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Old 01-31-2012, 08:22 PM
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The DPF, EGR, and EGR cooler are in storage now. Sucks to kiss the warranty goodbye, but we would rather stop sooting up the motor for when the warranty is gone.

Ford is staying stock to retain the powertrain warranty. We will likely sell it within 2 years (remaining warranty), so it isn't worth modding at this point.


The kubota currently has the 72" heavy duty roundback bucket. It is excellent for general purpose, holds a full load of gravel and other heavier materials about to full capacity.

Looking to purchase one of these berlon buckets for mulch and snow: http://www.berlon.com/pdf/mdhv.pdf . They have light duty, medium, and heavy.
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:30 PM
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Those buckets look like they would be great for mulch.
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Old 01-31-2012, 11:05 PM
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Awesome, glad the emissions crap is off the Cummins, hopefully the tranny holds up now, and you'll love it for sure. Are you still partial to your GMC after all this time you've owned it?
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Nice thread, suprised I didn't find this earlier.

Few Questions:
1. You started with one truck plowing. How did you feel about only having one truck, in case something happened mid snow season? I only have one right now, recently sold the unimount (it needed a new A-Frame slight twist and a cracked) But looking into buying another (still have the truck side).

2. I was throwing up the idea of either dump insert or flatbed on my K3500 SRW. Whats betting in your opinion dump insert or straight up flatbed? After reading your thread I'm leaning towards dump insert thinking it would be more handy with fall clean ups and material handling. Unfortantly I don't think I can swing for a dumping flatbed.

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Old 02-01-2012, 10:17 AM
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We still like the GMC. It has been a great truck over the years. We are hoping to keep it in service for years to come. Our eventual goal is to replace it with a dodge medium duty (4500 or 5500). But that is down the road.

Back when we only had one plow truck, we didn't have very many accounts. Mostly just driveways that could be cleared by other means. I certainly wouldn't feel comfortable with no backup machines now. I would make sure you have a backup plan incase there is a breakdown if you are doing commercial properties.

I would definately go dump insert over a stationary flatbed. Dump ability is very important to us.
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Thanks. I've just didn't want something happen and wreck the business name right away, if my truck was newer or if I was the original owner might have been a different story. Didn't want to gamble unless I had a back up, mainly if the trany went out without a back up, snow waits for no mechanic. But this year seems horrible for snow.
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Old 02-06-2012, 04:41 PM
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Great work and thread. Love your deck over trailer. Who is the manufacturer and is that dovetail hydraulic or something to see go from the dovetail to flat in pictures?
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Old 02-07-2012, 10:41 AM
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Thanks. The trailer is a B-B by Bhenke Enterprises. It is the same brand as our dump trailer. We've been very pleased with them.

The dovetail is simply mechanical. It is spring loaded (there is a leaf spring underneath) and you just pull a couple of pins, raise the tail, and a couple of metal blocks swing into place to hold it. Very simple and effective.
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Good eye, they are terra grapplers. They seem to perform well, hopefully we get decent miles out of them.

Actually, that pile fit with room to spare! We didn't even have to untarp and stomp them down like we occasionally do.
You should try mulching them as their being sucked up. What i do is have one guy mulch the pile of leaves before it gets sucked in and re-mulched. You would be amazed how less space it take up in the trailer. That one pile would be 1/5 of the size after mulching it. I use a 21'' mower that i dont use anymore. A pile that size would take about 5 minutes.
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Old 02-08-2012, 11:01 AM
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A lot of our larger accounts get collected with a ztr, then re-collected through the leaf vac. You are right that it takes up much less trailer space. However, we find it faster in most cases to suck loose undisturbed leaves. The mulched leaves take a lot more effort to suck. And so long as the trailer will last the day, we're happy. Thanks for the idea though.
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