Right now I have a Superduty dump and 4cyl Ford Ranger w/ ARE shell. I am coming to the point where I really need a larger pickup, particularly to haul saws, ropes, etc and pull my sc252. I have been doing this with my Ranger but it gets really weighed down and I typically need it to run estimates while my 3-4 man crew works. I also could really use this truck to focus on hauling chips for stump grinding. It would also be nice to pull my 90xp occasionally. Due to my ranger being weak sauce (though amazing on gas and great for estimates) and the shell full of tools, I can't really do this right now. I do it with the dump truck sometimes but 90% of time I need to tow my chipper.
This is what I am thinking:
3/4 or 1 Ton crew cab pickup- 8' bed
Tool boxes on sides to haul and lock tools
Either dump hoist or lift gate
Around year 2000 (I don't want to make payments)
Looking to spend up to 5-6 g's on the truck not including the add-ons which will be gradual
I am stoked. Wondering if you guys have any ideas to add- AND should I go chevy, Dodge, or Ford?? Currently my wife has a taurus so I have 3 fords right now I plan on keeping the ranger for estimates.
ALSO, I found a great deal on an 88' 7.3L stakebed superduty (almost the same truck as my dump) with a sick tow package and seems to be in decent condition. It's only 1400. Would be awesome for hauling logs and stump grinding- and I have a former groundie who is a great mechanic and good with details to make things look nice. I would probably leave the truck with him for a few days to tweak it out. Only issue right now is parking the thing as I cannot park a comm. vehicle on the street in LA without getting a ticket. Anyways, wondering if I should pull the trigger on this rather than getting what I described previously. Just throwing some ideas around and wondering what has worked well for you guys. I am in my 4th year of the business now so I appreciate gleaning from the wisdom of you guys who have been in it much longer.