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Old 07-15-2013, 08:17 PM
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So I have a route in which my son does in his ranger, all along the shore and places where we can barely move with the ranger let alone a crew cab and trailer. I still have to mount the blower rack but this was all done with things I had at my house. I know it looks bad but its very steady.




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Old 07-15-2013, 10:24 PM
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So I have a route in which my son does in his ranger, all along the shore and places where we can barely move with the ranger let alone a crew cab and trailer. I still have to mount the blower rack but this was all done with things I had at my house. I know it looks bad but its very steady.




I love that setup! I am going to be getting a 2001 or so compact pick up truck as my first vehicle and have a set up somewhat like that. Two questions if you don't mind: How is the fuel economy? and can the ranger handle the weight of the walkbehind?
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:20 AM
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I love that setup! I am going to be getting a 2001 or so compact pick up truck as my first vehicle and have a set up somewhat like that. Two questions if you don't mind: How is the fuel economy? and can the ranger handle the weight of the walkbehind?
Thanks! The Ranger handles the weight in the bed no problem! It sags a little bit but nothing major. I have actually been able t also to tow my full trailer(52 Z and 54 WB) with the 36 in the bed. As for Mileage I get 14 around town without a trailer, and 11 with. Not great but better than 8 with my full sized
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Thanks! The Ranger handles the weight in the bed no problem! It sags a little bit but nothing major. I have actually been able t also to tow my full trailer(52 Z and 54 WB) with the 36 in the bed. As for Mileage I get 14 around town without a trailer, and 11 with. Not great but better than 8 with my full sized
Is it the engine a v6? Also, does your son mulch the clippings or side discharge? I don't think you could bag with a setup like that.

Thanks for answering my questions. The setup definitely conserves on fuel.
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:57 PM
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Is it the engine a v6? Also, does your son mulch the clippings or side discharge? I don't think you could bag with a setup like that.

Thanks for answering my questions. The setup definitely conserves on fuel.
Its the 4.0 V6 witha 5 speed. There are 11 yards on that route, and 6 are bagged ad the others are side discharged. He takes one of those green barrels he dumps the clipping in front of the mower once its filled and the mower gets pushed back to sit on the tailgate and strapped from the back. If it was an 8 foot bed there would be no problem.
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:28 PM
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Its the 4.0 V6 witha 5 speed. There are 11 yards on that route, and 6 are bagged ad the others are side discharged. He takes one of those green barrels he dumps the clipping in front of the mower once its filled and the mower gets pushed back to sit on the tailgate and strapped from the back. If it was an 8 foot bed there would be no problem.
Oh, ok. I'm trying to decide if a 4 cylinder or 6 cylinder is right for me. I have 20' push now. If i get more yards, I might buy a 32' walkbehind. I'll just have to see. Thanks for the awesome ideas and info about your setup!
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Townhouse, this setup is perfect for what landfakers needs for the route he uses it on. I would urge you to look around and find what suits your needs best and it probably won't be a 6cyl ranger. If you already had a ranger and were looking for ways to make it work that looks like a great setup but overall wouldn't be a wise choice to go out and buy one for this work. At 14mpg my 1/2 ton with a 5.3 V8 gets better mileage (the 4.0 rangers are great trucks but not known for great fuel economy to begin with). I'm not sure about the TBI motors but I had a 97 GMC with a vortec 350 that would get 20-21 highway and 16-17 in town with a light foot, you're probably looking at the same fuel economy as that ranger loaded and you have a half ton with the option of an 8 foot bed and the bed is wider. If you want a smaller truck look into the toyotas or Nissans, those were very underrated small trucks that got pretty good fuel economy. The Chevy S10 is pretty much even with the ranger, not overly useful with the 4 banger and doesn't get great fuel economy for a v-6. The only benefit of the 4.3 is that it is 100% identical to the legendary 350 minus 2 cylinders.
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Townhouse, this setup is perfect for what landfakers needs for the route he uses it on. I would urge you to look around and find what suits your needs best and it probably won't be a 6cyl ranger. If you already had a ranger and were looking for ways to make it work that looks like a great setup but overall wouldn't be a wise choice to go out and buy one for this work. At 14mpg my 1/2 ton with a 5.3 V8 gets better mileage (the 4.0 rangers are great trucks but not known for great fuel economy to begin with). I'm not sure about the TBI motors but I had a 97 GMC with a vortec 350 that would get 20-21 highway and 16-17 in town with a light foot, you're probably looking at the same fuel economy as that ranger loaded and you have a half ton with the option of an 8 foot bed and the bed is wider. If you want a smaller truck look into the toyotas or Nissans, those were very underrated small trucks that got pretty good fuel economy. The Chevy S10 is pretty much even with the ranger, not overly useful with the 4 banger and doesn't get great fuel economy for a v-6. The only benefit of the 4.3 is that it is 100% identical to the legendary 350 minus 2 cylinders.
TTS, I appreciate the info. The only thing is that my father is helping me in purchasing my first truck, he is worried about getting me anything bigger than a compact pick up truck. I really am looking for the best compact pickup. My grandfather had a chevy s-10 he really liked. I rode in it a couple of times, hauling stuff, and it wasn't to bad for 6 cylinder. I was looking into a Toyota Tacoma as a possible truck. Thanks for the advice!
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I really like that setup for what you're doing with it. I'm a big fan of smaller walk behind in the bed setups (I should probably get on that myself for lawns that are a pain to get to with a trailer).

I am pretty sketched out by your string trimmer rack. While I award your ingenuity, I always think "What if I get in an accident" when setting stuff up (one of the reasons I don't even have any tool racks right now, although I'm sure at some point I will). If your trimmer falls off or that thing breaks, it'll cost you some cash to get a new one, and to get a decent trimmer rack. Now if you get in an accident that thing could go flying. Wood acts a lot differently than metal with high speed and force (probably why they don't make trucks out of it anymore ) While your sides look pretty safe, that weedwacker rack could break and splinter off and go flying... A decent locking single rack could cost a hundred or two hundred online I'm pretty sure

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Old 07-17-2013, 11:30 AM
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Good point TTS! I should mention that tis truck is surely not the do it all, and a half ton would be alot better asyou can set the bed like this, and pull a full trailer, no problem. Im just using what I have, I wouldnt specifically go out and buy this truck for lawn care.
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