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James Cormier
12-05-2010, 09:15 AM
Just finishing up my first year using a z spray. One more day of production here in central MA for me! I pretty sure I will keep it as my #1 machine. However I really miss using my PG rack that hangs off the back of the truck.

In other words really, really sick of pulling my trailer every day.

Currently I load the machine and pallets of fert thru the back door.
http://www.pbase.com/oldstonejim/image/130886315.jpg

Front ramp door couldnt handle the weight of the z and the door snapped off. That should get fixed this winter by my welder.
http://www.pbase.com/oldstonejim/image/97796160.jpg

Back when I had my PG's they loaded in the trailer on the side door, which made loading pallets a little eaiser.
http://www.pbase.com/oldstonejim/image/93367557.jpg

However the z is just a bit too wide to do this, and just a little long to fit in the trailer going sideways.

So Im looking for other ideas on carrying my machine. Anyone using cube truck? Or how about the new Sprinter vans? I like those vans and wonder if the z would fit in the back ( with a custom ramp set up) and then the pallet of material loaded in the side door?

rcreech
12-05-2010, 12:36 PM
Personally I am a big fan of the box truck.

Click on the link below and I have several pics of my truck set up.

http://www.lawnsite.com/album.php?albumid=263

Many advantages of this set up starting with enclosed, no trailer, out of the weather, theft, professional, advertising and don't have to worry about people stealing stuff out of your truck..just to mention a few.

I also have a Reese trailer that you can get for the Z. It works really well, but I am limited to how much water and fert I can haul. Works really well and contact LT Rich if you are interested...buy they are a lil pricey if you ask me.

Why leave the house and have to come back on 4 hours to refill??? :dizzy:
That is why I love the box truck...you can haul 300 gallons of water and 2 ton of fert if you want!

RigglePLC
12-05-2010, 02:24 PM
http://www.rv-coach.com/current_category.197/Forum.44908/offset.360/forum_thread_full.html
http://www.truckntrailer.com/trucks/truck/step-van/workhorse/p30/112477/37/2002-workhorse-p30-for-sale.html
Here are a couple of "step vans" . They are like UPS or FEDX trucks. Built low to the ground--the rear wheels have a box around them. Not sure if inside would accomodate your needs.

ant
12-05-2010, 06:06 PM
open trailer

superintendent
12-05-2010, 06:25 PM
what size is the red enclosed trailer 18ft or shorter if shorter does it work for u

sweetjetskier
12-05-2010, 07:30 PM
The best way I have found to transport a ride on spreader is on my mother in laws back, so convenient, no extra registration fees for trailers,etc

My 2 cents
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MacLawnCo
12-05-2010, 07:46 PM
I got a custom 16' trailer built this year for the z. I had it built w a 48" front door where a full pallet sits. Just behind, over the wheels, is a 300g transfer tank. The z goes in the rear thru the back ramp. Did it this way so I can use it for a mowing crew if we get behind and also can load a z plug in the fall. Dont have photos though. The factory wanted the work and was nice to a repeat customer - I was very surprised how little it cost.

grassman177
12-05-2010, 07:58 PM
i would not be using an enclosed trailer for that, i would use a smaller open trailer and have the tank in the bed of the truck. works great for us with multiple uses for the trailer

turf hokie
12-05-2010, 08:03 PM
16' Box truck, got our new box with a side door to slide in a pallet of fert and a 50Gal nurse tank on the cab over hang.
When we run large jobs we put a 200 gal tank in the middle of the truck and the z on the tail.

Grandview
12-05-2010, 08:18 PM
I use a open trailers and a 14 step van. The floor of the step sits a little lower than a box truck. I had two bifold aluminum ramps attached to the back. The Z fits real nice in the back. I have a 100 gal nurse tank. It is only 22 inches in diameter. Takes up little floor space. There plenty of room for a pallet to stack 50-60 bags of fertilizer. Even more if needed. Only draw back is loading fertilizer. Each bag has to be carried up the ramp by hand.

James Cormier
12-06-2010, 06:56 AM
Personally I am a big fan of the box truck.

Click on the link below and I have several pics of my truck set up.

http://www.lawnsite.com/album.php?albumid=263

!

Nice pics!

I use to work for a guy that had a Hino, loved driving that truck, but that was long before ride on's were around.

Do you have to load the truck by hand? Or is your ramp system removable?

Ive seen some box trucks that have a swing out door on the side, Im guessing those would be wide enough to load fert by fork truck.

