Laptop Computers -anyone use them in their trucks?

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  1. JCurtis

    JCurtis LawnSite Senior Member
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    Just curious....

    Does anyone here use a laptop computer in their trucks to track time in and time out on sites? Or for anyother use related to tracking weather or tracking accounts done for that matter.

    Maybe thats just a bit too high tech for this point in time.

     
  2. John Allin

    John Allin LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I like the idea.
    I'll have to check to see if my drivers and subs can type at all.

    Only real problem I see is how to keep the computer on the seat or console when they slam them frozen piles. Seems like the laptop would become a projectile into the fire wall at times. Will they take that type of abuse ???
     
  3. JCurtis

    JCurtis LawnSite Senior Member
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    Police cars have a bracket installed that the laptop locks to. Its just an idea? was curious if anyone was already using them.

    I mean with wireless technology and everything? It might be someting to consider. Drivers could possibly log in and out of a account site, beam it to the main office where it can be logged and the invoices could be printed at the EOS
    (End Of Storm) A lot fewer slips of paper bouncing around the cab.
     
  4. John Allin

    John Allin LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We're installing global tracking satellite locator dodads in all our trucks. We plug in the laptop at the end of the day and get a print out as to where the truck has been, how fast it was traveling, how long at each stop, etc.

    Costs about $400 per truck (plus the initial expense of the software).

    Does that count ??

    This company that we are buying them from indicates that they will have an 'add on' in a year to tell us when the plow is up and when it is down too. Don't know if that will be worth anything yet, but who knows.
     
  5. JCurtis

    JCurtis LawnSite Senior Member
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    John,

    Emailme the information on that equipment. I would to take a look at it.




    Thanks

    [Edited by JCurtis on 12-17-2000 at 07:50 PM]
     
  6. mowerconsultant

    mowerconsultant LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Syracuse, NY
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    Here is my setup
    although
    I dont plow
    I use this for work
    I am a commercial mower manufacturer rep
    I am on the road at least 3 or 4 days out of the work week
    I have a gps system and mapping system among other business programs.
    printer is in the ext cab of the truck
    and I have a link cable that uses my star tac phone as a modem, so I can get these forums...lol and e-mail on the road.
    [​IMG]
    and here is the mount kit, it is the same ones that police and fire departments use.
    by the way i do have a mount kit for sale.
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    the kit does not include the laptop mount part, and is set up for drill mount to your transmision hump
    if you desire they do make a no holes drilled mount also, it uses the seat mount bolts (this is what i used)
    here is the company that makes the mount kits. they also make all the radio mounts and any accessory mounts you will need.
    http://www.gamberjohnson.com
     
  7. GeoffDiamond

    GeoffDiamond LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 1,651

    I carry a laptop with me. However it is in a secure location, and I must set it up before I can use it. I used to try leaving it on the seat, but I got tired of trying to stop it from moving with my hand before I hit a snow pile.

    Geoff
     
  8. SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 LawnSite Senior Member
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    John,

    I'm interested in that GPS setup too. If you wouldn't mind passing on the info?

    -Tim
     
  9. John Allin

    John Allin LawnSite Bronze Member
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    They have a web site. I'm not in the office right now, but when I get in tomorrow morning I dig up the info and email it, or post it here (if I can remember - you might want to email me to remind me, as if you email on this forum it goes to the office and not the house).
     
  10. iowastorm

    iowastorm LawnSite Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Posts: 370

    I use a laptop in my storm chasing vehicle to get radar, wx outlooks, sfc maps, etc. It's very slow and extremely expensive. Had a $4K bill one month. Maybe in the future it'll be more cost effective.
     

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