Join Date: Nov 2007
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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.