was to heavy duty for personal use. is there a better way to get this loan without getting a small business loan. have other people had this same problem?
  11. SuperdutyShane

    SuperdutyShane PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,517

    Wait.... They called it a 1 ton? Too heavy for personal use? Correct them.... A Ford F250 is 3/4 ton truck.
  12. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    i would go with a ford. they have a good strong chassis. here is my truck no squat :)

    no squat with plow up and none with no plow on :)
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2009