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Old 01-19-2015, 12:32 PM
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I'm starting up my business again after moving and a spinal injury. I have about 4-5 years actual business experience and way too much time at a PGA golf course. This time around I plan on having me, myself, and I as the only employees. I've been working on the truck for a couple weeks now and decided to turn it into a mow and go vehicle. I plan on mulching 90% of the time so space is not a big issue. I did the ramp thing once before and it proved to be too dangerous, especially with the help. This time around I decided to take matters into my own hands by welding them into the tailgate. I can post more detailed construction photos if any of you want. Just LMK. Glad to know there is a resource out there to ask those nagging questions that come up occasionally.

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Old 01-19-2015, 12:39 PM
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Old 01-19-2015, 12:49 PM
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Good and affordable solution. Ever want your truck back to normal just get a tailgate. I have the same ramps. Pita
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Old 01-19-2015, 12:52 PM
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Very nice job, purpose built rig!
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Old 01-19-2015, 02:14 PM
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Nicely done.

What kind of truck? Toyota?
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Old 01-19-2015, 04:04 PM
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Very clean yota. Nice sign and logo too. Good luck
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Old 01-19-2015, 04:08 PM
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Smart move welding them in place. I've seen too many of those squirt out and bad things happen.
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Old 01-19-2015, 04:15 PM
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Yes, it is a 1986 Toyota. I believe they called it a 1ton as it can haul 2200 pounds. 42k original miles. It gets around 20mpg prior to the added weight. I plan on keeping things small to start, baby steps.

I know I mentioned I'd be a solo operator, but I do plan on growth down the road. Its been hard wrapping my head around the idea of starting over again and getting to where I was as a business before. I previously managed 180 weekly mowing accounts with an additional annoying 40 every other week customers. I ran 2 mow crews consisting of 2 48" Wright sentar rapid height mowers each, a construction crew, and a tree dude. I had dump trucks pulling enclosed interstate trailers, a backhoe, ditch which pipe puller, stump grinder, small dozer (Deere) you name it. Small seems doable to me right now, LOL. In my area trailering is a major PITA with all the hills and dead ends. I have seen other operators running around with jacked up trailer tongues and frames. Ahh, the good old days.

I guess I should mention more about the build. The ramps are from Lowe's @$52 each. The landscape body is made from bed frames found in the free section of Craigslist. You need to jump on those ads as they don't sit long. I picked up a tailgate at U-Pick junk yard for $50 just to spare my original gate. Lumber was @$85 at Lowe's. Tarp rack was made from some bed frame material and metal tubing/rod from the metal bin at Ace HW, $11. Tarp was a 3.5'x12 drop cloth (expensive no-slip safety kind, its all there is in that size) I found on amazon $31. D-rings are salvaged from one of my old HD equipment trailers. I had a bunch of other hardware laying around to use up as well. Paint I got off the scratch wizard on eBay, sort of matches @$59. Line trimmer rack was a hangover from the last time around. It had to be cut and re-welded to fit my application. I apologize as some pics won't upload and others are sideways. Get out the barf bag!
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Old 01-19-2015, 04:23 PM
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Smart move welding them in place. I've seen too many of those squirt out and bad things happen.
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Yes, sadly I've eaten an aerator and mower when a tine grabbed the top of a ramp and the deck grabbed it too. I will never use loose ramps again and have scars on my shins to prove why. I do have an enclosed 12' trailer in storage for my 52" hydro exmark should the need arise.
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