Best Truck for the Job
All too often, dealerships are just out to make a sale. Occasionally (and growing more rare each year), you find a dealership like ours that honestly wants to go beyond just selling. But some dealerships don't always know how to truly provide more service beyond the products they sell. Well, we do. That's why this post will have nothing top do with the products we sell. It is about the products you may need when you buy one of our products. Now, for the purposes of this post, we will not cover any commercial grade tractor-trailers, which you would need for some of our larger items such as harvesters and large implements. We will focus on trucks sold primarily at local auto dealerships and are not restricted to commercial use only. These are commonly referred to as pick-up trucks, but we will simply call them trucks.
To begin, what do most of our customers need a truck for? Two things, towing their equipment (lawn mowers or tractors/implements) and getting into hard to reach areas with little or no paved road access (fields or wooded areas; commonly known as off-road). So this list will simply be a description of the vehicles that we think can do each job fairly well, while still remaining reasonably priced and inexpensive to operate. We will begin with the best trucks for consumers primarily using implements and tractors.
For this type of work, towing is far more important than off-road capabilities. Also, a diesel engine is "unofficially" required. This means the list will consist of trucks weighting either 1 ton or 3/4 of a ton. Also, depending on the size and amount of towing a consumer may do will determine if a dually (dual rear wheel truck) is needed.
1. 2017 FORD F450 XLT with 6.7L Power Stroke Turbo Diesel $70,550 (estimated based on loaded options we think you may need)
This truck boast a 21,000lb towing capacity. We recommend this for anyone hauling medium to large tractors. This truck can haul one of our Massey Ferguson 6600 series tractors durign the week and still look classy enough to take the family to the river on Saturday. However, this wouldn't be the best truck for off-road adventures or work since it has such a wide body. But, the 4x4 system will work well for getting in and out of a field.
2. 2017 RAM 2500 Power Wagon 6.4L Heavy Duty Hemi $55,710 (estimated based on options we think you may need)
The RAM Power Wagon is much smaller than the Ford F450, but it serves a much different purpose. With a gasoline engine, the truck isn't meant for hauling heavy loads. But, it still has enough towing capacity (10,030lbs) to tow a Massey Ferguson 4600 series. But, the true skill of this truck is its off-road capabilities and the 12,000lb winch that comes standard from the factory. This truck will get into the places other trucks of it size can't go while being able to do the work the all new Ford F150 Raptor can't . Plus, this truck just looks tough.
Outside of these two trucks, there isn't much difference between the GM and the RAM counterparts. But it is worth mentioning that the RAM Cummins diesel is a well respected engine that has built quite a name for itself.
Typically, a larger truck isn't needed to tow a lawn mower. In fact, smaller trucks (commonly known as mid-size trucks) can easily pull the average size mower. The most common truck, which is called a full-size truck, can tow almost every size of mower with ease (depending on configuration). Also, the off-road capabilities of these trucks tend to be above average when compared to most larger trucks.
3. FORD F150 XLT Sport 4x4 3.5L EcoBoost $50,935 (estimated based on options we think you may need)
The Ford F150 has sold more units over the decades than any other truck. And with good reason, it is a good truck. And we put it on this list because of its EcoBoost engine. The EcoBoost provides good fuel mileage, while still plenty of power. A commercial lawn care professional could easily tow two of our Ferris IS3200Zs with this truck and have the ability to get off-road when needed.
2. 2017 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 2.8L Duramax Diesel $47,340 (estimated based on options we think you may need)
Like we said earlier, the mid-size trucks can handle any job a lawn care professional may need. Especially this Chevy Colorado with a Duramax diesel engine. The towing capacity (7,700lbs) , fuel efficiency (30mpg) , and off-road capabilities make this truck ideal for the worker on the go. We recommend the Chevy over its GMC twin since the bow tie is a little cheaper.
3. 2017 Nissan Titan XD 5.0L Cummins Turbo Diesel $59,282 (estimated based on options we think you may need)
The all new Titan series of truck has brought a new level of flash to the truck market. Namely with its Titan XD with a Cummins diesel engine. This truck isn't quit the same size as the Ford F250, Chevy Silverado 2500, or RAM 2500, but it is slightly larger than other full-size trucks. The diesel engine, though the actual numbers from Nissan aren't out yet, should have a fairly impressive towing capacity and fuel economy. The true mark of this truck right now is its warranty; 5 years - 100,000 miles BUMPER TO BUMPER. It is currently the only manufacturer offering that long of a bumper to bumper warranty. Most others only cover the power train.
4. 2017 RAM 1500 Big Horn 3.0L EcoDiesel $53,235 (estimated based on options we think you may need)
The RAM 1500 with an EcoDiesel is making waves right now. The engine offers good towing (8,750lbs for the configuration we chose) and great fuel economy (29mpg) The truck is more than enough to handle the needs of a small ranch or lawn care service. I you want to spring for an off-road or luxury model with the powerful HEMI V8, you get a lot more power and speed. Overall they are good trucks, worth the time for you to look at and test drive.
This list could go on for a while since so many automobile manufacturers build trucks capable of handling the demands our customers put on them. These are the other mentions we would make on this list.
Toyota Tacoma: This truck is great for off-roading and has decent work capabilities. But, the true measure of this truck is its reputation for being dependable, along with Toyota's own reputation.
Chevrolet Silverado 1500: This truck is similar to the Ford F150 in many ways, but doesn't have quite as good a reputation as its chief rival.
Toyota Tundra: Once again, the reputation of the truck itself and the company that builds it earns this truck at least a look. Though the price, towing capacity, and fuel economy compared to similar models lags behind the industry at the moment.
We hope you enjoyed our brief review of these great trucks. We would like to say that all of us here are not in agreement of what truck is solely the "best". We all own different brands our selves and our company is currently using both GM and Ford brands. We recommend you visit your local dealers to compare them yourselves. Always research a vehicle before buying. Perhaps you will enjoy videos from The Fast Lane Truck on YouTube.