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weaver
12-29-2012, 06:51 PM
I'm just wondering.. Has anyone here ever tried to build there own lawn truck? I only ask cause i saw some pics and got me to wondering. If a guy had a 3/4 ton truck could he take the bed off and lets say mount a utility trailer to the truck frame? Make a dovetail and be done with it? Any sugestions or what do you guys think? Here's a Yahoo image search i found under landscape truck bed..

http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A0oGdSHIf99QyhYAjChXNyoA?p=landscape+truck+bed&fr=yfp-t-701&fr2=piv-web

LindblomRJ
12-29-2012, 11:00 PM
Yes, it has been done before. It is an idea I like and keep thinking I would like to do that some day.

Here are some threads to look at:

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=362757

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=372857

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=131965

Jusmowin
12-30-2012, 08:30 AM
Hey Ryan you beat me to it... a few years back someone on here did a few landscape bodies on some older trucks and they really turned out nice looking.

gallihergreen
12-30-2012, 11:34 AM
Yes, many folks on here have put a landscape bed on a 3/4 ton. I have thought about it for a nice city mowing rig.
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LindblomRJ
12-30-2012, 11:35 AM
Hey Ryan you beat me to it... a few years back someone on here did a few landscape bodies on some older trucks and they really turned out nice looking.

Those are the threads I keep track of. Good stuff there. Hope your Merry Christmas, Kevin!

orlawncaresvc
01-02-2013, 12:19 AM
Click in link. We built our own. http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=CEsR57tumLU

lawnpropm
01-02-2013, 10:11 PM
There is a place in GA that makes mini landscape beds womack truck bodies I believe. Loom at some of their pics and get some ideas...womacktruckbody.com
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dstifel
01-04-2013, 10:28 PM
Does anyone know roughly what the price per foot the rectangular tubing they use on the above threads would cost? I have the opportunity to buy a cheap flatbed 2wd truck and after seeing these trucks i know i could weld a dovetail and put a gate on it fairly simply. I live in Iowa i know prices will probably vary but i cannot find a supplier anywhere around here atleast online. Thanks.

weaver
01-05-2013, 11:14 AM
Does anyone know roughly what the price per foot the rectangular tubing they use on the above threads would cost? I have the opportunity to buy a cheap flatbed 2wd truck and after seeing these trucks i know i could weld a dovetail and put a gate on it fairly simply. I live in Iowa i know prices will probably vary but i cannot find a supplier anywhere around here atleast online. Thanks.

That also is what i'm now looking for. I started out thinking just remove the bed from a 3/4 ton and buy the angle and square tube and go from there, but have since found a 10 ft long flat bed that i think would be easier and cheeper just adding a dovetail than doing the whole thing from scratch..

dstifel
01-05-2013, 06:15 PM
Yea I think it will work a lot easier. I am confident in my welding skills won several title in high school with it but the place I always used to buy from is no more. Still hunting down prices
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Woodman1
01-07-2013, 10:38 PM
Ryan,

Thanks for posting the links!! I have thought about the 99 that Crew Cut did a bunch of times, but couldn't remember who did it.
I hope that ebverybody has a GREAT year this year!

Jay

LindblomRJ
01-08-2013, 01:08 AM
Ryan,

Thanks for posting the links!! I have thought about the 99 that Crew Cut did a bunch of times, but couldn't remember who did it.
I hope that ebverybody has a GREAT year this year!

Jay

I know what you mean. I remember it from when I first signed up here. I come across an old 5th wheel flatbed, 7.5 foot wide and the deck is 16 feet long. I am about to pull the pin on buying it, and doing that instead of a flatbed with dove tail.

Woodman1
01-08-2013, 02:44 PM
That is awesome!! I built a Dodge 3500 single cab a few years ago with a 14 foot bed and a dovetail. I am in the process of having a four-door 4500 flatbed dump with a detachable dovetail built now. I hope to have it in the next couple of weeks.
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LindblomRJ
01-08-2013, 08:55 PM
That is awesome!! I built a Dodge 3500 single cab a few years ago with a 14 foot bed and a dovetail. I am in the process of having a four-door 4500 flatbed dump with a detachable dovetail built now. I hope to have it in the next couple of weeks.
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Post up some pictures when you get it.

Woodman1
01-08-2013, 09:33 PM
I definitely will! The more I talk about it - The more ready I am to get it!

caseysmowing
01-09-2013, 09:21 AM
Good thread. I might go this route down the road instead of a npr. If you do a 1 ton how much more weight can you legally put in the back if you a dove tail type body?? The womack site says they weigh 1100lbs.

LindblomRJ
01-09-2013, 12:23 PM
Good thread. I might go this route down the road instead of a npr. If you do a 1 ton how much more weight can you legally put in the back if you a dove tail type body?? The womack site says they weigh 1100lbs.

A lot of that will depend on the truck. There is a label in the door jam that will give you gross vehicle weight, rear axle capacity front axle capacity. You should be able to also find gross combined vehicle weight, pickup and trailer etc.