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    I looking to purchase a new truck for my Ironworking buisness. I recentley took over my Father's buisness which he had for 35 years. The current truck we have is a 89 ford f250 WOW!!!!!!! He is finally letting go of it. I'm looking at F350 9ft. open utility bodies or 11ft. flatbeds but their are pros. and cons. I would like some of your opinoins on this. Oh I also wanted to know if a miller trailblazer would fit in the bed?

    Thanks.

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    metalcrafter. i have look at the utility beds and the welders well fit. if they dont have the steel hood that slides between the boxes. but they have to set in the very back of the bed to be handey to get to. the boxes are realy handey.as far as the flatbed you can set them up however you want.i would go with the 350. if you are anything like me i try to put anything and everything on it. good luck with your fathers buisness
    miller bobcat 250
    wc 115a
    spoolmatic 30a
    centery 250 mic
    2 lincoln 225 stick
    a 1954 hobart portable welder w/ willies jeep engine

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    I'm looking to set it in the bed right behind the cab.

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    I'm guesing cost of gas isn't a problem, eh? Gas or Dielsel? F350 is SWEET! Bigger the better, more to carry and tow.
    good luck
    bert
    I'm not late...
    I'm just on Hawaiian Time

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    If you are at something new look at the 08' F450's. They are only couple of grand more than a 08' F350. You also get the new 6.4lt Powerstroke.

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    Cool Trucks

    This is the kind of truck that you should be looking at
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    Talking My setup

    Here,s a few pics of my rig it may help with your decision and give you some ideas.It,s a 04 f-550 6.0 pwr stroke diesel/4wd/6spd stick.I built the deck if you didn,t notice that already.
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    Last edited by admweld; 04-16-2007 at 06:53 AM.

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    The Fords are very good trucks, however i would check out the 4500/5500duramaxs from Gm and see what the difference is. This is coming from someone who works on both. We have Ford F550s with the 7.3 and the newer 6.0. The 6.0 has not been good to us. Injectors are about 300 each and several have had whole sets. Also several sets of head gaskets. The older 7.3 seems to do better with very few just normal issues. The duramax 6600 diesel has been outstanding, with no major repairs on a fleet of about 50 of them. Gm finally got it right by trashing the old 6.5 and letting isuzu build them a diesel engine, dont know why they coudlnt build a good one.

    just my 2 cents worth. No one knows what the new Ford 6.4 will be like. i hope better than the 6.0. On another note the 6.0 performance is great, I just wouldnt want to pay the up keep
    Scott
    HMW [Heavy Metal welding]

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    Just to add my $.02 on the truck subject. I'm still getting the $ together for my next truck. I'm looking at getting a used International 4700 (or whatever the newer version of that workhorse is) with about 100K miles on it, DT 466E and 6 or 7 speed. Just depending on what I can find. Take that platform, put some lo-pro 22.5 rubber on it and don't look back for another 200-300K miles. Parts are everywhere, and the engine is proven. Personally, I wouldn't touch a new diesel for the next few years until all the emissions and Ultra Low Sulfur mess has settled down and see what's left of all the new engines that are coming out. Get ready for 2010 with the next round of emissions!! Looks like diesel may be going the way of the steel mills if the EPA has their way. But that's just my opinion. SSS

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    Your right on the money skidsteer! The DT466 is very proven and parts are not hard to find. Your right about the emissions too 2010 is gonna be bad. How about having to take your catalytic convertor out and having its cartridge replaced ever so many miles. $$$$$. You can replace a gas engine for the cost of a set of injectors in the 6.0 Ford. For my money, if its a 3/4-1 ton truck I think I would go with a Gas engine. Very reliable, and get many miles out of them now. Especially if you do not tow much or do alot of highway driving where you might need the torque in the mountains.
    Scott
    HMW [Heavy Metal welding]

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