Mowing from a truck bed help

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by 35DollarLawns, Dec 16, 2013.

  1. 35DollarLawns

    35DollarLawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    So today I picked up a 52" hydro walk behind with a caster sulky and a pickup truck and I have an idea and I would like to compaire notes with the smaller guys with 1 walk behind on a trailer.

    I decided to place a bi-fold gate on the bed today and it seems to be good. I have plans to add Gorilla lifts, racks for trimmers, blowers, jugs and hedge trimmers along with carrying small safety items invoices ect.

    With this setup and 2 men how suited are they for lawns up to 1 acre with some as small as 15,000 sqft.
    The crew will handle all aspects of maintenance on their properties including bed work, mulching, pruning, seed, fertilize, aerating and fall clean up . Irrigation is not a concern here. What would their limitations be when compaired to a small trailer crew of 6'x12' or smaller. This crew is still able to pull a trailer but I don't have one . Help me out.
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  2. 35DollarLawns

    35DollarLawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    Also with this system I have about 3' left in the front of the bed for tarped debris while mowing. I plan to add can high painted , plywood walls to aid in volume for shrub trimming where it will go in bags and stacked higher , then pulled down with and covered by a tarp.

    Come fall I plan to have a 500 cubic foot leaf vac trailer , but depending on the volume of leaves on those jobs they may mulch a lot the next few years before needing the trailer.
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  3. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
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    Unless you have a means of collecting debris from your customers properties your dead in the water. Save your money and budget a small trailer to haul away derbies and haul mulch and other items.
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  4. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
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    Your only kidding yourself if you think you will have enough room for debris generated from your accounts.
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  5. 35DollarLawns

    35DollarLawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    Fertilize,seed and chemical will be basic . Just a push and drop speeader and 5 gallon backpacks. I am licensed in the state for Gly products only in non turf applications.
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  6. Jason Simmons

    Jason Simmons LawnSite Member
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    Any pictures of your setup
     
  7. 35DollarLawns

    35DollarLawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am not sure how much debris your thinking of, here I generally trim bushes monthly and them trees this time of year when it's slow and no mowers needed .
    The extent of daily debris is small mainly dead limbs from the odd tree . This last season I was able to go a week between dumping a truck bed so I did the math and I could be in trouble but it's close if dumped daily.
    If they trim a few jobs a day as planned it should be ok and then pick a day a week to use the entire bed 4' high .

    I can haul 5 yards of dry mulch in the bed and have room for rakes ect

    I know it has limitations I am just unsure when I will reach them.
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  8. 35DollarLawns

    35DollarLawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    I can not load pictures from my phone, I have so many pictures and would love to post them but I hate not being able to throw them on here like I could with a computer.
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  9. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What about when you mow a few clients properties and you must bag it. What if its very long and you get a bunch of full bags and can't leave it on site?
     
  10. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
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    I believe based on your description and planned use you have already reached your limitations. The amount of wasted time loading and UN loading your equipment not to mention all of the additional wear and tear on the truck bed will prove overwhelming soon enough. Work smarter not harder, save your money and secure a trailer, no need to make work any harder on your self or your employees.
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