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  • Originally posted by Coalsmoke
    Dan, you can get the F550 in about the same physical size as a 1 ton dually cab and chasis, literally. Are you sure you weren't looking at a F650?
    Maybe, but I thought it said 550. I'am not nock'en anybody that has one I
    just not sure why you need a bigger truck seeing as size of welders are getting alot lighter. When I bought my pipepro 3 or 4 years ago it was a
    light welder. Now its kind of a pig, weight wise But on the other hand I
    guess when you look at that f... head that had a Honda pick-up I told you
    about anything is possible
    DODGE 1 TON 6.7
    PIPEPRO 304
    TO MANY TOOLS
    JUST WELDING IN CIRCLES
    rig welders are like wheelbarrows hard to push around
    and easily upset
    go flames go

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    • Originally posted by pipeline Dan
      Maybe, but I thought it said 550. I'am not nock'en anybody that has one I
      just not sure why you need a bigger truck seeing as size of welders are getting alot lighter. When I bought my pipepro 3 or 4 years ago it was a
      light welder. Now its kind of a pig, weight wise But on the other hand I
      guess when you look at that f... head that had a Honda pick-up I told you
      about anything is possible
      I've had a pipepro for almost 4 years now. I was having a code issue, HELP 1, and the factory finally sent me a replacement, a demo model, $0.00 swap-out. All that I carry on the truck is a welder, bottles, rods, cutting equipment, and a small selection of tools, jackstands. I gross at 10,450 last time I scaled it. If I buy a new truck, it will be an F-450.

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      • Originally posted by pipeline Dan View Post
        I just saw a Ford 550 I was sitting beside it at a set of lights. It just seem
        so big and clumsy looking. Although its not a Dodge I don't now if I'd buy
        one even if Dodge made one. It just doesn't seem like it would make a good welding truck. Im sure that you can haul alot of stuff with it but as a welder
        how many tools do you need It just seems that it should have
        a deck on it hauling fruits and vegs. Im not trying to be an ass,which you Ford boys already think, I am just not sold on the idea. Although I live in
        Alberta I've only seen one (3 ton) as a welder out of 7 years of welding.
        So now they have a 550 in a few years will there be a 750 then a 800
        well you might save yourself money and just buy a tractor trailer then
        you can haul fruits and vegs. in the slow times New welders are getting
        smaller and more compact so whats the attraction of a bigger truck This is my take on it, was just wondering what other guys
        felt and like I said I am not trying be an ass just food for thought
        Dan in a small way I think your comparing apples to oranges. After knowing JT for 2-years (on these boards) and bfootn for just a little longer, (and have met) these guys and most likely yourself are what I call hard-core pipe liners. I remember JT commenting one time about his truck that a pipe liner doesnít want a big / long bed, reasoning being when they cut the roads / access for the pipe lines there is just not much room. That statement right there rang a bell with me. When I was a kid my dad was a pipeline-welding inspector for the San Francisco water department. I remember going to work with him in the summers. What little I know about pipeline work, I would have to agree 100 %.

        Now on the other hand you have the guys like J-hall, calweld and some other that I would group into the heavy equipment mechanics, who need the big trucks because they have to carry just about every tool under the sun, where as JT, bfootn, have said time and time again they only carry the essentials for welding. I have a F-550 with the longest wheel base they offer, might make an all right mechanics truck, but maybe on the light side, but for a hard-core pipe liner, I donít think so. The turning radius on my truck is horrible.

        But like coalsmoke says you can get a 550 rough fully the same size as a 1-ton dully.

        Just my take on what Iíve seen and learned on these boards. Hope I didnít leave anybody out, or mis-quote anybody

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        • My 550weighs 14,500lbs and I don't carry more than what I think I need.
          Jeff

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          • Originally posted by J hall View Post
            My 550weighs 14,500lbs and I don't carry more than what I think I need.
            What wheel base do you have Jeff?

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            • I wanted to keep this thread going, so heres my new truck, 06 5500 gmc. I'll do more pics when bed is done.





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              • **** yeah awsome truck is it 4wheeldrive? looks high enough to be.
                very nice Eric

                Chris

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                • man you could turn that cab into a sleeper. or an office.. maybee both.
                  great looking truck.
                  thanks for the help
                  ......or..........
                  hope i helped
                  sigpic
                  feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
                  summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
                  JAMES

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                  • Hey James . . . maybe he needs a cover for it???? (hint-hint)

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                    • Originally posted by calweld
                      Hey James . . . maybe he needs a cover for it???? (hint-hint)
                      ..... .....
                      Dynasty 350DX
                      Dynasty 200DX TigRunner
                      MM 350P
                      MM Passport Plus
                      Spectrum 375 Extreme
                      08' Trailblazer 302

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                      • hmmmm..... ........ i'm going to have to order a bit more fabric.
                        thanks for the help
                        ......or..........
                        hope i helped
                        sigpic
                        feel free to shoot me an e-mail direct i have time to chat. james@newyorkmetalart.com
                        summer is here, plant a tree. if you don't have space or time to plant one sponsor some one else to plant one for you. a tree is an investment in our planet, help it out.
                        JAMES

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                        • Originally posted by Eric Carroll View Post
                          I wanted to keep this thread going, so heres my new truck, 06 5500 gmc. I'll do more pics when bed is done.





                          I'd like to have a new 5500. But I like the 108" CA (cab to centerline of axle) because that allows me to keep the bed I have on my 2003 5500. I'm looking forward to 2007 and hopefully things will continue to be good and I'll get one of those. I'm looking forward to the six speed Allison.

                          Coalsmoke, they've been talking about Dodge starting to make trucks for years now, don't hold your breath.
                          life is good

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                          • Eric thatís a nice looking truck ! I was at the county fair couple years ago. One of the local Chevy dealers had a booth there. Had a few 4500ís and 5500ís. I sat in one just because it was there. Really nice, I liked the cab layout a lot better than my F-550. I just donít like how tall those trucks are, and then how low they set to the ground . I asked the salesman about a trade in of my F-550 for one of the 5500. What a deal he made me. I would give him my 550, and buy his 5500.

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                            • Eric,
                              That is a real nice truck.. Now you just need to fab a cool bed for it.
                              Maybe with a nice new Lincoln
                              Jeff

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                              • Originally posted by J hall View Post
                                Maybe with a nice new Lincoln
                                RUT ROW!

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