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Old 10-11-2010, 12:33 PM
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What Vehicle to Get?

I am starting my own fertilizing/weed control business in MI next season. I am planning to start with a 100-200 gallon skid sprayer and a push spreader.

Should I get a truck or a van? What size? Will a 200 gallon skid sprayer fit in a 3/4 ton van?

I am leaning towards a van because I like the idea of keeping the tank enclosed and out of (the customers) mind.
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Old 10-11-2010, 03:49 PM
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I am starting my own fertilizing/weed control business in MI next season. I am planning to start with a 100-200 gallon skid sprayer and a push spreader.

Should I get a truck or a van? What size? Will a 200 gallon skid sprayer fit in a 3/4 ton van?

I am leaning towards a van because I like the idea of keeping the tank enclosed and out of (the customers) mind.
From personal experience, I recommend that you stay away from the vans. The vapors from the chemicals will fill the cab and you'll be exposed to them constantly throughout the day, each time you drive. They can be too much, believe me! A box truck where the box is separate from the cab would be a suitable alternative, as would a pickup truck.

Whatever you buy, make sure it can handle the weight of the sprayer and the liquid when it's full. Each gallon weighs about 8 lbs. so if you have a 200 gallon sprayer, you're looking at 1,600 lbs. + the weight of the spray tank unit. Also, you'll have to factor in your bags of fertilizer and spreader as well. Generally speaking, a Ford F-350 or a Chevy/GMC series 3,500 should be pretty good for you (if you decide to go with a pickup truck).
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Old 10-11-2010, 03:51 PM
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get a pickup, you don't want to smell that crap.
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Old 10-11-2010, 04:50 PM
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those fumes are not only unhealthy, they will also cause corosion inside the van, not a good thing
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Old 10-11-2010, 06:08 PM
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thank you for the input. i didn't think about the effects of the chemical being inside the vehicle all day.

is a lesco space saver the best bet for the back of a truck?

What push spreader seems to be the best?
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Old 10-11-2010, 09:55 PM
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I would go with a space saver it will give you some bed sapce if you go with a fleet side bed.

If you went with a 1 ton with daul wheels and a flat bed you could turn a skid sprayer side ways.

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Old 10-11-2010, 10:29 PM
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I am buying a cab over diesel Isuzu for my new business we are starting this year, which is kinda a gm product depending on how you want to look at it.

Can buy good used ones for 6k, they are short and very dependable.
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Old 10-11-2010, 11:54 PM
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what isuzu model is it?
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Old 10-12-2010, 06:38 AM
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The isuzu diesel/cabover is probably the most reliable worktruck ever built! I have been running one for 8 seasons, great worktrucks!
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Old 10-12-2010, 07:25 AM
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what isuzu model is it?
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