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what medium duty 4x4 to buy?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by snowsniper1, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. snowsniper1

    snowsniper1 Senior Member
    Messages: 239

    what medium duty 4x4 to buy?chevy 5500,ford f550or dodge 5500.or other what would be the best way to outfit it.it will have a dump box w/sander and front blade.will be used to haul equipment salt lots and plow open lots & sup division roads
  2. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,192

    I would vote for the Chevy. They sit higher so there is better vision. I believe they have a stronger frame.
  3. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,317

    Don't forget the Mitsu Fuso FG140


    The mitsu isn't great for towing heavy. But I bet it will do everything else top notch. I would probably go for the GM or Dodge cause I haven't heard anything good about Ford's 6.4
  4. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    Well, the Dodge 5500 is really a Sterling (Diamler) and Sterling is being closed off by Daimler, so that may be a whole new issue. resale on the current ones will be much less (although you may be able to get a smoking deal on them).

    The F550 is a much physically smaller truck (although it tows/hauls the same) than the 5500 chevy. This may be a plus or a minus depending on your usage.
    The chevy 5500 is a physically larger truck. In fact the 4x4 5500 is bleeping huge, you might as well get a class 7 truck, basically the same size.

    problem with any of these is that the engine is still basically a pickup truck engine in a MUCH stronger frame/chassis. For the same money you can get a bigger class truck/engine that really will last a LONG LONG time.

    But, depends on your needs of course.
  5. DCSpecial

    DCSpecial Senior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 408

    I like the F-550 as it has the standard F-250/350/450 cab, and with the wide track front axle on the 05+ F-550s they turn very, very well.
  6. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,533

    you can get the 19,500 gvwr package on the new f550s thats awesome for a truck that size. compare that with how much a chev 5500 would weigh with the same gvwr. much more payload on the ford.
  7. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,358

    I like Chevy, but I have sean alot of F-550's around with plows and wings.
  8. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,035

    We have two 4500's. They are very nice for visability and plow like a champion! I would probably get a 6500-7500 two wheel drive. They have some real good deals on them. Last time i looked they had some in the $48,000 range
  9. OhioPlower

    OhioPlower Senior Member
    Messages: 440

    Id go with the chevy/gmc
  10. Rangerman

    Rangerman Senior Member
    Messages: 148

    Chevy/GMC all the way! Visibility, Dmax engine, Allison Trans, More Ground clearance what more could u ask for.
  11. zabMasonry

    zabMasonry Senior Member
    from vt
    Messages: 100

    Personally my first place to look would be the Dodge/Sterling 5500. That 6.7 cummins is a beast.
  12. 06HD BOSS

    06HD BOSS 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,611

    Personally i would go with a F550 because of the size difference, for year round work i need to get into smaller areas and the Chevy 5500 is just too big. I like the F550 because of the smaller size with a large payload.
  13. OhioPlower

    OhioPlower Senior Member
    Messages: 440

    you cant beat the front end on the chevy medium dutys. Straight axle, manual locking hubs, and leaf springs. They still have a good turning radius too unlike the fords when they had leaf springs. The duramax and allison are really good too.
  14. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,035

    We want to see picks which ever way you go
  15. snowsniper1

    snowsniper1 Senior Member
    Messages: 239

    thanks guys