Some of you might know that my main business is concrete finishing on industrial and commercial projects. Therefore I have many trucks to tote all the equipment around. Currently I have 5-F350 cab and chassis(these carry all the small equipment and walk behind trowels) F550 with a crane for the riding trowels, a Chevy Kodiac 5500 with a crane for the riding trowels, and F450 dumptruck, 1-F350 4 door and 1-F350 4 door for pulling trailers with cranes attached also for carrying riding trowels. All these trucks are diesel plus I have 1 F250 gas truck.
All the 7.3 liter diesels have been good except for the trans which have all had to be replaced. the f 350 4 door is a 6.0 diesel and has had a lot of problems and the newest F350 has the new 6.4 tt diesel has been in the shop for a front engine gasket that has been on national backorder.
I have had a few chevys in the past that didnt seem to cut it with the brakes etc they were the old 454 low an power and hard on gas and ran hot. I did have a 94 dodge that was pretty good but was loud and got sold because of age.
My F350 cab and chassis are getting old with almost 200,000k miles and looking to replace a couple of them. Our truck need to be dependable and it's critical they make it to the jobs. Also are jobs are getting further and further away.
I like the new F350 trucks but the new 6.6 liter diesel looks like its taking off where the 6.0 left off. Oil leaks, high and low idle(to burn off the contaminents) and poor fuel milage. They truck is rated at 13,000 GVW which is great for all the weight we carry. Truck still has 5 speed auto tranny.
I've heard good things about the new Duramax and allison tranny but their cab and chassis is only rated at 11,400 GVW
The dodge has the tried and true inline cummins and I think its called aisen tranny which I know nothing about. Their truck is rated at 12,500
I'm looking for input good or bad on all trucks. Anything helpful to make a good decision for my next buy. These are for my business and need to be dependable.