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diesel vs gas

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by bannor4952, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. bannor4952

    bannor4952 Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    Hi i have a gas ford that i want to put next plow on but found a diesel ford (same style) and was wondering wich one would be better? Thanks
  2. ahoron

    ahoron Senior Member
    from here
    Messages: 422

    For plowing I would say go with the diesel unless it's the 6.0l
  3. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    Diesel if you can afford it gas if you cant. But be careful with ford diesels the last GOOD one made was the 7.3 the 05+ 6.0s are a decent motor. The new 6.4s are kind of a gamble they havent been around long enough to see how dependable they are really going to be.
  4. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,796

    I'm going to have to disagree with ya here ABES. My boss has an 05 f350 with the 6.oh no. 45k= some new injectors, high pressure line(s) on motor, and some other little stuff.
  5. Wieckster

    Wieckster Senior Member
    Messages: 131

    I have a 01 with the 7.3 and you can push snow so much eaiser with the diesel also it doesnt use as much fuel as a gas motor. I use to plow with a gas truck and I was filling that up 2 to 3 times a night and I can plow for 24 hours and not use a complete tank. just my 2 cents
  6. v-plower

    v-plower Senior Member
    Messages: 118

    Agree with ABES. Diesel if you can afford it.
    7.3 if you can find one. I have 2 of these on the road and plowed with my 2004 a little bit last year.
  7. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    Right thats why i said DECENT they arent all that great but there a lot better than the 03-04 6.0s.
  8. bannor4952

    bannor4952 Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    hey thanks guys for all the info
  9. chevykid

    chevykid Member
    Messages: 73

    need to get a duramax if u realy wana get the job done lol
  10. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,202

    I would go diesel if you can afford to. Stay away from the 03 and 04 6.0 Ford diesels. 2005 and later were ok.
  11. L.I.Mike

    L.I.Mike Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    I plowed with a diesel truck the last storm we had here on Long Island last friday. I was in the truck for 3 hours (2006 F-350 with the 6.0) and found the noise and diesel exhaust smell annoying. I was getting nautious from the exhaust with the window open. I was happy to get back in my Bronco to finish.
    But thats just my .02.
  12. stroker

    stroker Junior Member
    Messages: 5

    I thought fumes would be a problem before I bought an 03 f350 with a 7.3 since I always have the window down but it never is. There's been more noise and fumes from a few tired old gassers I've used in the past,,,,:lol
  13. rjfetz1

    rjfetz1 Senior Member
    from CT.
    Messages: 640

    I don't even notice the fumes..and the newer diesels are alot quieter than the older ones.
    I am also having my share of issues with my 6.0...
  14. duff daddy

    duff daddy Senior Member
    Messages: 151

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh you didnt just say that, i LOVE the smell of diesel fuel, diesel exhust and the sound, is amazing. i have a 4" turbo back mbrp exhaust on my 7.3 and oh good golly mrs molly does it sound goooooooooooooooooood. oh and if you can get a late 99 to 03 7.3 i have an early 99 build b4 3/99 (mine was made 4/98) and its just annoying with brakes, front axle on a one ton is a dana 50 unlike hte lats which are dana 60's.
  15. Quality SR

    Quality SR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,830

    I agree, there bad a$%.
  16. Quality SR

    Quality SR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,830

    Mike i thought that was the best part. :nod: Between the smell of the diesel and the noise of the engine, what else can you ask for?
  17. csx5197

    csx5197 Senior Member
    Messages: 209

    I've got an 05 2500HD, it pushes some snow. Kinda wish it was a diesel, but I can't complain
  18. farmerkev

    farmerkev Senior Member
    Messages: 849

    Id love a diesel (With 5" stacks) but cant afford one, yet.
  19. BulldogPS

    BulldogPS Member
    Messages: 35

    Every truck I own is diesel and I will never buy a gas job again.
    Example: My 04 Dodge ram diesel averages 18+ mpg city, 24+ mpg hiway. I rented a brand new Nissan Titan a few weeks ago, I drove 40 miles and burned through 1/4 tank of fuel. I was horrified, I 'm used to going 400+ miles on a tank of fuel.
    I was getting 19mpg hiway last week with a 8'6" stainless V plow, stainless dump insert w/ downeaster tailgate sander and a yard of salt on board, that's efficiency.
  20. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,202

    Other then lower fuel prices and no more emmission crap on the engine,,, NOTHING IMOpayup:gunsfiring::D