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250 vs 350

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by snowplower1, Mar 7, 2015.

  1. snowplower1

    snowplower1 Senior Member
    Messages: 966

    im just curious,
    I have a 350 and love it and it is the first ford we have owned so if i buy another truck itd be a 250 to replace one of our 2500's
    what would be the difference between my 350 and a 250? im speaking in terms of power, underside of the truck and those kind of things
  2. Sprag-O

    Sprag-O Senior Member
    Messages: 220

    What year? :D If it's pre 2008? It could be a lot of things.

    The new F-250's and F-350's are pretty close.

    With an F350 SRW you get slightly bigger shafts, and the carrier has an extra spider gear.
    You also may get an extra leaf or a slightly different spring pack. You also get a 4" block vs the F250 2" block in the rear.

    You get hydro-boost with the F350/6.7 combo, but I don't think you do with the F250.

    Pretty much it comes down to how much you want to fit in the bed, and how much you want to pay for registration.

    If you aren't hauling a sander/spreader all winter, and don't really need the payload, the F250 may save you 1-2k.

    If you are in it for payload, then the 350 is the rig to pick.
  3. snowplower1

    snowplower1 Senior Member
    Messages: 966

    Sorry 2015's, I have the 350 because of the spreader. That is why i would by the 250 for the other trucks, we only need the one spreader for now and will add a dump when we need another. thats interesting there isnt a huge difference. I hope the 250's will have better gas mileage that the 350 cause my gas mileage is awful. btw i have the 6.2 in my truck
  4. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,218

    Gas mileage will be the same or very close. Same engine, transmission, etc
  5. snowplower1

    snowplower1 Senior Member
    Messages: 966

    Ah that's awful. I average around 10 or 11 with plow and like 12 or 13 without. It's awful. But I cast complain the truck is a tank
  6. pdreibels

    pdreibels Member
    Messages: 63

    Awful compared to a prius. Not awful for a full size truck.
  7. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,218

    I would like better MPG but the truck make me money so no complaints
  8. linckeil

    linckeil PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,272

    i've never seen or heard of a 3/4 or 1 ton gas truck that does better than the low teens when it comes to gas mileage. most are in the 10-14 mpg range. that's true for small block trucks, big block trucks, low rear gear, high rear gear, carb, fuel injection, old, new, etc.
  9. snowplower1

    snowplower1 Senior Member
    Messages: 966

    Oh, I just feel like compared to our chevys, i was filling up way more but then again I was doing about 2x the amount of work because the truck is way better. I guess I can't complain, buying that truck has saved us so many times this year
  10. unhcp

    unhcp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,267

    not much difference, and actually around here not much difference in price
  11. framer1901

    framer1901 Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    The price difference is minimal, what are you going to use the truck for in two or three years? You can always add a spring or change the pack but for the few extra bucks, I won't even look at a 250.

    The drive train, ball joints, u joints and I really believe even the brakes are the same - the only difference is the springs and badging.
  12. Sprag-O

    Sprag-O Senior Member
    Messages: 220

    Must have missed the posts in the beginning...

    There is a difference, the rear axle and hydroboost depending on your setup.

    If you look back to the 90's, early 2000's a 250 got a TTB D50, while the 350 got a Solid D60.

    same thing with 3/4 ton Chevy's running D44 fronts, and 1-tons running D60's

    I went with a F250 due to availability, and I only needed something to pull trailers with initially. In 2012 when I got mine, the 3/4 ton could pull and additional 200+ pounds similarly equipped. I had no plans of plowing or driving around with thousands of pounds in the bed all day long.

    They are both very closely matched, but $1000 isn't much to pay for a bit more payload capacity.
  13. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,174

    Since 99 model year or should I say the Super Duty platform

    There is very little difference the the actually running gear. They all share the very same axles and brakes. The power boosters have changed lately on the 350. The axle parts, springs, bearing, so forth are all interchangeable.

    The biggest difference is the 4in block on the 350 vs the 2in on the 250 and a higher GVW, that's all.
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2015
  14. allagashpm

    allagashpm Senior Member
    Messages: 797

    Exactly what old dog said for older ones. I personally would go for the 350 but thats just me. There are differences wiith the gas and diesels though.
    I would be thrilled to get 10mpg while plowing. I have averaged 7.5 all winter w plow and sander.
  15. Sprag-O

    Sprag-O Senior Member
    Messages: 220

    Please don't spread misinformation about the new trucks.

    F-350's payload comes from a Higher RGAWR thanks to the larger shafts, and additional splines.


    As far as the older trucks go...

    From 1999-2004, 3/4-ton Fords ran a Solid Dana 50 front axle. 1-tons received a Dana 60.

    2005 all trucks went D60 front, and were bumped up to 35-spline outers from the original 30-spline.
  16. wadadlianu

    wadadlianu Junior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 7

    If you are mainly towing, get a 250. If payload is your concern get a 350. Since the 250 has a lighter curb weight, you will find you can legally tow more than a 350
  17. snowplower1

    snowplower1 Senior Member
    Messages: 966

    interesting, I was really just curious, we stick to 3/4 ton trucks unless it is being used as a spreader which i really dont even like putting spreaders in trucks, I cant wait until we have the right setup to use just a dump truck to do all the spreading
  18. Fender5803

    Fender5803 Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    Thank you all very much for the info
  19. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,251

    I have a 2500 RAM, wish it was a 3500. But I didn't have a choice.

    I always go for the highest\heaviest I can get, whether it is trucks or trailers.
  20. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,699

    Peace of mind ????

    I've had buyer's remorse buying the lighter stuff....

    But that's just me...:cool: