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Old 07-17-2013, 05:58 PM
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Yes, that was a big down fall. The entire rack system has been changed since... Heavy Duty broom/flag holders let the trimmer shaft snap in with a chain over and the backpack is slung off the same side. (curb side so they have a lesser chance of getting stolen)
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:33 PM
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The only thing I question is the hold down for your trimmer. Doesnt look very secure. When I built a diy trimmer rack on a trailer, I used a bungy on each hook. mounted below the trimmer, looped over the shaft, and back down to a mount. There was no movement on my rack.
Not to mention the trimmer is saying steal me.

When I use my pu I put the blower and "kombi" trimmer in the cab.
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Old 07-17-2013, 07:03 PM
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Not to mention the trimmer is saying steal me.

When I use my pu I put the blower and "kombi" trimmer in the cab.
Thats smart too. They dont stink though?
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Old 07-20-2013, 07:17 PM
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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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Old 07-20-2013, 10:09 PM
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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 07-21-2013, 01:26 AM
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I ran a ranger with the 2.9l for 15 years until it was to wore out. I pulled a trailer and with clutch wearing out every four years years or so. Reliability is incredible. The racks look good but you need something covering that back window so that nobody loses their head. And I agree that current trimmer set-up is DANGEROUS. You do a head-on and that thing will become a missle
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:23 AM
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Could agree more with you fellas, thats why the rack system for the trimmer has been changed to a much safer design. I fill put some pics up asap!
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Old 07-21-2013, 02:57 PM
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Could agree more with you fellas, thats why the rack system for the trimmer has been changed to a much safer design. I fill put some pics up asap!
Don't post any pictures so that we can keep griping at you
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:49 PM
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:44 PM
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Looks better but I would use nut/bolt and no screws especially on the backpack. I am a firm believer in Murphy's law and been penalized enough by him. In our city the roads are all pothole and I would worry the backpack would bounce off. Where did you get the clips on the trimmer, I could use several of them, I think they look awesome.
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