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F-350 Dump Vs. F-550 Dump

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by Stowe, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. Stowe

    Stowe Member
    Messages: 40

    Does the extra cost of an F-550 worth in terms of added productivity? What are the advantages of an F-550.
  2. JaimeG

    JaimeG Senior Member
    Messages: 448

    Higher payloads, more towing capacity.
  3. Chrisxl64

    Chrisxl64 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 574

    if the price isn't TOO TOO bad,,go with the 450 or 550,,,,INSANELY better maneuverabilty over the 250 and 350, thanks to the wider front axle, as well as higher towing capacity, payload, and better rear gear choices. Though the added expenses also come along with that, 19.5 tires or 22.5 tires (550), possibly commercial reg. depending on area, insurance may be more, (Tho for some reason mine dropped considerably going to the 450.) and I think the 450 dump rides better than my 350 SRW pickup did. And if you're concerned about the payload numbers don't worry they handle wayyy more than they say, for example had 5 tons of soil in mine today, and didn't even notice it. Anything else just ask or PM me.
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2010
  4. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    Higher fuel cost
    higher registration
    higher insurance
    less maneuverability (wider, longer)

    IF you are towing a trailer, if the truck and trailer have a gross capacity over 26001 Lb you need a CDL

    MA requires that if the truck has over a 10,001 LB rating you need a medical card.
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2010
  5. ff610

    ff610 Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    Higher fuel cost- My F550 gets better fuel economy than my F350. I drove each of them over 1000 miles home when I bought them.
    higher registration-Yes true, only $25,00 per ton more depending on what tonnage you register it at.
    higher insurance- My insurance is basically the same even though F350 is 1 year older
    less maneuverability (wider, longer)- My F550 turns on a dime considerably much better than F350, and same length.

    My biggest reason in going to a F550 is it's pretty hard to overload it. My guys have pushed the limits on the f350's plenty of times and it can be done with the F550 but tough.
  6. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    First hand knowledge IS better.
  7. alwayz-plowin

    alwayz-plowin Senior Member
    Messages: 166

    I loved my 550 Plowing! nothing could stop it...
    Plows good even in 2wd
    i like heavy trucks because then the snow cant push you around so much!
    also the towing power it has!
    Get a dump on it and you can make a TON of money plowing and salting!
  8. procut1

    procut1 Senior Member
    Messages: 380

    Its more about legal numbers than actual numbers.

    Trucks are rated well below what we know their "capability" is.

    You can put 3 ton in an F-350 dump and think its just fine. It goes. It stops. Its a little heavy but nothing out of the ordinary for a guy that drives a truck all the time.

    But legally you would be overweight.

    Years ago it wasnt an issue.

    When I started DOT was not an issue. A trucks capacity was as much as you could fill it up and still stop it.

    Now with roadside checkpoints every 20 feet you have to worry about it.
  9. Chrisxl64

    Chrisxl64 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 574

    FULLY agree. Friend of mine got nabbed for an inspection simply pulling a fertilizer trailer in his pick up. It's rediculous out there.
  10. DeereFarmer

    DeereFarmer PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,296

    AND everything over a 3/4 ton has to be registered as commercial!:gunsfiring::gunsfiring:
  11. procut1

    procut1 Senior Member
    Messages: 380

    I laugh at all the 4wd mitsubishi fuso dumps you see here.

    I used to own one

    They have these huge bodies that can hold 8-10 yards of mulch.
    You see guys who dont know any better loading the snot out of them. 5 yards of topsoil, stone, full loads of mulch.

    The truck I had was almost new. I think it was a 2001 in 2003.

    GVW 12,500 Empty weight 11,225

    Legally you could put half a ton in it. Which is what? A couple scoops of mulch or half a load of leaves?

    I had to get rid of it. Though it would hold and pull 5 yards of dirt or a full load of mulch just fine. Legally I could carry more in the bed of my pickup
  12. FLC2004

    FLC2004 Senior Member
    Messages: 201

    Very true about maneuverability. The turning radius on my 550 is alot better than my 250 supercab short bed pickup.