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mower&more1986
01-23-2008, 02:59 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1989-DAIHATSU-JAPANESE-4-x-4-KEI-MINI-TRUCK_W0QQitemZ320209764183QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item320209764183

this could be possible at the rate of fuel prices are going:dizzy:

AI Inc
01-23-2008, 03:01 PM
Ya can buy em new for aeound $4500 but cannot register them and run them on the road. 2-3 or 4 cylinders

Uranus
01-23-2008, 03:06 PM
Go Pats!!!

dave k
01-23-2008, 04:49 PM
Go Giants!!!!!!

TXNSLighting
01-23-2008, 05:01 PM
Go commercials...

fastcat
01-23-2008, 05:19 PM
go nip slip

Ric3077
01-23-2008, 05:25 PM
AI is right...those are not street legal...they are designed to be used for in house maintenance crews for resorts, golf courses, etc.

And GO BRUINS! GO PATS! GO CELTICS! GO SOX! and...YANKEES SUCK!!!!!

barefeetny
01-23-2008, 06:50 PM
speaking of football

did anyone hear them talking about the grass at lambeou feild?

a mix of real grass and synthetic fibers layed over a heated surface...

wonder how you mix the two together....

have to google it later

i would cruise one of those if it was street legal, but only if i could get it in jets green


Nate

Pup'nIrn
04-21-2008, 10:14 AM
Hey Guys.... I am new here and was researching the use of mini trucks for lawn work. The truth is that in many states, the truck can be modified to be a legal street machine relatively cheap. I am in Mississippi and have seen and talked with the owners of these trucks. They are getting 55 miles to the gallon on average and were street legal for less than $500 extra. I was considering a truck like this to start with a modified rear (racks and ramp for small mower). Pup

MarcSmith
04-21-2008, 11:02 AM
I have 3 of em. I think the reason they are not street legal has to do mostly with with crash testing and occupant safety.

the ones I have are Vantage Extra cabs, with a dump bed. ($15K) keep in mind that parts avail is limited, and parts can take some time to get.

http://www.vantagevehicles.com/

capcity is 1500# and if you are larger than 5-10 and 200 lbs, you will need to grease yourself up to get into/out-of these trucks.

Other than one of me guy hitting a stump and braking the radiator and tanking the engine no problems. took 2 weeks to get a new engine. and they shipped an entire engine, complete with starter, water pump, alternator, belts, ect. it was pretty amazing.


if you look around on the net, there are companies that ship entire containers of these vehicles. Ie you get get 5-6 of these trucks for about $20K all used...and variety of brands.

Pup'nIrn
04-21-2008, 12:13 PM
Actually MarcSmith, Like i said above your reply, it can be street legal. I have several friends using them in my town at present for their work or just to save on gas. Pup

MarcSmith
04-21-2008, 12:53 PM
what changes did they have to make? any ideas? We had a few at disney that would run up around 40-50 mph....our on camps are speed limited by the on board computer to 25...which is a good thing...

Personally they would great in and around Cities like DC, NY, ect, were the smaller vehicle would make it much easier to zip around town...Heck I've been known to take my Ezgo about a half mile off campus and the cops just wave at me...

Pup'nIrn
04-21-2008, 04:49 PM
It would be state specific I am sure. I have seen 2 today on the roads. The ones I have passed were running 55 or so on highway and had tags and inspection stickers.

Lawn-Sharks
04-21-2008, 05:26 PM
Ive seen these trucks in person and i would not want to be in a accident with one of these!!! They are tiny

BillyRgn
04-22-2008, 01:21 AM
they have tons of them over at yale university, they drive them on the streets side walks and everyware else, not shure if there street legal, but it is yale and they do what they want, but you should see them in the fall with leaf boxes and leaf vac's in the fall, they drive everyware and clean up the sidewalks.

MarcSmith
04-22-2008, 06:49 AM
Ive seen these trucks in person and i would not want to be in a accident with one of these!!! They are tiny


you you'll be chewing on kneecaps thats for sure,

but for an around town/city scoot, it would be a great vehicle...

here is a crash test footage of a Smart. I imagine that a mini truck would fair much much worse....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ju6t-yyoU8s

Pup'nIrn
04-22-2008, 10:06 AM
very true.... I never figured safety was a selling point, just mpg and cost.

TKLAWN
04-22-2008, 04:26 PM
What about viking purple!

MarcSmith
04-22-2008, 07:25 PM
two tone...orange and blue

big_country
04-24-2008, 01:26 PM
I think a zero turn would do those in weight wise.

MarcSmith
04-24-2008, 01:41 PM
I think a zero turn would do those in weight wise.
Why, that have cargo capacity of 1500 lbs....

and when we do our fall winterization we tow a 185 CFM compressor all over campus. never had any problems.

Pup'nIrn
04-24-2008, 02:27 PM
Guys,
I agree that the mini trucks have disadvantages to bigger trucks but they could have a very good place in this business. I see the rising price of fuel out pricing many customers. We will eventually see customers pulling their mower back out because fuel will hurt them in all forms (commuting, groceries, etc). Being able to keep our costs down will be the only way to keep many customers and stay in business. I have 2 friends with these trucks and they get around 55 mpg! Figure the savings with truck only costing $5000 or so for a decent one and you have a cost effective option. The truck engine can be worked on by any motorcycle shop. I am figuring the truck could be modified with trimmer/blower racks, a ramp, and a mower such as this....

http://toro.com/professional/lce/stand_on/stand_on_mower.html


With space saving ideas used on the truck, it could be viable for small city/county work on average yards. Its only an idea.....

MarcSmith
04-24-2008, 03:00 PM
take a look at the options for the vantage trucks.....
http://www.melsutilityvehicle.com/TruckALL.aspx#truckall-j

racks, service bodies, vert lifts, ect......any good welding shop could create anything your heart desires...

its vehicles like that, in which the dot could start allowing to be legally registered with out much trouble to help reduce some our dependence on oil...

Pup'nIrn
04-24-2008, 03:15 PM
I am not familiar with the "truck-all" brand you linked to. What are the prices?

MarcSmith
04-25-2008, 07:19 AM
I have three truck-all, extra cabs, base truck is 12K-13K

we got some extra 3-way dump, tow package, rhino lined beds, which took the price up to 17K.

Earthlinklandscaping
05-01-2012, 02:56 PM
i want one