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Pic of upgraded fleet

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DFW Area Landscaper, Feb 15, 2007.

  1. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 2,116

    We added three F-150's to the fleet this year. One is dedicated to chemical applications. We took this picture of them together this morning.

    It is a LOT of work to add a new truck/trailer and equip it with everything that is needed. Wish there was a way to drive to ONE place and buy everything at once. I have been on a non-stop errand since November. Glad the errand running is finally over with.

    If a tornado should hit our storage facility and destroy all the trucks and trailers at once, we would lose the entire business. It would be impossible to re-purchase everything and make the necessary modifications and installations before our clients all cancelled.

    DFW Area Landscaper

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  2. T.E.

    T.E. LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 799

    Looks good. Good luck in the up coming season. Later, Tony
  3. wowmowwow

    wowmowwow LawnSite Member
    Posts: 209

    i love it....i have One no bell, no whistle six cyl long bed...

  4. Mr.Mow-It-All

    Mr.Mow-It-All LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 506

    Very Nice!!!! What do you use the 4door nissan for?
  5. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 2,116

    The 4 door Nissan is actually my personal truck. Up until this winter, I have hauled a Lesco 50 gal spray rig with hose reel in the bed...very ugly for a personal vehicle. On chemical days, my worker would leave the long bed F-150 at my house and he'd drive my Nissan for the day and then we'd swap out again when he was done at the end of the day. I am glad to have a dedicated vehicle for this. The graphics on my Nissan will be coming off as soon as it warms up.

    DFW Area Landscaper
  6. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,435

    I wouldn't worry about losing accounts if a tornado hit. I'm pretty sure your clients would have a lot of other things on their minds.

    But hey nice fleet wish we had more trucks we only got three to start off this year.
  7. Mr.Mow-It-All

    Mr.Mow-It-All LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 506

    Well I kind of figured it was your run around truck. Congrats on the biz. I have always enjoyed your post and find that you have a lot of good "pratical" advice, and real world problems and ideas. Not to mention being a fellow cowboy fan I love your avitar.

  8. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,096

    Fleet looks good! Do you plan on adding any trucks for the upcomming season?
  9. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
    Posts: 1,667

    Tornado? I thought You let them take the vehicles home, I remember reading that because I thought it was a bad idea. But your fleet looks awesome.
  10. DFW Area Landscaper

    DFW Area Landscaper LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 2,116

    I absolutely will not be adding any more trucks next winter. I did not get any time off this winter and I am already looking forward to the end of the season. I am sick of the business already and the phone hasn't even started ringing yet.

    We start spring scalps tomorrow so the phone will start ringing tomorrow. I still have 8 Honda mowers to rebuild and the last one took me around 10 hours or so. It still won't run because of a bad tranny that I am waiting for parts on.

    As for letting the drivers take the trucks home at night, we ended that 2 years ago. A parking bill at a secure facility is probably cheaper than the repairs that come up with the personal miles. Plus, a parking bill is a lot easier than a repair, even if you outsource the repairs to a shop.

    Hopefully this investment will pay off. I am forecasting EBITDA of $150K this year if all goes as planned and around $190K for 2008 with no additional trucks. Time will tell.

    DFW Area Landscaper

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