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Question Howdy! Lookin' advice on buying a powerstroke...

Hello everyone, the name's Thomas.

I'm in the little town of Oxford, NC and wanted to pick y'alls brains a little bit. I'm looking to get an older powerstroke, and am not familiar enough with them to know what to look for.

I've got a budget of around 5 grand. I'm looking to buy a truck to pull heavy equipment, specifically mini excavators. The ones i'm currently looking at are 5000lbs and 7000lbs respectively.

I dont know how much weight these trucks will pull (in stock form)--- is it too much of a stretch to try and pull both of them at the same time? Roughly 12-13,000 pounds?

Is there anything to look for with these older ones? Anything that's a pretty standard upgrade, or anything to stay away from?

The truck I'm eyeing right now is a '97, and he's asking 6k. I figure I can get it for somewhere close to 5k.

here's what the ad says
1997 ford f250 xl powerstroke auto 4x4
254,230 miles
Ice cold A/C
Trailer brakes
Runs great
Trans has been gone through at 170k with shift kit
Has TS 6 position chip
Has new moto metal rims
285-75-16 load range E tires
and here's a pic:

Any advice woul be appreciated

EDIT: Just found another one, roughly the same distance away from my house. This one's cheaper too...

here's what they say in the ad:

1996 Ford F-350
-Awesome paint
-Body nice and straight, NO RUST
-Brand New Tires
-Brand New Alternator (with documentation)
-2 Brand New Interstate Heavy Duty Batteries (with documentation)
-Automatic Transmission shifts smooth with B&M shift kit for optimum RPMS and fuel economy
-7.3 L is an absolute reliable beast, strongest motor I have ever experienced
-Ice cold A/C
-Very hot heat
-Pioneer CD player
-Bed liner
-Heavy duty tow package with electric trailer brake option
-Gooseneck package with in bed light plug in and brake controller hookup
-Will pull anything you put behind it!
and a pic:

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