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Old 03-05-2013, 11:06 AM
JimMarshall JimMarshall is offline
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Apparently my message got deleted... not sure why. Seriously, what are the benefits of a landscaping truck? Never really looked into one. I don't like to fix things that arent broken.
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:08 AM
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Just look at them. There are obvious benefits to them. They dont replace a truck and trailer but sure are easier for a couple workers to maneuver
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:09 AM
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my truck can pull up to 6000lbs. a ztr mower and trailer only weigh about 2000lbs. my truck is 4cyl. there's no need for any more power.

as far as mileage well you know how long toyotas last so no need to defend that. 500k miles easy.
My truck hauls a 16 foot trailer, 61 inch ztr, 2 48 inch walkbehinds, a 21 inch push, assorted trimmers and blowers, and enough tools to repair any common occurance. Way too much for a 4 cyl
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:11 AM
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Just look at them. There are obvious benefits to them. They dont replace a truck and trailer but sure are easier for a couple workers to maneuver
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So benefits are easier to move and more advertising space on the side of the thing? am I missing anything?
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:12 AM
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Right and then small applications to your business specifically. But nobody knows your business better than you.
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:39 AM
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Right and then small applications to your business specifically. But nobody knows your business better than you.
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I think I will stick with what I have. Guys are used to it, and it has worked well so far.
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:51 PM
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If you guys can afford $40k plus purchase and have extra money in the bank I must be doing something wrong. Wife, 3 kids, private school, employees, trucks, equipment, 6500 sq ft shop, house. I have no toys, but we live a good life. Being debt free would be good but I didnt have 25oK laying around for a shop. When I buy new mower I will use there finance option for 2-3 years with 0% interest - why not. Sure trimmers, small stuff yes pay for.
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:11 PM
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Debt Free here, of course just starting and only one client.

Hope I can end the season with 15 regular residential accounts that I push Mow and do minor landscaping with my dads mower/trimmer. I have a full-time job also so while I work a 12-8 shift, 15 will be the most I can handle by myself in the AM and on weekends. figuring 1 a day during the week and 4 a day on sat/sun.

Allowing about 350 for advertising. $60 for 1000 business cards off vista print, along with a holder to put in my moms office, $200 for 500 door hangers that I will manually walk and put on houses this weekend or next. The rest for website/domain name (gf will be webmaster).

Hopefully by the end of season I can get a 48-in walk behind to decrease time spent on each yard, as well as anice set up for the bed of my truck.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:07 PM
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My mowing trucks average 20-25 thousand miles a yr, all of it pulling several thousand lbs. that is absolutely an environment that is suited for a diesel.



I would never buy a 1500 for work.
Not everyone hauls that much weight or tows that much weight.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:28 PM
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People we need to understand that everyone's business model is different.
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