Second lawn cutting crew?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Jerry and Sons, Feb 21, 2006.

  1. Jerry and Sons

    Jerry and Sons LawnSite Member
    from Pa
    Posts: 249

    Any one running a Ford Ranger or similar size truck for a lawn crew. Looking to get on the road a little cheaper. Also thought that this size truck would be great for snow plowing and tight driveways. What do you think?
     
  2. TopNotchLS

    TopNotchLS LawnSite Member
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    You can see the equipment I got. My ranger get about 13 mpg pulling a 6x10 trailer, it weighs about 900lbs, plus my 1000lb mower. I think it does a good job handling it. I got the v6 4.0, extended cab, fx4 and offroad package on it. I haven't used it for plowing.
     
  3. old dog 80

    old dog 80 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 204

    I used an '86 F150 for plowing and it could not handle a 8' Western plow.Too
    soft a suspension even with air bags installed in coil springs.Check with a dealer to see if it can handle towing and trailer tongue weight you need.If not upsize the truck.
     
  4. mak2

    mak2 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 380

    Just from personal experience, pulling a load with an undersized vehicle is usually not the problem, stopping it is. bout got killed once.
     
  5. godzilla

    godzilla LawnSite Senior Member
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    What type of equipment will the lawn crew be using? I've seen guys around here using jeep wranglers pulling trailers loaded with a w/b, a big blower, and a 60" Z. They also use the trucks in the winter for plowing. I'm guessing that would be a 12' trailer? Keep the construction on that simple (expanded metal floor instead of wood), the brakes good, and you should be alright.
     
  6. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 850

    I personally use a ranger, but I'm only gonna use the trailer as LAST resort options. instead, I plan a flatbed with a dovetail, and ramps on that on my ranger to make things simpler. I mean, its easier to back into a garage at night and lock, and parking is EASY to find for it. with a trailer, in a crowded parking lot, you're gonna have a tough time.

    BTW, I DO NOT recommend a ranger for plowing, they just dont have tough enough suspension for it. to plow, you'll want an F250 or larger with something in the 351W or 351C motor range to plow with. that 200some odd ci ranger motor just aint gonna cut it, and FORGET it if you wanna use the 2.3L.
     
  7. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,563

    we ran s-10's for many years for our maintenance crew
     
  8. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,513

    I have a Mazda B-4000 I bought last Sept. for the same reason. I hate it. I can tell the brakes are getting a little worse every day. It pulls a 7x14. I'd recommend an F-150 XL. You can get a used one with the 4.2L V-6 cheap.
     
  9. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,267

    Topnotchls,Good to see another Dolphin fan around.

    I see guys plowing with Rangers around here on some of the tighter driveways.
     
  10. lowballer17

    lowballer17 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 184

    I use a Jeep Wranger with the 2.4 5 speed stick,
    use a 5x10 trailer with 34"Gravely rider and 36"Gravely wb. I cut in a very tight area with speeds under 50mph getting to my lawns. So I dont do much freeway driving. Yeah, stopping is a problem, so I just go slow and plan ahead. Unless your plowing large lots, Wranglers are awesome for driveways/residential areas.
     

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