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  1. #1
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    Default Ford 650 as a bee truck

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    I am looking at a F650 for my operation. I know some people like and use this vehicle but am looking for those with experience maintaining these. It has a Cummins engine, 187k in miles and is a 2010. What pitfalls should I be looking for here as I meet with the seller? Any long term maintenance issues I should be aware of? Here are the particulars:

    2010 Ford Super Duty F-650 Straight Frame, 325 Horsepower Cummins Diesel, Allison 3000 Auto Trans., Hauler Bed, 300 fuel capacity, air brakes, air suspension, air seat, 2 speed rear, gooseneck, pintle, and receiver hitch.

    Is a "straight frame" a positive or negative? Primarily this would be for local and long haul of 100-150 colonies at the most at a time. thanks for your input.

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    Default Re: Ford 650 as a bee truck

    Dream ... I'd put on a 16' deck and roll!

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    Default Re: Ford 650 as a bee truck

    Nice looking truck. Is that the 300 gallon fuel tank on the deck? Where a row of palletized hives could sit? I don't have any answers to your questions, just questions of my own.

    Does a maintenance log come w/ it? That might be nice to have. Do you need 300 gallon fuel capacity? Can you set a row of pallets on top of the fuel tank?

    If the price is right you'd better grab it up before someone else does. You snooze you lose.
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    Squeak Creek Apiaries



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    Default Re: Ford 650 as a bee truck

    Matt, not sure if straight frame is referring to the general condition or more of a general statement about its ease of upfitting as needed. I know a straight unbstructed frame is a selling point for new trucks.
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

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    Default Re: Ford 650 as a bee truck

    That is a lot of truck. How are you going to use it? It look like a lot of truck to service beeyards.

    We have a single cab F450 16'flatbed and it works good for stacking up boxes and pulling a skidsteer. When we run between Texas and North Dakota with 2 adults and 2 dogs, I would love to have something like that.

    The Cummings engine is hard to beat for longevity and fuel milage.

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    Default Re: Ford 650 as a bee truck

    sounds like a good truck, air brakes means CDL.
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    Default Re: Ford 650 as a bee truck

    Primarily using it for transporting colonies between Virginia and Florida and further North. Need to look at the CDL requirement. Did not think of that. I think I saw "Auto" trans and immediately thought it was Non CDL.

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