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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-01-2007, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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Soon I will be retired and just maybe retarded

At least my wife thinks so. I work for the great state of New York in the prison system and I have 73 days left until I retire. Over the years I have also ran my own business doing site prep work. I run a 6.5 97 GMC 10' dumper and equipment trailer on the back most of the time. The truck is worked hard and has held up reasonably well, but the time for a replacement is almost at hand.

Most of my business is residential and I need a dump that is low profile so it fits in the tight spots. I also will not buy anything that does not have 4 wheel drive as it saves me from tearing up lawns and such. My nitch includes tree work, stump grinding with a three point grinder mounter on a tractor loader, concrete prep including many, many tear outs, I load move and saw logs also so any truck I buy needs to be a bit beastly. I also do some farming, and have a thing for tractors, dozers, and timber framing. I run grades, do drive ways, utility buries, and what ever work I can make a buck or three at.

The truck I like is the GM 4500 in four wheel drive. My question is: Will the Duramax Allison combo be enough truck? The next step up the 5500 adds a whole new set of problems. A lot more money, DOT requirements, size, etc....

My plan includes keeping my 3500 and giving it a much needed go over. I will use it to haul the smaller loads and keep the miles off the new one when I can.

I have looked at other brands and it seems I have this mental block and keep buying GM.
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Congrats on retiring! I think the 5500 with the Dmax and Allison will do fine for ya.
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Congrats on retiring::Thumbup: but it dont sound like retiring sounds like your still gona be working pretty hard but doing somethig you injoy anyway best to you:Thumbup: :givemebeer
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At least my wife thinks so. I work for the great state of New York in the prison system and I have 73 days left until I retire. Over the years I have also ran my own business doing site prep work. I run a 6.5 97 GMC 10' dumper and equipment trailer on the back most of the time. The truck is worked hard and has held up reasonably well, but the time for a replacement is almost at hand.

Most of my business is residential and I need a dump that is low profile so it fits in the tight spots. I also will not buy anything that does not have 4 wheel drive as it saves me from tearing up lawns and such. My nitch includes tree work, stump grinding with a three point grinder mounter on a tractor loader, concrete prep including many, many tear outs, I load move and saw logs also so any truck I buy needs to be a bit beastly. I also do some farming, and have a thing for tractors, dozers, and timber framing. I run grades, do drive ways, utility buries, and what ever work I can make a buck or three at.

The truck I like is the GM 4500 in four wheel drive. My question is: Will the Duramax Allison combo be enough truck? The next step up the 5500 adds a whole new set of problems. A lot more money, DOT requirements, size, etc....

My plan includes keeping my 3500 and giving it a much needed go over. I will use it to haul the smaller loads and keep the miles off the new one when I can.

I have looked at other brands and it seems I have this mental block and keep buying GM.
The 5500 4x4 is the exact same size as the 4500 4x4. It shouldn't be too much more in cost (maybe a few grand) and shouldn't add any additional DOT requirements since in "standard form" it is still listed at 26,000 GCWR, which in most states can be driven with a standard driver's license (at least it is in my state).

If you do go with a 4500 4x4, I would say you're doing the right thing. These little trucks are super tough and the allison trans is the best thing out there. They have a heavy frame and bigger axles than the Ford or Dodge competition, too.
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