So what truck/engine do I get?

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  1. rsxm5

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    So, I gotta buy a bucket/boom truck for work, and I wanted to get some opinions on what to get. It's going to be used since it's something that will only be used a couple times a month. My options at this point are:

    GMC Topkick - 366ci V8 gas engine - only 4k miles on it
    Ford F450 or F550 - 7.3L V8 PowerStroke diesel engine - 130-160k miles
    newer Ford F450 or F550 - 6.0L V8 PowerStroke diesel engine - 60-80k miles
    Ford F450 - 6.8L Triton V10 gas engine - 120-140k miles

    I was also considering an International 4700 with either the DT466 or T444E engine, probably around 100k-130k miles on it. There are also some GMC and Chevy trucks with a CAT diesel engine as well.

    Any thoughts?

    EDIT: Also consider that as a boom/bucket truck, it's going to spend a lot of time idling.
     
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  2. IHAVECRABS

    IHAVECRABS Diversity is our strength. LOLOL

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    if youre only going to use it a couple times a month, i would highly suggest a gas engine
     
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    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    Do you honestly need something that big?

    Look into insurance first... trust me. A buddy of mine was looking at Topkicks, and was told they can only be insured as commerical vehicles.
     
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    seems like he's already prepared for commercial insurance.
     
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    rsxm5 OT Supporter

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    What's the reason for that?
     
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    Not an issue... we have other "commercial" vehicles.
     
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    IslanderOffRoad Do you even lift kit? OT Supporter

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    I saw San Diego and figured you needed a bigger rig to tow a huge toy hauler to Glamis.
     
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    if youre only using it a couple times a month, you're not getting any of the benefits of buying a diesel engine in the first place. specifically, you wont drive it enough to really rack up the miles like a diesel is meant to. but you still get all the cons of a diesel like higher purchase price, maintenance costs, etc.
     
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    thats a good point... the only thing that concerns me about a gas engine is that it is going to spend more time idling than driving since when we are actually using the bucket, we have to leave it running
     
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    i work for a fleet company and the majority of trucks we lease out to comcast and verizon that have buckets on them are gas engined vehicles. some of the companies that are more offroad or do alot of traveling to the job sites will get the diesel, but thats pretty rare. id say 90% gas engine and 10 diesel on the bucket/boom trucks. thats until u get into vehicles larger then say the F550, then its prolly about 30% gas and 70% diesel as on the bigger vehicles its more common to find a diesel engine vs the gas
     

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