Cabover box truck or Truck/Trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by NewWave, Apr 13, 2007.


Which Lawn Mowing Set up?

  1. Box Truck(LCF or NPR)?

    16 vote(s)
  2. Chevy 2500 and Trailer?

    9 vote(s)
  1. NewWave

    NewWave LawnSite Member
    Posts: 93

    We are in the market for a new lawnmowing set up. I have seen people run the cab over box truck set up and was curious to know how that goes and what size box do you need. Which one is better? Gas mileage benefits either way? My partner wants to do the cabover box truck. We currently have a 2006 LCF and we love it. Any opinions? We currently have a 60" Exmark Lazer Z and 48" Toro ProLine and the usual equipment. Next year we are moving to two riders. What do you guys think?
  2. LawnGuy73

    LawnGuy73 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,945

    If you dont do snow removal, cabover....
  3. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Posts: 5,407

    I love cabover/landscape bodies... I have 3 of them.
  4. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    Right now I have truck trailer combo's but the cab over is a cool unit.
  5. GrassMonkey

    GrassMonkey LawnSite Member
    Posts: 20

    I have a cab over and wish for a truck and trailer combo for its versatility. If I am out selling I have to drive the cab over around which is expensive given gas prices. I wanted a truck and trailer combo so that I can haul mowers AND tractors. Ever try loading a trackloader on a cab over landscape very careful. If all you do is cut grass, I say the cab over is great for that but it is purpose built.

    You also have to look at the cost of the cab over versus a truck and trailer combo.
  6. Eclipse

    Eclipse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,149

    Everyone has different preferences.

    Since several guys on this site use their "work" truck as their personal vehicle also I'd be willing to bet the truck and trailer combo will be the preference.

    If the truck is going to be a work only truck and you do not plow snow, salt, or have another need for a pickup (or have other pickups available) I think a cab over would be very hard to beat.

    I also like a truck with a dump body and an enclosed trailer. I'd have a hard time picking my preference out of these two setups since each has it's advantages.
  7. ODC

    ODC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 12

    I do not mow grass but if I did I would use the box truck. If you do snow you could use that as your shovelers truck that could hold snowblowers a pallet of salt etc.
  8. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Posts: 5,407

    The cab overs are for work only. Two of my cabovers do maintenance only. The other(19,500gvrw) is specifically used for hauling my dingo and a bobcat. I would much rather haul a bobcat on a truck than pull a trailer. It is very easy to load a skid loader into a cabover w/ landscape bed... you just have to have an attachment/bucket on the machine. I also have a one ton 12 ft dump flatbed(use it for estimates also)... so I have the best of both worlds. If you are looking for one set-up do everything efficiently you have to give somewhere.
  9. mosmgras

    mosmgras LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 270

    Cab-over and trailer!

    My 5111 rides on a trailer so, on big account day, I have to pull a trailer behind my NPR.
  10. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Posts: 5,407

    There is one set-up that will do everything efficiently actually... except plow snow. It is a cabover w/ 12ft flatbed/dump and then has a 4' detachable dovetail.... this is probably the do everything truck.

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