Dump truck project f450 facelift

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by DLONGLANDSCAPING, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. pitrack

    pitrack LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I agree 100%, nice truck.
  2. cuttin-to-the-Max

    cuttin-to-the-Max LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Nice truck buddy!
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Like I said, to each their own. I'm sure half of the people who see this thread don't like the simulators, and the other half really likes them.

    To me it's the money. There is absolutely no return on simulators from a financial perspective and I have other things I would spend my money on. That and it's really easy to ruin simulators, so I would hate to loose that money easily.

    Keeping my rims and hubs painted lets me pull off the "detail" factor on my truck.

    Skip the powder coat if you ever paint them. Just use a good can of spray paint and just hit them anytime you have the rims off. The powder coating will crack and chip up badly during any tire changes or curb checks. Guys around here were getting their truck dump bodies powder coated for a while. Then what happen is the paint cracked from the dump body use allowing moisture and salt under the paint and causing rust cancer that you couldn't even see. At least with an enamel or epoxy, you can see the areas when they start to rot and take care of them accordingly. Those guys with damage said it wasn't worth the money to powder coat their beds.

    Thanks for the comments on the quality work. Also staying super busy and have now hired on one person and possibly another.

    No need to toot my horn though, I know there are better scapers out there than me.

  4. michiganmower10

    michiganmower10 LawnSite Member
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    you got a good looking truck man and the update makes it look sweet, i notice your sig says your from birmingham, very nice city, I've been there a few times alot nicer neighbor hoods from where i grew up, Good Luck this season!
  5. bobcat48

    bobcat48 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Looks great,nice truck!

    M RASCOE&SONS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    looks great man !!
  7. GLS

    GLS LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Wow, nice facelift! Truck looks awesome.

    I'm with you 100% on having nice looking equipment. I think having a neat appearance is important in order to attract clientele that perceives your company as professional. Some companies may be overlooked by some people due to a not so neat appearance even if they are professional. It gives you an edge over the other guy.

    I agree quality of work is #1, but having a nice looking fleet may lead to better job opportunities. Like going into a job interview; two people with the same qualifications but one dressed in a tshirt and one with a shirt and tie or a jacket...the better dressed person will have a better chance.

    Anyways, nice truck!
  8. theguynextdoor

    theguynextdoor LawnSite Senior Member
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    Truck looks great, but how did you cut 18 gallons per week off your lawn cutting?

    DLONGLANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
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    While, if the pictures would upload(which i cant figure out why they aren't) we switched up a lot this year with machines being sold and replaced and updated.
    Last years set-up:
    2007 Exmark Lazer Z 27hp KOHLER
    2008 Exmark Lazer Z XS 60" 35HP VANGAURD
    2010 Exmark Viking 36" 15hp KAWI

    Spring Setup(which has all been sold) was:

    2010 Exmark Vantage 52" 24HP KOHLER (SOLD)
    2008 Exmark Lazer Z XS 60" 35HP VANGUARD (SOLD)
    2010 Exmark Viking 36" 15HP KAWI (SOLD)


    2009 Exmark TTHP 48" 17 HP KAWI with 2 wheeled no flat sulky and bagger
    2009 Exmark TTHP 48" 19HP ELECTRIC START KAWI with Proslide and mulch plate

    The reason for the selling of machines was many reasons:
    1) We could never have two mowers going at the same time on larger properties because the offset of mowing decks, so when the trimmer/edger/blower was done trimming i was still mowing for 10 minutes and was very unefficient.
    2)on the small properties the 52" wouldnt fit in most gates so we were using 2 mowers of different sizes on the smaller ones and it took longer because one person could be mowing while the other was trimming/edging but instead we had to start two motors instead of one
    3)The 60" Triton deck cut like **** and never left a clean cut. Sharpened the blades weekly, replaced every 3 weeks, went to exmark rep and had them fix pitch many many times(they said the deck was too heavy for the chain and it kept loosening and changing pitch)
    4)The vantage killed my back after using it for one week, where i almost had to go see a doctor(poorly designed in my taste, the op is standing so much higher and doesnt absorb much shock at all
    5)We used two full tank each week on the lazer(28 gallons), 1 1/2 tanks on the vantage(9 gallons) and 1/2 a tank on the viking(2.5 gallons) So a total of 25 gallons per

    39.5 gallons of gas total used per week on average

    Reasons for buying the 2 48" mowers
    1) i got a killer deal ($3900 for both, the 19hp has 216 hours, and the other doesnt have a meter but is in better shape)
    2) We can have two mowers going on larger properties leaving a quality cut rather than scalping/ruts/uneven/heavy stripe on the wheels from the weight
    3) On smaller properties the 48" stripe IMO looks cleaner than the 52" or 60" and one guy can mow while other is trimming/edging
    4) 48" decks fit through almost all gates we have, and if they don't we just use a trimmer(because its a stripe about 10 feet long by 3 feet along a side of a house where the dog goes to the bathroom)
    5) Gas tanks last a lot longer. Both 5 gallon tanks last well into the late half of the week, and the 19hp sucks a little more than the 17hp but all in all we use about 20 ish gallons of fuel a week including mixed gas which is about 3.5 per week

    DLONGLANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Trying to post pictures. Hope this works

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