First Work Truck

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Townhouse Yards, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. Townhouse Yards

    Townhouse Yards LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
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    Quick summary of my Saturday excursion. I tried around 5 trucks or so. My plan is to go to dealers and sit in the trucks and see which ones I can fit into. Once I know what I want, it will be only going to private sellers from there. I have an uncle who has been a mechanic for 30+ years, so if I find one I am serious about, I will take it to him and have it checked it out. I tried a Toyota Tacoma v6, a Ford f 150, 2 Chevrolet Silverados, and a Nissan titan. The titan was the only one I felt completely able to move my foot between the pedals without banging my knee against the steering wheel.
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  2. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    you couldn't fit into an f150 or a silverado?….. there is no help for you king kong!
     
  3. Stars & Stripes Landscaping

    Stars & Stripes Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    I'm with him on this.... I'm 245lbs and 6'3" and I fit perfectly fine in my 2006 Chevy Silverado 1500 REGULAR cab.
     
  4. Townhouse Yards

    Townhouse Yards LawnSite Senior Member
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    Lol, ha. I am trying more next Saturday. They all have plenty of leg room, but some of them do not have enough tilt on the steering wheel I need for my knee to pass under.
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  5. Townhouse Yards

    Townhouse Yards LawnSite Senior Member
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    I will trying more next Saturday, playing around with the tilt of the steering wheel. As to your earlier post I had not responded to yet, I am a full time student, part time landscaper. I envision a full service company, in 7 years, when I am out college, and have had two years to grow. I just need a truck to suit my needs now, which is to be a good daily driver, and handle lawn and landscape maintenance needs. After college, probably a 3/4 ton.
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  6. JDGlandscape

    JDGlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sounds like you aaren't sitting far enough back, I have a couple friends your height and one of them has a half ton and he fits just fine.. and also, why do you have to lift your leg to switch from gas to break? Most of the time its the shorter guys with smaller feet that have to do that, iI just plant my heal and pivot. only time I have to really lift my leg and have it hit the dash or wheel is if iI am sitting way too close.

    for what you are planning on doing right now iI would lean towards a half ton ford or chevy. and I almost never recommend that lol if you grow the business more after college then trade up then, 5 years from now (when you are done with college) would be about the longest iI would want to keep a previously used work truck anyway
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  7. JDGlandscape

    JDGlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    Forgot to mention, the second guy is about 6'5 285 pounds and he drives a ford escape and says it is perfectly fine
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  8. Ethan51

    Ethan51 LawnSite Member
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    Hey man, I know you are fairly set on half tons, but I would seriously look into 3/4 tons. My first truck was a 1995 F-150 with the 302 V8, and it was a great truck to start with but after loading it with mulch, or dirt, it was not a bit of fun to drive with. Just something to think about.
     
  9. Townhouse Yards

    Townhouse Yards LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
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    I have to level with you guys. The $10,000 is my dad's money. He is buying me a truck as a daily driver and for the business. He really wants to see me in compact, either the Toyota Tacoma or the Nissan Frontier. But he understands if I don't fit in the compacts, it won't work. I would really like a half ton to work and drive in. Maybe not a huge v8, but a decent truck with power, but still fine to drive to school in. He does not want me to have a v8 at all, he says it is to much for my needs. I am trying to convince him otherwise. Can you guys say why it's a good idea to start with a half ton, even where I am at, with only 10 accounts. I have at least two new ones who have signed on for the spring too, one of which is a install. BTW, I appreciate all the responses everyone has given me so far.
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  10. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Because you'll outgrow those little trucks, in short order. Their small engines and beds will really limit you, especially if you're going to get into landscaping. Buy the right one, from the beginning. It's clear he doesn't understand this business. At least with a 1/2-ton, you can operate solo out of it, year-around, without a trailer. I'd definitely look for a V8. The smaller displacement engines aren't going to gain you much fuel mileage over the larger V8 engines. Just focus on a nice, clean example, that'll allow you reasonable growth.
     

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