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Which Truck Input Please

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by m297, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. m297

    m297 Member
    Messages: 94

    Here's the deal,

    Narrowed it down to 2 vehicles.

    F450 Ford 4x2 gas v10
    3500HD GMC v8 gas

    Both are Chassis cab's, I'll be putting a V-box hopper on it.

    The GMC is about $3000 Cheaper on our quotes. I can only compare these 2 trucks because I have to have the low profile truck for my application.

    The issue is that I'm hearing that the Ford's have trans issues. Don't feel like being in the dealership everyother week.

    Any input would be great.
  2. Kevin Kendrick

    Kevin Kendrick Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    How big of hopper spreader are you going to put on it? The 450 is a 16,000GVW truck and the 350 is only a 13,000 GVW truck. We have had this discussions with customers before about putting too big of a spreader on too small of truck. Consider that rock salt weighs approximately 3,000lbs per cubic yard. We see guys put a 1.8 cubic yard spreader in a 3/4 ton and then put side boards on the spreader to build up the capacity. Then they wonder why their rear end of their truck is all torn up. This should all be taken into consideration when purchasing a truck and equipment.
  3. m297

    m297 Member
    Messages: 94

    I'm fully aware of the weight issue and that is in mind. Its only gonna have a 1.8 cubic yard hopper on it because of the low profile application so I wont be putting 12" sides on it. I'm concerned about the trucks? Ford or Chevy?
  4. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    dont forget fords big head problem on triton motors v8 and v10. spark plugs poping out or sizing in the head and big r+r to fix it. and yes there is kits to save time but thay are still a pain in the ars. i would go oil burner as much as i dont like the 6.0 stuff or 6.4 for that matter.

    gm thay need to make a bigger better solid axle option hd again . ifs is great for ride but not weight.
  5. LawnProLandscapes

    LawnProLandscapes PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,129

    first off what year are these trucks? ford hasnt had a problem with the heads since 2000.
    i really havent heard of any tranny problems with ford since 97, unless you abuse them,,, only problem i see is the 450 is on 2 wheel drive...

    what year are the trucks?
    auto or stick?
    is chebby 4x4?
  6. m297

    m297 Member
    Messages: 94

    Here both new trucks 2008's, auto, chevy is 4x4 and the ford is a 4x2.

    The chevy is a 12,400 GVW rating and the ford is 16,000 GVW. Dont mean to drag this thru the mud, I've always have chevy's and I just wanted some input on this. Nice to see other folks view on it.
  7. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Wouldn't say I necessarily agree with that comment LP...I've installed many thread repair kits in the '01 '02 and 03 Triton's as well. Put 2 in an '03 just yesterday. :realmad:
  8. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    In like my V10 :D
  9. LawnProLandscapes

    LawnProLandscapes PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,129

    really, i didnt think they were still that problematic still in the other years... looks like you enjoyed doing it :drinkup: ...

    id go with the chevy due to the fact its 4x4, i really wouldnt want a 2 wheel drive 450 or any size truck for that matter for snow removal. although the new triton V10's run really nice..
  10. m297

    m297 Member
    Messages: 94

    All of our kodiak's are 2 wheel drive and this vehicle that i'm replacing was a 3500HD 15000GVW and we've never had issues plowing with 2WD.

    I think chevy gets the award. Thanks folks