Gas and Truck

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by njsnakeman, Jul 14, 2007.

  1. njsnakeman

    njsnakeman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    How much do you guys spend on gas a day or week with the ammount of accounts you have?

    Also- would a 95' Ford Ranger 4cyl. be strong enough to pull around a 6x10 trailer (with equipment) everyday, or should I probably get atleast a 6 cyl?

  2. charmill26

    charmill26 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 369

    at Least a 6 cyl. and even that you will outgrow probably fast
  3. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 2,994

    Depends what you have on the trailer. It will probably pull it. Just don't overload the trailer and be careful. BUt you should think about getting a bigger truck when you can afford it.
  4. Americal Vet

    Americal Vet LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 250

    You'll be really taxing that 4 cyl. and it will start to use the oil. A fuel injected 6 would be better, but of course I have no idea how much or what type of equipment you are hauling around. With the 4 banger, don't expect to be in the fast lane going up a hill. Best regards.
  5. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,131

    It also depends on how far you drive.
  6. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    We spend about $2k per month on mowers and trucks.

    Get at least a 6 banger.
  7. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Posts: 3,556

    3 Trucks. I-6, V8, V10, plus mowers and equipment I can spend close to $4000 each month.
  8. CrimsonLCS

    CrimsonLCS LawnSite Member
    Posts: 20

    I would get a diseal truck, it may cost more at first but will save you tons in the long run
  9. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,083

    Not necessarily true - expenses dictate cost savings, not the type of truck or motor.
    I have been replacing my truck fleet every four years and am getting away from diesel units. I ran the numbers and a comparable equipped gas truck verse diesel truck was quite startling.
    I have ended up specifying gas motors on XL chassis and the cost differential between purchase price, maintenance and fuel meant for me I could buy one gas truck, operate it for four years, sell it and take the residual value and apply towards a new truck with additional funds remaining. Basically the gas truck verse diesel means every four years I save over half the purchase value of the gas truck verse the diesel. Pretty much every third truck is paid for by the savings as I am not buying diesel powered units.
    I run run four crews and trucks, and spend about $4,800.00/month on fuel.
  10. ALarsh

    ALarsh LawnSite Silver Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 2,412

    I am pretty small. I spend about $700 a month on fuel in the truck and mowers.

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