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light bars

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by born2farm, Aug 5, 2008.

  1. born2farm

    born2farm LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,149

    im looking at a code3 roatating bar to put on my truck. im not sure if i will be plowing with this truck(most likely not). do you guys use your lights much when mowing and landscaping?
  2. CoopersLandscaping

    CoopersLandscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 26

    Personally, I don't think it'de be necessary. I have concidered it , but LED light bars are very expensive. I am a firefighter- to be and I know they're expensive. It all depends in what kindof situation you're in. If you snow-plowing it wouldn't ne a bad idea. But I think for Mowing and Landscaping I don't think it'de be worth probably close to 800 or 900 dollars
  3. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,538

    hahaha, why are so many landscapers fire fighters??? Serious question. Not making fun. Just looking for the connection.
  4. JosephLawnCare

    JosephLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 809

    So are school teachers, makes since with the summers off>:drinkup:
  5. treeman574

    treeman574 LawnSite Member
    from ny
    Posts: 33

    because were available during the day and can leave when the tones drop!! besides we have to get a pension some how dont we
  6. treeman574

    treeman574 LawnSite Member
    from ny
    Posts: 33

    now to be serious about your lightbar. first thing you would need to do is decide if your gonna plow because that would make a huge difference in which bar you would want and the cost of such bar. rotating bars are a huge amp draw, then strobe followed by led. so they bar you are talking about you would also want to upgrade you alternator espically if you plan on running it while the truck is not running. now assume that you are plowing you have your on your bar light, defroster, head lights, and wipers after a couple of hours your gonna have a big problem espically if you havent upgraded batt and alt. those 4 things equal a huge electric draw
  7. CoopersLandscaping

    CoopersLandscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 26

    Well, like he said . When our tone drops you can just jump in the truck and go . After you clean up a fire call, you can come back. It is also a good time passer. A volunteer firefighter is not constantly on the Engine. We do alot of just sittin. I personally also love to own a company and work it. Does that work??

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  8. MSS Mow

    MSS Mow LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 448

    A light bar can be quite handy in the mowing/landscape business, even if you don't plow snow.

    It is a safety issue that all should take a little more serious. I find it amazing how many "companies" will just pull up along the road and park 3/4 in the road, on a busy 2 lane road. Even on hill/corners without any sort of warning devices. Not even 4 way hazard lights, no orange safety cones, definately no light bars.

    If I'm even close to the road my cones are stretched out for ever, hazard lights are on and my LED light bar is on. I know it's not fool proof, but if something were to happen, I'm pretty sure I'd be looked at favorably for providing proper safety warning devices.
  9. deere615

    deere615 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,676

    I agree, I don't run my lightbar as its a rotator, but cones and hadzards at alot of my accoubts. I do see a lot of big companies with absolutely nothing on very busy roads!
  10. born2farm

    born2farm LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,149

    well i bought the light bar. i will only run it on busy streets or when we are taking up the one whole lane. right now we run our hazards and stretch cones out behind the trailer (purchasing more to block the front)

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