Originally Posted by SNAPPER MAN
Yardguy, you have a very different business mentality than the rest of us. I think everyone understands what I mean when I say that.
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won't arguee there........
Originally Posted by sdk1959
A cube van has a much smaller parking footprint in length then a pick-up towing a trailer. The only restriction I have is height should a customer have trees next to their driveway or street with low hanging branches. But- I can pull into a lot of short driveways a truck and trailer couldn't.
My cube van is strictly a work vehicle, I have a separate car for personal use. Two vehicles- one driver so insurance is low, only about a 1/3 more then just my car on the policy.
As far as any jobs that would require me to haul away debris I schedule them before or after any mowing or leaf mulching jobs. Never in between. For example last week I had job to raise the crown on a very tall and huge pine tree by 15' next to a house. It had branches up to 20 feet long starting at ground level. The only equipment I put in the van were a chain saw, pole saw, wood saw horse, wheelbarrow, pruning shears, handheld blower and a push-mower with bag for debris pick-up. No need to load up anything unnecessary such as a rider, trimmers, backpack blowers ect, they can stay in the garage at home. I cut down the branches, dragged them near the curb, cut them in 5' lengths, loaded the cut up branches in the van, went back with the push-mower w/bag to collect the debris, put that in one bag, put the mower and the rest of my stuff on the end and went home for lunch. Unloaded my equipment and the branches for cutting up smaller later, (I'll use them for my fireplace when seasoned) loaded up my mowers etc and did 2 leaf mulching jobs that afternoon and called it a day.
Another advange to having a cube van over a truck towing a open trailer is I have NEVER been pulled over by a cop, but I've seen plenty of open trailers pulled over in my travels. The reason is a cop can't see inside a van, but can easily see any violations with a open trailer such as being overloaded or equipment improperly secured.
I have nothing against using trailers enclosed or open, I just prefer using a cube van.
well for starters i never pull into a clients driveway. always on the street infront of the clients property.
i would think to save as much gas possbile you would run as tight a route as possible. i wouldn't want to go out and do all mowing for the day then go back to the shop to get a different truck or trailer and go do the debris jobs, especially if the debris job fell in the middle of my mowing route for the day and the debris being collected would fit in the back of the pick up truck.
i pull an enclosed trailer and i've been pulled over by the police. checking my weight because i didn't have DOT numbers.