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Pickup Truck or Trailer?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by CoachLinz, May 29, 2003.

  1. CoachLinz

    CoachLinz LawnSite Member
    Posts: 126

    Yeah, I'm not a car mechanic, but I can handle my mowers. Plus, I've been reading and posting between teaching classes so I've been kind of hurried, but I've got to make a decision so....
    I'm going with a trailer. Not sure if used or new, but the truck I was looking at has been sold and there isn't much else around in decent shape and I need to get moving on this. I've already got a few lawns I've been doing for a while and some of them are a real pain to do with a 21" mower. I've got a used 48" Exmark lined up if I can do it quick, I just can't get it until I have some way to move it. If that falls through I also have a line on a 48" Bobcat w/b or a 48" Woods or a 42" Craftsman. Don't know much about those so if you do, please let me know how they are. I know the Craftsman probably won't get it done long-term.
     
  2. grassdaddy

    grassdaddy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 565


    MR.LAWNZAP--351 IS A 5.8-NOW how well do you?:)
     
  3. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,850

    Buy equipment once, meaning buy quality! Go for the 48's if you can. the extra swath will get you done that much faster on each lawn.
     
  4. CoachLinz

    CoachLinz LawnSite Member
    Posts: 126

    I'm going to look at the Bobcat tomorrow morning. Sounds like its in good shape. Would be $1100. Is that a decent deal?
     
  5. mr.lawnzap

    mr.lawnzap LawnSite Member
    from tulsa
    Posts: 123

    damn i was off by one tenth of a liter, i suck huh!
     
  6. Firefighter Dave

    Firefighter Dave LawnSite Member
    Posts: 166

    IMO - go with the trailer! I think after the first two or three times loading and unloading the WB your going to wish you went with the trailer! And you want 15 - 20 customers; ouch. A lot less stess on you!!!

    Dave

    :blob2: :blob2:
     
  7. NYRookie

    NYRookie LawnSite Member
    Posts: 240

    Go with the trailer. I have a 16' with 12" angle iron sides and I usually put 8 yds of mulch on it. I use a huge tarp, lay it down, load, fold the sides over the top so they overlap and tie it tight with a rope, works fine for me. A 6'-10'should carry 4-5 yds. You should be able to get 1 for around $750 or so. Your back will thank you.
     
  8. Green in Idaho

    Green in Idaho LawnSite Senior Member
    from Idaho
    Posts: 833

    Go with the truck first and then be sure to get a trailer.

    Get the right equipment for the job. Even staying on the inexpensive side is fine. See the thread about Jim Lewis's red truck. That is a Perfect set-up!

    If you can't get the right equipment wait until you can.

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    Now I would like to vent :
    The cheesiest thing I see (and it's common for this site) is someone hauling a lawn trailer with an SUV! You might as well hook a trailer up to the wife's Toyota Camry! It just proves they are not in the biz for real. So please Coach, please avoid joining that subculture.

    The second cheesiet thing is someone pulling a trailer with some "decked out" truck ready for some a truck show. Leather, lights, chrome, wheels, jacked up with a lift kit, etc. "I don't want to scratch or dirty my new truck.... "
    It is NOT about having the coolest truck sittin on the curb. It's about making money. IT'S F%kin WORK! So use a work truck! (for those this applies to).
     
  9. Firefighter Dave

    Firefighter Dave LawnSite Member
    Posts: 166

    Green In Idaho,

    Sorry you feel you have to vent......

    But appearance is everything!!! I don't care what business your in. From the white collar workers wearing the best suits, to fast food workers wearing the latest uniforms and from lawn service companies having nice trucks that are appealing to be in nice neighborhoods. It's all about appearance.

    I don't see anything wrong with SUV's pulling a trailer.... Expeditions & Excursions have just as much pulling power as a cheap pickup. Now I have an awesome pickup, only got it for a change of pace.... If they pulled a trailer with a Hummer would you complain about that too? Or do you just like to complain about everything?

    Dave

    :blob2: :blob2:
     
  10. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,850

    well said FFdave.

    when we were shopping around for a painter we had them come out to the house and we would intentionally escort them to the driveway and watch them leave after they gave us an estimate. we'd check their vehicles, to see what sort of shape they're in. It didn't matter what kind/how old it was. What mattered was did it have paint stains dripping all over the bed/tailgate or **** strewn about it like it was a mobile trash can.

    Granted we probably didn't employ plenty of good workers, but we got one guy who was very neat and didn't spill an ounce of paint anywhere in the room, on the walk, on the driveway or on his vehicle.

    Appearance is everything, and you only get one chance at first impressions. Dress for success (vehicles, clothing, etc)
     

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