I would stay away from a half ton unless you only cut grass. A helper spring will only stop your truck from sagging. Youll still wear out your axles. This is whats going on with my 1/2 ton right now. Starting to get noises out of both axles. A few to many trips with a ton in it. They cost over 2k a piece.
The 3/4 tons have heavier axles, transmission, bigger brakes, and more cooling. With a bigger truck youll have a longer lifespan on parts.
With towing you can get away with 10k in almost any truck. Its not a great idea but its doable. The bigger problem is actual payload. Your limited to less then a ton.
I wouldnt buy a new truck either. I been in the business for 4 years and I have yet to buy a new mower, truck or trailer. Thats why I have 3 or 4 of each.
I love diesel trucks better mpg & more POWER
I would look at a CLEAN one ton 1997 to 2003 are the best years. The big 3 went to war trying to be # one and the E.P.A didn't yet kill them with regs
the Ford 7.3L is great (check the oil pan for leaks)
the Ram 5.9L is great and cheap to work on but the rest of the truck is a ram
the Chevy Duramax 2001+ is great but costs to fix
If you are using it as a work truck it will not look new long
Fords definitely come with problems like all vehicles, but they are relatively (dare I say) inexpensive.
It's a good toy, it feels like a toy, and it gets the job done.
When it got it's first dent, I wasn't even bothered by it. Okay, maybe a little bothered considering it's expensive with all the crap I got on it... I should have stuck with a F150 with less add-ons, so I treat it as that and try not to worry so much.
My truck: silly... very silly.
Truck below: wise...
I know how you feel my first dent an idiot pulled out of the parking spot and hit me he told the cop it wasn't his fault because I wasn't there when he got in the truck (sad part is I seen his truck get closer to mine when he was three feet away so I hit the brakes I was stopped when he hit me)
To all others here's what I came up with when I built the trucks on thier site
Hey man, I'm 21 and got an 03 chevy 2500 when I was 17. My dad cosigned on it. I understand you are concerned/interested in maximum towing capacity but the way I see it is at this point all that is needed is a 3/4 ton truck. My opinion is to get a 2500 truck first and if you plan on growing (which I think you do) then buy a 3500/4500 dump truck when necessary. Plus if you plan on doing snow plowing the extra truck means 2X the $$. I bought my 2500 for $13500 with 44,000 miles, and just bought my F450 for $13500 with 75,00 miles. You will get scratches if you are working hard. That's just my opinion and it's worked out for me. I would not buy a brand new truck, and a newer used truck will look just as professional.
I agree with TLC131. I'm 19, almost, 20 years old now. I started out with a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500. Truck was nice, loved the way it looked. When I was 16, it worked out fine for me. I pulled an 8x10 trailer with 2 mowers on it. No problems. When I turned 18, business picked up a lot, I now had a 16ft tandem trailer, with 4 heavy mowers on it. Got about 11 mpg on a good day with the HEMI that was in the 1500.
Decided to look for a diesel. Ended up buying a very clean 1997 Ram 2500 with a 12v Cummins. It was older than my last truck, but I bought it from an old guy that babied it. Truck is perfect for me. Pulls anything, can throw a decent amount of weight in the bed if the trailer is full. Great mpg. Extremely reliable.
Needless to say, the truck does not look like what it did when I bought it. First off, you get in ur truck after mowing, covered in grass, dirt on ur shoes, sweat rolling off you. So that's what you can expect in the summer. Then winter rolls around, you buy the big bad *** BOSS V plow. Say hello to all the front end parts you will now be needing in the spring time. Track bar, ball joints, tie rods, ect. Then you have to remember that big *** dent you now have that you got while plowing snow.
So just a little FYI. Don't buy a brand new truck for a WORK TRUCK. Secondly, if you have something that will work for you right now, that's paid for...USE IT! Do you wanna be in business just to pay for a truck? If your trying to grow your business, make money, be successful, then do what makes sense. Buying a 50k dollar work truck DOES NOT MAKES SENSE. As far as business goes, you would be taking a step in the wrong direction my friend. That's just my 0.02.
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