Im a one man show and I have no desire to load fert by hand. Luckily I have a lesco just 10 min from my office so i go 2x's a week and have pallets loaded in the trailer for me. When the front ramp is working I load the ride on's that way and I can carry two pallets at once.

Since Ive been using the z I found I have no need to carry too much water. Very few of my lawns get blanket sprays. I usually carry several blue jugs in the back of the pickup (like these)
http://www.lorisart.org/stuff/jug.jpg

Much cheaper than a tank sprayer and super fast filling the machine. All my tip-n-pours go in a locked container in the trailer. I try to never carry pesticides or fert in the pickup.

James Cormier
12-06-2010, 07:04 AM
http://www.rv-coach.com/current_category.197/Forum.44908/offset.360/forum_thread_full.html
http://www.truckntrailer.com/trucks/truck/step-van/workhorse/p30/112477/37/2002-workhorse-p30-for-sale.html
Here are a couple of "step vans" . They are like UPS or FEDX trucks. Built low to the ground--the rear wheels have a box around them. Not sure if inside would accomodate your needs.

I love those step vans...or bread trucks is what we call them in this area. Finding used ones with roll up back doors is hard. The swing out doors seem to be much more popular, but not wide enough to load pallets of fert.

The new spinter vans are very similar but give you the side door like a conventional work van.

Biggest draw back I see of this type of set up is the cab and storage area isnt really separate.

rcreech
12-06-2010, 08:44 AM
Nice pics!

I use to work for a guy that had a Hino, loved driving that truck, but that was long before ride on's were around.

Do you have to load the truck by hand? Or is your ramp system removable?

Ive seen some box trucks that have a swing out door on the side, Im guessing those would be wide enough to load fert by fork truck.

Im a one man show and I have no desire to load fert by hand. Luckily I have a lesco just 10 min from my office so i go 2x's a week and have pallets loaded in the trailer for me. When the front ramp is working I load the ride on's that way and I can carry two pallets at once.

Since Ive been using the z I found I have no need to carry too much water. Very few of my lawns get blanket sprays. I usually carry several blue jugs in the back of the pickup (like these)
http://www.lorisart.org/stuff/jug.jpg



We do load our fert by hand...but we lift it up to the back so it isn't bad at all. We can throw a ton of fert on the truck with two guys in 5 minutes or less.

I can not put pallets on the truck as it has to be put beside the tanks so everything can fit.

If I loaded pallets then the truck would not be as effecient as we sometimes run two machines out of it!

As far as water...we go through more now then ever! There are many days that we run through over 200+ gallons and that is running 1/4 gallon/k.

When you get on larger areas you need to be able to carry higher volumes!

If you ever have any questions about box trucks just send me a PM.

Puttinggreens
12-06-2010, 11:09 AM
Isuzu box trucks with a side roll up door for loading pallets and a dovetail ramp.

Ric
12-06-2010, 11:38 AM
Over 30 Years ago I saw a Front wheel drive Cadillac married to a two axle 2 Horse trailer at a Body shop. It was molded together and looked factory made, except the Long Horns on the front. I never forgot that wild looking thing and think the Truck Industry is missing a bet with a front wheel drive and lower drive on bed using drop axles. Just My $ 0.02.

superintendent
12-06-2010, 12:25 PM
So I'm getting the feeling to stay with a open trailer until I can afford a box truck. To me it seems better to have an enclose instead but most of yall have been doing this longer than me so I'll take yall words

rcreech
12-06-2010, 12:53 PM
So I'm getting the feeling to stay with a open trailer until I can afford a box truck. To me it seems better to have an enclose instead but most of yall have been doing this longer than me so I'll take yall words

If you must use a open trailer that is ok...but anything enclosed gives you a billboard...and so many more other options!

James Cormier
12-06-2010, 08:59 PM
what size is the red enclosed trailer 18ft or shorter if shorter does it work for u

Trailer works great for me. It holds everything I need and rarely put product in the truck itself. I like the idea that I disconnect from the trailer and leave it at the office, then Im just driving my truck.

Im pretty sure its a 7.5 x 16 with the v nose. I am able to hold a pallet of fert, the z, hand spreader, slice seeder and still have room for other items. Thats the good.

the bad is Im just getting sick of pulling a trailer all day. And with the new ford I am so long it can be a pain the the butt parking in some streets, I hate blocking driveways and searching for parking spaces at Dunkin Donuts!