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I have a small part time business doing trenching and excavating , The mini excavator weighs 7000 lbs and the gooseneck trailer weighs around 5000 lbs . I'm thinking a 3rd Gen Cummins truck in either 2500 or 3500 SRW . What are yall's opinions on it ? Thanks !
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The Cummins will pull that kind of weight no problem, but you'll need to keep an eye on your payload maximum if you go with a 2500. The Cummins is a heavy engine and eats a good-sized hole in the max payload, so you'll have to do the math and add your trailer's hitch/pin weight to the weight of everything else you're likely to carry in the truck - tools, fuel cans/tanks, spare parts, extra excavator bucket, people, whatever, to make sure you're not exceeding the payload maximum, which with a Cummins 2500 is not real difficult to do.

You won't have to worry about that with a 3500.
Personally, I think I'd go with the 3500.
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Thanks 9. I will be carrying quite a bit of extra weight in tools , so that makes sense to get the 3500 so I won't exceed the payload .
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