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Thread: Light Trucks

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2012

    Light Trucks

    Gidday Folks

    I think I'm going to get a small tipper (or maybe flat-deck) for my fencing business. Currently I'm towing a digger (2.5 tonne digger, 3.5 tonnes all up) with my Safari, but I can't see that going on forever . . . . I'd like to have the Safari on somewhat lighter duties and save it a bit for off-road work.

    I'm looking at about $20K and would like to be on the right side of the year 2000. Ideally I'd like to get something at least 150HP with a CGVM of 7500 or 8000Kgs


    In particular any specific engines/gearboxes to avoid (or to go for) ??


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Bell Block NZ/Northern Alberta Canada
    I would look at the Isuzu light trucks, plenty around, good support, and from my limited experience, working on light trucks in NZ, they pretty good, I just spent ten months working for a fertilizer company, and we had a bunch, 3-10 ton, had very little problems, other than basic maintance and what we broke, spreading fertilizer in the field.

  3. #3
    SiB is offline
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    Oct 2012
    Weíre running a Mitzi Canter tipper with no problems on the farm. Not sure if that type is quite big enough for your needs tho

    We have noted the rear wheels (duals) are very prone to skid/slip when on loose metal/wet clay etc when thereís nothing on the back

    Mechanically itís never blipped in the four years Iíve been here and it wasnít new then

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Western BoP
    Isuzu light trucks are weak in the front brakes and don't like being driven hard. They do come out in 4x4, but likely over your price range. If you could get one and have a lsd fitted in the back it would make a huge difference, I've been stuck on wet grass before due to one-wheel slip... I would get one of the modern ones with airbags and some form of crash protection, also a turbo makes a huge difference. Also, they do a six-speed manual in limited numbers and that's a lot more useful than the 5-speed box which has huge holes either side of 3rd and 5th is about 1000rpm to high.

    Also, anything over 6000Kg GVM is Class 2 which means you are in logbook territory which is something to consider.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2017
    I had 2 Nissan condors 1 with 6.9 litre non turbo it carted 5 ton on the deck towed 4 ton cost was 50 cents per km for diesel and road kms.great power 6 speed box really needed an extra gear.2nd one was 4.2 litre non turbo carried 3 ton and towed 3.5 ton slower to accelerate but a lot cheaper to run.turbos increase horsepower but lower torque.to be honest with the hassles I have had with cofs and cviu I would look at another safari or landcruiser that way no logbook and no hassles with going over hours.

  6. #6
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    Apr 2015
    being a fert sower driver............ isuzus are craphola to drive,shit power,shit lock (got to be seen to be believed just how bad) not comfortable ride at all and very tall for sweet stuff all.
    hinos are a good solid reliable wagon....
    nissans are also good wagons....

    stay well clear of ex fert truck as the chassis will be rusted and most other components will be corroded.



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