Does LOOKS Matter to You?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mowman, Oct 29, 2001.

  1. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
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    NO!

    A work truck is exactly that!. A truck for work. I could never justify shelling out 600 scones each month for a vehicle to get worked in. Small accidents happen. A ding here a ding there. After all, look at the type of work we do. And a new truck sure as heck isn't going to stay new for long anyway.

    Here's what you do. Buy the truck trader magazine at your local convenience store. Do not buy an older truck off of a dealer. You have to be patient. Take your time, and buy off of a private owner. Once again I state, be patient. That is the key. You will find a good well maintained older truck from a private owner. You just have to look for it.

    Now I don't see anything wrong with having a new truck if you can afford it for giving estimates. But if you are buying a brand new truck and using it for work, and using it as your main pleasure vehicle, well as my daughter would say, that's the big "L". I see guys all the time posting on here about being covered in dust or grass from blowout, and then I think, well I sure hope their work truck isn't also their pleasure vehicle too. Let your work truck be a dependable older truck, and let your pleasure vehicle be awesome!

    I'm gonna try to post a pic of our work truck. It's takes me awhile to get these pics to scan so bear with me here.:rolleyes:
     
  2. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,415

    We get a new truck every 2 years. I wouldn't pay that much either. You don't need leather seats so I would think $600 a month would be pricey for a new truck.
     
  3. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
    Posts: 6,074

    This old 1985 truck..... 113,000 original miles. When we bought it had 80,000. 3 years running strong with just general maintenance except for replacing the CV joint on the drivers side twice. :(

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    First bought.. no lettering

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    Upclose to see the paint, no rust......

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    Let's keep things in perspective here. This is a work truck. Nothing wrong with keeping up an image. But I prefer to pocket my scones and bank them rather than buy new or lease a vehicle that isn't mine. Debt can be a huge burden, one that we don't have to face.

    Lonestar: Homer said he pays $596.00 a month, that's sure pretty close to 600 bucks in my book.
     
  4. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Lonestar: Homer said he pays $596.00 a month, that's sure pretty close to 600 bucks in my book.

    I didn't see that and I stated I wouldn't pay that much for a WORK truck.

    $250 month here.
     
  5. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
    Posts: 6,074

    uh, huh... and how much down?
     
  6. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,415

    $0 plus tax title and license.
     
  7. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,412

    What? Chevy S-10?

    Let us in on the secret, please... :rolleyes:
     
  8. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,415

    F-250 XL Regular Cab V-10. It is a lease.

    You can get a S-10 for $99 a month down here. Lease though.
     
  9. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,415

    oops sorry. I went and looked at the price we were quoted and it was $267 a month not $250
     
  10. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 1,517

    I am right with you Jim and Major Tom!

    I am all for nice stuff, and would love to roll up in a nice clean truck, with nice clean equipment, but the bottom line is, I don't have time. Maybe I don't make the time, but with a wife and two little girls, and the maintenance to keep my stuff working from day to day, I don't have time to keep the truck **** and span, nor can I justify spending big bucks on a work truck. When I get done working, I believe I am the dirtiest human being on the plannet. My workers look clean, but I look like I went 15 rounds with pig pen from peanuts. My work has to look great, if my truck looks nice, that is swell, but what people look at all week is the lawn I leave. As long as the truck does the job, I would rather put business money into the mowing and landscapeing equipment so I can do the best job possible.
    :)

    Jay

    I do love my Powerstroke just the same! :cool:
     

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